When you think of liposuction, you may have several things that come to mind. The questions of whether or not liposuction will work, however, is most likely the pressing question that has kept you from taking the leap. The problem with this question is there can be multiple answers depending on the person asking (what their body style is, what their lifestyle is, what they’re willing to continue or stop doing, etc.). The short answer to the question, “Does liposuction actually work?” is…yes. Liposuction works with the right goals in mind and if you’re looking for something like a fast solution to weight loss, liposuction procedures may not be the answer. It maybe not give you the results you seek. If, on the other hand, you are looking to shape and contour your body or remove fat from those difficult areas that exercise has been unable to shape, then liposuction will help you with those areas. Specifically speaking about the procedure itself, liposuction is the process of removing fat cells from a specific area forever. Aside from morbidly obese people or growing children, people have a finite number of fat cells that, if removed, won’t grow back. Here are some better questions to ask rather than simply, “Does it work?” Does Liposuction Prevent Me from Gaining Weight? Weight gain is still possible, and in fact is possible in the areas which have had liposuction performed. One of the differences may be that you gain weight in a more proportional way. For example, if you have a tendency to gain weight in your arms, you may still gain weight in your arms but not only in your arms. This creates a much more proportional weight gain that isn’t as noticeable. Are the Results Permanent? Again, the fat cells are permanently removed. However, your new contour and body shape aren’t going to be permanent without maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise regimen. Proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy are recommended to help maintain your new look. Will Liposuction Work for Me? This is the key question to ask, and the best thing to do is ask your doctor is what his or her recommendations are. With Dr. Kadz, being a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills for over 20 years, you can be sure they will help you make the right decision about liposuction and what it can do for you.
Do I Need Exercise After Liposuction?
Liposuction is a fantastic option when it comes to trying to shave those few extra curves that have escaped you at the gym. This procedure can come in and help you achieve the look you’ve been dreaming of and will have you turning heads in no time. However, contrary to popular belief, liposuction is not an alternative to working out. In fact, after receiving liposuction is may be even more important to work out than it was before. The simple fact is liposuction is a contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. Most who receive this type of procedure are those who have been hitting the gym consistently but aren’t seeing the desired results in certain areas. Weight loss may come as a result of the procedure, but it is not the specific goal. Once you have received liposuction, the fat and fat cells that were removed from those troublesome areas are removed permanently from those areas. Fat regrowth in this area won’t occur due to the markedly fewer fat cells, but because of this fat cells in other parts of the body may pick up the slack. Diet and exercise after liposuction play a very important role in maintaining your new look, and continuing your healthy lifestyle should remain a top priority to ensure your results will last. After you have received this procedure, it should be obvious that there is a time to heal (and heal well, we might add) before returning to your normal workout procedure. Make sure to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water while eating healthy foods, and also following any additional instructions Dr. Kadz has given you. Healing is crucial to your liposuction – more so than the exercise routine you’ll return to afterwards. Once you’ve healed, you can return to your normal routine but make sure to start off slowly. Ease yourself back into it. If you’re vigilant in your exercise, you’ll want to stick to weight lifting but at a lower intensity than you were previously at. Aim for lower reps and lower the weight for now while your body continues the healing process. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, Dr. Kadz, with his twenty-plus years of experience as a board certified, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, will be there to guide you in your healing process.
Don’t Let These Common Misconceptions Keep You From Liposuction
Liposuction isn’t a nasty, undignified word. In fact, liposuction is one of the more commonly performed procedures in the United States as well as globally. This may surprise you, as there are many misconceptions about liposuction floating around in social circles. Here’s a few misconceptions you may have been told about liposuction. It Will Help You Lose Weight Liposuction is often referred to as a procedure designed to help patients lose weight. In fact, with liposuction you may only lose up to five pounds after a liposuction procedure is performed. Liposuction typically works best in patients who are closer to healthy weight range already and would like to reduce localized fat pockets. It Will Remove Stretch Marks Stretch marks are scars that form right under the top most layer of skin. Stretch marks may fade, but they never truly go away. It Will Eliminate Cellulite Cellulite is caused when fibers pull down on the skin and fat pushes against the skin. While there are things that will help reduce cellulite, liposuction will not get rid of it. It will help with the amount of fat pushing against the skin, but it does nothing for the fibers that pull down on the skin. These are a few of the misconceptions that many have about liposuction surgery, which can lead to depressing results if not addressed before the procedure. However, these misconceptions don’t need to stop you from receiving this beneficial, cosmetic procedure. Despite the fact that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, it can help eliminate fatty areas that are difficult to get rid of even with regular exercise. Mostly used in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and backs of the arms, calves, and back, this procedure helps fine tune those areas you’ve been targeting but had little success with. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, altering the shape of the body. As a board certified surgeon, Dr. Kadz will help you determine the best course of action of where to have liposuction performed to enhance your looks.
How to Prepare for Your Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction is a popular type of cosmetic surgery in this country. In fact, of the 1.7 million cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2015, liposuction was the second most popular, at 222,000 procedures, an increase of five percent from the previous year, according to the American Society of Plastics Surgeons. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes stubborn fat that you cannot get rid of through regular diet and exercise. A plastic surgeon can perform this procedure on your hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, face, back or arms to improve their shape and remove excess pockets of fat. It can be performed in conjunction with other types of plastic surgeries, such as facelifts, breast reductions and tummy tucks. How to Prepare In preparation for liposuction surgery, you may be asked to do the following from your doctor: • Obtain lab testing or a medical exam • Take certain medications or adjust your current ones • Stop smoking • Stay away from aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements because they can increase bleeding You may receive liposuction in the doctor’s office, a surgical facility, an ambulatory surgical center, medical center or a hospital. You should have a friend or family member drive you to and from the appointment. Ideally, you should have someone stay with you overnight that first night. What to Expect Liposuction is a day surgery, which means no overnight stay in a hospital is necessary and you are not admitted. You will have the surgery, stay for a bit to recover, then go home that same day. If you are having a very large amount of fat removed, you may want to get the procedure done in a hospital so you could stay overnight if you chose to. Here are a few things to expect: • Before beginning the procedure, your doctor will mark the areas of your body to be treated, perhaps taking photos for later before-and-after comparisons. • You’ll then either be put under general anesthesia so you won’t be awake during the procedure, or under local anesthesia so you’ll be awake but won’t feel any pain. This is entirely up to your doctor and the complexity of the procedure. • Once you return home, you will begin to notice bruising, swelling and soreness for two to three weeks. • You may be asked to wear a compression garment for one to two months post-surgery to control the swelling. • Your doctor will likely prescribe you some antibiotics to keep possible infection at bay. • You should be able to return home within a few days and resume normal activity in two weeks. This varies by person, though, so ask your doctor and take it easy, assessing how you feel on a daily basis. To learn more about liposuction by Dr. Bruce Kadz in Beverly Hills, contact us at 310-276-3662.