What is Liposuction?
Liposuction surgery improves the contour and proportion of your body by removing excess fat from a wide variety of areas. It slims and reshapes for an enhanced self image.
Liposuction is not an alternative to weight loss, but through plastic surgeons at Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center, the procedure offers a way to a smoother, trimmer body for those with areas of fat that won’t go away with weight loss or exercise.
Am I a candidate for liposuction surgery?
Areas most commonly treated with liposuction surgery, sometimes referred to as lipo surgery, include the chin and neck, hips, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, knees and ankles, and buttocks. This procedure also may be used to treat a condition called gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, which occurs among both teenage and adult men.
The best candidate for this procedure is a person of average or slightly above-average weight, in good health, with a localized area of fat that does not respond well to diet and exercise. Liposuction surgery is not an effective treatment for patients with cellulite (the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks) or loose, saggy skin.
What results can I expect?
During liposuction, the fat cells are removed permanently, so if you gain weight after the procedure it usually will not concentrate in the area that was treated. However, it is important to understand that your liposuction procedure will not prevent you from gaining weight. To keep your new shape and new weight after liposuction, you must follow a proper diet and exercise plan.