If you’re concerned about your weight, there are plenty of healthy lifestyle choices that help you achieve a slimmed-down appearance, but what do you do about your body’s predisposition to store fat in some areas and not others? If you’ve committed to a good wellness routine, but still don’t see improvement in shape because of stubborn fat deposits in problem areas, what do you do?
Liposuction can provide you with an answer. At the cosmetic plastic surgery office of Gavin Dry, MD, FRCPS, PLLC, we offer liposuction in Bellevue, WA, to help sculpt and improve body contours.
What is Liposuction Treatment?
Liposuction is the surgical removal of fatty deposits in certain areas of the body that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Using advanced tools and technology, Dr. Dry pulls fat cells from commonly-problematic parts of the body, such as:
- Chin and neck
- Upper arms
- Calves and ankles
- Chest and back
- Hips and thighs
Liposuction is most effective if you are already healthy, and it is not meant to be used as a weight loss method. Genetics or slow metabolism can also contribute to problem areas that can be resolved with liposuction surgery.
Dr. Gavin Dry’s liposuction treatment is designed to slim these areas down by permanently removing fat cells, so you can enjoy a well-contoured shape that is proportionate to the rest of your body.
What Does Liposuction Treatment Involve?
Before recommending any plastic surgery treatment, Dr. Dry conducts an initial examination to help establish your goals and what procedure will help you achieve the desired results. Your procedure can be done in an office setting or as an outpatient at a hospital if it requires the removal of only a small amount of fat.
If a large amount of fat needs to be removed, or if you plan to have other procedures done at the same time, you will most likely need to stay overnight in the hospital. Whether you have an inpatient or outpatient procedure, it is a good idea to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first night.
During treatment, small incisions are made, and a thin tube is used to remove fat cells. The removal of fatty build-up is often aided by an injection or ultrasound waves that break up cells and promote successful extraction.
If you’re considering liposuction, keep the following in mind:
- Liposuction works best for those who have small pockets of fat that need to be diminished to match the contours of the rest of their body. Liposuction is not a successful treatment for issues of obesity.
- Treatment is best supported by maintaining good overall health. You can successfully maintain your treatment results by continuing to make good choices about the foods you eat and your activity levels. Unhealthy habits can lead to weight gain in other areas of the body or even the expansion of remaining fat cells in treated areas.
- Liposuction works best for patients with good skin elasticity. If you have loose skin, lipo treatment won’t change the tightness of the skin’s surface. Surgical treatments are often combined with liposuction to remedy these circumstances. Facelifts,breast reduction, and tummy tucks are the most common surgical treatments to be paired with liposuction.
Recovery time and final results vary due to several factors, including how much fat was removed and the adherence to recovery instructions. In the days and weeks following your procedure, you may experience soreness at treatment sites. Typically, you will need to wear special compression garments to control any swelling and may be prescribed pain medication and antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection.
Liposuction makes it possible to remove stubborn body fat and reach your ideal body style. For more information on fat removal cosmetic surgery, contact Dr. Gavin Dry in Bellevue to schedule your liposuction consultation today!