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Summary: Liposuction continues to be one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, and people who have had lipo typically love their results. Liposuction can help contour your abdomen, waist, buttocks and other areas. It can help your clothes fit better, and even give you a boost in confidence. If you’re considering liposuction, read through these questions and answers to help you decide if you want to take the next step.

What Areas of the Body Can I Have Liposuction On?

Part of liposuction’s broad appeal is its versatility as a body contouring procedure. Problem spots throughout the body can be improved with liposuction. Common target areas include:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Chest
  • Inner knees
  • Hips
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Neckline and under the chin
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Upper arms

Will Lipo Help Me Lose Weight?

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It’s best for people who are in good general health, but who may struggle with deposits of fat that are non-responsive to health lifestyle choices. If you lost weight and are eating right and exercising but still have bumps and bulges that won’t go away, liposuction might be a viable option.

While you may not lose weight from having liposuction, you will most certainly appear slimmer and more proportionate.

What Happens at a Liposuction Consultation?

If you think liposuction sounds like a good fit for you, book a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience doing the procedure. Having a consultation doesn’t mean committing to anything. Your consultation is an opportunity for you to find out more about the procedure and whether it’s a good fit for you. It’s also a time for you to decide whether a plastic surgeon is the doctor you want to work with. Ask lots of questions, and be sure to look at their before-and-after portfolio.

Do Nonsurgical Alternatives Actually Work?

Today, there are some non-invasive alternatives to liposuction that can offer fantastic results. Treatments such as UltraShape® and VelaShape™ III can be done over a lunch break with little to no downtime. However, it may take several treatments to remove all of your excess fat and the results take a while to show up. These nonsurgical alternatives are excellent options for people who can’t or don’t want to have surgery. They are also ideal if you only have a minimal amount of fat to remove.

Will I Have to Wear a Compression Garment?

Your plastic surgeon will have you wear a compression garment during your recovery. The exact type of garment will differ depending on the area you had liposuction on. These garments help to control swelling and can work to give you smoother-looking results. They can also help your scars to heal better.

What Will My Recovery Be Like?

This is one of the most common liposuction questions. Answers vary, depending on how extensive your liposuction is and what areas of your body were treated. You can expect to have some soreness, as well as some bruising and swelling after surgery. You’ll probably need to take at least a week off from work and other activities.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Most people who have liposuction do not seek revision, even many years later. You can expect long-lasting results as long as you don’t gain the weight back after surgery. If you eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise, you should be able to maintain your results.

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