Summary: There’s no doubt that liposuction is incredibly popular. People love having the ability to selectively eliminate fat. But does that ability extend only to fat that’s located in the belly region? Or can you get liposuction elsewhere? It turns out there are many liposuction options around the body.
Where Can You Get Liposuction?
We tend to have a certain opinion of fat—and, accurately or not, that opinion tends to be a negative one. Now, that’s not something I wholeheartedly agree with. I think fat actually does a lot of good. It’s a natural part of your body, and I’m not entirely convinced that “beauty” can be boiled down to having too much or too little fat.
But there are certainly people who want to get rid of some fat on their bodies, and that’s a completely understandable desire. We live in a society that worships slenderness, and it can be quite challenging if you don’t meet that ideal. In addition to slenderness, there’s also the question of proportion.
When it gets right down to it, both slenderness and proportion can be incredibly difficult to control or influence using only diet and exercise. The solution, then, is a procedure called liposuction. While many people think of liposuction as a procedure that is only useful for the belly area, the truth is that lipo can help you contour your body in many places.
Liposuction for the Belly
Okay, yes, the belly is the most common place that patients receive liposuction. This makes sense, because the tummy area is one of the more common areas that fat can accumulate. And it’s one of the areas that people tend to be self-conscious about. Liposuction can help eliminate modest amounts of belly fat in a relatively non invasive way.
During liposuction for the belly, a small incision is made, through which a tiny tube called a cannula is inserted. This cannula’s function is basically to suck out the unwanted fat in the belly area. Surgeons are usually quite careful to ensure that the belly is contoured to the rest of the body—that is, that the results look natural. Then the incision is closed and patients are allowed to return home to recuperate.
Liposuction of the Arms
One of the more common areas that liposuction can be applied is the arms. Patients often complain when they accumulate a significant amount of fat in the arms, especially when the fat on the arms doesn’t look in proportion to the rest of the body. In order to keep the arms looking even and natural, liposuction is generally performed on both arms.
The procedure operates in much the same way as it does in the belly area. Because excess fat in the arms is often associated with excess skin, patients will often also elect to undergo an arm lift procedure in order to achieve slender, toned-looking arms that lack the characteristic “flags” of having too much tissue in the area.
Liposuction of the Legs
We’ve all tried on that pair of boots that doesn’t quite fit. Often, even though the size is right, the upper boot is far too narrow. Some patients have elected to undergo a liposuction procedure designed to make the legs more slender—often with the intention of fitting into that more narrow footwear. Liposuction of the legs can be tricky, so it’s important to find a highly qualified plastic surgeon for this procedure, according to the Milwaukee liposuction experts at Milwaukee Plastic Surgery.
Liposuction of the leg can also require a time- consuming recovery period, due to the relative lack of fat in the legs. In fact, liposuction often will not be a viable option for the legs because there is so much more muscle than fat. However, for some patients, it’s a great way to get svelte, slender legs in a way that you’ve always wanted.
Various Liposuction Procedures
And the arms and legs aren’t even the end of it. Basically, if there’s a part of your body that has excess fat, you might be able to find a liposuction procedure to get rid of that fat. There’s even liposuction of the back and liposuction of the neck. That doesn’t even count all of the non surgical fat mitigation options, such as CoolSculpting or Liposonix.
Like I said before, fat isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But for those patients who want to get rid of fat and who aren’t finding success with diet or exercise, liposuction may be an excellent solution. Of course, the best place to find that out is at your local (highly-qualified) plastic surgery office.
If you have questions about liposuction, or if there’s a certain target area you’re curious about, contact a surgeon and start a conversation.