LIPOSUCTION IS NOT A WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM
Many of us lie awake thinking about becoming slim overnight. In recent years, obesity has affected more and more people, and a liposuction procedure might sometimes look like the ideal solution to get rid of extra fat on the thighs, knees, or abdomen. But liposuction is not a weight loss program: it is a procedure meant to improve your body contours by removing fat deposits in areas of your body that are difficult to address with exercise.
If you go to any plastic surgeon to ask for liposuction in order to lose weight, they will all tell you the same thing: liposuction is not a diet, and you cannot undergo liposuction to lose weight. It is used to remodel the body after a weight loss program, after pregnancy, or just to correct a genetic disposition.
If there were a general remedy for obesity that we could all use with no side effects, no one would ever diet or go to the gym again. But the only way to lose weight and maintain the results over time is through dieting and exercising. Plastic surgery and liposuction can help improve the results and give your body the shape you desire.
Some might argue that liposuction is a sort of localized weight loss procedure, as it targets fat in particular areas of the body; while it might look like this is true, weight loss is usually measured in kilograms and with a scale. In the case of liposuction, we measure the results in centimeters and with the mirror.
It is essential to mention that liposuction doesn’t remove visceral fat, which is the most dangerous type in obese people. The fat that can be eliminated through liposuction is not correlated with weight loss. During the first few months after the liposuction procedure is performed, it is highly possible that the patient’s weight will stay the same, because the volume of fat removed is replaced by fluids that are gradually eliminated during the recovery period.
We would also like to discuss the difference between liposuction and the surgical procedures recommended for obesity. Procedures like the gastric sleeve have the sole goal of controlling obesity by reducing the patient’s ability to ingest food. The stomach is cut to become much smaller, and large meals are no longer an option after the procedure. Reducing the quantity of food is meant to reduce weight in time. After one of these kinds of procedures, patients might lose weight and find that they are left with a lot of extra skin or localized fat that they just can’t get rid of. This is when plastic surgery can help with liposuction or a tummy tuck, as well as other procedures meant to smooth the contours of the body and improve the appearance.