What to Know About Liposuction

What to know about liposuction

Liposuction is a safe and proven way to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Each year, thousands of men and women enjoy slimmer and more attractive body contours with liposuction. Top Albany plastic surgeon Dr. Bruce Barach regularly meets with prospective liposuction patients. Here, he shares what every patient should know about the procedure.

Don’t Expect to Lose a Lot of Weight

Liposuction is not considered to be a viable solution for weight loss. The procedure aims to refine “problem areas” with stubborn pockets of surplus fat that do not respond to diet and exercise alone. If you want to lose a substantial amount of weight, you should do so via diet and exercise or bariatric surgery instead of, or before, liposuction.

It Can Be Used on Several Body Areas

Liposuction is the procedure of choice for many patients because it can be used on several body areas, including common “trouble areas” such as the abdomen and inner thighs, and not-so-obvious areas such as the ankles and knees. Liposuction can also be performed on the following areas:

  • Upper arms
  • Chest area
  • Outer thighs
  • Bra strap area
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Neck

Some Scarring Is to Be Expected

All surgical procedures leave some degree of scarring, but an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon knows how to minimize the appearance of scars. During liposuction, Dr. Barach creates small incisions and strategically places them in natural creases or areas where they can be easily hidden under clothing. Post-op care is also important to how well your scars heal. Dr. Barach will share tips on how to care for your scars so they can fade until they are virtually indistinguishable.     

Liposuction Is Considered to Be Permanent

Liposuction eliminates fat cells, and because those cells cannot regenerate, the results of the procedure are considered to be permanent. This said, future weight gain is possible and you will need to eat healthy and exercise regularly to maintain your slimmer figure after liposuction.

Experience Matters

The best way to ensure beautiful and long-lasting results with liposuction is to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Your liposuction surgeon should have years of experience performing the procedure and be knowledgeable about how to handle any possible complications that may arise during surgery.

Do you have more questions regarding liposuction? Dr. Barach would be happy to meet with you and answer all of your questions and address your concerns. Schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Barach by calling (518) 346-3125 today.