Why Liposuction Should Not Be Considered a Weightloss Tool
With the rising popularity of liposuction and its relatively “instant” fat loss, many patients are turning to the procedure to enhance their look and help them put the finishing touches on their body transformations. However, it is important to understand what liposuction is designed for as well as what it is not meant to do. Board-certified medical doctor Dr. Melanie Carreon and the team of professionals at LCS Medical Spa in Seguin, TX are well experienced when it comes to liposuction procedures for men and women in San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos, Houston, and New Braunfels, TX. Liposuction can help you re-discover the body that you’ve always envisioned, and Dr. Carreon, who has performed over 3,000 liposuction procedures, can help guide you through the process from start to finish.
What Is Liposuction?
Before considering whether or not liposuction is right for you, it is important to understand a little bit about what the procedure is and what it actually does for patients in the Texas cities of Seguin, Houston, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Austin and San Antonio. Liposuction is the surgical removal of fat – through suction – from targeted areas of the body. It is typically used in cases where patients complain of stubborn small pockets of fat – commonly around the thighs, abdomen, hips, buttocks, arms, or waist/love handles – that do not respond to diet and exercise in the same way, or at the same rate, as the rest of their body. This can lead to an overall disproportionate look and displeasing contour. Fortunately, liposuction in Houston, TX and surrounding Texas communities, can be used to remove this fat and eliminate a patient’s problem areas.
What Liposuction Is NOT
Patients must understand unequivocally that liposuction is not designed as a weight loss tool. While it is common for patients to lose anywhere from 1 – 10 lbs. worth of fat during the procedure, the main purpose of liposuction is to reshape the body’s contour in specific areas; it is not meant to be used for large volume weight loss. During liposuction, fat – and fat cells – are permanently removed, meaning that those specific fat cells will never grow back. However, fat cells that remain, and even fat cells in the neighboring areas, can still swell and even begin to overcompensate for the lost fat cells if a patient begins to gain weight. Therefore, it is important to remember that for men and women in Texas cities like Austin, liposuction is a contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure – and certainly not a permanent weight loss solution.
Am I A Good Candidate For Liposuction?
Fortunately, liposuction can be highly effective and useful for both men and women of many different ages. As with any surgical procedure, patients should be healthy, non-smokers, and have no medical contraindications to surgery or anesthesia. When considering liposuction, it is also important that patients have reached their goal weight through diet and exercise and have maintained that weight for at least 6 – 12 months. Board-certified medical doctor, Dr. Melanie Carreon, and the experienced and trained team at LCS Medical Spa can help further determine if liposuction is right for you and can also recommend alternative or complementary cosmetic procedures to enhance your results.
What Can I Expect During And After The Procedure?
LCS Medical Spa conveniently performs liposuction in Seguin, TX under local anesthesia at our AAAHC Accredited Outpatient Surgical Center, and the procedure can take anywhere from 2 – 4 hours depending on how many areas are being treated and what other procedures may be being performed simultaneously. After making very small incisions that are strategically placed so as to reduce the visibility of resultant scars, Dr. Carreon, who has performed thousands of liposuction surgeries, will suction the fat out through small metal tubes, called cannulas. At the conclusion of the case, the incisions will be closed and the patient will return home to begin their recovery.
During the first 1 – 2 weeks of recovery, bruising and swelling is normal. Patients will return to have their sutures removed after 7 – 10 days, at which time Dr. Carreon will also evaluate their response to the liposuction procedure and their healing progress. Many patients are able to return to light desk work after 2 – 3 days, but it may take 2 – 3 weeks before more physically strenuous activity can be undertaken. Your doctor will give you more specific post-operative instructions at the time of your procedure. It may take up to 6 – 10 months to realize your final results, though you should begin to see your new body taking shape much sooner than that.
Is There Any Scarring?
Because there are incisions necessary with liposuction, there will be scarring. However, with the incisions typically being less than an inch long and usually being placed in the natural creases of the body, scars are often minimally visible, if at all. If a patient is unhappy with the appearance of their scar following recovery, our medical professional team at LCS Medical Spa can recommend a variety of treatments and even topical agents to help improve it.
How Do I Get Started?
The most important step in deciding to undergo liposuction in Seguin, TX is to select a qualified and knowledgeable provider. Having performed thousands of liposuction cases for Houston, Austin, San Antonio, San Marcos, and New Braunfels, TX area patients, LCS Medical Spa’s board-certified medical director Dr. Melanie Carreon is highly experienced for over 13 years and skilled in the intricacies of the procedure and delivers overwhelmingly satisfactory results time and time again. Call the LCS Medical Spa offices to schedule your consultation today, and learn more about how liposuction can be that final piece of your transformation puzzle.