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shutterstock_308368127There are plenty of reasons why liposuction is a highly sought-after plastic surgery procedure. People like the idea of a one-time treatment that can improve their body shape without having to struggle fruitlessly with exercise and dieting. Despite the popularity of the procedure, there are several facts about liposuction that are not well-known but that every potential candidate should be aware of before pursuing liposuction.

1. You can get liposuction almost anywhere on your body.

Liposuction can be performed nearly anywhere on the body. Popular treatment areas include the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, lower legs, back, chest, upper arms, neck, along the jawline, and even the cheeks. Liposuction makes targeted body contouring possible and can be customized for your needs.

2. Liposuction permanently removes fat.

The fat removed through liposuction is permanently extracted from the body. Only with subsequent weight gain could the treated area accumulate more excess fat. Patients who undergo liposuction and who maintain a healthy body weight after their surgery can expect excellent long-term results.

3. Liposuction won’t help you lose weight.

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight-loss procedure. The amount of fat that can be removed with liposuction may amount to only five pounds or less. However, for patients who are already at or near their goal weight, liposuction can eliminate stubborn fat pockets. This can create the impression that you have lost weight and will give you a more attractive figure.

4. Overweight or obese individuals should not get liposuction.

Liposuction is not intended for overweight or obese individuals. Individuals who struggle with their body weight should seek other means of losing weight, such as exercise, dieting, or weight-loss surgeries. Once the desired weight has been lost and you have reached (or nearly reached) your goal weight, liposuction may be appropriate for you.

5. Liposuction can spot reduce fat where diet and exercise cannot.

Dieting and exercise are generally accepted as the best ways for most individuals to lose weight and improve their body shape. However, not everyone carries excess weight in the same way or in the same places. Some patients who live a very healthy, active lifestyle may be unable to get rid of localized fat pockets. Liposuction can spot reduce areas of the body where there is persistent fat accumulation to give you a more aesthetically pleasing body shape.

If you are interested in learning more about liposuction, schedule your personal consultation today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Roussalis. Call our office at (307) 234-4585 or contact us online today and we will help you book your appointment.