The goal of liposuction is to remove stubborn fat deposits to result in contours that are in better proportion with the rest of the body you’ve worked hard to sculpt through diet and exercise. Even the healthiest diet and most regimented workout regimen cannot target and remove some types of stubborn fat deposits.
Liposuction can help to remove this stubborn fat, with a relatively short procedure that is considered to be quite safe.
The more that you know about the liposuction procedure the better prepared you will be to make the right decision to help you meet your cosmetic goals. This list of 10 questions includes some of the most frequently addressed concerns Dr. Morris Ritz encounters.
1. Who is the ideal candidate for liposuction?
The ideal candidate for liposuction is any male or female over the age of 18, who has realistic expectations from what is possible to achieve with the procedure. You should be in good physical health, and your weight should be stable.
2. Is liposuction minimally invasive?
Traditional liposuction is considered to be a surgical procedure. Dr. Morris Ritz makes small incisions to insert tubes, but the incisions will typically heal with very small scars. It is not considered to be a minimally invasive surgery, but does offer fewer discomforts than other types of cosmetic surgeries do.
3. How long does the procedure take?
The length of the procedure will depend largely on the number of fatty areas that are being targeted, and whether other plastic surgeries are being combined with liposuction. Patients can expect the procedure to take between one and four hours.
4. Are the results for liposuction patients permanent?
The liposuction procedure permanently removes fat cells from the targeted area. This permanently alters the body shape. However, if the patient happens to gain weight as the result of not following a healthy lifestyle, the remaining fat cells can expand. Patients may gain unevenly distributed weight that is focused in the untreated areas.
Dr. Morris Ritz recommends that his patients maintain a healthy weight and even continue to tone their bodies with a healthy diet and workout routine after recovering from the procedure.
5. What body areas can be treated by liposuction?
The areas that Dr. Ritz treats most frequently include the abdomen, thighs, hips, knees, arms, buttocks, and the neck and cheeks. Any part of your body with stubborn fat can be treated.
6. How much fat can be removed?
Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, and it’s not a treatment for obesity. Patients should be in great physical health, and be at or close to their goal weight. The amount of fat that can be removed will be based upon the amount of fat that is present. Your surgeon will always make your good health a priority and will not remove more fat than is necessary. The goal of liposuction is to contour your body, not reduce the number on your bathroom scale.
7. How long will it take before results are visible?
It can take up to two weeks before patients feel back to normal after surgery, but it can take up to six months for the full and final results of liposuction to be recognised. Following the postoperative care instructions provided to you by your surgeon will help to ensure that you see your results sooner, and without the potential for complications.
8. Are there any risks to liposuction?
Liposuction is considered to be a relatively low-risk procedure, but there are no surgical procedures that can be considered risk-free.
9. How many areas can be targeted during one procedure?
The limiting factor for the majority of liposuction procedures is not necessarily the number of areas that can be treated, but rather the total volume of fluid and fat that can be safely removed in a single surgery. Remember that liposuction is a contouring surgery, and not a way to lose excess weight. Some patients opt to have a second liposuction surgery once they have healed completely from the first.
10. Should I consider other procedures at the same time?
Liposuction can be done on its own, but many patients do opt to include it as a part of other surgical procedures. Qualified plastic surgeons like Dr. Morris Ritz prefer not to perform too many procedures all at one time, as it can sometimes prove to be too much for the body to recover from. Liposuction is often combined with an abdominoplasty or breast reduction surgery. To best determine whether it would be ideal for you and your cosmetic goals, it’s best to get expert advice from your plastic surgeon.
Are you ready to schedule your consultation with Dr. Morris Ritz? Schedule a consultation to learn more about how he can help you to achieve the toned body that you have worked hard for.