Liposuction, the perfect complement for diet and exercise

No matter how healthy our diet is or how many hours we spend at the gym, a perfect sculpted body shape usually is not achieved entirely with diet and exercise alone.

Due to gender, age or simply genetically determined body configuration, most people have fatty body areas where the fat simply will not go away regardless of hundreds of gym hours. Such areas are so problematic that even high level competition athletes may suffer of fat accumulation on such regions.

Also, hard to remove fat is located on the hips, buttocks, thighs, calves, ankles and breasts (near the armpits on women and just behind the areola on men) as well as other problematic areas, though less frequent that include the back, arms and neck.

Intended to be a body shaping procedure, liposuction is the most popular minimally invasive method to deal with fat accumulation usually associated to high grades of frustration because of patients who are not capable to remove it naturally and hence liposuction becomes the most feasible option.

When a person realizes that problematic, localized fat accumulation must be treated by a specialist, they usually begin with massages and other therapeutic options but since most of them are not effective or have a minimal impact, at the end of the day plastic surgeons have the last word.

After a complete evaluation of patient’s general health status, total fatty tissue measurements and bodily proportions, very capable specialists do what Dr. Jan Garcia does on a daily routine at the Plastic Surgery Arts Center which is to mark the problematic area to plan a surgical approach to shape patient’s body perfectly.

Since liposuction has a limited reach and it’s not intended to deal with skin flaps or flaccid tissues, but only fat, usually it’s combined with other aesthetic procedures such as abdominoplasty or breast surgery to achieve best aesthetic results. On the other hand, it’s important to remember that liposuction is limited to a maximum of fat removal to be safe, hence it’s not a weight loss procedure but only a body contour shaping procedure. If patient is overweight, a weight loss program or surgical procedure is mandatory prior to liposuction and as such as the case with abdominoplasty, body weight needs to be stable at least for six months prior to liposuction, otherwise success is not guaranteed.

When the patient meets all the selection criteria for a liposuction, he or she goes to the operating room where under local anesthesia and sedation the procedure begins; then the surgeon with a specially designed cannula inserted in the subcutaneous tissue through small, hidden incisions will begin to aspirate the fat excess until the desired body contour is achieved.

Once finished after about an hour or two of surgery and between 1 to 5 pounds (0.5 to 2.5 Kg) of fat has been extracted outside the body, the patient is ready for the second phase of the treatment: body contouring garment.

As in most of aesthetic surgery postoperative periods, such garments must be used until wounds have healed to allow subcutaneous scars to heal where they are supposed to, leading to great results.

When totally recovered patients’, self esteem is greatly increased and they feel more motivated to keep their healthy diet and training routines since they look in the mirror to see the body they dreamed about for so long, and don’t intend to lose it.