Bloomfield Hills, MI – Are you considering liposuction but are worried about how long the effects of the procedure might last? Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures, but there are some things to keep in mind before and after to ensure its success. Dr. Ali, a Bloomfield Hills plastic surgeon, offers some tips for patients.
What you should know before liposuction:
- Liposuction should never be used as a weight loss tool. You simply cannot lose a significant amount of weight through a liposuction procedure. Liposuction should only be performed on patients who are at or near an ideal weight, and to remove stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise, and to contour these hard to manage areas.
- Obese patients are not ideal candidates for liposuction. Liposuction should never be performed on someone who is extremely overweight and all candidates should have good skin elasticity and skin tone. This will ensure minimal irregularities in contour.
- Liposuction does not get rid of cellulite.
- Liposuction is not the same as a tummy tuck and cannot provide the same results. If you are looking to get rid of extra skin, stretch marks or re-strengthen your abdominal muscles after childbirth, a tummy tuck is the only way to do that. Liposuction can be used in conjunction with a tummy tuck, however, to remove excess fat.
How can you guarantee the results of your tummy tuck last?
Studies have shown that patients who undergo liposuction may be three times more likely to gain back weight following their procedure if they do not follow a diet and exercise program. Those who do follow a healthy diet post-procedure are more likely to lose weight after their procedure.
“These studies tell us something plastic surgeons have been telling our patients for year,” says Dr. Ali. “And that is that liposuction alone cannot fix a weight problem. To maintain positive weight loss, or maintain your ideal weight, liposuction should always be paired with healthy diet and exercise plans. Liposuction is not meant to be used as a weight loss tool.”
Liposuction is intended to reshape and contour areas of the body that diet and exercise can’t help. For some people, even the most rigorous diet and exercise plans don’t give them the results they want. For women, the most common areas are the hips and thighs, while men often have problems losing that last bit of fat around their midsections. And that’s where liposuction can help – it can contour and smooth these areas to get these problem areas more in sync with the rest of the body.
“Liposuction was never meant to be a cure-all,” says Dr. Ali. “The best results are in patients who are committed to a healthy lifestyle. If you make poor choices following your liposuction procedure, your results will be impacted. Committing yourself to a healthy lifestyle is the best way to ensure your results are lasting.”
If you’re interested in learning more about what liposuction can do for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali today.
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