Can I Get Thin by Christmas with Liposuction?
With Thanksgiving upon us, and Christmas & Chanukah only a few weeks away, many people are looking for a way to “get thin quick” or “lose weight fast.” Around the holidays our office usually receives many inquiries about how long liposuction or CoolSculpting takes to get results.
Dr. Ali is a Detroit area board certified plastic surgeon who has helped hundreds of women and men in the greater Detroit area get the body they want. He offers a wide variety of procedures to remove fat from almost every area of the body, including: liposuction, CoolSculpting, tummy tucks and more. In this article we discuss the time-frames of the most popular body sculpting procedures.
How Long Do Liposuction Results Take?
Liposuction shows results the “fastest” of the most common body sculpting procedures.
Tumescent liposuction is the newest generation liposuction procedures, which uses a “micro-cannula” (tiny tube) to suck out the fat. Tumescent liposuction only involves one procedure and significantly less swelling and “downtime” than older liposuction techniques.
As the swelling goes down (after the first few days up to about 4 to 6 weeks) the liposuction results become visible. Because the fat has been surgically “sucked out” and does not have to be eliminated by the body, the results are immediate – though only visible post-swelling.
Your recovery period will depend on how extensive the procedure was, how much fat was removed, your age, your general health, etc. But in most cases the swelling will subside, and substantial results will be visible in 4 to 6 weeks.
So, if you are hoping for results before Christmas, November is the time to book your liposuction appointment!
How Long Do CoolSculpting Results Take?
Like liposuction, CoolSculpting can remove stubborn areas of fat that resist diet and exercise – but it is not a weight loss tool.
CoolSculpting is non-surgical and non-invasive – giving it the advantage of having virtually no “downtime” and no period of recovery. However, CoolSculpting, involves multiple treatments.
Patients typically begin to see results within 4-5 weeks, but it may take 3 to 5 months to deliver final results.
So, while CoolSculpting is less invasive, less uncomfortable, and has less downtime, seeing results takes more treatments – and the results take much longer to be visible.
If you book a CoolSculpting appointment in November, you will likely see some – but not complete – results by Christmas.
How Long Do Tummy Tuck Results Take?
A tummy tuck (also called abdominoplasty) is a more invasive procedure than liposuction or CoolSculpting. A tummy tuck tightens “flabby” skin and loose muscle, while liposuction or CoolSculpting only remove excess fat.
Immediately following your tummy tuck, loose, sagging skin will be gone – but some swelling will continue. Gradually the swelling decreases over a period of several weeks, revealing the firm, tight skin and muscles.
A tummy tuck typically requires general anesthesia. An incision is made across the lower in order to remove excess abdominal skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. This does result in a longer recovery time and more intense discomfort.
Scheduling a tummy tuck in November will reveal a tighter abdomen by Christmas. But, realistically, because it is actual surgery, it will be after the holidays before complete results of your tummy tuck will be visible. Additionally, if you elect to have a tummy tuck before the holidays – care must be taken not to “overdo it” during your recovery period.
Best Detroit Area Liposuction Surgeon
Dr. Ali has helped hundreds of women and men across the greater Detroit area get the body they want with liposuction, CoolSculpting, tummy tucks, and other non-invasive, minimally-invasive and surgical procedures. He will be happy to offer you a consultation to help you understand your options and results time-frame, so you can choose the best procedure for your goals.
And remember, liposuction financing options are also available!