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Liposuction Removes Excess Fat

As many patients know, weight loss does not always translate into a more pleasing appearance — at least, not immediately. That’s because fat that Nature might have deposited unevenly in the abdominal, hip or buttock area can persist in stubborn little pockets.

Liposuction helps to reshape targeted areas where fat tends to accumulate. In women, that may be the abdomen, thighs or buttocks. In men, it tends to be the (beer) belly, rear end and chest area.

55Liposuction is effective for patients who have succeeded in losing weight but still have excess, visible baggage. This unwanted baggage may linger in any of the following:

  • Mid-section (back and belly)
  • Hips (love handles)
  • Upper thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Chest area
  • Upper arms
  • Calves and ankles

Liposuction is not a weight-loss therapy; it is a localized fat removal procedure. It is not recommended for removing cellulite. Laser-assisted liposuction is designed to remove fat cells, resulting in a slender silhouette.


Liposuction Means Suck the Fat

The name liposuction comes from lipo (fat) and suction, and the procedure does exactly that. Liposuction involves a stainless-steel tube called a cannula that’s connected to a suction pump. The cannula siphons fat cells through tiny incisions made in the skin. After the surgery, the tunnels collapse, which shrinks the fat in the treated section. With laser-enhanced liposuction, the skin is smoother and there is less bruising after the procedure is finished.

Because fat cells are eliminated from these areas, fat no longer accumulates there. Instead, if a patient regains weight, fat will be more evenly distributed around the body.

Skilled Liposuction In Miami Area

56The results of liposuction depend on the skill of the practitioner. An inexperienced or rushed clinician may not achieve the same outcome as one who has performed many procedures.

Liposuction is appropriate for the following types of conditions:

  • Post-partum (baby) fat
  • Fat deposits that naturally accompany aging
  • Removing fat that remains after weight loss
  • Eliminating stubborn fat deposits from an otherwise pleasing figure
  • After Caesarian-section (c-section) birth
  • For patients with superficial (as opposed to deep) abdominal fat deposits.

Liposuction Replaces Tummy Tuck

In the past, patients with an abundance of fat in the lower abdominal area might have considered a tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty. In this procedure, subcutaneous (underlying) fat is removed surgically, as is a large area of skin. The abdominal muscles are then tightened and sutured, and the wound where the skin was removed is closed with staples or stitches.

If a patient has very loose muscles due to pregnancy, the surgeon may have recommended a tummy tuck. However, liposuction achieves similar results, and causes less discomfort and less down time than abdominoplasty. We usually recommend a patient try liposuction before considering a tummy tuck. Many patients decide afterward that liposuction is quite satisfactory and they decide to skip the tummy tuck.

Liposuction Fits Miami Lifestyle

57Our patients in the Miami area say that liposuction complements their lifestyle. Miami society tends to emphasize youth, vigor and style. Liposuction allows men and women who have persevered in losing excess weight to present a new image to the world.

For more delicate areas such as the back of the hands or under the chin, there is a treatment called mini-liposuction. Mini-lipo uses the same principle as liposuction, but the tools are smaller and more precise. Mini-liposuction is designed to remove smaller amounts of fat. Minor annoyances, such as a flabby mass near the armpits that spoils the look of a sleeveless dress, are treatable with mini-liposuction.

Whether it’s liposuction or mini-liposuction, your doctor can advise you on the best treatment for your unique situation.

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