When it comes to losing weight and achieving your aesthetic goals, everyone finds challenges, such as not being able to shed stubborn pockets of fat. What can you do to help yourself over the finish line? At ShineMD Medspa & Liposuction Center in Houston, TX, we know that one of the most efficient body contouring treatments is liposuction, a simple and well-known treatment that can finally achieve your aesthetic goals.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure during which unwanted fat is removed from your body with a gentle suction device. Lipo surgery is a fast and effective way of reducing unwanted body fat or contouring the body into better proportions. Lipo can be done on various areas of the body, including:
- Inner and outer thighs
What Are Your Treatment Options?
This procedure is one of the most-trusted cosmetic surgeries around and has been regularly used for more than forty years. Over time, the procedure for this treatment has evolved to be safer and to produce better results. New technological advancements have made it easier to remove larger or smaller amounts of fat, as well as tighten the skin and enjoy natural-looking results.
At ShineMD, we specialize in two lipo treatment options. Tumescent lipo is the most similar to traditional lipo and involves making a small incision to insert a thin cannula to gently suck unwanted fat from the body. SmartLipo is a more advanced treatment that combines traditional lipo with thermal laser energy to simultaneously melt and remove fat, while also tightening skin tissues. We will help you determine the best lipo option for you during your consultation appointment.
What Are the Benefits of Lipo?
There are several benefits of lipo that patients may find appealing. For example, lipo surgery can be used to reduce the amount of fat on multiple areas of the body, which means that the treatment is incredibly diverse.
The ability to remove multiple areas of fat at one time also means that this treatment is highly compatible with other types of treatments, including fat transfers, tummy tucks, or Mommy makeovers. Other benefits for this procedure include:
The goal of lipo is to achieve better body proportions. Many people tend to accumulate fat in areas of the body that are hard to work off, particularly the stomach, thighs, and underarms. For this reason, your current body proportions may make you look heavier or older than you are. With lipo, you can correct your body proportions and contour your body into an ideal shape.
Of course, with better body proportions, other things become easier. Exercising, for example, may be easier to do when some layers of fat are removed. Fitting into certain apparel, such as swimsuits and intimate clothing, is also much easier – not to mention, many people have a much easier time finding clothing that fits them when they can reduce body fat.
The results of lipo are also permanent and can be expected to last for several years, or even decades when you manage your results correctly. The permanency of these results can be attributed to the nature of fat cells. Unlike other cells in the body, once fat cells are destroyed or removed, they are not replaced by new cells.
Naturally, enjoying long-lasting results is all about maintaining your weight. Although your body will not grow new fat cells, the remaining existing fat cells will be able to expand to store more fat for energy, so it’s best if you make lifestyle choices that make it difficult to gain weight. Exercising regularly, eating right, and drinking in moderation are all good starts to maintain your results.
Finally, when you are happy with the way your body looks and with the amount of fat that has been removed from your body shape, you will feel more confident. Boosting your confidence is a benefit that should not be underestimated. When people feel better about their appearance, they also tend to be happier and make healthier choices.
What Is Involved in This Treatment?
Lipo is generally performed under general or local anesthesia, depending on your exact treatment plan. Usually, a small incision is made on an area of the body where fat is to be removed, and then unwanted body fat is removed with a suction device.
Your surgery or treatment may take up to two hours or more based on how many areas are being treated. After your surgery, you may be instructed to wear compression garments for several weeks.
How Much Weight Can You Lose?
To be clear, lipo surgery is not a weight reduction treatment. Body fat weighs less than muscles, so regardless of how much fat is removed with this treatment, you will not lose a significant amount of weight. However, most people can expect to lose at least one pant or dress size after this treatment, or more if they continue to exercise and diet after recovery.
Who Is This Treatment Right For?
This treatment is generally aimed at people who have at least 30% of body fat that can be safely removed, as well as those who are within at least 20% of their target weight. This treatment is appropriate for both genders and people of all ages, and may even be an ideal treatment to help complete a weight loss journey.
Those who are qualified for this treatment include those who are in the right weight range, those who are not pregnant, and those who are healthy enough for surgery.
Be Slimmer With Liposuction in Houston
Sometimes, slimming down your shape isn’t as easy as dieting and exercising. When you have stubborn pockets of fat that won’t go away no matter how much you work for it, it may be time to consider a cosmetic surgery solution.
Liposuction procedures are safe, efficient, and effective options for the vast majority of people, particularly those who want to refine their body proportions and feel more confident.