Removing fat cells from the body is not always as simple as eating a healthy diet and exercise. Liposuction is both safe and effective at targeting and removing fat cells from areas of the body. However, liposuction is a surgical procedure, and therefore should be discussed with your physician or a cosmetic surgeon to ensure it is the right choice for you. This article will discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of this surgery to help you decide whether or not you should get liposuction.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, contrary to popular belief, is not a procedure intended for weight loss. Rather, liposuction is done to remove fat from certain body areas where it is typically difficult to remove. While liposuction is unique to each patient’s needs, some common areas for surgery are the chin, back of the neck, breasts, and love handles.
Liposuction has advanced in recent years to become more efficient and effective. Surgeons now use a mix of traditional methods plus ultrasound, laser, and water jet techniques to ensure fat cells are removed while limiting the effects on surrounding tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. These new techniques additionally aid in increasing skin tightness.
Things to Consider:
Price is a factor in every purchase; however, basing a decision solely on affordability is not advisable for medical procedures. Prices vary by cosmetic surgeons and the amount and size of the areas that a patient wishes to address. When scheduling a consultation with a surgeon, always ask about pricing and fees. Most reputable surgeons will advise you of this without being prompted, but it is important to be informed. Dr. Zoran Potparic, a highly respected cosmetic surgeon in South Florida, estimates around $1,500 to $2,500 per area, with an average total cost of $4,500. Though the price will ultimately impact your selection of cosmetic surgeons, your utmost priority should be your feeling comfortable and confident that your surgeon is professional and effective.
The first step in scheduling a procedure is to identify the areas that you wish to address. Once again, liposuction is not a solution for weight loss but rather to remove pockets of fat that are resistant to changes in diet and exercise.
As stated before, not every procedure is identical. Though recovery time and discomfort are specific to each patient, with more than 30 years of experience in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Potparic can give an estimation of each of these factors in most liposuction procedures.
Typically, anesthesia used during surgery is twilight or general anesthesia. The actual surgery usually lasts from 2 to 4 hours, with an average recovery time of 5 to 7 days. You should be aware there may be mild to moderate discomfort during recovery time, and you should also refrain from excessive physical exertion for a few weeks post-surgery. Before the procedure, ask your physician about all potential side effects and the recommended recovery time and restrictions.
Scheduling a Procedure
After careful consideration and discussion with professionals, it may be time to schedule your procedure. If you are located in the South Florida area, we recommend scheduling an appointment with South Florida’s leading cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Potparic. With over 30 years of hands-on experience, Dr. Potparic specializes in all areas of liposuction, lip reduction surgery, scarless breast lifts, and more! Visit Dr. Potparic’s website today to see a complete list of services and to schedule a consultation.