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The Basics of Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgery that uses a steel tube to suck out extra fat from your body. The procedure allows people to reshape their bodies, especially problem areas that go unchanged because diet and exercise are not enough.

The Importance of Having Realistic Expectations

Liposuction isn’t an overnight cure for obesity. Possible candidates for liposuction need to be aware of the limitations of the procedure and how long it can take to see results post-surgery.

You will lose inches, not weight, from having liposuction. In fact, it can take several weeks to three months to see the results. The area worked on will be swollen in the weeks following the surgery.

Additionally, having fat removed from one section of your body, like your abdomen, will not affect the rest of your body. In time you will be able to see your noticeably smaller waist in the mirror and you may be able to fit into smaller jeans, but if you still have extra pockets of fat in other places on your body, they will remain. Liposuction is not a total body restructuring process. The purpose of liposuction is to take care of the fat in problem areas that don’t change with diet and exercise.

Liposuction and Scarring

The number one thing that keeps people from having liposuction, aside from the cost, is the fear of scarring. Though years ago scarring was a big problem, modern technology makes it possible to have minimal scarring. There will be two small incisions which are normally made in spots that can be hidden pretty well, like under the arm and near the bikini line.

Dark scars don’t last, either. You can expect them to fade to a white line within a year after the surgery until they are nearly invisible. If you are still afraid of having unsightly scars, there are products on the market to reduce the look and pigmentation of scars.

The Cost of Liposuction

Liposuction is considered cosmetic surgery and, therefore, is not covered by most health insurance programs.

The average liposuction on the abdomen runs around $8,000. Having multiple areas done at one time costs more and having other areas, like the sagging fat under your arms, costs much less. The actual cost of the liposuction varies quite a bit form surgeon to surgeon and can also depend on where you have it done. Some surgeons do outpatient treatment in their office, while others use a hospital to perform the surgery.

Deciding on Liposuction

As with any surgery, Liposuction poses some risks. In addition to the usual side effects and risks from anesthesia, you will likely experience:

– Pain
– Swelling
– Bruising
– Numbness
– Scarring
– Limited movement

Since the side effects wear off rather quickly and the fat will be gone forever, you have to decide if liposuction is the right option for you. Family members and your doctor can offer opinions to consider, but the decision to have liposuction is completely up to you.

The Institute of Cosmetic Surgery in Toronto, offers cosmetic plastic surgery, liposuction, face lifts and other procedures.