16 Sep What types of body fat can liposuction remove?
You eat right, you work out so that you can get the lean look you want. But still you find yourself with stubborn areas of body fat that simply won’t budge, no matter how hard you target them. Perhaps you’ve spent hours in the gym trying to get rid of those love handles? Perhaps you’ve got difficult upper arm fat that won’t go away even with your lifting routine? Liposuction, often simply referred to as lipo, is a cosmetic procedure that can help you to trim your body and get rid of that stubborn fat that has meant you don’t look and feel your best.
But just what kind of body fat can liposuction effectively remove? Are there any shortcomings to liposuction? Read on to learn more about this very popular cosmetic procedure.
Body fat types
Did you know that there is more than one type of fat on the body? Generally speaking, there are two types of body fat. Only one can be addressed with liposuction. This type of fat is known as subcutaneous fat, as it sits just beneath the skin. Liposuction can be used to remove stubborn pockets of this type of fat, so that you can reveal underlying muscle and look more toned.
When considering body fat and liposuction, you should keep in mind that it is a body-contouring procedure that cannot address issues such as obesity. It is not suitable for use as a weight loss treatment. Those who are overweight often also have visceral fat, which is the fat that can surround the organs in those who not at an ideal weight. Losing weight in a healthy manner is the only way to reduce this type of body fat.
Areas that liposuction can address
When thinking about how to get rid of body fat with liposuction, it’s important to remember that the procedure can be used to sculpt and contour your body so that you get the trim and toned look you’ve been working towards. It can be used on most parts of the body where you are looking to address those stubborn pockets of fat. This could include the following:
- Stomach, often combined with the abdominoplasty procedure
- Thighs and hips
- Chest, both men and women can benefit
- Upper arms, and under arms
- Back, around the bra area
- Ankles and calves
- Neck and chin
Scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon is the best way to determine whether your areas of concern can be addressed with liposuction.
What liposuction cannot treat
Liposuction can produce dramatic results for patients. But it does have some limitations that you should be aware of. Realistic expectations from your surgery will help to ensure that you are happy with your results.
- Liposuction cannot tighten up loose or sagging skin. This is often best addressed with a procedure that targets loose and sagging skin, like the abdominoplasty for the stomach.
- Liposuction cannot get rid of cellulite. It can help to reduce the visibility of cellulite in some patients, but if there is excessive loose skin, liposuction can potentially make cellulite look worse.
- Liposuction will not make you lose weight. Certainly you’ll lose a bit of weight when the fat is removed during the procedure, but it is not to be considered a weight loss treatment.
- Liposuction should not be used as a substitute for a good workout program. Staying active will help to keep your results looking great.
Liposuction is a very effective cosmetic procedure that, when combined with other types of treatments, can produce incredible long-lasting results.