What you should know about liposuction

Liposuction is becoming increasingly popular as men and women are both looking for ways to sculpt the body they desire. If you have stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet or exercise, then liposuction may be exactly what you need to achieve the look you love.

Here are some things you should know about liposuction and questions you should ask. 

  • Liposuction is NOT a weight-loss procedure. While liposuction breaks down and removes the subcutaneous fat layer, which is the layer of fat just under the skin, this is not a weight-loss procedure. These are usually areas of stubborn fat that diet and exercise alone cannot fix. 
  • Liposuction can be performed on several areas of the body, most often the muffin top, love handles, abdomen, bra strap area, outer thighs, breasts, bottom of upper arms, chin and back of the neck. 
  • The best candidates for surgery are patients who are in good general health and are at or close to their ideal weight. They are nonsmokers who also have realistic expectations of outcomes. 
  • Patients who have good skin elasticity are the best candidates for liposuction. If you have loose skin or cellulite, you may have uneven or dimpled skin after liposuction. Dr. Silverman can recommend other treatment options if liposuction isn’t the best procedure for your aesthetic goals and concerns. 
  • Most patients can return to work just a few days after the procedure and resume light activities within 2-4 weeks. They may experience discomfort such as swelling, bruising and tenderness in the area of the procedure. You may need to wear compression garments to help with healing. 
  • Once the fat cells are removed during liposuction, they are gone for good. You can gain new fat cells, so it’s important to follow a healthy lifestyle after your treatment to maintain results and prevent new fat cells from forming and negating your results. 

If you have been thinking about liposuction, call (617) 965-9500 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Silverman.

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