How Long Will It Take to See Results?
A degree of results with either method of tumescent liposuction are immediate; some results are seen right away due to the removal of fat cells with final results being observed between 12 and 24 weeks afterward. Because tumescent solution is injected into the areas as well as from the body’s natural healing process which involves some swelling in the treated areas, full results will not be seen until several months after the procedure is done.
With standard tumescent liposuction, patients that get liposuction in NYC or Long Island may notice firmness and lumpiness which goes away as the healing phase progresses. For patients who have had SmartLipo laser liposuction, they will have a smoother profile with tightened skin immediately but will also have post-operative swelling which will go away over the following few months.
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How Long Will Results Last?
Results will last for many years if the patient maintains a consistent exercise program and watches caloric intake. Though the fat cells have been destroyed and removed through the liposuction procedure, the fat cells that remain in the body are all prone to becoming filled with more fat if weight is gained. Fat cells that were removed will not grow back, but again, the fat cells that remain can become larger if a patient gains weight.
Getting liposuction means that you can truly keep your results looking like they did at first with proper maintenance and care of the body as the essential key to success. When weight is gained, it will be proportionally distributed throughout the body and not focused in the areas where liposuction was done.
Patients who gain weight or experience age-related weight gain will find that their overall profile will still be more desirable than if they had never had liposuction.
Liposuction and Cellulite
Liposuction is a wonderful solution for treating areas of stubborn fat that have accumulated in specific areas of the body. Cellulite, however, is not the same as excess fatty tissue and can be present in either thin or obese patients.
The bumpy, puckering of the skin that cellulite causes is actually due to fibrous tissue in the skin that connects the skin to the muscles. Tumescent liposuction can certainly lessen the appearance of cellulite (especially with the laser liposuction method) but is not the solution to eliminating cellulite completely.
Studies that have been done on laser liposuction patients have shown definitively that cellulite is improved long term after their procedure. However, we have another excellent solution for patients who want to greatly reduce cellulite: the VelaShapetm treatment. Click here to find out more about how VelaShape works.
Liposuction as a Weight Loss Method
We always remind our liposuction patients that liposuction is not a method for losing weight. It is for patients who are already close to their ideal body weight (within about 25 pounds), exercise regularly and eat well. Liposuction helps patients lose those last few inches in areas where diet and exercise have failed to produce the results they are looking for.
Patients can lose up to a couple of pounds after liposuction, depending upon how many areas have been treated and the size of those areas. However, the goal with liposuction is to lose inches and to sculpt the body areas into more desirable contours. They will experience a loss of several clothing sizes and will be thinner in terms of inches lost.
Liposuction for Obese Patients
The reason why we label our ideal liposuction candidates as those patients who are within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight is because the best result will be achieved. However, for obese patients who are looking to target specific trouble areas of the body such as especially large tummy pouches, love handles or bra strap bulges, liposuction is a viable solution.
It is not to be thought of as a means for weight loss, but instead can be a way for obese patients to create for themselves a more desirable contour as they are on their journey to permanent weight loss.
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