Liposuction results can vary from person to person, depending on the condition of the body before surgery, patients’ lifestyles, and the extent of surgery.
The goal of liposuction is to remove body fat from specific areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss procedure. Instead, liposuction is designed to reduce fat in particular “problem areas.” Common areas where liposuction is performed are arms, hips, thighs, abdomens, backs, chins, and love handles. The process of fat removal sculpts the body by removing fat from certain areas, thus eliminating bulges and bumps. Patients may experience more favorable body contours after liposuction.
Results can be more or less dramatic depending on how much fat was removed during the procedure. The liposuction surgeon can assess how much fat is appropriate and healthy to remove.
Again, liposuction results depend on the individual. The results are permanent but that does not mean a former patient cannot gain weight following the procedure. Liposuction removes the fat and fat cells from localized areas. The patient can still gain weight but the fat will be distributed to different areas of the body. That is why it is very important for former patients to maintain a healthy weight through diet and regular exercise.
Good candidates for liposuction are people who are already close to their target weights. Liposuction is not recommended for people who are obese and it is not a replacement for weight loss surgery. A perspective patient should consult with his or her doctor and with a liposuction surgeon about their eligibility for this surgery.
To get an idea what liposuction results may look like, look at liposuction before and after photos of real patients. Photos and patient testimonials will provide insight into potential results of perspective patients. Talking to a certified liposuction doctor will also help set expectations.