|Q: Is liposculpture becoming more popular?
A: Yes. According to a recent study by the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, liposculpture has increased 215% in the last 5 years. Liposculpture is the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed today.
Q: Ever since I can remember, I've always had bulging saddle bag thighs just like my mother. Why is this?
A: Genetics significantly determine our shape and where we inherit fat cells. Rarely does a body have fat cells perfectly and evenly distributed. Some areas of our body inherit more fat cells and these areas frequently become our "problem areas." Unfortunately it sounds like you may have inherited your mom's saddlebag thighs, but fortunately it doesn't have to stay that way. Liposculpture easily targets the problem areas, permanently reduces the fat cells and blends down the area to balance it with the rest of your body. You no longer have a bulging saddle bag, but a smooth, trimmer thigh.
Q: How long after liposculpture can I return to work?
A: Depending on the type of work you do, many patients just take a "long weekend" off. Usually after a few days the discomfort is just minimal tenderness and easily managed. With the exception of strenuous work or exercise, most patients resume all their normal activities in a few days.
Q: I've read that liposculpture is for areas of fat that are diet and exercise resistant. What does this mean?
A: "Diet and exercise resistant" is a phrase that can lead to much confusion. This refers to the areas of your body where you genetically inherited more fat cells. Therefore these areas are out of proportion, bulge or are larger than the surrounding area. If you pinch in one of these areas it feels thicker than if you pinch around it. Diet and exercise can shrink these areas, but still won't make them proportionate to the rest of your body. Since the problem areas stay out of proportion, many people refer to them as "diet and exercise resistant" areas. Liposculpture essentially "spot reduces." It targets the problem area and therefore selectively reduces it. The end result is a tailored, trimmer you!
Q: My trainer told me I don't need liposculpture because I can "spot reduce" my problem areas. Is this true?
A: You can diet and exercise to reduce your overall body size, but no one can selectively lose fat, shrink or "spot reduce" the problem area only.
Q: Can liposculpture be used for weight loss?
A: No. There is no substitute for altering your lifestyle (eating healthy and regular exercise) to lose weight and make yourself healthier. Liposculpture trims your body and tailors the areas that are out of balance.
Q: I know I need liposculpture on my inner thighs and lower abdomen. I'm not overweight and otherwise like my shape. Should I try to lose weight before liposculpture?
A: Many patients feel compelled to lose weight to decrease the size of the problem area. However, they soon realize these problem areas change very little, even with aggressive dieting and exercise. I usually recommend that my patients are at a stable weight before liposculpture so they can easily maintain their liposculpture results. With the problem areas gone, many patients are finally able to accept and feel great about their body as a whole. The issue of trying to lose weight to reduce the problem area is no longer an issue and therefore there is no need to put themselves through unhealthy fad or strict diets.
Q: What are some of the most common areas of liposculpture?
A: Liposculpture is commonly used for shaping the face, neck, abdomen, back, "love handles," buttocks, hips, thighs and knees. There are also other areas that are treated less commonly, like arms and ankles. Liposculpture can be done almost anywhere there is a focused pocket of fat that is thicker than the surrounding fat. Liposculpture will then remove the extra fat cells in this pocket to blend and balance body contour.
Q: I heard that the fat removed by liposculpture is gone forever. Is this true?
A: Fat cells removed through liposculpture are permanently removed. If you gain weight, the remaining fat cells will enlarge in the area just as they will elsewhere in your body. But the fat cells that liposculpture removes are gone and the pocket will never be as large as it would have been.
Q: How long after liposculpture will I be able to see my results?
A: Depending on the size of the pockets and amount of swelling, many of my patients see a change immediately after surgery. Their results then continue to improve as the swelling slips away over the next few weeks.
Q: Am I going to have to replace my entire wardrobe after having liposculpture?
A: No. You will not need to buy an entire wardrobe. But wearing the same clothes you currently wear can be exciting because they fit so much better and no longer cling to that old problem area. Prior to liposculpture, most patients clothes tend to pull around the areas they have treated. Many patients talk about having to try on several pairs of jeans before they find a pair that hides the problem areas. But with the problem area gone, finding jeans is no longer the ordeal it once was. You actually have fun shopping and will enjoy easily finding clothes that look terrific!
Q: Does liposculpture hurt?
A: The discomfort after liposculpture is usually very minimal, often compared to the feeling of "a deep bruise." This can easily be managed with pain medication, although many of my patients will choose not to take any at all.
Q: I'm 25 years old and have always noticed that I have a very full looking face, especially in my jowl area. Can liposculpture be done in this area?
A: Yes. Frequently genetics cause some people to have a very full, rounded face, particularly in the jowl and jawline region. With liposculpture, the lower face, jawline and neck can be sculpted, giving you better definition and a much "thinner" looking face!
Q: Are there any restrictions after having liposculpture?
A: Depending on the area that was treated, you will be wearing a tummy binder or pressure garment for a few weeks. This fits easily under your clothing and minimizes swelling. After this period, you can resume strenuous exercise. Depending upon your job, most people return to work in only a few days!
Q: I'm a 38 year old businessman. I think I take good care of myself by exercising and eating right, but I still have "love handles," these rolls that hang over my belt on my back. I can look around the gym and I know I'm not the only one, but what can be done?
A: Men tend to deposit their weight differently than women. While women frequently carry excess fat cells in their thighs and hips, men frequently carry it in their abdomen or the area just above or at their beltline, otherwise known as "love handles". Like other pockets of fat, liposculpture can easily trim these down and leave a more sculpted physique.
Q: I have lots of dimpled cellulite on my thighs. Does liposculpture eliminate cellulite?
A: No. Although a few patients feel the appearance of their cellulite has improved after liposculpture, liposculpture is not a treatment for cellulite.
Q: I exercise daily and eat very healthy. But it seems no matter how much I exercise or reduce my calories, my inner thighs are still fat and even rub together when I walk. Is there anything I can do?
A: Yes. Liposculpture, is an excellent technique to remove unwanted focused pockets of fat that are often times diet and exercise resistant. When these focused pockets of fat are removed, you are left with a more even body contour or in your case a smoother inner thigh.
Q: I've always had a fat tummy and since having children it's only worse. Can liposculpture help me?
A: If there is a thick layer of fat focused on your abdomen, liposculpture may balance the disproportionate fat cells by removing them and smooth your abdomen. However, if there is loose skin or possible weak abdominal muscles bulging, then a tummy tuck might give you the best result.
Q: Where are the incisions for liposculpture?
A: The incisions are very small and hidden extremely well. An example would be in the buttock crease or inside the belly button so no one, including the patient, should ever see them.