Liposuction, or "lipo", is a popular medical weight loss surgery performed by removing excess fat from various areas of the body - typically areas that are most prone to storing excess fat such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, back and upper arms. Fat is permanently and gently removed through a very small, thin, hollow tube called a cannula, which is carefully inserted into tiny puncture incisions. The fat is removed using gentle suction to create a more streamlined, thinner body contour.
Among all the cosmetic surgeries available today, liposuction is by far the most common medical weight loss surgery performed both in the United States and in the UK with almost half a million liposuction procedures being performed each year in the United States alone.
It is particularly important to understand that liposuction is not a cure for obesity and is not a procedure that most doctors will even consider offering to anyone who is not already of a stable, relatively healthy body weight. Ideally patients are those who are at or near their ideal body weight but are struggling with areas of stubborn excess fat that does not seem to respond to regular exercise and a consistent healthy diet. The overall amount of fat that can be removed safely during a liposuction procedure is limited, which is another reason why this procedure is intended for those of stable, healthy weight ranges.
The main reason to people seek medical weight loss surgery is to improve ones physical appearance. Though some might argue that undergoing liposuction might provide some health benefits as well. The greatest outcome from liposuction comes from an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence as unwanted fat that has been plaguing a patient for years is finally removed for good.
When people gain weight, the fat cells they already possess within their body increases both in volume and in size. Liposuction can reduce how many fat cells are present in a specific area. The changes in body contour due to liposuction can be both significant and long lasting if the patient maintains a healthy diet and maintains their weight.
There are risks associated with any cosmetic procedure and liposuction is no exception. Before undergoing one of our liposuction procedures in St. Louis, MO, patients should consider the potential risks and benefits carefully and discuss their individual goals, expectations and questions with their doctor before moving forward. An experienced surgeon should be sought when seeking liposuction, or any cosmetic surgery.