How Much Weight Is Lost

From the beginning of time, youth and beauty have been a focal point of life. Body image is one of the primary factors in the achievement of the perfect you. A procedure known as liposuction has been a popular means to that very goal since 1982, when it was first introduced in the United States . This cosmetic surgical procedure targets specific areas of the body to remove the fat cells. The question is; does it remove the weight when it removes the fat cells?

A common misconception about liposuction is that if you have 20-pounds of fat removed in a procedure of this nature, then you would be 20-pounds lighter when you stepped on the scale after it. A study was done by the New England Journal of Medicine that showed that a weight loss of 10-pounds would occur even in women who were obese. This would mean then, that only approximately 50 percent of the “fat pounds” loss will be actual weight loss.

Therefore, it is recommended that the individual should lose all the weight that they intend to before opting for this procedure. The common body areas most often targeted for liposuction are the chin, belly, upper arms, thighs and bootie. These are the areas that this procedure will help shape and sculpt; but, do not to confuse liposuction results with those of a tummy tuck, which will also tighten the skin. Women who have lost the elasticity of their skin may not be satisfied with the final results.

The procedure can be performed in the doctor’s office, under a local anesthetic, for the smaller areas of the body such as the chin or arms; or, in a hospital setting for the thighs and larger parts of the body. It is a minimally invasive procedure that involves making a small incision in the proposed location, injecting saline solution to separate the fat and the muscle; and then inserting a cannula to extract the fat cells. This is one of several methods of liposuction.

It is important to find a reputably accredited plastic surgeon to perform any of these procedures. Also, educate yourself to the benefits and risks of receiving such a procedure before you begin. Any procedure that is invasive to the body will have possible risks and recovery time. Decide before you start if you can live with these.