Millions of people struggle to shed extra inches in classic problem areas, like the hips and thighs, so it’s easy to see why liposuction remains the most popular cosmetic procedure performed year after year. When diet and exercise fail to produce the results you expect, it may be time to join the many patients who have finally reached their aesthetic goals with liposuction surgery performed by Sacramento’s premier board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Donald Hause.
Why Can’t I Lose the Last Five Pounds?
Stubborn pockets of fat are among the most common cosmetic complaints among people of virtually all ages and ethnicities. While almost everyone has at least one “problem area” — a place on the body that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise in the expected way — some factors, in particular, can contribute to the accumulation of stubborn fat. These include:
- Certain medications
- Certain medical conditions
For patients who have made a concerted effort with diet and exercise, are at or near their goal weight, and are in good overall health, liposuction may offer the opportunity to finally shed the last few inches that are standing in the way of their ultimate aesthetic goals.
Where Can Liposuction Be Performed?
One of the most exciting aspects of liposuction fat removal is that it can be used to eliminate stubborn fat almost anywhere on the body, allowing patients to address even the most precise and specific problem areas that are unique to them. Some of the most common areas of resistant fat that can be slimmed and smoothed with liposuction include:
- Under the chin
- Male chest
- Upper arms
- Above the knee
What to Expect During Liposuction
In most cases, liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia.
To minimize post-operative side effects and reduce recovery time, Dr. Hause may recommend a specialized liposuction technique, like ultrasound-assisted liposuction or tumescent liposuction. Much like traditional liposuction, these approaches involve the insertion of a thin cannula beneath the skin via small incisions. In a traditional case, the surgeon then breaks up stubborn fat cells with vigorous manual motions. This can lead to significant bruising and swelling and a prolonged recovery period. With a more advanced approach, like ultrasonic liposuction, ultrasound energy is administered to the treatment area to gently dislodge fat cells, allowing them to be removed more efficiently and minimizing trauma to the surrounding tissues.
How Much Weight Can I Lose With Liposuction?
Patients considering liposuction should understand that the procedure is not designed for weight loss. On average, most liposuction patients lose less than five pounds by the scale. Despite this, the reduction in inches achieved through liposuction can result in a dramatic cosmetic transformation, with many patients dropping at least one clothing size.
With a commitment to maintaining a stable weight after liposuction, your results can last for years to come. If you’re ready to take the first step in the final phase of your own transformation, don’t wait any longer. Call Sacramento Aesthetic Surgery at (916) 646-6869 or complete our online contact form to schedule a consultation for liposuction in Sacramento, CA with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Donald Hause.