Struggling with excess body fat can be a challenge for many people, leading them to look for body contouring solutions. When traditional methods such as diet and exercise fail to get rid of fat deposits or bulges, liposuction may be an option to achieve your desired results. It’s one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States and can target many areas such as the abdomen, waist, thighs, hips, upper arms, back, and more.

Liposuction can enhance body definition, improve proportions and contour, and boost selfconfidence, but it is a fat reduction procedure rather than a weight loss treatment. Ideal candidates typically fall within 30% of a healthy weight range and have localized fat pockets for targeted reduction. Good candidates also are non-smokers (if you are a smoker, it’s best to stop smoking as soon as you schedule your procedure).

Skin condition also plays a pivotal role in the procedure. Your surgeon will evaluate the condition of your skin when discussing liposuction. Patients with good skin elasticity are good candidates, while those with cellulite or loose skin may not be.

The procedure itself involves making small incisions in the skin and inserting an instrument called a cannula into the fat pocket. The cannula is attached to a suction device to extract the fat. Since the instrument is small, the scars are small as well. Depending on how much fat is removed, you can expect to see final results within 1 – 3 months after surgery.

Recovery varies from person to person depending on the area treated, amount of fat removed, and your daily activities. Most patients are able to return to work within a few days after their procedure and resume all normal activities (like exercise) within 2-4 weeks. Following your surgeon’s post-op instructions is the best way to have as short a recovery as possible. You may feel some discomfort but rest, hydration, and abstaining from smoking will help hasten the healing time and lessen the risk of complications. The most common post-surgical effects include swelling, bruising, and tenderness.

If you think liposuction might be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Robinson today or call our office at (219) 500-5766. His experience and expertise can help guide you on your body contouring journey and make sure you are pleased with your results!