Everything You Ever Wanted To Know (But Were Too Afraid To Ask) About Liposuction
When it comes to plastic surgery, there are few procedures more taboo to talk about than liposuction. Yet, the procedure is more popular than ever. More than 225,000 people underwent liposuction surgery in 2016, and nearly 40 percent undergoing fat-removing liposuction procedures were men.
So, while talking about the advancements, innovations and newly non-invasive forms of liposuction might not be part of your casual conversations, the stats show more Americans than ever are exploring their plastic surgery options. With the number of patients checking in for cosmetic surgery steadily increasing year over year (up six percent from 2015 alone), it’s clear the times are changing for plastic surgery, and requests are drastically different.
“About 45 percent of my patients are coming in and asking for a Brazilian butt lift (a procedure that removes fat from the waistline and is injected for fuller buttocks and hips),” says Dr. Jared Liebman, who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Einstein Healthcare Network. “People want the ‘classic Kardashian’ look, this is the most frequently requested procedure in my office.”
How long will I be in the hospital?
If you think you’ll need to take a three-month hiatus from the beach post-op, think again. In many cases, liposuction is an outpatient surgery, so you’ll be able to receive treatment without having to be admitted overnight. Plus, with the average recovery time lasting about two weeks, most people are able to return to work within a few days.
If I want to enhance or fill out certain areas do I have to use chemical fillers?
Fillers are a becoming a thing of the past, according to a new report by American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Fat cell transfer is fast replacing fillers for many patients instead.
“Using your own fat cells to fill and shape your body is typically safer since you’re taking tissue from your own body and is less likely to reject it,” says Dr. Liebman.
Does liposuction totally reshape your body?
With the rise in popularity of fat cell transfer, liposuction is becoming less about going from full to thin and more about reshaping your total body. Female and male patients both can use their liposuction surgery as a way to completely transform their body’s overall shape and target trouble spots.
Do men get liposuction, too?
Liposuction and fat cell transfer is growing in popularity among men looking to target gynecomastia, commonly called ‘man boobs.’ For men, and women, struggling with this endocrine disorder, liposuction and fat transfer offers a proven method for reshaping their bodies and finally feeling confident in their skin.
Is it better to get surgery during the winter versus spring or summer?
There is no “wrong” time to undergo surgery. Although it’s usually ideal to start your surgery planning about three to six months from when you want to debut your new look, says Dr. Liebman.
You’ll want to ensure you plan your surgery for a time when you can take a few days off from work so you have a few days to rest before returning to your desk or any physical activity.
How often will I interact my surgeon through the process?
A good surgeon, and dedicated team, are there to answer any and all questions you have from your first consultation through every step of the post-opt process. They’re your best assets going into this life-changing experience.
That’s why the docs at Einstein Healthcare Network value the importance of making a first impression on their patients.
“It’s so important to work with a surgeon and team you feel comfortable discussing your goals with, says Dr. Liebman.
How long do the results last?
“This is the beginning of a new life,” says Dr. Liebman. Liposuction and fat cell removal/reshaping is a permanent way to reduce inches and transform your life with confidence. Following up with your doctor post-op and in the years that follow will allow you to work together to maintain your best results for a lifetime.
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