Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is performed to remove stubborn fat from a targeted area of the body. There are areas where fat accumulation seems to be more likely. These areas include:
- Above the knees
Can Liposuction Treat More than One Area at Once?
Fat doesn’t often gather in just one part of the body. Most of our patients complain about at least two areas in which liposuction could be useful. Fortunately, it is possible to treat more than one area in one surgery. However, patients are advised to have liposuction only when they are close to their ideal weight. Liposuction does not reduce body weight but it does nicely modify shape. Therefore, it is seen more as a body contouring procedure than a tool for weight loss. Furthermore, there are limitations to the amount of fat a surgeon can safely extract at one time. That limit is enough to have a noticeably positive impact on appearance but not so much that the scale will budge.
Can Fat Come Back?
The liposuction procedure extracts a certain amount of fatty tissue. The good news is that we are born with all the fat cells we will ever have. The bad news is that all fat cells can enlarge if we do not take care to eat the right foods for our body and exercise regularly. The results of liposuction can last indefinitely with healthy lifestyle choices. These are unique to each of us. For example, if you aren’t a fan of high-intensity workouts, you can walk or dance or do other aerobic activities about 2.5 hours a week. If high-intensity is your style, you may achieve the same results with fewer active hours each week. Your body will tell you what’s right. Liposuction results generally last well with a healthy lifestyle. They can even be enhanced, but this calls for a more demanding fitness routine that usually involves some amount of strength training.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you think liposuction may be the key to feeling better about your shape, come see us. Dr. Leedy performs a variety of different liposuction techniques, including tumescent liposuction and SmartLipo laser-assisted liposuction. If you are interested in body contouring without surgery, talk with us about CoolSculpting. We’d love to see you in our Cleveland area office. Contact us at 440-459-0007 to schedule a visit.