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Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery in the United States. This body contouring procedure is an effective way to eliminate unwanted fat in troublesome areas such as the abdomen and “love handles.” The most important step of the lipo process is choosing your liposuction surgeon. He or she will have a direct impact on your results, so choosing an experienced plastic surgeon will decrease your odds of being unhappy with your liposuction outcome.
It’s important to remember that liposuction results vary as the procedure is customized to suit your cosmetic goals. There are also limitations to what lipo can accomplish, so you need to have realistic expectations. For example, if you have unwanted abdominal fat and significant loose skin, liposuction will only remove the fat. A tummy tuck would likely be a better fit for you in that instance. However, some types of lipo can improve skin laxity.
If you’ve had liposuction and are unhappy with your results, follow these steps before you consider another procedure or “touch-up:”
Our liposuction surgeon in San Diego will go through the details of your procedure at your initial consultation as well as answer your questions and provide instructions to move forward. This includes establishing and maintaining a healthy diet with low-fat foods and a good exercise regimen. Gaining weight after liposuction will alter your results, leaving you unsatisfied with your procedure.
Once you’ve had liposuction surgery, you need time to heal. You may notice your slimmer body contour immediately after liposuction, but there will be some swelling and bruising that can take several weeks to dissipate. Your full results may not show for six months to a year.
The length of time it takes for your results to set in depends on the type of liposuction procedure you underwent and how well you’ve followed recovery directions. Some forms of liposuction such as laser-assisted lipo shorten recovery time and speed up results with the added benefit of skin tightening. Be careful not to gain weight during this process.
If you’ve maintained a steady weight and believe you’re fully recovered from liposuction, it’s time to approach your doctor. Tell him or her that you’re not satisfied with your results and come up with a plan to achieve your original aesthetic goals. Sometimes, a plastic surgeon will take steps to improve your results such as a less-invasive touch-up procedure or a secondary liposuction surgery. There are also nonsurgical options such as VelaShape that can eliminate fat through other means.
Some men and women wish to have a different surgeon perform their liposuction touch-up in which case your surgeon should refer you to a trusted colleague.
You can avoid unsatisfactory liposuction results by reading patient testimonials and choosing an excellent surgeon, following all instructions, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
If you’re interested in liposuction or are unhappy with your results from a previous procedure, please contact Avalon Lipo & Aesthetics today at (619) 468-4631. Our experienced liposuction surgeon serves patients in San Diego and Carlsbad, California.
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