Liposuction Results – Realistic Expectations



Liposuction is a cosmetic change made to a healthy body. A healthy body is the one with a mere 10-15 pounds more over the medically desirable weight.

Effectiveness of Liposuction and Reasonable Expectations

The applicable benefits, complications/risks, and side effects determine the effectiveness of liposuction results. Therefore, the expectations and resulting changes from this cosmetic surgery are different for different people. Talking at length with your doctor may help get your hopes right. You should refer to the before and after liposuction photos of your surgeon’s cases to understand how you might look after the procedure. The doctor must ensure that the patient’s expectations from the treatment are pragmatic and attainable.

Realistic Expectations from Liposuction

  • Not a Magic: Liposuction delivers moderate results. You cannot come down suddenly from plus size clothing to   small. It is more a slight body shaping.
  • Margin of Error: Liposuction surgery outcome is usually slightly short of perfect. Humans are working on sculpting and there is a scope of error. The only safeguard against it is to go to an experienced, board certified surgeon with a good record of accomplishment. Practiced hands help achieve changes the closest possible to the targeted ones.
  • Factors Influencing the Results: The age and the shape of the patient’s body at the start of liposuction are main influences on the final alterations.
  • Results Visibility: Lipo changes are not evident before at least 4-6 weeks. Swelling, bruising, and pain may occur until then.
  • Fat Relapse: Note that liposuction will not prevent you from gaining weight again. To keep your new shape and weight after liposuction, you must follow a proper diet and a committed exercise plan. The fat cells are removed permanently during the surgery. Now, if you gain weight after the procedure, the liposuction fat deposits will prefer the untreated sites with dense fat cells than the treated ones with scant pockets. Therefore, officially, the chances of fat relapse are minimal in the lipo suctioned area, while the procedure does not guarantee any resistance to weight gain in the rest of the body. When the weight gain is over 10%-12%, new fat cells may develop in any region, including the treated one.
  • Not a One Shot Solution: Liposuction is usually a multi-step fat removal procedure, especially in large volume liposuction. A maximum of 6-8 pounds of extraction can be made from the body in one go. Any higher elimination in one sitting may lead to serious health complications, even death.
  • Not a treatment for obesity: Liposuction is not a weight loss method and just contours the slightly fatty regions of the body. Obese people planning to undergo liposuction need to comprehend that it will be less successful in their case, while increasing the health risks as well.
  • Does not Treat Skin Irregularities: Lipo cannot improve the skin’s texture or treat stretch marks, skin dimpling, cellulite, sagging skin, etc.
  • Medically Unfit are Not Eligible: Those suffering from one or more medical complications, such as diabetes, edema, recurrent infections, heart trouble, blood flow irregularities, seizures, etc., are not considered fit for liposuction. The surgery may prove risky or the results may not be desirable in such cases.
  • Liposuction Risks and Complications: An operation nearly always has a component of complication(s) that may occur during or after the treatment. The choice to undergo liposuction is based on the comparison of the risk to ‘potential’ benefit. Skin contour irregularities, infections, swelling, excessive bleeding, allergic reactions, anesthesia overdose, fat embolism, visceral injuries, fluid imbalance, and disappointing outcome are some of the key risks of liposuction. Although the majority of plastic surgery patients do not experience these problems, but you should discuss each of them with your doctor to completely recognize the associated potential complications and consequences.

Effectiveness of Liposuction

  • Small Body Area: The smaller the body area(s) to be treated, more effective will be the changes. Liposuction helps contour body parts experiencing stubborn but small amount of fat deposit. This surgery helps gain control of your body’s appearance.
  • Target Precision: The liposuction procedure is now so progressive that you can choose an exact location for fat removal. This has considerably enhanced the accuracy and effectiveness of the results.
  • Specific Target Hit: LiposuctionTechniques like laser, super-wet, and tumescent liposuction help treat specific fat targets with minimum invasion and deliver effective modifications. While being low risk profile techniques, the recovery period for them is also shorter.
  • Fighting Genetics: Liposuction mainly helps remove genetically allocated fat pockets. These fat deposits are diet and exercise resistant. Therefore, in a way, liposculpture is a method to control a body’s form.
  • Feel Good Factor: The body shaping changes the clothes you wear and brings you enduring happiness. You may step down to lower sizes with better options of design and styles.
  • Dignity Boost: Once you have achieved your desirable body type, your self-esteem may be incredibly boosted and you may feel motivated to pursue a healthy lifestyle to keep the results durable.
  • Weight Loss Delusion: Although only small quantities of fat are extracted through lipo suction, the reshaping effects are often impressive enough to impart the illusion of a significant weight loss.
  • Active Outdoor Fun: Your participation in outdoor activities may increase, as you will most likely feel better, active, and more confident of yourself.
  • Social acceptance: The benefits of liposuction are more than just aesthetic. It not only changes the way you look, but it may also favorably change the way others perceive you. Your social life may improve.
  • Post Pregnancy Durability: If you have undergone liposuction before pregnancy, then the liposuction results shall resume if you are able to regain your ideal weight after delivery.

What are stretch marks?

Stretch marks are textured colored stripes formed on the skin due to excessive stretching, breakdown, and rupture of the dermis. They do not have any health risks, but indicate poor skin quality and elasticity. Initially, the stretch marks look pink and raised. They then stretch in length to a dark purple color. Over time, they become white and flat.

Causes of Stretch Marks

Sudden weight change, pregnancy, weightlifting, growth during adolescence, genetic factors, high levels of body steroids, and mechanical effects trigger stretch marks.

Body Areas Affected by Stretch Marks

Common in both men and women, stretch marks mostly appear on the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, underarms, back, thighs, hips, and buttocks.

Does liposuction remove stretch marks?

Lipo suction is a surgical procedure to only remove excess fat from the body. It has no other function and therefore, it does not wipe out scars or stretch marks. In fact, the stretch marks become more visible after the liposuction procedure because fat removal leaves the skin loose.