More and more people are turning to cosmetic surgery such as liposuction to acheive their ideal body weight. Unfortunately, an increasingly busy lifestyle doesn’t leave enough time spent in the gym, so we need to turn to other means to keep ourselves looking our best.
According to the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, Australians spend as much as $1 billion each year on cosmetic treatments.
Around 30,000 liposuction procedures are conducted yearly in Australia, making it the fifth most popular cosmetic procedure, following anti-wrinkle injections, fillers, lasers, and breast augmentation.
Given this, it’s high time we address the number one question people have regarding the highly sought-out treatment: how much weight can we lose with liposuction?
What is liposuction for, anyway?
Before anything, we need first to understand the purpose of liposuction. Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. It is not an obesity treatment, either.
Liposuction is, in fact, a body contouring procedure that removes fat cells to contour or sculpts your body according to your desired shape.
Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle or proper diet and exercise partnered with the correct sleep schedule.
According to experts, liposuction should be used only if the desired body shape is not acheived despite a healthy lifestyle. For example, certain parts of the body could be resistant to diet and exercise, hence the need for liposuction.
Areas commonly treated with liposuction are the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper arms, calves and back.
How much weight can I lose with liposuction?
What you lose during liposuction does not depend on what you already have. However, people with heavier weight can not exceed the allowable weight lost during each procedure.
Generally, each procedure removes four to five pounds of fat cells, no more, no less. This amount will not drastically change your body type but will help do away with fat in stubborn areas.
In rare cases, up to eight pounds can be removed from the body. However, it is important to note that the more fat cells are removed, the higher the risks of the surgery.
If a client wants more body fat removed, a surgeon may allow the treatments to be broken up into several sessions, each session being at least one month apart from the other.
Will I still gain weight after liposuction?
Immediately after the procedure, weight gain is expected due to swelling and excess fluids. Body weight should return to normal within 4 to 6 weeks.
Compression garments are provided by the surgeon and should be worn all the time to aid in draining the anaesthetic solution from the body. Compression garments should be worn for at least a week to avoid infections and to ensure faster recovery time.
Clients who underwent liposuction should also engage in light exercise and a diet of carbohydrates, fruits, proteins, and vegetables.
Maintaining your desired weight won’t be difficult with the proper lifestyle, which also means that the liposuction treatment won’t be put to waste.
While the fat cells removed during liposuction can no longer come back, nothing will stop the body from replacing those fat cells if you put on weight.
Fat cells accumulate less often in treated areas, so when you put on weight after liposuction, those fat cells will most likely develop in a different area instead.
For best results, avoid overeating and actively maintain your desired weight through exercise.
Is liposuction safe for me?
Generally, yes, liposuction is safe for anyone who has a realistic expectation of what the treatment can provide.
As long as you’re not pregnant, breastfeeding, excessively obese or have blood clotting or bleeding disorders, liposuction is a safe and effective method to help you acheive your ideal body.
Either way, it’s always best to consult cosmetic surgeons who will advise how to best proceed with undergoing liposuction.
In Melbourne, the experts in liposuction work exclusively at Skin Club – Cosmetic Doctors. Before getting any treatment, clients must go through an obligation-Consultation meeting, so the treatment will surely be personalised and tailored to your needs.
Book a consultation today! Answer our online form or drop us a call at (03) 9999 7368. You may also visit our clinic at Studio 1, 150A Chapel Street, Windsor, to schedule a meeting.