liposuction questions Liposuction is an ideal procedure for those who have lost weight through diet and exercise, but who haven’t been able to slim down certain areas of the body such as the thighs, tummy or arms. Liposuction allows your cosmetic surgeon to target problem areas of fat.

Below are answers to some frequently asked liposuction questions.

Is liposuction a weight loss procedure?

Liposuction is not an obesity or weight loss treatment; it selectively removes persistent subcutaneous fat – fat that’s directly under the skin – that you have not been able to get rid of through diet and exercise.

Before surgery, your cosmetic surgeon will ask to lose as much weight as you can, as the results will be better if you are at a healthy weight prior to surgery.

What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?

Liposuction can be used to treat many areas of the body where fatty deposits are found, including the abdomen, neck, chin, chest, upper arms, hips, thighs, knees and ankles.

Does liposuction remove cellulite?

Liposuction is not a cellulite removal procedure. Patients should be aware that sometimes removing the fat just under the skin can actually worsen the dimpled look, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS). Talk to your cosmetic surgeon about what kind of results you can expect from liposuction, based on your body.

Can the removed fat come back after liposuction?

Fat does not return to the area treated with liposuction, according to the AACS. However, it is recommended that you keep up a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and exercise.

How does tumescent liposuction differ from traditional liposuction?

The tumescent technique involves using a tumescent solution in the targeted area that firms the fat, making it easier to remove. Then small incisions are made and a narrow tube (called a cannula) is inserted to dislodge and vacuum the fat.

Other liposuction techniques include laser-assisted liposuction and ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Your cosmetic surgeon will determine which technique is right for you.

For more information on liposuction, contact Dr. Mandell-Brown in Cincinnati.