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Common Misperceptions about Liposuction

One of the common impressions people have about liposuction is that it is a magic answer to being overweight. People often think that losing weight can be accomplished simply and easily via surgery, either bariatric or liposuction. But for people who are truly overweight or obese, liposuction is not the answer, and it’s important to understand why.

While both men and women have common trouble spots for weight gain, when a person puts on a great deal of weight, it won't all be in one spot. He or she will be heavier in the face, the arms, the legs, the abdomen - over the entire body. So to take weight off evenly for a completely slim and graceful appearance, regular dieting or exercise must be done. Bariatric surgery, as a form of enforced dieting, will also accomplish this.

Liposuction is not a weight loss program. Liposuction is a solution for removing fat from targeted areas after general weight loss has been accomplished or when diet and exercise alone fail to create the body silhouette the patient is looking to have. The ideal candidate for liposuction is a patient who is young, has some stubborn fat deposits, and whose skin is still elastic.

The last point - about skin quality - is important because liposuction will not do anything about stretched out skin caused from pregnancy or weight gain. Liposuction is the removal of fat deposits, not loose skin. With a large enough weight gain, skin will stretch beyond its ability to return to its original condition. In these cases, there is an additional need for a tummy tuck or other targeted surgical removal of loose skin.

Timing is important for any surgery as well. Liposuction shouldn’t be done right after you have a baby, even if you’re sure your pregnancy days are over because your body hasn’t returned to its normal state, and, until that happens, you will not know where you need to focus your attention, whether through diet, exercise, or surgery.

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What Are the Long-term Results of Liposuction?

We are all familiar with weight loss in America - both the successes and the failures. Unfortunately for many people, even the most disciplined, diet and exercise will not get rid of the last layer of stubborn fat that remains. To accomplish that they will need surgery; however, patients who are considering liposuction as a way to fix their figure problems want to know that the procedure will have long-term positive effects.

 

Liposuction is the surgical and permanent removal of fat cells. Your plastic surgeon will make a small incision in the area or areas you’ve chosen to target for body sculpting, insert a thin tube called a cannula, and then vacuum out the fat cells through a flexible pipe. After liposuction, those fat cells are gone and will not return. This means that any weight gain after the surgery will occur much less in those areas, as there are fewer fat cells remaining there to expand with new fat. It doesn’t mean that weight gain anywhere is off the table. To maintain your improved figure, diet and exercise will continue to be important parts of your lifestyle.

 

At Bancroft Feldman we advise our Houston area patients to have realistic expectations of their liposuction procedure. Those fat cells are gone and will not grow back, but if a patient goes on to gains a significant amount of weight after their procedure, new fat cells can form, and new figure problems will emerge.

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What Is a Mommy Makeover?

 

Most people would agree that there is little that is more beautiful than a young mother with her first child. While pregnancy is not always enjoyable or pleasant, the hormonal changes to a woman’s body often give her a “glow” that is lovely to see, and when her child is placed in her arms to look at and to love, it’s a moment in a lifetime. Anyone is lucky to see it.

Those same hormonal changes that help to prepare a woman’s body for childbirth and nourish her baby both inside and outside the womb, alter her in ways women do not understand until they experience it for themselves. Skin and muscle ligaments soften, stretch, and sometimes even tear. Pregnancy is a dramatic and sometimes traumatic process, but nursing a baby is a taxing one too. After all of this, few women look or feel the same.

A “mommy makeover” is a combination of surgical procedures designed to restore a woman’s body as closely as possible to her pre-pregnancy state. The physical changes described above often result in loose skin, abdominal fat build up, and sagging breasts, particularly when a woman has gone through multiple pregnancies. Some women assume that when they’ve birthed and then weaned their last child, they can pull themselves into pre-baby shape with the right healthy food choices, exercise regimen, and body creams, but they do not understand that skin and muscle is not like a rubber band. It stretches, yes, but it doesn’t just bounce back with hard work and good intentions.

The mommy makeover involves both an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck (with potential liposuction to remove any stubborn abdominal fat) and a breast lift. The abdominoplasty procedure removes any sagging skin, stretch marks, and bulging and restores the tummy to its previous flat condition. Breasts lifts are used to tighten lax breast ligaments and help the breasts regain their previous “perky” look. Breast augmentation can also be done at the same time to add fullness.

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What Is the Difference between a Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

Many people who are not satisfied with the appearance of their abdominal area wonder about the options they have for improving or revitalizing their bodies. Here we will explore the differences between some of the more common plastic surgery procedures: liposuction and the abdominoplasty or, as it’s more colloquially known, the “tummy tuck.”

 

But, first, what do these procedures have in common? They are both used to remove abdominal fat and return the body to a more youthful looking state. Often as people age and experience life events like childbirth, their bodies change as well, and the abdominal area often takes the brunt. While many of our patients are active people who exercise regularly and moderate their eating patterns, some types of wear and tear can’t really be erased with simple diet and exercise modification. And while once clothing may have covered up many smaller figure issues, the fashions of today are more designed to showcase rather than hide.

The plastic surgeons at Bancroft Feldman are adept at turning back the clock in cases like these. Let’s break down the options.

 

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