Is Liposuction a Good Way to Lose Weight?

Liposuction is a great way to trim excess fat from your body, but it is not a weight loss method. The goal of liposuction is not to reduce overall body weight but to remove stubborn pockets of excess fat to improve the shape of your body.

It may seem like a fine distinction, and in some ways it is. But it is important to know that liposuction isn’t capable of reducing someone’s weight. One’s body weight depends on the balance between the calories consumed as food and the calories used by daily activity including exercise. Any excess calories are stored in the body as fat and lead to weight gain. Even if you have fat removed by liposuction the body weight does not change unless there is a reduction of the calories stored by the body (by eating less and exercising more).

Think of liposuction as a way to chisel and fine-tune your physique. If you are already near your ideal body weight, but there is some fat clinging to your abdomen, thighs, back, etc., then liposuction is a great way to reveal a more toned, defined body contour by eliminating that fat.

How Does It Work?

Dr. Diwan uses the tumescent liposuction technique with local anesthetic. Tumescent fluid containing lidocaine (the numbing medicine) is injected into the treatment area and numbs it for painless removal of fat. Dr. Diwan can perform liposuction on many different areas of the body, including:

  • the abdomen
  • knees
  • thighs
  • back
  • hips
  • buttocks
  • chin and neck

Liposuction requires small incisions. Dr. Diwan removes the fat through these incisions using a narrow tube called a cannula. The incisions will be as minimal as possible, and whenever reasonable are placed in areas that are well-concealed from view. Although the scars will be red at first, they get lighter in color over time.

The results from liposuction are long-lasting as long as body weight is maintained. The fat that has been removed is gone for good, but it is of course still possible to gain new weight. The vast majority of liposuction patients feel even more motivated to pursue a stable body weight by eating well and staying active, once they’ve seen their liposuction results.

Find Out If You Are a Liposuction Candidate

If you live in Westlake, Ohio, or the surrounding areas and want to know if you are a good candidate for liposuction, please call Cleveland’s Laser & Skin Surgery Center at 440-871-9832. Dr. Renuka Diwan has decades of experience providing aesthetic procedures and is personally committed to helping you reach your goals.

3 Ways to Maintain Your Liposuction Results

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A liposuction procedure is a great way to achieve your ideal shape and body contour. However, since liposuction is not a weight loss solution, there are a few healthy lifestyle habits you will need to follow to maintain your new figure. By following these three tips, you can ensure that your liposuction results will be long lasting.

1. Follow a Healthy, Balanced Diet

To keep your weight stable, make sure you eat a diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Try sticking to things like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins like fish or chicken. Do your best to limit or avoid saturated fats and refined sugars, which are calorie dense and easy to overeat. Limiting the amount of salt in your diet will also help prevent water retention. If you are having trouble coming up with a meal plan, you can work with a registered dietician to come up with some ideas.

2. Exercise on a Regular Basis

Consistent exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy body and mind. Strength exercises in particular are great because they will keep you tone. Even if you are unable to use a gym because of a busy routine, there are a few things you can do to keep active. If you work at a desk most of the day, try to get up and walk around every 30-60 minutes. While watching TV, try doing some jumping jacks, crunches, etc. to get your heart rate up.

3. Drink Lots of Water

Water is an important factor in maintaining energy levels throughout the day. If you are constantly hungry throughout the day despite eating, you might be dehydrated instead. In general, most adults should drink at least two liters of water per day, depending on their weight and activity level. This will help keep you productive and curb cravings.

Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation Today

If you have a few extra pounds of fat that won’t go away with diet or exercise, call The Laser & Skin Surgery Center today at 440-871-9832 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Renuka Diwan. We are happy to serve patients living in Westlake, Cleveland, and the surrounding areas of Ohio.

How Is Liposuction Different From CoolSculpting?

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Both liposuction and CoolSculpting are methods to contour your body and permanently remove localized fat deposits, but they’re far from the same. While CoolSculpting is a non-surgical treatment that freezes away your fat cells, liposuction is a surgical procedure that can remove more fat than CoolSculpting can in one session. Learn more about these two procedures and which one may be best for you.
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Body Contouring with Liposuction in Cleveland, OH

Even when you are careful with what you put on your plate and you make it to the gym a few times a week, losing that last bit of stubborn fat can be a seemingly impossible and extremely frustrating task.  When diet and exercise are not enough to achieve your desired body shape, Dr. Diwan is a premier surgeon in Cleveland and Westlake and can help to reduce those pesky areas of stubborn fat with liposuction.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

  • Healthy patients
  • Above the age of 18 years
  • Have Stubborn areas of fat / bulges that cause contour defect that make you self-conscious in clothes
  • At or close to ideal body weight
  • Realistic expectations – doesn’t make someone thin, makes more proportionate
  • Committed to maintaining healthy weight via diet and exercise
  • Pts who want to look better in one treatment, avoid multiple treatments such as with Coolsculpting or Ultrashape
  • Pts who want to have the procedure with local anesthetic and want the safety of being awake
  • Short recovery time, back to work in 3 days
  • Not for weight loss/obesity – consider lifestyle changes incl exercise and appropriate diet, or gastric bypass
  • Not for the improvement of Diabetes control
  • Not for the reduction of cardiac risk factors

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How is liposuction body sculpting performed?

Dr. Diwan utilizes the highly successful tumescent technique for liposuction. This technique improves the shape of the body by removing stubborn fat in areas such as a double chin, the stomach, hips, buttocks, thighs, and the knees. This tumescent liposuction procedure allows for the safe and painless removal of fat in the office with local anesthesia. A medication can be given to lessen anxiety and help you relax, if needed.

A local anesthetic is used to numb the fat for removal  through suction. The tumescent method lessens bleeding, bruising, and post-operative discomfort and speeds recovery. This simple and safe procedure is highly effective and remains unsurpassed by newer versions of liposuction such as SmartLipo.

Questions about Liposuction?

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Tumescent liposuction recovery time

Tumescent liposuction allows for a quicker recovery period than other forms of liposuction and cosmetic fat reduction. Most patients have minimal bruising.  Swelling of the treated area is normal and will gradually fade over a few weeks. Depending on your job, you should be able to return to work 3 days later. Physical activity must be minimized for a week and gradually increased over six weeks.

When will I notice the final results of my liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction with Dr. Diwan will provide you with a healthier shape and contour.The tumescent technique for liposuction has received extremely positive feedback from patients who were able to achieve their ideal body curves and lose the unwanted bulges of excess fat. With continued attention to diet and regular exercise, you can maintain your new, slimmer body shape for many years to come.

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These photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

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These photos are from a specific patient. Results may vary. Schedule a personalized consultation with our doctor to learn more.

Body contouring treatment options near you in Cleveland, OH

If you are in Cleveland, OH area and interested in getting Liposuction, Dr. Diwan is here to guide you through all steps of an informed decision-making process and will recommend a treatment plan that fits your needs.

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Our office is conveniently located in Westlake, OH – only 25 minutes from Cleveland and a 15 minute drive from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.