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
- 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.