5 Important Liposuction Facts

Society has changed a lot over the past five decades, but one thing that remains constant is that women and men still care about their physiques. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons follows the trends closely, and their latest report shows that cosmetic surgery is on the rise; liposuction is a perennial favorite, grabbing the No. 2 spot, just behind breast augmentation, in 2018.

Despite the more than 250,000 liposuction procedures performed every year, there’s still a lot that people don’t know about this proven and effective procedure. To clear things up, Dr. Michael Macdonald at Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, California, offers the top five facts everyone should know about liposuction.

1. There’s a reason liposuction is so popular

The one and only reason to choose liposuction is because it works — and it works when other efforts don’t. When you’ve tried every diet you can think of and pushed your exercise to the limits but you still can’t get rid of certain bulges of fat, liposuction removes them for you. 

Recently, nonsurgical body contouring techniques have risen in popularity. But none of them is as effective as liposuction, which can treat large areas with dramatic results.

2. Liposuction removes fat cells permanently

Genetics plays a big role in determining where your fat cells reside and how they respond to metabolic forces. If you eat more than your body can use, your fat cells grow in size to store the excess. 

When you diet and exercise, you shrink your fat cells, but they remain in place ready to plump up again if you fall off the wagon. Liposuction removes fat cells from your body so they can never plump up again.

3. Lipo is not a weight loss plan

There’s a difference between weight loss and fat loss. When you lose weight, it may include the reduction of muscle tissue, water, and fat. Chances are that if you’ve been eating a healthy diet and exercising, you’re probably close to your ideal weight, but you have some stubborn fat pockets you’d still like to lose.

That’s where liposuction comes in to help you finish your fat-loss journey and smooth out the contours of your body.

4. Liposuction is effective anywhere on your body

There are almost no limits to liposuction’s reach. Virtually any spot on your body can benefit from lipo, including:

Liposuction even tackles one of the toughest body issues — the double chin. Called submental fat, this stubborn pooch can make it look like you have two chins or a chunky neck. But neck liposuction can give you the slimmer, tighter, more defined chin you’ve wanted.

5. Lipo isn’t for everyone

Liposuction is a safe and effective procedure that has stood the test of time. Dr. Macdonald performs hundreds of them every year with tremendous success. That said, there are few conditions that might require you to put off your treatment for a while. 

The ideal candidate for liposuction is:

It’s also important that your skin is in good condition with a fair amount of elasticity. If you have cellulite, liposuction isn’t likely to remove it, and it may even cause further dimpling.

Dr. Macdonald is your best resource for understanding the pros and cons of liposuction or any other cosmetic surgery. His vast experience and expertise mean you can trust him to advise you well and deliver exceptional results.

To find out more about liposuction or to arrange a consultation with Dr. Macdonald, call us at 415-956-3223 or request an appointment online today. 

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