Patients will often inquire how to eliminate their stubborn pockets of fat that they can’t get rid of and even if they loose weight they don’t go away. That’s a known fact. What happens in reality is that your distribution of fat in your body is fixed. There are only four times in a person’s life when that changes:
- 0 – 2 years old
- during puberty
- during pregnancy
- or during morbid obesity
What liposuction does, is it removes fat cells and changes the contour perfectly. It doesn’t change the volume of fat, it just changes the shape of the fat. Patients always come in asking, “should they have liposuction” or “should I persist with exercise and dieting?”. My answer is that, they should always be in a stable position where they feel comfortable with their exercise and eating habits, and that their weight is stable. That might be heavier for some, or it might be lighter for some, but stability is key. Once they have a stable weight, we can talk about liposuction, tummy tucks, thigh lifts, or whatever the surgery may be, but only when they are stable, should they consider surgery.
Often patients will ask me about the different modalities of liposuction. We have:
- Power assisted liposuction
- Conventional Lipo
There are so many different modalities that patients get confused. The answer is the power assisted and conventional liposuction is still the gold standard that most surgeons use. The Smart Lipo and Cool Lipo are things that are on the outside, they’re more hype then they are functional for treating the patient.
After liposuction, a lot of patients ask me, ‘how are they going to maintain their results’? The answer is – weight stability. If their planning on loosing more weight, then let’s not do the surgery until they’ve had more weight loss. If their planning on gaining weight, then don’t even waste your money with liposuction. So, if you maintain weight stability, the results will be maintained as well.