At Las Colinas Centre for Plastic Surgery we are often asked, “I am having a hard time losing weight. Is liposuction a good alternative?” It is important to understand that liposuction does NOT equal weight loss. The ideal candidate is near their ideal body weight with pockets of fat in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, or flanks.
Some myths persist regarding liposuction and its effects. There is a commonly held misconception that liposuction is a permanent form of weight loss.
All patients considering the procedure should be informed that it is not intended for weight loss. This procedure is truly meant for patients who are active and healthy but have areas of fat on their bodies that resist toning and exercise. It is also important to understand that liposuction does not remove excess skin, such as is often seen in the abdominal area after pregnancy.
Liposuction should be thought of as a body contouring operation. Gaining weight after the procedure will put the fat back onto the patient’s body. The only way to maintain the effects of the procedure is to exercise consistently while maintain a healthy diet. Liposuction combined with a commitment to a healthy lifestyle can result in satisfying long term fat loss.
Speak to a Surgeon with Experience
Dr. Whetstone at Las Colinas Centre for Plastic Surgery is a board certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience conducting liposuction procedures. Be sure to speak to an expert like Dr. Whetstone when considering liposuction, so that you fully understand how it will affect your body.