While it is true that liposuction is not to be utilized as a general method of weight loss, it is also true that liposuction can often act as a helpful supplement to those efforts in terms of recontouring the body. The fact is that certain areas of the body can accumulate excess fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, no matter how much one tries to get rid of it on their own. In these cases, liposuction can serve as an effective complement to your weight loss regimen.
If you are at or near your ideal weight and finding it difficult to reduce fat in specific body areas, liposuction may be just what you need to achieve the contoured, fit look that you desire. Some of the most common areas to develop stubborn, excess fat pockets include the abdomen, arms, thighs, love handles, hips, back, and neck. Liposuction can be performed in these areas to eliminate the excess fat cells and provide a more contoured appearance.
It’s worth repeating that liposuction cannot be used as an alternative to a healthy diet and exercise program in order to lose weight. The procedure is primarily designed for patients who are at or near a healthy body weight but cannot eliminate certain areas of excess fat by traditional means. With that in mind, liposuction may be beneficial as an adjunct to your weight loss efforts and help you attain your aesthetic goals. For patients who have lost weight and are experiencing areas affected by loose, inelastic skin as well as fat, liposuction can often be combined with procedures such as tummy tuck surgery, arm lift, or others that can eliminate the excess skin and provide a tighter, firmer, and smoother result. When you meet with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, he will talk with you about your ultimate goals and help you determine the right option for your needs.