What Is Liposuction and Who Can Benefit From It?

Liposuction is a relatively new medical procedure. First developed in 1974, it has been performed in the United States for about 35 years. Although early attempts at liposuction left patients with sometimes undesirable results, the continual development of improved methods and tools for performing the procedure have helped reduce these negative outcomes and greatly improve safety and quality of results.

Liposuction is a procedure in which suction is used to remove fatty tissue from a chosen area of the body. The procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis. Patients arrive at a hospital, surgical center, or doctor’s office for the procedure, and they go home the same day. Some patients even feel well enough to return to their daily routine within the same day or on the next day. However, it’s best to plan a few days to rest, and to talk to your doctor about the steps you should take after your procedure.

Human bodies can store fat tissue in any number of ways and locations. These storage areas are often genetically determined. Recent studies have found that adults are more likely to match their own biological parents in the amount of fat their bodies store and the places they store it, even if the adult was adopted as an infant and raised in another household. In other words, if you have a “pot belly,” “love handles,” or “saddlebags,” chances are good that your mother, father, or other close blood relatives do, too.

And if you’re dissatisfied with these areas of your body, you’re not alone. Survey after survey of adults in the U.S. reveals that many people are not happy with their body image. Many can point to a specific body area they’d like to change. And half or more would be willing to consider surgery to change their looks.

The people most likely to benefit from liposuction are those who are already in generally good health, but who wish to change the “fat landscape” on one or more areas of their body. Liposuction can be performed in several different areas of the body, including the face, chest, arms, back, sides and front of the abdomen, buttocks, and upper and lower legs. A qualified surgeon can help you determine whether liposuction will help you achieve the results you want.

For a free, private consultation about your liposuction options in Cleveland, please call our team at The Cosmetic Surgery Center at (216) 264-8100.

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