What Are the Pros & Cons of Liposuction?

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For those considering liposuction at our Tallahassee plastic surgery practice, making the commitment and putting a procedure on the books can be a difficult decision to make. As with any procedure, liposuction has its share of both pros and cons. If you’re on the fence about scheduling a consultation, understanding these pros and cons is an excellent way to weigh your options.  

In this blog post, we’ll discuss several benefits and drawbacks of liposuction to help you decide whether this popular body contouring procedure is right for you.

What Are the Pros of Liposuction?

What makes liposuction worthwhile for the right candidates? Here are a few of its biggest advantages.

It Gives You the Power to Reduce Stubborn Fat

No matter how hard we work in the gym, we’re often predisposed to store fat in certain areas that are impossible to “spot treat” with diet and exercise alone. With liposuction, you can finally reduce the fat in these areas—often the abdomen, hips, thighs, male chest, back, and arms.

It Reveals the Muscle Tone You’ve Already Worked For

If your strength training workouts have made you feel stronger but haven’t made much difference in the mirror, your hard-earned abs could be hiding behind a layer of stubborn fat. Suctioning this fat away reveals the sculpted shape you have already worked to build.

It’s Highly Versatile and Customizable

You can treat many areas during the same procedure or combine liposuction with other body contouring or breast enhancement options for a customized result. Many people combine these as part of a mommy makeover. (Learn more about what a mommy makeover entails in this previous blog post.)

It Doesn’t Require Much Recovery Time

Liposuction doesn’t require a commitment to major downtime. Most people only need about 1 week away from work and other activities to feel back to normal.

What Are the Cons of Liposuction?

While liposuction is a highly beneficial procedure, it’s not right for everyone. Here are a few possible drawbacks.

There Are Some Surgical Risks Involved

Any surgery involves some risk of complications, such as infection, bruising, and anesthesia-related issues. Working with a board-certified plastic surgeon, such as one of the experienced plastic surgeons at Southeastern Plastic Surgery, minimizes these risks.

It Won’t Tighten Loose Skin

Liposuction does not address loose skin, so you’ll need good skin elasticity to see the best results. Many people choose to combine liposuction with a tummy tuck to achieve a flatter and tighter midsection.

Post-Surgical Swelling Lasts a Few Months

While you’ll see a difference in your shape right away, it may take 3 to 6 months for swelling to subside and reveal your final results.

It’s Not a Weight Loss Procedure

You’ll need to commit to a healthy lifestyle to enjoy your look in the long term. Fortunately, many people find investing in themselves with liposuction leaves them more inspired than ever to take care of their trim new figures.

To see examples of the results you can expect after liposuction, please visit our before-and-after photo gallery.

If you would like to learn more about your best body contouring options from a plastic surgeon in Tallahassee, please contact us online or call (850) 219-2000.

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