Your Liposuction Questions Answered

Woman displaying the results possible through liposuction

Women and men visit our plastic surgery practice in Tallahassee, FL for liposuction from Dothan, AL, Valdosta, GA, and many other local cities. Our trusted team of board-certified plastic surgeons answers questions about the popular procedure every day, and there are a few questions that come up more often than others.

In this blog post, we’re sharing answers to a few of our most commonly asked questions about liposuction prep, recovery, and results.

How is liposuction performed?

During the liposuction procedure, your surgeon inserts a thin tube called a cannula into a small incision near the treatment area. Your surgeon uses this cannula to suction out the fat tissue with the help of a tumescent solution that liquefies the fat and makes it easier to remove.

Liposuction can be performed on various areas of the body, including the:

  • Abdomen and waist
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Back
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Upper arms
  • Calves and ankles
  • Cheeks
  • Chin and neck

Does smoking affect liposuction?

Yes. Smoking can affect your risk of bleeding and other complications, so you will need to quit (and stop all nicotine use) at least a month before your procedure. It’s also best to avoid smoking for about a month after your surgery as your body recovers.

Can I get pregnant after having liposuction?

Liposuction will not interfere with your ability to get pregnant. However, because hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause fat accumulation, women sometimes choose to wait until they’re finished having children to ensure their results will last as long as possible.

When can I exercise after liposuction?

Most people feel more like their normal selves a week or 2 after surgery, but you’ll need to wait about 4 weeks before fully resuming your workout routine. You’ll need to get your surgeon’s clearance before returning to any rigorous workouts, especially those that target your treated areas.

Will I have scars after liposuction?

Liposuction incisions are typically small and can be placed in inconspicuous locations, often in natural creases and folds in the skin. While you will have scars, it’s unlikely they will be noticeable, especially as they soften, flatten, and fade over time.

Who should get liposuction?

Liposuction patients should be within 30% of their ideal body weight and in good general health. Ideal candidates are looking to slim down stubborn bulges or pockets of fat rather than remove large volumes across the body. The surgery is not a weight-loss procedure or a treatment for obesity.

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

If you have more questions about liposuction or other plastic surgery procedures in Tallahassee, FL for Dothan, AL, and Valdosta, GA, residents, please contact us online or call (850) 219-2000.

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