When we consider undergoing plastic surgery, the first thing we want to know is if it’s going to be worth the physical and financial investment. It’s no secret that plastic surgery can be pricey, so we want to make sure it’ll give us the exact results we desire. Today, let’s take a closer look at one of our most popular plastic surgery procedures, liposuction, so you can decide once and for all if it’s worth it to you.
What is the Liposuction Procedure All About?
Liposuction is a surgical cosmetic procedure in which fat is removed from the body using a thin, hollow tube called a cannula. During your liposuction procedure, a small incision will be made into the treatment area through which the cannula can be inserted. The cannula, attached to a vacuum-powered device, then uses gentle suction to remove fat from the body. Although lipo is most popularly performed on the midsection, it can also be used to slim down the upper arms, thighs, flanks, knees, breasts, back and under the chin.
How Much Does Lipo Cost?
The cost of your liposuction treatment is going to vary depending on the size of the area you would like to have treated and the extent of treatment required to help produce your desired results. National averages for liposuction around the abdomen range from $3,000 to $8,000. To get a more accurate feel for how much your treatment will cost you, set up a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Vu. He’ll develop a customized treatment plan based on your budget and aesthetic goals, and provide you with financing options that have the ability to make your treatment more affordable.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Liposuction?
Initial recovery for liposuction is fairly short, only taking patients about 10 days to get back to their normal daily activities and work routines. However, it’s important to note that you will be required to wear a compression garment for several weeks following your liposuction procedure to reduce swelling and ensure your skin lays flat against your body’s new contours. You’ll see some results of your liposuction treatment immediately following your surgery, with ultimate results becoming visible after all the swelling goes down, about six months following your surgery.
Does Fat Come Back After Lipo?
No, once the fat is removed from the body via liposuction, the fat is not replaced with new fat cells. However, this does not mean you will never gain weight in your treated area again. Gaining large amounts of weight or becoming pregnant can disrupt the results of your liposuction treatment, as the remaining fat cells can swell and migrate into new positions.
Is Liposuction Worth it?
This really depends on the type of result you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a quick fix to lose 50lbs overnight, liposuction may not be the right treatment for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a boost to help you lose those extra stubborn pockets of fat you can’t seem to get rid of with diet and exercise alone, liposuction will definitely be worth it to you.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of liposuction, contact us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Vu today.