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Improve Your Confidence: Liposuction

Posted January 15, 2019 in Liposuction

Not having the figure you desire can be frustrating. Whether it stems from the way that your clothing fits or your emotional response to what you see in the mirror, weight-related insecurities can affect the way you present yourself in both social and intimate interactions. Many men and women turn to hardcore exercise programs and restrictive diets to address these insecurities, and while these programs are successful for some, they do not always deliver the promised results. This is because everybody reacts differently to exercise and dietary changes, and for some individuals, these lifestyle changes are not enough to eliminate deposits of fat in certain areas of the body. Many individuals find that liposuction is the only sure-fire way to achieve the body contouring results they desire.

Natural Weight Loss vs. Liposuction

There is a common misconception that liposuction is an alternative to natural weight loss. Unfortunately, this is not true. Liposuction is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, nor is it a weight loss surgery. Liposuction is, rather, an excellent procedure to be performed in conjunction with natural weight loss or a weight loss procedure such as gastric bypass surgery. And while liposuction cannot remove the bulk of the excess weight from your body, it can eliminate any remaining deposits of unwanted fat while sculpting your body contours.

So how does liposuction work, and how is it different from traditional weight loss? The main difference between liposuction and weight loss is how they each address the fat cells. Every individual is born with a set quantity of fat cells. This number will not naturally grow or shrink as you age. Even if you were to gain a significant amount of weight, the number of fat cells would remain the same; the cells themselves would just be larger. So, when you lose weight, you are not losing fat cells, you are merely shrinking them. Liposuction is different. Liposuction works because it actually removes fat cells from your body, and because they cannot reproduce, the cells that are removed will be gone forever. This is why liposuction is considered a permanent body contouring procedure.

Liposuction Techniques

Liposuction can improve body contours using several techniques and can remove fat from nearly anywhere on the body, including (but not limited to) the hips, thighs, buttocks, ankles, arms, neck, and chest. During your consultation, Dr. Careaga will help determine which of these techniques is best suited to your body.

  • Tumescent liposuction uses a sterile solution to break up unwanted fat before it is suctioned out with a vacuum-like device.
  • VASER® LipoSelection uses ultrasound energy (instead of a liquid solution) to break apart fat deposits. This allows for a speedier recovery and the added benefit of skin tightening.
  • Smartlipo™ uses a laser to rupture and essentially melt fat cells before their removal. This techniques also allows for less bruising and swelling after the treatment.

Maintain Results With a Healthy Lifestyle

Even though a healthy lifestyle may not have been quite enough to achieve the slim and trim body you desired, it will be enough to maintain the results of your liposuction. After your procedure, it is essential that you manage your weight with exercise and a healthy diet. Maintaining your weight does not necessarily mean you have to spend hours at the gym and eliminate every bit of unhealthy food, it just means that you need to find a balance that works for you. Find a physical activity that you enjoy participating in and limit your consumption of sugary, processed foods so that you can extend the longevity of your results. Liposuction will provide you with the results that you want; it is up to you to determine how long those results will last.

Contact Us Today

Your liposuction results will become fully visible over the course of a few months. After that time, you will notice a significant difference in not only the way your clothes fit but in the way you feel. Get ready to enjoy the confidence-boosting benefits of liposuction. Contact Dr. Careaga today by calling (305) 574-9262 or fill out the online contact form to set up a consultation.

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