Liposuction is a popular type of cosmetic surgery procedure that eliminates stubborn fat from problem areas in the body. It can help to create better contouring in the problem area and leave the person slimmer, with a preferred shape. The most common areas on which liposuction is performed include the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks. However, it can also be done on the back, arms, and neck. Generally, individuals who opt for liposuction are unsuccessful at shedding excess fat from dieting and exercise.

What to Expect from Liposuction

Liposuction requires the use of local or general anesthesia so the patient doesn’t feel pain during the procedure. At the same time, you can expect to feel some discomfort after the surgery is complete. Additionally, you may also experience some pain during the recovery period, but this can be controlled with medication.

There may be a short-term or longer stay in the hospital depending on the area of the body on which you had the surgery. Certain procedures only require outpatient treatment, and you will typically experience bruising, swelling, soreness and numbness after your surgery.

If you are located in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, you can have Dr. Marvin Shienbaum of Brandon Plastic Surgery perform your liposuction. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who boasts more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Shienbaum will answer all of your questions and concerns about the surgery. He will advise you on how to minimize your pain prior to the surgery and after as well. You should be able to take an over-the-counter medication before the surgery. Afterward, you may be prescribed various medications, including painkillers.

Is Liposuction Right for You?

It’s important to know that certain people are good candidates for liposuction while others are not. Speak with your doctor to determine whether the procedure is right for you. Good candidates include those who fall under the following categories:

  • Are in good overall physical shape and health
  • Are not overweight or obese
  • Don’t have much excess skin
  • Don’t smoke
  • Have good muscle tone
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have stubborn fat deposits they can’t naturally shed

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that carries many serious risks. Note that it is not for everyone. It cannot be used as a substitute for weight loss. You must understand all the risks associated with the procedure before electing to undergo it. If you are considering liposuction, contact Brandon Plastic Surgery to schedule an initial consultation.