Liposuction is one of the most popular body contouring options available. Most people have at least a vague idea of what this procedure is and what this procedure is designed to do. Unfortunately, there are a lot more myths about liposuction than facts. However, the more a person learns about this procedure, the better equipped they are to decide whether or not this is the right procedure for them.
Why Are More Men Considering This Procedure?
For a long time, popular wisdom dictated that the majority of individuals looking for surgical body contouring via liposuction were women. However, over the past few years we have seen a marked change in the demographics of the individuals looking to have this treatment done.
Now, more men are interested in doing something about the excess fat that is around their midsection and buttocks. These men have tried diet and exercise, but they have not been able to tackle that excess fat. Or, if they have been able to reduce their weight, they have not been able to successfully lose fat in the areas that they want to. Fat distribution in the body is very difficult to reverse. And what’s worse is that if you have excess fat around your buttocks or your abdomen, yet you lose fat on other parts of your body, the fat around your midsection becomes more prominent. So the exact problem that you are trying to address with diet and exercise actually gets worse, and that is unbelievably frustrating.
It is understandable that why on an annual basis approximately 26,000 men in the United States get liposuction. And this number seems like it is only going to continue to grow. One of the reasons why men feel more comfortable with this procedure has to do with the techniques that are used for it. These techniques have come a long way since the procedure began a few decades ago. Modern liposuction techniques are more precise, they are less aggressive, they cause less bruising, and a person is able to recover from the procedure faster. This means a lot less time spent away from work and other daily activities.
Another benefit is that this treatment is not just for men who are overweight. There are many men who are fit and have been fit their entire lives. However, as they get older, they see fat accumulating on certain parts of their body that they just would rather not have. Liposuction helps these men contour their body so that it once again looks like something they can be proud of.
Some men had a good diet and exercise routine in youth. As they got older, took on more responsibilities, and started a family, their diet and exercise routine took a backseat. Now, they have gone a couple of years without going to the gym and realize that they are not comfortable with the way that they look. They want to reset their body. So they start dieting and start exercising, but they realize that because of age, they are not getting the exact same results they had when they were younger. Liposuction can help them reset their body. It can give them that little boost that they need because of changes in their metabolism. It puts them on a level playing field with their younger peers as they strive to start a new lifestyle.
Men are starting to face some of the same pressures when it comes to their appearance that in times past were solely faced by women. Now, in the workplace men are competing against younger men and younger women for the same job. Appearance, be it a youthful appearance or an attractive appearance, is very important.
Can Liposuction Replace Diet and Exercise?
No. This is a common misconception that people have. They feel that if they have lipo done, they will be able to eat whatever they want, not exercise, and still look like a supermodel. This confusion comes from a misunderstanding of what this procedure does.
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure. It is not a weight loss treatment. Weight loss and fat removal are two things that are completely different. Weight loss is what happens when you diet and exercise. When you lose weight, you do not lose fat cells. In fact, the number of fat cells that you have are the same number of fat cells you have had since you were an adult. This number does not fluctuate much. Over time, your fat cells can grow in size. If you have an unhealthy diet, you are not exercising, and you are burning fewer calories than you are ingesting, your body responds by putting on weight.
With diet and exercise, it is possible for a person to literally lose hundreds of pounds. These results are not possible with liposuction.
As a body contouring procedure, lipo is designed to surgically remove fat cells from your body. The fat cells that are removed are from strategic locations on your body. These are most commonly locations where you have stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to respond to diet and exercise. While you may lose inches of fat from the treated area, you will likely only lose between two and three pounds of weight.
If an individual has a high body mass index, let’s say a BMI between 25 and 29, liposuction may be beneficial in helping them target certain areas. But they need to go into the procedure understanding that it’s not going to help them lose weight. If a person is obese, with a BMI that is between 30 and 34, or if they are morbidly obese, with a BMI that is over 35, they need to be realistic about their situation, realizing that there is a limit on the amount of fat that can be removed during the surgery.
Even if a person is able to lose a considerable amount of fat, if they are obese, it likely will not make a difference when compared to their overall size. So it usually is not worth it for a morbidly obese individual to have this procedure done. It is better for them to start a healthy diet and exercise routine. Once they get down to a healthier weight and have stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to respond to diet and exercise, then liposuction may be the right procedure for them.
A healthy diet and exercise routine is a must, even for an individual who is at a healthy weight and who wants to have the lipo procedure done. The reason for this is that it is possible for a person to lose the results of liposuction because of overeating and not exercising. Remember, when you have lipo done, our doctor is removing a set number of fat cells in the treated area. However, all of the fat cells in that area are not eliminated. The fat cells that are left behind can still grow if you gain weight, and they can shrink with future weight loss.
That is why our surgeon will likely encourage you to maintain a diet that focuses on fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins while staying away from complex carbohydrates and sweets. The goal is to help you create results that are going to last you for a lifetime. Lipo does not give you the right to eat what you want without consequences. If this is what you are hoping for, you will be disappointed.
The Best Results Come to Those Who Are Realistic about the Procedure
For both men and women, weight loss and weight gain are very emotional things. That is why in order to get the best results from this procedure, a person should have realistic goals and a true understanding of what the procedure can do for them and what the procedure cannot do.
Lipo can help target and eliminate unwanted pockets of fat. The results of this procedure have been clearly seen and documented. These results are part of the reason why even the rich and famous turn to this procedure when they want to get their body looking its best.
This procedure is designed to target fat that is above the muscle and below the skin. Some people have a protruding abdomen because they have a collection of fat that is underneath the muscle and around their organs. This fat cannot be targeted by lipo. This fat is referred to as intra-abdominal fat. The only way to attack this type of fat is through diet, proper nutrition, and exercise.
Lipo is a great way to enhance your existing physique. It is unrealistic for a person to think that they are going to walk out of the treatment looking like a swimsuit model if they did not have a body that was close to that of a swimsuit model going in to the procedure. This procedure is designed to reduce unwanted fat in pinpointed areas. Realistically, this procedure may help you feel better about yourself and may lead to improved self-esteem, but it should not be seen as a ticket to overhaul your life.
Lipo is not designed to address skin laxity, remove stretch marks, or eliminate cellulite. Nor should it be considered as a replacement for bariatric surgery.
During your consultation with us, we are going to have a frank and honest discussion with you about the procedure. We want you to be happy with your results. We feel that the best way for you to accomplish this is to know what the procedure can do and what it cannot do. That way, you will have realistic expectations that lead to long-term happiness.
What Happens During Liposuction?
Prior to the operation, our doctor is going to do some health tests to make sure that you are fit for the procedure. They are going to be keenly interested in the medications that you are taking, be them over-the-counter, prescription, or herbal. They will likely recommend that you stop using aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs at least a couple of weeks prior. Women may be asked to stop using birth control. If you have anemia, you may be asked to take iron supplements.
During the procedure, you may be administered a general anesthetic. An epidural may be administered if the procedure is being done on the lower body. If the procedure is being performed on a small area, our doctor may opt to use a local anesthetic.
There are a number of lipo techniques that can be used. The technique used is going to determine what steps the surgeon will take. Most liposuction techniques involve some variation of the following steps. After the individual is anesthetized, a small incision is made in the area where the fat will be removed. The doctor will then use a cannula, which is a thin and hollow tube, to break up the fat and then suck the fat out of the area. Once the predetermined amount of fat has been removed, the small incision is closed and the patient is allowed to recover in the recovery room.
If a patient has had a general anesthetic, they may be required to spend the night in the hospital. In most cases, those who only had a local anesthetic will be able to leave the hospital on the same day. Our doctor may give you support bandages that are fitted around the target area. They may administer antibiotics and painkillers. These are designed to keep you comfortable in the days following the treatment.
The results of liposuction are not seen immediately. You will need to wait for the inflammation to go down. This could take between a few weeks and a few months. If you are able to maintain a healthy weight with diet and exercise, you will notice that the results are permanent. However, if you are not able to maintain your weight, you may notice that the treated area stays relatively trim because the fat from that area has been removed. It is important to be committed to your diet and exercise routine following your surgery.
Since this is a surgical procedure, you need to be in good physical health. The healthier that you are going into the surgery, the better results you are going to see once the surgery has been completed.
For individuals who go into liposuction with a clear understanding of what the procedure is and have a good motivation and a commitment to follow through with a healthy lifestyle after the procedure, liposuction can be a change for the better.
Are you frustrated with the way your body looks as a result of stubborn pockets of fat that you just cannot get under control? Are you interested in learning more about how this surgical procedure may be able to help you sculpt your body into something that will be happy with? If so, we warmly invite you to get in touch with our team at Rattinan Clinic in Bangkok. We look forward to discussing the liposuction procedure with you and discussing other options that can help you make your body contouring goals a reality. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!