DALLAS, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- For some women, all the exercise and dieting in the world cannot rid them of unwanted fatty deposits commonly found in the thighs, hips and abdomen. For some patients, however, liposuction treatment may not be enough to smooth areas where skin laxity has developed.
"If you have had significant gains and losses in weight, or if you have gone through a pregnancy, there may be a need for a more intensive treatment to bring the skin and muscle tone back to where it was previously," states Dr. Diane Gibby, Dallas Plastic Surgeon and Founder and Medical Director at Women's Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in Dallas, Texas. "In these instances many opt to have a skin tightening procedure such as an abdominoplasty."
For others, fat in the buttocks, thighs or neck are problem areas. Although it is not a substitute for exercise or healthy eating habits, liposuction provides women with the option of removing those excess fatty deposits.
Dr. Gibby stresses that while liposculpture can help you obtain the look you want, it is important to maintain that look with proper health, nutrition, and exercise.
Some of the most popular liposuction procedures today are SAL (Suction Assisted Liposuction) and UAL (Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction) procedures. Each are typically performed on an outpatient basis. The best candidates should be in good health and have realistic expectations of the procedure. The most frequently treated areas in women include the waistline, abdomen, outer and inner thighs, buttocks, knees and upper back.
The cosmetic success of liposuction relies on removing inches rather than pounds. Little weight is actually removed, yet dramatic results may be obtained. After the procedure, the patient's satisfaction with her new look and dedication to maintaining that look are most important.
Following the procedure, home rest is necessary for the first several days, after which a light work schedule may be resumed. The surgeon may recommend wearing a tight- fitting garment, similar to a girdle, after surgery for up to six weeks. These garments help promote healing by reducing swelling and bruising.
Exercise is also encouraged, such as a brisk walk a few days after the procedure. Increased exercise is recommended as the healing process continues as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.
"If the patient gains weight after the procedure, the size of the individual fat cells will increase. Too much weight gain may mask the benefits of the liposuction procedure. But a new study did prove wrong the myth that weight gained after liposuction would accumulate in 'new' places such as arms or back. Remember liposuction is not about weight loss but proportionate body contouring," said Dr. Gibby.
Toning and aerobic exercises are also an important part of a good post-operative regimen. Patients should strive to maintain or achieve their ideal weight following surgery. This can be accomplished with a healthy, well-balanced diet and exercise.
It is important to remember that liposuction is a surgical procedure. Your body must heal before you see the full benefits. However, within three to six weeks, you should see results with the full effect completely evident within six months to a year after surgery, in some cases.
Before proceeding with liposuction, it is important to thoroughly understand the options available for body contouring surgery, and how as a patient, you can improve and maintain your surgical result with lifestyle changes, if necessary. You should discuss any questions or concerns you have with your doctor before proceeding with any surgical procedure.
The History of Liposuction
It is certainly plausible that women since the age of Hippocrates have been asking doctors, "Gee, doc, can't you just suck it out?" However, modern liposuction began in mid-1970. Gynecologists in Germany began using curette instruments to scrape fat from under the skin surface. The technique, modified by French surgeon and gynecologist Yves Ilouz, quickly evolved to the use of a closed, hollow suction device, similar to instruments used to perform uterine suction procedure. Throughout the 1970's and 80's this new liposuction procedure gained great popularity in the U.S. and throughout the world.
The Future of Liposuction
With the advent of wet techniques, like tumescent liposuction, the safety and predictability of liposuction took a giant step forward. This innovation alone is what has made liposuction an accepted cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that is applicable to a wide range of patients. Now matter how good it is now, plastic surgeons and patients both would like to make it even better. The next leap forward may be the ability to tighten the skin. Many patients have enough elasticity in their skin to allow for excellent post-operative results, but when the skin is loose, other surgeries may be more effective and provide superior results.
About Dr. Gibby
Diane Gibby, M.D., P.A., F.A.C.S Licensed in Texas, Dr. Diane Gibby is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the founder of The Women's Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Medical Association (AMA), Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (TSPS), Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS) and the Board Certified Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeons of Dallas. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.). Dr. Gibby's office is located at Medical City Dallas, Building C, Suite 820, (972) 566-6323. Individuals interested in brochures or names of qualified plastic surgeons in their area may call the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons at 1-800-635-0635.
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