Weight Loss and Liposuction: What to Expect

With any surgical procedure, it’s natural for patients to have questions and concerns. When it comes to elective cosmetic procedures for the body, those concerns usually revolve around results. One of the most common questions people considering liposuction ask Dr. Franckle: How much weight will I lose from this procedure? Both women and men are curious about weight loss from liposuction as well as how long the results will last.

Results to Expect From Liposuction

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It has been clinically researched and confirmed that fat cells removed during a liposuction cannot return, since the entire cell is extracted from the body. As long as the patient maintains a healthy diet and lifestyle following the surgery, the weight loss directly related to the amount of fat extracted during liposuction will remain steady.

Should a patient experience slight to modest weight gain post-surgery (i.e., less than 10 lbs.), the aesthetic improvements to his or her shape from the liposuction will remain apparent. Any new fat cells the body generates, due to weight gain, will proportionally accumulate, mainly in those areas of the body that were not treated with liposuction. If post-surgery weight gain is significant and sustained, the body will produce and distribute more new fat cells—thus, more change will be apparent overall. The cosmetic improvements from liposuction will still be there, but they will be less noticeable.

Also, because liposuction cannot stop time, it is important to anticipate the ‘effects of gravity’ on the body due to aging. The location and distribution of fat deposits on the body may change naturally with age. Nevertheless, the results of liposuction post-procedure will last on patients who care well for their bodies and themselves.

Weight Loss Is a Secondary Benefit

As for just how much weight one can expect to lose—liposuction is in fact not intended as a weight-loss procedure, unlike gastric bypass and stomach stapling procedures. The objectives of liposuction are cosmetic. While a midsection liposuction can reduce waist measurement, removing fat from target areas is done to enhance appearance, and not to reduce size. Nevertheless, a secondary benefit of liposuction is weight loss equivalent to the amount of fat permanently extracted from the body.

For medical safety and optimal results, it is suggested that only up to about 8 pounds of fat per session should be extracted. Larger-volume liposuctions should be spaced out over multiple sessions with three to four weeks of healing time in between procedures.

For case-specific answers about liposuction and weight loss, contact board-certified plastic surgeon William Franckle, MD, FACS at Premier Plastic Surgery Arts. Dr. Frackle offers consultations using 3D imaging that takes actual patient photos and alters them to visually demonstrate potential results.

 

Liposuction Vs. CoolSculpting—What’s the Difference?

In recent years, non-invasive fat removal technology, like CoolSculpting, has grown in popularity as an alternative to traditional liposuction. However, Dr. Franckle’s extensive experience has shown him that traditional liposuction is still the best option. Read on to discover why. Image of a woman who has received liposuction from William Franckle, MD, FACS in Voorhees, NJ

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction is still the only procedure available that completely removes fat from the body. After making tiny incisions into the areas being treated, Dr. Frankle inserts an IV fluid to loosen the fat cells and prepare them for removal. Next, a small metal tube with suction capabilities—a cannula—is used to remove the fat cells from the body. The progress is measured visually, as well as by feel.

How Does CoolSculpting Work?

First, the treatment area is marked for the precise placement of an applicator device. As two cooling pads numb the area, the applicator head draws fat cells into a cup. Without harming the skin, muscles, or nerves, a controlled cooling process called cryolipolysis kills the fat cells in the cup. An hour later, the surgeon removes the cup and massages the dead fat cells for natural removal by the body.

Why Is Liposuction the Better Choice?

CoolSculpting appears to be an attractive choice because it offers the decreased risks and downtime associated with a non-invasive procedure. But, it is a newer technology, and the long-term results are less certain. Also, the areas of treatment can be limited by the size of the application head—fat being treated must be able to fit into the freezing cup. Typically, up to three treatments are necessary to achieve noticeable results, and patients have reported noticeable indentations where the application device was placed on the body.

Liposuction, on the other hand, offers a fast reduction of fat and better contouring of the body because the treatment area is not limited to the size of an application head. While liposuction does require some downtime for recovery and carries the possibility of surgical risks, the results are easier for the surgeon to control and visualize almost immediately. In recent years, Dr. Franckle has seen several patients interested in liposuction for cryolipolysis revision, correcting any indentations or undesirable contours caused by past CoolSculpting treatments.

For a good candidate, liposuction offers more proven results than the newer non-invasive alternatives. Liposuction and its techniques have improved over time, bringing us less invasive options like Body Jet and Laser-Assisted techniques. The best way to discuss your goals and potential fat reduction procedures is to visit a board certified plastic surgeon like William Franckle, MD, FACS. Call 856-772-6500 or fill out our contact form.

 

Everything There is to Know About a Mommy Makeover

After delivering children, women usually experience different changes to the body, such as increased breast size, sagging tummy, and stretch marks. Many are eager to recover their before-pregnancy look thus consider going for a mommy makeover. Therefore, before a patient opts for the procedure, there are a few things that mother’s need to keep in mind.mom-and-baby-having-fun

Several Procedures in One Operation

A common misconception with a mommy makeover procedure is to think that one surgery fits all. In fact, a mommy makeover includes several different procedures combined into one or two operations. What is included in your mommy makeover may differ from what is included in the next patient’s. Most commonly the procedure includes a combination of a breast lift, tummy tuck, breast reduction, liposuction, and/or breast augmentation (implants). When you begin researching a “mommy makeover” keep in mind that it is a descriptive term and a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Franckle will identify exactly what you will undergo.

Preparing for Surgery

One important consideration of any women consulting about a mommy makeover procedure is, ‘will I be pregnant again?’ Pregnancy after the procedure has the potential to erase all the great results. Other considerations include medical history, current medications, family history of breast cancer and past surgeries. Patients who are 40 years and above may be asked to have a mammogram, electrocardiogram, or chest X-ray before the operation.

Will the Results Last?

Maintaining a constant weight after a mommy makeover procedure can help results last longer. It is important to remember that we cannot escape aging and gravity does have a natural effect on the body.

Women should plan carefully for a mommy makeover and determine the right time for them to undergo the procedure. It’s wise to consult with an experienced surgeon to fully understand the costs and implications. Join us for a consultation with Dr. Franckle for a better picture of what your mommy makeover would entail.

 

Five Surprising Areas that Liposuction Can Enhance

liposuction-blogSometimes, in spite of diet and exercise, stubborn pockets of fat remain. Many patients who decide to end their battle with these problem areas find liposuction to be a very effective solution. In fact, this surgery might fix a number of problem areas that you did not even realize could be transformed.

Neck and Jawline (Double Chin)

Excess fat nestled into the chin and along the jawline can give the suggestion of advancing age or make a person look heavier than they are. By eliminating the fat under the chin and throughout the neck with liposuction, a patient can appear slimmer and younger.

Chest

Men with excess fat in their chests might feel that they do not appear as masculine as they could. This fatty buildup may be the result of advancing age, a hormonal imbalance, or even a side effect of certain medications. To resolve their concerns, our male patients are turning to Dr. Franckle for help. Liposuction (and for some tissue excision) can return the male chest to a state of smooth and firm definition.

“Muffin Top”

The dreaded muffin top. Men and women alike complain about excess fat spilling over jeans, or for women, bulging around a bikini top or bra. Fat deposits around the upper torso and lower back are very common, and our patients have seen great results with a liposuction procedure. Liposuction could restore the lean, svelte curves you so desire.

Outer Thighs or “Saddle Bags”

Along with the abdomen, the upper thighs are the most requested area for women to have liposuctioned in our office. It is a very common area of the body for women to carry excess weight. While working to create an overall slim, toned upper thigh, so many of us forget about the outer thigh or the “saddle bag.” That area of the leg does not always respond to diet and exercise as well as the inner thigh or back of the leg. That is where liposuction can help!

Ankles or “Cankles”

The ankles are another common trouble spot for many women. In fact, this area is so problematic that people have even given thick and unattractive ankles the nickname “cankles.” If the issue is deposits of fat around the ankles, liposuction could help slim down the ankles and make you confident enough to wear sandals and anklets once again.

 

Top 5 Liposuction Questions

Liposuction can produce beautiful results when removing small areas of excess fat around the body. The precise removal of those fat pockets allows Dr. Franckle to contour the body’s shape and minimize unflattering proportions. The process is popular across the world and there is a reason for it — all the happy patients!

If you are curious about liposuction, you’ve probably asked yourself one or more of the top 5 liposuction questions listed below. If this post doesn’t provide an answer to all of your concerns, please join us for a free consultation with Dr. Franckle. And don’t forget to check out our gallery of liposuction before and after photos.

1. How Does Liposuction Work?

A liposuction procedure will remove excess fat deposits from the body. After anesthesia is administered (whether it be general or local anesthesia), incisions are made and a thin hollow tube (or cannula) is used to loosen the fat cells from the surrounding tissue. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body.

In the current, technologically advanced field of plastic surgery, doctors and patients are blessed with many options for a liposuction procedure. Laser liposuction, water-assisted liposuction (body-jet) and traditional liposuction are among the most popular. The method of liposuction used in a surgery is based on the patient’s body type, health and areas they wish to have treated. All of this will be decided during your consultation with Dr. Franckle.

2. Does Liposuction Work Best on Certain Body Types?

This procedure works best on men and women who are close to their ideal, healthy body weight.  Excess weight has the potential to obstruct a healthy healing process. An ideal liposuction candidate is within 30% of their ideal weight and have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone. 

3. Will Liposuction Help Me Lose Weight?

Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity nor a treatment designed to help a patient lose weight. Liposuction is meant to remove stubborn pockets of fat that are not responding to diet and exercise. Patients who have always struggled to reduce fat in certain areas of the body (tummy, thighs, arms) find liposuction very helpful when used in conjunction with their healthy lifestyle.

4. What is Liposuction Recovery Like?

The after care for liposuction may involve wearing a tube to drain the body of excess fluid accumulating at the incision sites. Fluid is a liposuction recovery regularity and is typically not cause for alarm. Medical compression garments are recommended and should be worn to compress the area and aid in healing. These are usually worn for a few weeks post procedure. It is common for patients to feel pain after the anesthesia wears off and oral medications may be prescribed to help with the discomfort. Swelling following the procedure is to be expected and will subside in the months post operative. The compression garment recommended should be worn 24 hours a day to help control swelling and compress the skin to your new body shape. 

5. How Do I Choose my Liposuction Surgeon?

One of the most important decisions for you to make before a liposuction procedure is choosing a surgeon. First and foremost, research doctors in your area that are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. No exceptions! That is the only way to ensure a safe procedure. Visit the doctor’s website and their before and after photo gallery. When you find a doctor you like, visit the office for a consultation. You want to be comfortable with the doctor as well as the staff at the practice. 

More About Liposuction:

The Age Old Question: Liposuction or Tummy Tuck

Debunking the Myth about Weight Gain After Liposuction

Why Liposuction is On the Rise in the U.S.