Sometimes people have bulges that just won’t budge despite diet and exercise. Liposuction may be just the answer for stubborn fat cells that will not shrink.

The good news is that liposuction is not just for the stomach and abdominal area. You are able to get liposuction on many areas of your body including your hips, neck, butt, arms, calves, or back. You also have the option of getting liposuction done on more than one area at the same time. For example, you could get liposuction on your stomach, back, and arms in the same day.

How Does It Work?

With a liposuction procedure, the surgeon is able to permanently reduce a deposit of excess fat. Liposuction is almost always performed under general anesthesia. Surgeons use a hollow stainless steel tube called a cannula. The cannula is hooked up to a vacuum. It is inserted into an incision in the skin and then fat deposits are gently sucked out of the body.

Depending on the number of locations of fat sites you have and the amount of fat removed from each site, liposuction generally takes between 1/2 hour – 3 hours.

How Long is Recovery?

Under most circumstances, recovery is usually quick. Most people can return to work within a few days and to normal activities within about two weeks. You should expect bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks. However, every person’s outcome will vary based on factors such as volume of fat cells removed and area of removal.

Liposuction surgery has helped many people transition into a healthier lifestyle more easily and has also helped to raise the self-esteem and well-being in those individuals. Arrange a consultation with your surgeon to see if this procedure may be right for you.