No matter what numbers register on your scale, you may have fat deposits that make you appear out of shape and overweight. Liposuction, a method of plastic surgery that removes fat and sculpts the body can make a major difference in how you look and feel about yourself. I always explain to patients that after we perform the liposuction fat removal procedure at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Institute of Chicago, you can maintain your results as long as you follow a proper diet and exercise plan.
The Problem With Fat
Nearly one third of Americans of all ages are obese, yet we love slim, fit bodies to the point that those who are obese are made to feel inferior and often develop a poor body image. Liposuction can help you feel good on the inside by permanently reducing the number of fat cells where they accumulate on different parts of the body.
Fat cells start growing when you’re young, but their number eventually stabilizes. After that, if you put on weight, you store fat in the existing cells. After a while, your body is a warehouse for the fat from those sugary lattes, Cinnabon treats, and Big Macs you love to eat. Even if you lose weight, the fat cells gets smaller but number of cells does not diminish.
Heredity and metabolism play a part in where fat cells deposit, which is why parents and their adult children often have the same body shape, weight distribution and weight loss problems. This means that even if you try to keep your weight under control, you may have the same saddlebags your mom had over the extra weight in the stomach like your dad.
Lipotherapy is a method I recommend to attack these two problems of extra fat cells and fat location. It will remove extra pockets of fat from areas of the body and sculpt common problematic areas such as the abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
Why Liposuction Is Effective in Permanent Fat Removal
When you think about liposuction, many of my patients ask me, “Doctor, can my fat return?” I am happy to tell them that liposuction surgically removes groups of fat cells permanently, along with the blood supply that feeds the cells.
You may wonder if popular weight loss approaches or procedures can be your long-term solution, but only liposuction has long-term results by removing fat cells. Bariatric surgery, for example, restricts the amount of food you can eat by creating a smaller stomach pouch and rerouting the food through the intestines. It will help you lose considerable amounts of weight over time, the number of fat cells remain the same. If they do not follow the prescribed diet, you can gain weight back. The more successful they are, the more sagging skin you have to contend with. Quite often this skin needs to be removed surgically.
TV shows such as the Biggest Loser suggest that you can lose hundreds of pounds in a short time by radically reducing food consumption and increasing exercise. Many contestants are successful, but quickly gain back the weight. For all their efforts, the number of fat cells remains the same while they engage in a regiment they are unlikely to keep up. This drastic approach is seldom effective in the long run.
Consult With A Liposuction Professional in Chicago
If you are overweight or want to reshape your body, I can help you with liposuction just set up an appointment to discuss whether liposuction is the best choice for you.
When you come in, I will examine you and discuss the procedure along with the likely outcomes in detail. Together, we’ll also review pictures of many success stories from our Institute to ensure we achieve the desired look for the specific procedure. After the procedure, my team and I will help you keep your weight under control. Even though many fat cells are gone, you can still gain weight, the fat just fills up other cells.