Liposuction, also known as lipo, is a fairly common procedure that is designed to suction away excess fat that has accumulated in isolated areas of the body and persisted despite healthy eating habits and regular exercise. While liposuction is popular for body contouring, it is not a one-size-fits all solution, nor is it intended to be a weight loss method. Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon at Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, treats each prospective lipo patient as an individual with distinct issues to address and unique goals to achieve.

When Dr. Greenwald consults with patients about liposuction at his clinic in Tampa, Florida, he provides professional advice to help them determine whether the procedure is right for them. In general, lipo is most effective for individuals who maintain a healthy, stable weight and have a firm, elastic skin tone. The goal is to improve the contours of one or more specific areas of the body by reducing small pockets of fat. Liposuction cannot be used to address lax muscles, nor can it correct conditions like hernia. A patient’s full understanding of what lipo can and cannot do is vital to a successful outcome.

In general, liposuction is suitable for treating pockets of excess fat that have settled in the following areas of the body:

  • Abdomen and back (“love handles”)
  • Upper arms (“bat wings”)
  • Hips (“muffin top”)
  • Inner and outer thighs (“saddlebags”)
  • Knees and ankles (“cankles”)
  • Chin and jaw (“turkey neck”)

Following liposuction, it is very important for a patient to maintain a consistent weight. Subsequent weight gain can affect untreated areas of the body, causing the fat cells to inflate and creating distorted body proportions. Therefore, the surgical results can be expected to last only as long as a patient keeps his or her body weight constant.

If you’d like to learn more about liposuction and perhaps find out if it is right for you, please contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 1-888-840-3199 to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Greenwald at his clinic in Tampa, FL. When you meet with Dr. Greenwald, he will be pleased to show you liposuction before and after photos of his patients, and also explain what you can expect during your liposuction recovery.