It’s hard to stroll down the local beaches without wondering how so many people have such perfectly contoured bodies. If you have stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, you may benefit from liposuction at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Aventura, FL.
However, this procedure is not right for everyone, and some people may not benefit until they treat the cause of weight gain. Today, we’re talking about who exactly stands to benefit the most from this fat removal procedure to help you determine if this procedure may help you achieve the contours you’ve desired and worked hard to achieve for years.
Who Liposuction Benefits the Most
Men With Pseudogynecomastia
Gynecomastia is a medical condition characterized by the overdevelopment of male breasts. In other words, males grow excess breast tissue, usually due to hormonal imbalances, genetics, medications or other factors. When excess fat is stored in the chest region, a condition known as pseudogynecomastia can occur.
Pseudogynecomastia is a condition characterized by the appearance of male breasts due to an excess of subcutaneous fat in the region. In the case of gynecomastia, a traditional male breast removal procedure would be ineffective because there isn’t really an excess of male breast tissue. However, liposuction is the perfect solution because it solves the actual problem: excess fatty tissue.
Women Who Are Done Having Children
According to years of research conducted by third-party research clinics and reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no risk associated with getting pregnant, having children and breastfeeding after undergoing this procedure. However, women who plan to have no more children will benefit the most from this procedure.
Pregnancy causes, among other side effects, imbalanced hormones. For example, it increases the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the blood. Cortisol plays a major role in the production of leptin and ghrelin, the satiety and hunger hormones, respectively. When you have elevated levels of cortisol, you will experience a decrease in the level of leptin, so you must eat more to feel full. You will also experience an increase in ghrelin, so you feel hungry more often.
Adults Who Feel Confident That They Can Maintain Their Body Fat Percentage
Liposuction helps adults achieve their desired contours by removing excess fat cells from a given region or regions. The results of this procedure are permanent because fat cells new fat cells cannot be created after adolescence. Therefore, when fat is suctioned out of an area, there are permanently fewer fat cells in the area. However, the new, ideal contours will not last forever if fat gain occurs.
When people “gain weight,” they consume more calories than necessary for fuel for a given time period. Some of this extra energy is converted into glucose and stored in the liver and muscles. However, the body can only store so much fuel as carbohydrates. Excess fuel beyond this is stored in the fat cells under the skin and in the internal organs. Even fat cells that remain in the areas targeted by liposuction can fill with excess energy post-op.
Adults Who Wish to Decrease Their Body Fat Percentage
Individuals who feel confident that they can keep from gaining fat in the future are among those who will benefit the most from this procedure. Another group of people with the most to gain from this procedure are adults who wish to decrease their body fat percentage in the future. Specifically, an individual who has a little weight left to lose and wants to increase muscle mass is probably a great candidate for this procedure.
However, such an individual may need to consult with a certified personal trainer and licensed nutritionist. Simultaneously bulking and cutting (building muscle mass and burning excess fat) is tricky. Many people have diets that are high in fat and carbs and struggle to fit enough protein into their diets to build muscle while consuming fewer calories than they need to maintain their current level of body fat.
Adults Who Are Within 30 Pounds of Their Ideal Weight
While adults who wish to lose even more fat after excess fat cells are removed from trouble regions will benefit greatly from this procedure, it is crucial to understand that individuals who are too far from their ideal weight will not gain the most benefits from this procedure. Fat loss is much like shredding an ounce of cheese off of a two-pound block.
When you shred an ounce of cheese off of a full block, you don’t notice much of a decrease in the size of the block. You’ve only removed 3% of the block. If, however, you had a four-ounce block of cheese and you shredded off an ounce, you would reduce the size of the block by 25%. Similarly, if you are near your goal weight, you only have a bit of excess fat left, so removing 25% of localized excess fat will lead to much more dramatic results.
Adults Who Are in Fairly Good Health
As with any cosmetic or medical procedure, there is a recovery process. Some individuals are healthy enough to be put under general anesthesia safely but aren’t healthy enough for a smooth, rapid recovery. The individuals who will benefit the most from this procedure are those who are healthy enough to sail through the recovery as if through calm waters and winds only blowing in the direction they want to go.
An initial consultation will reveal whether an individual is healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Dr. Vega will review the medical history and current health of anyone considering this procedure. Conditions that preclude an individual include those that require daily doses of blood-thinning medications, those that prevent blood clotting, pregnancy, and nursing.
Adults Who Are Under the Age of 55
At the age of 25, the body starts slowing down the production of sex hormones, such as testosterone. This results in many side effects, including increased hunger, decreased energy levels, mood swings, apathy, muscle loss, and a drastic decrease in overall metabolism. Any of these side effects can result in weight loss, but most people develop several side effects that compound into a very significant fat gain problem.
By the time an individual reaches the age of 55, the sex hormone levels in the blood are so imbalanced that it is virtually impossible to maintain the current body fat percentage. If an individual wishes to undergo liposuction but experiences signs of imbalanced sex hormones, Dr. Vega can restore balance through bioidentical hormone therapy. This increases the probability of not storing more fat after the procedure.
Adults With Fairly Elastic Skin
Individuals who benefit the most from this procedure are those who have fairly elastic skin. When the skin in the targeted region is elastic, it will quickly snap back flush against the body once the stubborn pockets of excess fat are suctioned out. If, however, the skin is lax, the skin will continue to hang off of the body for up to 14 months post-op.
If someone wishes to undergo liposuction but has lax skin in the desired target area, he or she may benefit greatly from microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy. This non-invasive anti-aging treatment reverses the effects of aging on the skin through the use of a dermal roller with many tiny needles that penetrate the superficial and middle layers of the skin, inducing collagen production and causing the skin to become more elastic.
Adults With Realistic Expectations About the Results
Individuals who benefit the most from this procedure are those who understand what results they can realistically expect before they decide the procedure is right for them. We’ve already touched on the permanence of the fat cell removal. We’ve also touched on the fact that the fat cells that remain in the body can store energy if a great deal of excess energy is consumed.
Finally, we mentioned briefly that a quarter of localized excess fat cells may be removed. We’d like to expand on this briefly. Everyone’s body fat distribution is different and everyone’s body responds differently to the procedure. On average, 80% of localized fat cells can be removed from small areas of the body, like the underarms or chin. Between 20 and 25% of fat cells are removed from larger areas of the body with more fat deposits, such as the chest or abdomen.
Adults With a Fairly Healthy Lifestyle
Individuals who are healthy enough to get through the recovery process smoothly will benefit greatly from this procedure. However, those who already lead a healthy lifestyle will find the entire process the easiest and benefit the most. For example, an individual who wishes to undergo this procedure must stop consuming alcohol and any products containing nicotine for the six weeks leading up to and following the procedure.
It is crucial that nicotine and alcohol are abstained from in the six weeks leading up to the procedure because these chemical compounds elevate the blood pressure. To be put under general anesthesia safely, an individual must have blood pressure that falls within the normal range. Abstaining for the first six weeks post-op is crucial because it helps to ensure a safe, smooth recovery.
Adults With Realistic Expectations About the Recovery Process
Individuals who will benefit the most from this procedure are those who respect the recovery process. There are several preparation steps that must occur to ensure the smoothest recovery. For example, a clean, comfortable recovery room must be prepared with relaxing sources of entertainment, plenty of pillows, and a significant store of water.
Anyone considering this procedure must also understand and adhere to everything that needs to be avoided or done after the procedure. For example, any exercise that can elevate the blood pressure, such as HIIT or weight lifting are restricted for the first six weeks post-op. Furthermore, a full course of antibiotics must be taken exactly as prescribed and driving is restricted for 24 hours after taking prescription narcotics that may cause drowsiness.
Learn More About This Body Contouring Procedure Today
If you’re in fairly good health and have a BMI that falls within the normal or overweight range, you may benefit greatly from liposuction. For more information about this life-changing fat removal procedure, contact our experts at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Aventura, FL now to schedule your initial consultation.
Dr. Trini Vega is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who specializes in weight loss medicine and bioidentical hormone replacement therapies. He has served the Aventura area proudly for over 19 years and excited about the opportunity to help the citizens of Bay Harbor Islands, Miami, Coral Gables, and Sunny Isles. If you’re from several counties over, let us know when you schedule your consultation, and we will help you find a hotel to stay at.