Liposuction Chattanooga, TN

We all have a thin layer of fat covering our entire body that protects and insulates us. The distribution of body fat is affected by weight gain and loss but is also determined by genetics. This is why we all have those troubling areas that seem to accumulate fat no mater what we do. And it only gets worse with age. “Love handles”, “Saddle bags”, and “Buddha Bellies” seem to stay no matter how much we diet or exercise because our bodies have been genetically predetermined to accumulate fat in a different way for each of us. Liposuction is one of the only ways to direct weight loss efforts right to those trouble spots where we tend to deposit fat the most.

Since fat exists under the skin over the entire body virtually any area can be treated using liposuction in both men and women. The most common areas that people want treated are the typical trouble spots where fat tends to accumulate with age. The bulging bellies, love handles, outer thighs (saddle bags) and the double chin are some of the most common. Arms, back (below the bra line) and inner thighs are common also. Breast reduction is also a sought after procedure to add a more youthful look and remove back and neck strain.

Liposuction:Permanence of Results

When you gain weight you grow adipocytes (fat cells) that fill with lipid (fat) and when you lose weight those fat cells empty out the lipid but stay in place. So they are there to simply fill again making you gain weight. This is one of the reasons why it is easy to gain weight and why repeated gaining and losing weight with dieting makes it harder to stay trim in the long run. You fill up with fat cells.

Unlike dieting, liposuction removes those fat cells permanently in addition to the lipid. It puts that area of your body back in sync with the rest of you so that even if you again gain weight it will be more evenly distributed because the excess cells in your trouble area are gone for good. In fact, a number of patients have had liposuction and have subsequently gained weight. The areas originally treated by liposuction have maintained their new shape, and even though they are heavier they still have a more desirable silhouette.

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Liposuction: Am I a Candidate?

Patients considering liposuction must first be in good health. Chronic illness such as diabetes or poorly controlled hypertension or heart disease may exclude you from liposuction. There is no definite age limit. Older folks can be good candidates if they are in good health. Younger patients need to be mature enough to make a responsible decision about their health and appearance. There also is not a weight limit for patients who are otherwise good candidates for liposuction. Most of our patients are of normal weight with localized accumulations of fat. However, some of our happiest patients have been individuals who are somewhat obese. It is important to emphasize that liposuction is not a treatment for general obesity. Liposuction surgery is not a substitute for a prudent diet, good nutrition, and regular exercise and should not be seen as a last resort for people who are unable to lose weight. However, an overweight person whose weight has been stable for many years and has certain problems areas of fat may be an excellent candidate for liposuction and are some of the most satisfied patients.

What areas can liposuction treat?

Liposuction is one of the only ways to direct weight loss efforts to trouble spots where we tend to deposit fat the most. Since fat exists under the skin over the entire body virtually any area can be treated using liposuction in both men and women. The most common areas that people want treated are the typical trouble spots where fat tends to accumulate with age. The bulging bellies, love handles, outer thighs (saddle bags) and the double chin are some of the most common. Arms, back (below the bra line) and inner thighs are common also. Breast reduction is also a sought after procedure to add a more youthful look and remove back and neck strain.

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Successful Liposuction Surgery

A liposuction surgery is a success when the patient is happy with the results. The surgeon’s goal is to achieve an optimal aesthetically appealing result rather than to maximize the amount of fat removed. The cosmetic success of liposuction relies on removing inches rather than pounds. For example, removing an amount of fat equivalent to a half-pound of butter from a woman’s saddlebag area or from a man’s love handle areas would result in dramatic change in silhouette, but would not significantly change the person’s weight. Although the results of liposuction are often quite spectacular, it is not realistic to expect perfection. Some minor irregularities exist after a successful procedure. It is also impossible to guarantee the precise amount of improvement that will result from liposuction but patients will generally see a minimum of a 50% improvement (50% improvement is intentionally a vague measure to indicate a definite perceptible improvement, but something short of perfection.) If at least a 50% improvement would make you happy, then it is likely that you will be very happy with the result of this procedure since our patients generally achieve more than a 50% improvement. For the perfectionist, or for liposuction of a very large area, maximum improvement may require a second procedure for which there would be an additional fee.

What options do I have if I am not a candidate for liposuction?

Men and women who experience a rapid deflation of their body due to fat loss typically have relatively poor skin quality. The skin has lost its elastic properties. This lack of elasticity is evident through stretch marks and cellulite (which are classic signs of permanent skin damage). These patients are NOT candidates for liposuction since removing more fat from already damaged and deflated skin makes the sagging skin appear even worse. For such cases, excisional techniques by means of tummy tuck, arm lift or thighlift surgery are ideal. The issue here is skin and muscular laxity as opposed to excess fat cells. Unfortunately, liposuction is only effective in eliminating excess fatty tissue. Luckily, we offer cosmetic surgery procedures that address saggy skin in our Chattanooga, Tennessee offices.

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