Is holiday weight gain inevitable? According to Health, the vast majority of people do put on weight during the holidays. The good news is that it is not quite as much as you might think. A study from Texas Tech University reveals that women typically gain one pound, while men gain about two.
What about the prevailing myth that the average person packs on seven to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s? Unfortunately, there is some truth to it. Studies show that, while Americans may gain less than anticipated, very few of us end up losing that weight — and this continues to happen year after year. “This ‘weight creep’ is what leads to most Americans packing on about 10 to 20 pounds per decade,” Health continues.
If you are slowly putting on weight over the years, now is the perfect time to do something about it. Give yourself the gift of confidence this holiday season with plastic surgery or liposuction. Are you a good candidate for liposuction? What does a liposuction procedure entail? Find out more below.
Are You A Good Candidate For Liposuction?
Many people do not realize that not everyone is a good candidate for liposuction for fat loss. Other plastic surgeries, like rhinoplasty, require very little from patients. To get rhinoplasty, the patient must have a nose. Even that’s not a hard requirement. Plenty of patients seek reconstructive rhinoplasty after serious accidents or debilitating injuries. For a successful liposuction procedure, however, patients must be “within 30% of your ideal weight,” according to WebMD. Patients must be non-smokers, and results are best if patients have elastic skin, not loose skin. Liposuction procedures are not ideal for obese patients.
The procedure is not aimed at those seeking overall, long-term weight loss, but rather those who wish to remove fat from specific, “problem” areas that remain after exercise and some weight loss. These areas include the stomach, arms, neck, hips, thighs, and buttocks.
What Happens During Liposuction?
Even some of the best candidates for liposuction do not always know what to expect. If you plan to gift yourself liposuction this Christmas, here is a quick overview of what happens before and during the procedure.
- Your plastic surgeon may take pictures and/or mark up your body before the procedure to designate the fatty areas to be removed.
- You may receive local or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia will numb the immediate area. However, you will be awake during the procedure. If you receive general anesthesia, you will be completely unconscious for the duration of the procedure or surgery.
- Surgeons remove fat deposits. How does it work? “The doctor inserts a hollow tube, called a cannula, through the incisions, and uses it to break up fat deposits. A small surgical vacuum or syringe sucks out the fat through the cannula,” Healthgrades explains. This is the most common type of procedure, although there are several different ways to get liposuction.
- In many cases, you will go home the same day. Unless your procedure is extreme, you will be able to go home the same day. Ask a partner, friend, or relative to drive.
Taking Care Of Yourself After Liposuction
As with breast augmentation and other types of plastic surgeries, liposuction procedures require conscientious aftercare. Immediately following the procedure, you may be asked to wear compression sleeves or bandages to help reduce any residual swelling. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to help prevent infection.
Keep in mind that liposuction is not a permanent fix. It requires certain upkeep to stay looking your best. After your surgeon gives you the green light, exercise regularly, and eat a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and lean protein.
If you are within 30% of your desired weight and struggling with stubborn “problem areas,” you may be an excellent fit for liposuction procedures. Contact us to learn more.