Giving Unwanted Fat the Boot

Outdoor shot of smiling young female model in bikini standing against blue sky. Woman having fun out on a summer day. In January’s first blog we got into some of the basics of liposuction, the insanely popular cosmetic treatment in Utah and across the United States. We discussed some basics and a couple of methods preferred by Dr. Yates. 

For this month’s second blog, let’s get into a few more questions about liposuction. 

Would liposuction be right for me? 

Unless you have a body fat percentage of two percent, pretty much everyone has a pocket of fat here or there that they would like to get rid of. You’re a good candidate for liposuction if you have such pockets of fat that don’t respond to dietary changes and exercise. 

It’s important to note, however, that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. In fact, removing too much fat from a person at one time can be very dangerous. Liposuction is meant for specific pockets of stubborn fat. These are the conditions needed for liposuction to be effective for you: 

  •     You are within 15% of your ideal body weight.
  •     You plan on maintaining a consistent weight for the long run.
  •     Your skin is firm and has good elasticity

What areas are right for liposuction? 

Liposuction works best on pockets of unwanted fat. These are the typical treatment areas: 

  •     Abdomen
  •     Buttocks
  •     Love handles
  •     Hips and thighs
  •     Back
  •     Knees and ankles
  •     Breasts
  •     Upper arms
  •     Chin 

How is liposuction different from a tummy tuck? 

Liposuction targets fat pockets. A tummy tuck is best when you have loose skin that has been stretched by excessive weight gain or pregnancy. Often once a person loses the weight, the skin cannot return to its former degree of tautness. It can only be tightened with surgery to remove excess skin and tighten underlying muscles that have become separated — that’s the definition of a tummy tuck. Sometimes, liposuction can be added to a tummy tuck to remove pockets of fat, in addition to removing the excess skin. 

Now you are a liposuction expert! If you’d like to take your newfound knowledge and use it to do something about those stubborn pockets of fat, give Dr. Yates a call at (801) 525-8741 and schedule a liposuction consultation.

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