Every year, liposuction helps over 250 thousand Americans transform towards a body they love. Though exercise and a healthy diet can do a lot, targeting stubborn bulges of fat on your own can seem impossible. Liposuction offers patients the ability to remove their unwanted fat in a single procedure. Most commonly, our patients choose to target the abs, thighs, hips, and back.

Though liposuction can be a miracle worker, many people have unrealistic expectations or unrealistic ideas about precisely what results liposuction provides. One of the most common questions we’re asked is whether fat comes back after treatment.

The answer depends on several factors, including your lifestyle, dietary habits, genetics, and stress levels. Following Dr. Alderman’s post-op instructions is also vital to maintaining your results. Below, we’ll go into all the information you need to be fully prepared for what comes after liposuction and how to keep your figure looking fantastic for years to come.

When Will I See My Final Results and How Do I Maintain Them?

For most liposuction patients, your final results will take a little time to settle. At first, you may even feel like you look larger than before surgery. This is an entirely normal part of the healing process, as swelling and fluid retention can cause a “bloated” look. As your body recovers and swelling subsides, your new figure will begin to appear.

There may also be some loose skin in the treatment area. Usually over time, regular exercise firms the skin up, but in some cases a follow-up procedure can be the easiest solution. That way, Dr. Alderman can quickly and easily remove any unwanted excess skin.

That said, every patient is unique, and our bodies all heal on their own timeline. Generally, though, it takes between one to three months before you’ll see the final results. From this point on, it’s up to you to maintain your figure. Liposuction is incredibly efficient at removing fat, but it doesn’t stop the growth of remaining cells if you gain weight.

If you maintain a healthy diet, exercise, and drink plenty of water, you shouldn’t have any trouble enjoying your slimmer look for the foreseeable future. Just a few days after the procedure, you can begin to walk to stretch your muscles, and within a few weeks, you’ll be able to return to a gentle workout routine.

Your Atlanta Lipo Options with Dr. Alderman

Dr. Alderman offers several liposuction techniques to accommodate a wide range of desired results, ideal recovery timelines, and anatomies. Whatever method you and Dr. Alderman decide on, the incision (and any scarring) will be very small. A tube (or cannula) attached to a suction device will be inserted via the incisions to remove the fat through a vacuum. 

Vaser – Ultrasonic Liposuction

Vaser liposuction utilizes ultrasonic energy to gently vibrate, loosen, and break up your fat cells. This makes removal much more gentle and provides Dr. Alderman with a higher degree of control to sculpt and contour your trouble spots.

Dr. Alderman uses a tumescent solution during this procedure to minimize bleeding while also providing post-operative pain relief.

Tumescent Liposuction

This technique involves the use of a sterile solution that Dr. Alderman injects into treatment areas before your procedure. The solution provides pain relief, reduces blood loss, and firms the fat cells to allow for easier removal.

Most commonly, this technique is used to treat the arms, legs, neck, and under the chin.

Autologous Fat Transfer

Autologous fat transfer allows Dr. Alderman to use the fat cells taken from one of your trouble areas to enhance and rejuvenate another part of the body, such as the breasts, face, or buttocks. Dr. Alderman can use fat transfer in place of facial dermal fillers, and for the ever-popular Brazillian butt lift. It can also be used to smooth out breast augmentation.

The Key Take-Aways

Dr. Alderman loves being able to help people achieve the body of their dreams thanks to body sculpting innovations like liposuction and CoolSculpting. Using her expert training as a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Alderman can remove troublesome fat and create beautiful contours for impressive final results. Liposuction is incredibly popular for excellent reasons, and it works on patients of countless ages and body types.

While liposuction can be transformative, it’s up to you to maintain your results longterm. Of course, you aren’t alone. Our entire team is here to offer you the information and emotional support you need to stick to your goals and enjoy a slimmer figure for good.

If you want to learn more about liposuction or maintaining your results, please don’t hesitate to contact our Atlanta, GA office. To schedule an in-person consultation, give us a call at (470) 381-3610 or contact us online.