Can Liposuction Help Me Lose Weight?

Plastic Surgeons Serving San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Santa Clara & Nearby South Bay, California

Posted: August 2, 2019

Woman trying to button jeans over too large bellyLiposuction is used to remove stubborn deposits of fat from the body. Suitable for nearly any area, this body contouring technique can produce a slim and toned appearance, reduce unevenness caused by fat deposits, and help restore a more attractive physique. It should not, however, be relied on for weight loss.

Of course, any removal of fat will have an impact on overall weight, but only so much fat can be safely removed through surgical procedures. To help ensure both your safety and satisfaction, it is best to wait until you have reduced your weight through traditional methods before undergoing a body contouring procedure.

The board-certified plastic surgeons at Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery understand how frustrating it can be to put effort into toning your body only to run against lumpy and unattractive fat deposits that seem resistant to diet and exercise. If you believe you could benefit from liposuction, call us for a consultation where we can assess your frame, listen to your concerns, and provide you with honest information about the best ways to reach your goals.

Ethical, caring, and fully committed to the health and happiness of each patient we see, our plastic surgeons will provide you with straightforward information about your options to help ensure you are making the best decision for your body.

Is Liposuction a Good Solution for Me?

The best candidates for liposuction are men and women who are close to their ideal weight but struggle with fat that seems resistant to diet and exercise. In addition, good candidates for this procedure should be:

  • In generally good health
  • Able to take time off for recovery
  • Willing to follow pre and postoperative directions
  • Realistic about possible outcomes

Liposuction can help slim and tone the frame and produce stunningly beautiful contours, but it may not address issues like excess skin. While we utilize advanced liposuction techniques, areas of the body with sagging skin in addition to fat accumulations may respond better to a lift or tuck procedure such as abdominoplasty. During your initial consultation, we can discuss this with you in greater detail to help make sure you are selecting the right procedure for your goals.

Will Liposuction Make Me Healthier?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure designed to improve the appearance of the treatment area. It removes subcutaneous fat (the jiggly fat that is visible when you move) to produce a more toned and even appearance. Subcutaneous fat is not linked to the same health issues as visceral fat.

Visceral fat, the fat that wraps around your organs, is linked to metabolic disorders, heart attack, and type 2 diabetes. Visceral fat cannot be removed through liposuction. Only diet and exercise can address this type of fat. However, because liposuction can increase confidence and encourage a healthier lifestyle, it can prompt patients to engage in the activities required to eliminate visceral fat such as more strenuous forms of exercise and food choices that promote wellness. If this is your goal, it is often best to work with a nutritionist and personal trainer following liposuction to ensure you are making the choices that are healthiest for your specific needs.

If you have questions about liposuction or if you are ready to schedule a consultation, please call Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery at 650-934-7020 today. Located in Los Altos, we welcome women and men from all surrounding areas including San Jose, Mountain View, and Santa Clara.