While some patients may think of liposuction as a weight loss technique, that is not the actual goal of the procedure. The team at Austin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Austin, TX is committed to providing patients with solutions for contouring the body. However, weight loss is the not the primary goal. If you are considering liposuction, it is vital that you understand the difference between this and weight loss.

What Are the Differences Between Weight Loss and Liposuction?

  • Weight loss is the actual process of reducing body mass through a combination of diet and exercise, while liposuction is an elective surgical procedure which removes excess fat from specific parts of the body.
  • Weight loss requires changes in lifestyle, such as eating healthier and exercising more, while liposuction results can be seen almost immediately after surgery.
  • Weight loss is a process that usually takes time to achieve long-term results and involves removing both fat and muscle tissue, while liposuction only removes excess subcutaneous fat and does not require lifestyle changes.
  • Weight loss requires dedication to maintaining healthy habits over time, while liposuction may provide permanent results with limited maintenance.
  • The risks associated with weight loss are generally minimal when done with proper medical guidance whereas risks associated with liposuction can include infection, pain, scarring and the potential for uneven fat removal.
  • Weight loss is a healthier option that can reduce body fat but requires dedication to maintain results, while liposuction is an invasive procedure with faster results but higher risks and costs.

Will I Lose Weight From My Liposuction Procedure?

In short, no. Liposuction involves the surgical removal of excess fat from the body and is not a weight loss technique, although it can help improve the contour of your body. While you may appear to have lost some weight after liposuction due to the removal of fat cells, the procedure does not reduce overall body mass or create lasting weight loss results in the same way as diet and exercise can. In fact, the best candidates for liposuction are those within their ideal weight range and who already live an active and healthy lifestyle.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

If you are interested in improving your body contours and targeting unwanted fat on a specific part of your body, it may be time to talk to our doctors at Austin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Austin, TX. An initial consultation is the first step in learning more! Call 888-263-8503 to schedule a visit.

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