Your body is already lovely as it is, and all you really need to prep it for bikini season is to find a swimsuit you feel comfortable in. But if self-consciousness about your physique stands in the way of that comfort, body contouring can help.
If you’re looking for a touch more confidence about a body you already respect and take care of, we recommend liposuction, and we love providing it to patients from the Oklahoma City area at the Cosmetic Surgery Center. If you have severe body image or related mental health issues, seek support from a counselor or therapist before considering liposuction.
How liposuction works
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that effectively minimizes fat in stubborn areas. It’s done under general anesthesia, so you won’t feel a thing while it’s happening. Through a small incision, a thin tube (a cannula) that’s attached to a vacuum device is inserted and maneuvered beneath your skin. The device breaks down fat deposits and then suctions them out.
Liposuction swimsuit benefits
Many people appreciate liposuction’s effectiveness in slimming down common trouble spots which become especially apparent during warmer months when you’re more scantily clad. The versatile treatment reduces fat in many body areas, including:
- Abdomen and love handles
- Breasts (including men’s)
- Calves and ankles
- Thighs and knees
- Upper arms
Good candidates for liposuction
Liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure. In other words, it’s not ideal for people who want to lose a great deal of weight, carry more than 20 excess pounds, or wish to completely change their bodies.
If you eat well and exercise routinely, yet can’t seem to get rid of fat stores in particular areas, you could be a great candidate for liposuction. Your weight should be pretty stable, and ideally your skin will have good elasticity and not much excess skin. Liposuction is intended for healthy people who want a slimmer physique or more definition. If you have cellulite or loose skin, however, you can pair liposuction with other procedures for maximum benefits.
Swimming after liposuction
Plan to have liposuction a month or more before you hit the beach or pool. The healing process can take several weeks, during which time you may be asked to wear a compression garment. You should also avoid strenuous physical activity for a month after your procedure, or until your doctor gives you the go-ahead. As the swelling goes down and your body heals, you’ll start noticing your sleeker shape.
To maintain and get the most out of your treatment, continue your healthy lifestyle habits -- eating primarily nutritious foods, staying physically active, and prioritizing sufficient sleep. If you have questions about liposuction or wish to get started, call our office or click the button to schedule a consultation.