Could liposuction become more popular than breast augmentation?

Could liposuction become more popular than breast augmentation?

Since its inception, breast augmentation has been a popular surgical procedure. There are numerous societal shifts that have liposuction projected to become more sought out and popular with patients than breast augmentation. The shift in popularity began in 2018 and this trend shows little sign of slowing down anytime soon.

What Is Liposuction?

The liposuction procedure is focused on body contouring and removing small, stubborn areas of fat that are not removed with diet and exercise alone. Although it does remove fat, this procedure should not be thought of as a weight loss option or a replacement for healthy living by prospective patients. Ideal liposuction candidates are already at or close to their ideal weight and the procedure will serve to contour and fine tune their shape.

The procedure itself involves a hollow tube being inserted into small incisions near the treatment areas to loosen and vacuum out the troublesome fat deposits. Liposuction is performed on various areas of the body, such as:

  • Upper arms
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Abdominal area
  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Legs

This procedure can sometimes be combined with a tummy tuck for patients who have excess or sagging abdominal skin.

After the procedure, there will be swelling and tenderness. Patients will need compression garments while they are healing. Patients may usually return to work within a few days. Final results take somewhere between one to three months to show depending on the level of post-operative swelling. There is also noticeable bodily change immediately after the procedure.

Pros And Cons Of Liposuction

Any surgical procedure has pros and cons to it. Pros of liposuction include:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Small scars
  • Minimal downtime
  • Permanent fat removal

Some potential liposuction cons include:

  • Some patients need to lose weight before surgery
  • Potential for weight gain without healthy lifestyle
  • Does not work on cellulite or sagging skin

Risks of surgery in general could include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Numbness in treatment area

Patients should discuss any concerns with their doctors and follow aftercare instructions to aid in healing.

Liposuction Trends

Liposuction saw a large increase in popularity beginning in 2018. This trend continued until the pandemic stopped most elective procedures. With procedures picking up again, liposuction is coming out on top. Weight gain and lack of exercise have people looking into the procedure.

Working From Home

There has been a shift toward working from home which leaves the option open to get liposuction and recuperate at home safely. It makes the procedure even more attractive.

Younger Liposuction Patients

Millenials and younger generations embrace surgical improvements. The drastic results of liposuction make it tempting to younger patients.

If you are considering liposuction, reach out to the staff at Allegany Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation today.

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