whatisfatHave you ever wondered why you can diet and exercise your heart out at your Manhattan Beach gym, but still have stubborn fat deposits in your belly? Are you curious if liposuction is the right solution for your excess belly fat? The answer depends in part on what type of fat you have – superficial or visceral. Read on as we explain how liposuction works, the difference between superficial and visceral fat, and whether or not liposuction by Manhattan Beach board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Granzow of Manhattan Beach Plastic Surgery is the right procedure for you.

How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction works by placing small incisions in your belly, then sucking out superficial fat using a small tube. Liposuction is ideal if you have reached your ideal weight goal or are close to it but still have stubborn fat deposits that won’t go away. Typically, one liposuction treatment can remove up to 4 pounds or more of superficial fat.

What is Superficial Fat?

Superficial fat is that fat that lies below the skin and above the deeper structures such as muscle or other organs. Superficial fat is the same stubborn fat that remains, even after you have dieted and exercised your way to your ideal body weight. If you think you have superficial fat in your belly that could be removed by liposuction, visit Manhattan Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Granzow for a consultation and complete examination of your abdomen.

What is Visceral Fat?

Visceral fat is fat that is stored deep in your body around your organs. Typically, overweight individuals have a high amount of visceral fat that must be lost with diet and exercise. Liposuction is not a solution for visceral fat. A large amount of visceral fat may be associated with variety of health problems, including:

  • Coronary heart disease;
  • Cancer;
  • Stroke;
  • Dementia;
  • Diabetes;
  • Depression;
  • Arthritis;
  • Obesity;
  • Sexual dysfunction; and
  • Sleep disorders.

Am I A Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Not everyone is a good candidate for liposuction in Manhattan Beach. If you are considering undergoing this procedure, talk to Dr. Granzow to see if you meet the following qualifications:

  • You’re close to your ideal body weight, or already at your ideal body weight;
  • Have stubborn fat deposits that won’t go away with diet and exercise;
  • Are a non-smoker, or promise to quit smoking 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after your procedure, as smoking can complicate both the liposuction procedure and recovery time;
  • Have ample time to recover;
  • Are in good psychological health; and
  • Have realistic expectations for your liposuction procedure and results.

What is Recovery Time Like for Liposuction?

Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure, so you’ll likely be able to go home the same day as your procedure. You’ll typically need 1 week of rest and relaxation after a liposuction before you can return to work or school. Remember, though, you will have swelling after liposuction for many weeks, and you won’t see your final results until the swelling has resided.

I’m Interested in Learning More About Liposuction. What Do I Do?

If you’re interested in liposuction in Manhattan Beach, we welcome you to contact Dr. Granzow of Manhattan Beach Plastic Surgery for a consultation and find out if you can be treated with liposuction.

You can schedule your consultation today by calling (310) 882-6261.