Cold, dark days and slippery conditions don’t lend themselves to jogging or playing sports. Winter also tends to cause intense, persistent fatigue for those who live at higher latitudes. Reduced sunlight leads to increased production of the “sleep hormone” melatonin, making people feel tired throughout the afternoon and evening. Low levels of vitamin D play a role in poor performance, too: According to a study published in the journal PLOS One, athletes with optimal vitamin D levels exhibit greater strength, stamina, and ability to recover from intense workouts (as compared to athletes with low vitamin D levels). In short, if working out in the winter exhausts you, it’s not all in your head; it really is harder to get in shape during the colder months. How, then, can you successfully sculpt the perfect body in time for swimsuit season? Costly, tiring gym sessions are one option, but if that doesn’t work for you, it might be time to consider liposuction.
Liposuction for Weight Loss: How it Works
Liposuction (and related procedures, like SmartLipo) can’t create spontaneous whole-body weight loss. What these procedures can do, however, is quickly and permanently reduce the size of “problem areas” that haven’t responded to natural weight loss methods. For example, if you have a BMI under 30 but you still struggle with a protruding belly and chubby thighs, liposuction can contour these regions, so they’re more proportional with the rest of your body. Many people use liposuction to help them achieve greater visible muscle tone (even a modest amount of subcutaneous fat can obscure muscle definition) or get rid of distracting lumps and folds that make them feel self-conscious.
During liposuction, a special instrument called a cannula is inserted directly into the patient’s subcutaneous fat. This thin tube (which is typically between two and six millimeters in diameter) injects tumescent solution into the treatment area, liquefying fat cells for easier removal. Tumescent solution also typically contains a local anesthetic (to minimize discomfort) and several agents designed to reduce bleeding and inflammation. By controlling soreness and swelling locally, plastic surgeons can often avoid the use of general anesthetic when performing liposuction.
Recent advances in liposuction technology have significantly reduced the recovery time associated with this procedure, too. Most people who have liposuction only need to rest for about a week after their surgery, and they can return to light activities within days. The recovery from laser lipolysis procedures like SmartLipo is even shorter: SmartLipo patients can usually return to work within just three to five days. In other words, if months of punishing workouts haven’t paid off for you, body contouring can intervene to create the results you deserve—quickly.
Arrange a Liposuction Consultation in Fredericksburg
Don’t let the “winter blahs” stop you from achieving your summer body goals. Our team of caring, experienced board-certified plastic surgeons can help you find freedom from unwanted fat. To begin your journey, contact us to arrange a one-on-one consultation.