How To Determine Whether Liposuction Is For You?

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How To Determine Whether Liposuction Is For You?


Liposuction is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States due to its ability to remove stubborn pockets of fat, and sculpt the body. In addition, the vast majority of patients who have undergone liposuction report that the surgery was “worth it,” however, before deciding to undergo Liposuction to slim down, it is important to be sure that the procedure is right for you and that you have realistic expectations.

Are You A Suitable Candidate?

The most suitable candidates for liposuction are individuals with stubborn pockets of fat, typically in their arms, thighs, hips, or abdomen. It is important to recognize that this procedure is not a weight loss surgery; thus, eligible candidates must be physically fit and have an existing diet and exercise routine to get the most out of this surgery. While many people lose weight prior to this procedure, your weight should be stable when you make the decision to undergo liposuction. In addition, ideal candidates have good skin tone with sufficient skin elasticity.

Individuals with excess, sagging skin caused by significant weight loss should be aware that liposuction will not remove this skin and may in fact draw attention to it when the supporting fat underneath is removed. In addition, patients who are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, following childbirth, for example, should do so prior to scheduling liposuction.

Are You In Good Health?

As is true with any surgical procedure, patients must be in good overall health in order to undergo liposuction. Any underlying medical problems must be discussed honestly with your surgeon during your initial consultation because conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, smoking or lung disease or circulatory problems may impact your eligibility for the procedure.

Are You A Candidate For Liposuction?

If a part of your body insists on retaining its fat no matter how much weight you lose overall, you could benefit from liposuction.

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Do You Have Realistic Expectations?

In addition to ensuring that you have a healthy weight and lifestyle prior to undergoing this procedure, it is crucial to ensure that you have realistic expectations. Liposuction is not a miracle weight-loss solution; thus, individuals who expect dramatic weight loss following this procedure will not be satisfied with the results. Intra-abdominal or, visceral fat surrounds the internal organs and cannot be removed with Liposuction. Similarly, patients who expect that the surgery will eliminate excess skin will be disappointed.

Instead, patients should expect to see a visible reduction in the amount of fat in the specific, target area. In some instances, a tummy tuck or additional plastic surgery procedure will be recommended in combination with liposuction to achieve your desired results. While the outcome can certainly be dramatic and boost your self-esteem, you should not expect liposuction to change your life or eliminate other problems.

Maintaining The Results

Although liposuction can produce long-lasting results, significant weight gain following the procedure will negatively impact the outcome. Just as a healthy lifestyle is recommended prior to the surgery, it is crucial to continue exercising and eating well following the procedure in order to maintain the results. Thus, patients must be willing to accept that a lifelong commitment is required to prolong the best results from liposuction.

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