Is Liposuction Right for Me?
If you are dissatisfied with your body, there is almost certainly at least one cosmetic surgery procedure that can help you to achieve the improvements that you are looking for. One of the most versatile of all cosmetic surgery procedures is liposuction. This is because liposuction can be used to achieve a number of different goals, and this helps to make it just as popular amongst men as it is women. But, with so many cosmetic surgery procedures to choose from, how do you know if liposuction is right for you?
The primary purpose of liposuction is to remove areas of stubborn, unwanted fat. Typically, these are areas that aren’t responding to diet and exercise and are a source of frustration for the patient, who would like nothing more than to see those parts of their body become smaller, tighter, and smoother.
Before you can have any sort of cosmetic surgery procedure you will need to have a consultation with your surgeon who will assess you to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Here are a few things that you need to know about liposuction that will help you decide if liposuction might be the right cosmetic treatment to address your concerns.
Liposuction isn’t a weight loss solution
One of the biggest misconceptions about liposuction is that it can help you to lose weight. While it does involve removing excess fat from the body, it shouldn’t be considered a weight loss solution. Similarly, if you are still losing weight, it is usually best to hold off until your weight is stable before undergoing liposuction. Liposuction focuses on removing fat from areas of the body that haven’t responded to your diet and exercise efforts.
Liposuction can be performed on many different areas of the body
There are lots of different areas of the body that can cause us to feel self-conscious. Fortunately, liposuction can be used to remove excess fatty deposits from lots of them. Some of the most popular areas for patients to undergo liposuction include the hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, flanks, upper arms, chest, and chin. Your surgeon will be able to advise you if liposuction is appropriate for the feature that you would most like to improve.
Liposuction can’t remove excess skin and imperfections like cellulite
Significant weight loss inevitably leads to loose, sagging, excess skin, and the dimpling of the skin that remains. Patients should be aware that liposuction is only designed to target fatty deposits and not skin. In fact, removing excess fat could cause the skin to become even looser. If you have loose skin as a result of weight loss, you may wish to combine liposuction with another body contouring procedure such as a tummy tuck or lower body lift. Your surgeon will be able to advise you which solution may be right for you.
You need to be in good general health
Just like any other surgery, liposuction requires candidates to be in good general health. This is important because the procedure will require the use of anesthetic, to which there is a small amount of risk attached. Your surgeon will also need to know that your body can heal properly following the treatment. Although liposuction is minimally-invasive compared to some other cosmetic surgeries, there is still a significant recovery period, during which time your surgeon will need to be confident that you can and will take the necessary steps to care for your body, reduce your risk of complications and support yourself towards achieving the optimal end result. This may involve compromises such as giving up smoking and alcohol and taking time off of work and recreational activities.
If you would like to find out more about what is involved in liposuction or to schedule a consultation to discuss whether liposuction is right for you, please speak to our discreet and knowledgeable cosmetic surgery team.