Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
Many individuals spend hours each week at the gym and carefully watch what they eat in order to lose weight. While this approach works for some, it is not a one-fits-all solution. Some people are not able to shed extra weight in certain body parts, regardless of how hard they try. Millions of them choose liposuction to improve their figure; however, not everyone is a good candidate for this procedure.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a medical procedure that targets unwanted fat cells on specific parts of the body, most commonly found on the stomach, hips, thighs, neck and back. It is the most popular cosmetic procedure around the world, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS), as reported in the Daily Mail. Traditional liposuction involves making tiny incisions on a localized body part and using suction to remove the fat. Some patients choose to reinsert the fat into other body parts, such as the lips and buttocks. Modern technological advances have allowed doctors to use lasers, ultrasounds and radiofrequency to improve the experience by making smaller incisions, liquefying fat, offering skin tightening, while doing this under local instead of general anesthesia, thus improving recovery time.
Who Can Benefit from Liposuction?
It is important to understand that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a long-term weight loss method, but is instead intended for those individuals that want to focus on improving the appearance of a specific body part. It is a procedure that focuses on the aesthetic appearance by sculpting local areas of the body by removing fat. It is most useful for people that already live a healthy lifestyle, but can’t get desired results on specific body parts.
Liposuction can only remove a limited amount of localized fat cells without harming the patient’s health, or leaving lumps in the body. If the patient does not commit to a healthy lifestyle after the procedure, the fat cells that remain will grow bigger, causing weight gain in the area that was worked on.
According to Medical News Today, liposuction can be advantageous in treating certain medical conditions, such as “Lipomas – benign fatty tumors; Gynecomastia… fatty breast tissue… in men; [and] Lipodystrophy syndrome – a lipid (fat) metabolism disturbance in which there is too much fat in some parts of the body and partial or total absence of fat in other parts.”
Medical experts believe that certain people may be better candidates for liposuction than others. Individuals should be at least 18-years-old, in good health, “and have good skin tone and elasticity, where the skin molds itself into new contours,” explains Medical News Today. Candidates should have a stable weight and are not severely overweight and should want to aesthetically change their body contours in specific areas. Those that are pregnant and nursing, or those that are taking blood thinners or allergic to lidocaine, which is used in the procedure, should not consider liposuction.
The fat that is removed from liposuction, is gone forever. A 2012 press release by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons provided results from a study reported by Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery magazine, that found that “fat cells neither return to treated areas nor get redistributed to untreated areas of the body after liposuction.”
Does a liposuction remove cellulite?
Liposuction does not remove cellulite. After spending years in the field, we have not found in consistent, one-time solution that removes cellulite.
Do I have to be a certain weight for a liposuction?
Ideally, you would be within 25 pounds of your ideal weight. However, it all depends on the frame of your body.
Can you perform liposuction in multiple areas of my body?
We can perform liposuction in multiple areas if the fat removed does not exceed 5 liters. Again, this is a case-by-case basis. It depends on your age, frame, and overall health.
Common Myths Surrounding Liposuction
- Only obese people have liposuctions: Not true at all, many patients are 140 pounds or under.
- Fat comes back after liposuction: Again not true, we remove the fat cells from that specific area.
- Only young people can have liposuction done. This is not true if the patient is in good health.
- Liposuction & tummy tuck are the same thing. They are very different actually. A tummy tuck focuses on removing additional skin from problem areas. Liposuction focuses on removing fat from problem areas.