Is Liposuction Right for You?

Is liposuction something that you have been considering? Maybe even for some time but hesitate because you aren’t sure if it’s right for you? Give yourself a pat on the back, because that sort of caution is wise when it comes to any sort of surgical procedure, and you’re right. Liposuction may be the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. today, but it is not for everyone.

Let’s be honest. We can debate inner beauty versus physical attractiveness all day. Of course the kind of person we are on the inside is what matters the most, but that really has nothing to do with our desire to have the body shape that we want. Looking our best and being able to wear the clothes that fit well and make the kind of statement we wish is just part of living life on our terms.

Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are key to not only longevity but also to maintaining a fit, proportionate body. Sometimes, though, diet and exercise simply do not work for us, and there are areas of the body that refuse to give up that extra bulge or pocket of fat. Is this the time to consult with a plastic surgeon? Yes! This is the perfect time to set up a consultation with a skilled, board certified surgeon with proven experience.

What about liposuction as a short cut to weight loss?

This is where the most common misperception with regard to liposuction occurs. While it can do wonders when it comes to body sculpting, it is not meant for weight loss. This may well be the first thing you hear when you arrive for that consultation. In fact, “Are you within 30% of your recommended body weight?” is often one of the things you will be asked when you call for the appointment.

If diet and exercise do not prove successful for weight loss, there are surgical procedures that you can consider. Common types of bariatric surgery include procedures like gastric bypass, gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy. Liposuction, however, is for body sculpting, not for weight loss.

Will liposuction take care of my cellulite?

Unfortunately, this is another widespread myth. Liposuction does address fat deposits, which is exactly what cellulite is, but liposuction removes deep fat, not the fat cells which accumulate just beneath the skin, which is where cellulite is found. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology warns that cellulite may actually appear worse if liposuction is used to attempt its removal and that the result may be the creation of even more depressions in the skin.

In addition to not being for weight loss or cellulite removal, anyone considering liposuction should be free of chronic or persistent health conditions. These include issues such as heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation and diabetes.

So, who is a good candidate for liposuction? Basically, the ideal candidate is someone whose body weight is proportionate but has stubborn areas where fat has accumulated and been resistant to diet and exercise. The most common areas typically include the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, neck and upper arms.

Because it safely and permanently removes fat and reshapes areas of the body, liposuction has been extremely popular for many years. When we look our best, it increases our confidence and permeates every area of our lives. Liposuction may not be for every situation but it is a tool that thousands have successfully taken advantage of to give themselves that extra little boost.

More info: American Academy of Dermatology: “‘Below the Belt’ Dermatological Conditions Fact Sheet.”