Anyone who has struggled to lose weight and create a fit body knows how hard it can be to accomplish. The thought of having that extra fat quickly removed can sound appealing. Liposuction can be used to surgically remove fat in one quick procedure, but it is not a magical solution for weight loss. Instead, it is a cosmetic enhancement that can help you sculpt the shape of your body through targeted fat removal. Here are a few facts about liposuction to help you determine if it is the right option for you.
- Liposuction is best used for problem areas. If you are overweight and still have many areas with excess fat, liposuction may not be the best solution. This procedure is best used to remove fat from specific problem areas that have not responded to diet or exercise.
- Good candidates for liposuction are healthy. Even though liposuction is a safe procedure, it is still surgery. Good candidates should be in good health to undergo any type of elective surgery for the best results and recovery.
- Ideal candidates are close to their goal weight. The ideal candidate receiving liposuction is usually within 20-30 pounds of their goal weight. They may just have excess fat on their tummy, hips, thighs or other areas that they want removed.
- Liposuction should be thought of as body sculpting, not reduction. Liposuction is best used to change the shape of a body area, not as an overall reduction in size. Although the area will be smaller due to fat removal, it is more about changing the shape of the area.
As with any surgical procedure, you want an experienced medical professional to perform your liposuction. Consult with a plastic surgeon that specializes in liposuction and is experienced in the field if you decide this procedure is right for you.
Posted on behalf of:
Hunter Moyer, MD
1400 Northside Forsyth Dr. #390
Cumming, GA 30041