Liposuction Suitability

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There are a lot of reasons why someone might want liposuction but the main reason is to be rid of fat cells and to shape the body to a more desirable silhouette.  Getting rid of the actual fat cells cannot be achieved by dieting alone.  Losing weight in this way merely lessens the size of the cells themselves, not removing them completely.  Sometimes this means that stubborn areas of fat don’t change despite dieting or exercise, and so liposuction can be used to remove fat cells almost entirely from problematic areas. 

Liposuction & Weight Loss

Liposuction should not be viewed as a permanent weight loss method.  People who are obese, or severely overweight are unlikely to be eligible for liposuction as there are problems that will arise from the removal of large quantities of fat cells at the same time.  The main issue is that skin elasticity is lost when skin has been stretched over fatty deposits for a prolonged period of time.  If the fat is merely removed, then the skin won’t shrink or stretch over the affected area, leaving excess skin hanging.  There are other surgical alternatives that might be more appropriate for someone looking to get rid of a lot of fat cells, and often liposuction is used in conjunction with other, more serious, surgeries such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

Different forms of liposuction are more suitable for different peoples needs or wants.  Power-assisted Liposuction and Laser Liposuction are ideal for people who aren’t too overweight looking to shift stubborn fatty deposits in notoriously difficult places, i.e. upper arms, upper thigh, love handles.  However, these methods aren’t suitable for removing large areas of fat cells, as the skin is unlikely to regain any elasticity after these procedures.  Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction and the newer VASER technique are better for removing larger areas of fat cells, as well as being able to perform precise liposelection details, making muscles and certain body areas more defined and contoured. 

Liposuction, your Health & Lifestyle

In order to undergo liposuction you need to be in relatively good health, over the age of 18 and aware of all the risks involved with the procedure.  Liposuction is never suitable for anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding.  Any previous health problems need to be brought up, usually these won’t cause any problems but your surgeon needs to be aware of them in order to lessen the risks with the procedure.  It is preferable that you are a non-smoker, as smoking can affect the healing process, and if you are a smoker then it is likely you will be asked to stop before your surgery, and for a period of time afterwards. 

Your expectations and desires of the surgery also need to be realistic.  The results will be discussed with you by your surgeon but if these aren’t to your wishes then the surgery shouldn’t be undertaken.  

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