08 January 2009

If you are considering liposuction, it is important that you have realistic expectations of the results that can be achieved through the procedure and should be in good physical and mental health. Although dramatic results can be achieved, they may not be as immediate or obvious as you would like.

Realistic Expectations
Liposuction ExpectationsLiposuction should not be expected to help you lose a substantial amount of weight, nor can it eliminate stretch marks and cellulite from the skin. Liposuction can only remove small, localized concentrations of fat. In most cases, 10 pounds of fat or less will be removed from the treated area. If you expect liposuction to dramatically change your appearance, you will probably be disappointed. Because liposuction removes fat but does not tighten skin, patients with good skin elasticity will experience the most aesthetically pleasing results. Older patients typically have less elastic skin than younger patients.

As with all plastic surgery, the success of liposuction will depend on a number of individual factors, such as age, skin elasticity, weight, and overall health.

You are a good candidate for liposuction if you have :
  • Liposuction CandidateOver 18
  • Non-smokers
  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Deposits of fat that have not responded to diet or exercise
  • Specific “trouble areas” such as the tummy, thighs, and butt that will not respond to changes in diet and exercise
  • Tried a diet and exercise regime, and find that the last 10 or 15 pounds persist in certain pockets on the body
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
Liposuction is not appropriate for people with :
  • A weakened immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Heart or artery problems
  • Pregnant or lactating women
  • History of blood clots or restricted blood flow
  • Lidocaine anesthesia is used in liposuction, and those with lidocaine allergies will be unable to undergo the procedure
Anyone who is taking blood-thinning medication such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory must discontinue use of the medication before and after surgery.

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