Liposuction is a procedure that became popular several decades ago and continues to be one of the most common procedures done today. The popular misconception is that it is used primarily to lose weight. While this may be a common thought, it is not correct. This procedure is generally done when dieting and exercise have not been successful on certain areas of the body, leaving the person with deposits of fat in those areas so that they are dissatisfied with their appearance. Localized fatty deposits can be unseemly and unattractive.
This is typically when a plastic surgeon will recommend liposuction. When people are looking to lose that extra fifty pounds quickly, their doctor will warn them against going through such a procedure because odds are they will be disappointed with the results. Typical surgery reduces weight by about 1 to 10 pounds. Large amounts of fat can be removed, but this causes additional safety risks, irregularities in the contouring of the body and skin rippling. It is also not a good idea to go through this procedure if you have just recently lost a significant amount of weight and have loose, hanging skin. Your problem could become much worse.
Good candidates for this procedure would:
- Be a non-smoker
- Be in generally good health
- Be a positive thinker
- Be a realist
- Have good skin elasticity
- Have strong muscle tone
Your surgeon will let you know how to prepare for your surgery. You may need to adjust your lifestyle for a short period of time, such as avoiding certain medications, drugs, or herbs for a few weeks prior to having the surgery. If you have a calm job, you should be back to work within a week. For more strenuous jobs, you may have to wait a few weeks before returning to your normal duties.
Ask your doctor any questions you have before making the choice to have the surgery. He or she is dedicated to making you comfortable with your decision and wants you to know everything you need to know about the procedure, the recovery, and the financial aspects. Understand the risks and possible complications before agreeing to anything and if you have any strange symptoms after surgery, such as bleeding, severe pain, or dizziness, report them immediately to your doctor.