Many people struggle to lose weight in specific areas. These “problematic areas” often fail to respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction can help to deal with this problem. The procedure can get rid of this stubborn fat. The stomach is an area where fat builds up very easily, and it is one of the most difficult areas to slim down. Liposuction is performed to remove the excess fat and reshape the stomach. To reap the benefits of liposuction, it helps to be a good candidate for this cosmetic procedure.
Understanding the Procedure
Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure. The surgery involves the removal of fat deposits. A long hollow needle known as a cannula is inserted under the skin to remove the fat. Incisions are made in the skin through which the surgeon uses the cannula to dislodge the fat. A special vacuum is then used to suction out the fat.
Liposuction can be used on the abdomen, thighs, arms, and neck. It can also be used to remove fat deposits on the face. Face liposuction is used to address the issue of chubby jowls or cheeks.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
A good candidate for liposuction should be over 18 years of age. The closer you are to your ideal weight, the better. Having stable weight is important to ensure permanent results. You should not be more than 20 pounds over your ideal weight. If you have been planning to lose some weight, do so before you get the procedure. You should also put the procedure on hold if you are planning to get pregnant.
The procedure is a good option for someone with localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. A good candidate will have healthy skin with sufficient elasticity. As long as your skin retains its elasticity, age is not an issue. If you are healthy, without underlying medical conditions, you are an ideal candidate. For best results, you should be a non-smoker or give up the habit. Having realistic expectations regarding the outcome makes you a good candidate.
When Not to Get Liposuction
There are cases where liposuction may not be appropriate. Like with all surgical procedures, it is important to be in good health before you get the procedure. A good liposuction candidate should not have medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or circulatory problems. If you have a medical condition, you are more vulnerable to risks associated with liposuction.
Risks of Liposuction
All types of surgery carry inherent risks, and this includes liposuction. It is important to carefully consider all the risks before signing up for the procedure. Your risk profile will be based on the area being treated, your overall health, and the type of liposuction used. Some risks associated with liposuction include anesthesia complications, pulmonary embolism, and hematoma. Other risks include scarring, skin discoloration, skin numbness, dimpling, fluid imbalance, and infection.
It is important to realize that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. It is a way to remove stubborn fat pockets. If you are overweight, you need to lose weight before you consider liposuction. There are surgical procedures such as gastric bypass that can help you to lose weight.
If you want to know more about liposuction, visit Handal Plastic Surgery at our offices in Boca Raton, Florida. You can also call 561-220-6360 to book an appointment today.