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Is Liposuction Right for Me?

Author: Burt Faibisoff, M.D., FRCS (C)

Liposuction (or lipoplasty) is the surgical removal of excess fat from the body. However, liposuction is not an “easy” way to lose weight. A necessary requirement for lipoplasty is that the fat in the area requiring treatment does not respond to diet or exercise.

Wondering if liposuction is right for you? Typically, patients must meet the following four requirements in order to be considered candidates for liposuction. Please keep in mind that the following text is not a substitute for a professional medical evaluation. Instead, treat this post as a good starting point for your journey.

Is Lipoplasty Right for You? 4 Requirements

#1 You are within 30% of your ideal weight. One purpose of lipoplasty is to help you get rid of the extra weight that diet and exercise can’t help with. Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment. That being the case, candidates must at least be within 30% of their ideal weight. For example, a 165 pound woman whose ideal weight is 130 could be considered eligible. Patients must also have firm skin and muscle tone.

#2 You do not have a life-threatening illness or medical condition. Certain chronic health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes may preclude you from being a lipoplasty candidate. Patients with compromised immune systems may also be advised not to undergo liposuction.

#3 You have a positive outlook and healthy expectations. Any kind of plastic surgery – whether cosmetic or reconstructive – may create psychological and emotional problems in unstable patients. Your physician may wish to discuss your goals and expectations of liposuction with you.

#4 You are a non-smoker. Lastly, ideal candidates are non-smokers. Smoking can inhibit proper blood flow as well as increase the chances of infection. Most surgeons will require you to quit tobacco usage at least 6-8 weeks prior to lipoplasty.

Want to learn more about whether or not liposuction is right for you? Schedule a free consultation online, or call 480-257-2670.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.



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