Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
Most people have at least one area of their body that they feel self-conscious about. Often this is somewhere where stubborn fat simply refuses to budge no matter what exercises you do or what diets you try. These bulges can potentially be covered by clothes, but where’s the fun in that? You want and deserve to feel great in whatever you choose to wear. Fortunately, with liposuction, you can.
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world due partly to its ability to be used to transform virtually any part of the body. The technique is minimally invasive since the procedure is performed through very small incisions in the target area of the body. Conventional liposuction uses a cannula inserted into the area, which is worked back and forth and sucks out any excess subcutaneous fat beneath the skin. Your surgeon will use their skill and experience to remove the fat in such a way that the contours of your body are improved, and skin adheres closely to them, giving you a smooth, streamlined appearance.
Liposuction is extremely safe, but it isn’t necessarily suitable for everyone. Before you can undergo this procedure, you’ll need to have a consultation with your chosen cosmetic surgeon who will assess you to see if you are a candidate for liposuction.
Candidate requirements for liposuction
Here are some of the criteria that you may need to meet in order to be considered a good candidate for liposuction.
A healthy weight. Candidates should be within 30% of their ideal weight and be happy with their current weight. While gaining weight can obviously undo the effects of liposuction, so too can losing weight. This is because losing a large amount of weight can lead to skin sagging.
Good skin and muscle tone. Candidates will also need to have fairly firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone. These are important as once the fat cells are removed, the skin needs to be supple enough to pingback over the newly created contours, creating that smooth, streamlines appearance.
Good general health. Although minimally invasive, candidates for liposuction must still be in good general health with no life-threatening illness or medical conditions that could impair their ability to heal and put them at increased risk of experiencing complications.
Be a non-smoker. Most of us know that smoking can seriously affect our health and wellbeing, but did you know that it can also impair our ability to heal following any sort of injury or surgery? Smoking will also significantly increase your risk of developing complications during or after your surgery. For this reason, many smokers are refused as candidates for many elective surgical procedures.
Have realistic expectations and goals. Your surgeon will talk to you in-depth about what you hope to achieve by undergoing liposuction. This is to ensure that you are seeking cosmetic enhancement for the right reasons. They will also want to be sure that you have realistic expectations for the outcome of your procedure. Liposuction can change the appearance of your body, but it can’t transform your life – only you yourself can do that. Nevertheless, liposuction may be able to give you the confidence that you need to live your life to the fullest.
To discover if you are a candidate for liposuction, please don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule your consultation.