Liposuction is designed to bring out the best in your body. If you''ve been dieting and exercising, but still notice small areas on your body that you just can''t seem to lose, it may be time to consider liposuction.
Liposuction has become the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States. The ideal candidate is physically fit and eats well-balanced meals, yet is unable to reduce fatty deposits in certain areas of the body.
Liposuction is a body contouring surgery that will enhance the work you have already done in weight loss and exercise. While some patients seek a total body makeover, and undergo liposuction of the body, arms, thighs and lower legs, others may choose to refine smaller areas.
The patient must have realistic expectations. The ideal candidate will be only 10-20 pounds overweight. The patient should also be in good physical health, and have a well balanced diet and exercise plan in place.
As a patient, share with your doctor your daily patterns. Crash dieting before a consultation, or before the surgery, can only add to the complications you''ll experience after the surgery. Remember, the more you share with your doctor upfront, the better experience you will have with the surgery and the outcome.
If you''ve tried dieting throughout your life, and tend to regain weight after a time, liposuction may be an answer. Not uncommonly, many liposuction patients notice a decrease in their appetite for several months following the procedure. This decrease can also help create a new eating pattern, which can also help protect your investment.
Liposuction is generally performed to reduce the fatty deposits that accumulate in areas unresponsive to diet and exercise. Common areas for liposuction include the upper and lower abdomen, outer and inner thighs, arms, inner knees, ankles and calves, neck and back, and the flanks or love handles.
The patient should schedule a consultation, and provide a complete history before the surgery is scheduled. Share with your surgeon things like medication intake, medication allergies, prior surgeries and results, history of diseases, personal and family history of medical events, including seizures and heart problems.
As a patient, express your goals, and verify you understand the outcome. Make sure you receive a complete explanation of the procedure, and understand the risks, alternatives, and benefits. Also discuss the insertion area. If at all possible, you might be able to place it in an area typically hidden by your clothing choices.