Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that enhances your aesthetic appearance by removing extra, unwanted and stubborn deposits of fat from different localized regions of your body. The procedure has a good record of effectively sculpting the body and enhancing the appearance of patients.

Liposuction is a major surgery, and patients are required to meet a specific set of criteria in order to qualify for the procedure. An individual who does not meet the criteria should avoid the surgery because it can either be risky or deliver poor results.

During your initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will assess your overall health, ask about your medical history, examine your abdomen, and ask questions about your aesthetic expectations and goals. This is part of the assessment process to determine if you are a good candidate for the liposuction surgery.

The first factor a plastic surgeon examines is the fat deposits in your body parts, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, butts, sides, flanks, love handles, calves, knee and face. If you have fat deposits in any of these areas, you may qualify for the procedure. However, before giving you a green light for the surgery, your surgeon will need to make sure that you are in good health.

In order to be a good candidate for liposuction, you must not have any health problems like diabetes, cardiac problems, respiratory problems, blood disorder, autoimmune diseases and high blood pressure. It is very important for the patient to share his or her complete medical history with the surgeon. Also, make sure to disclose any prescription, over the counter or pleasure enhancement drugs that you are currently taking.

Patients taking drugs like blood thinning medications and supplements are at risk of experiencing excessive bleeding during and after liposuction. Therefore, it is important to share your medications history with the surgeon so that a proper assessment can be done. Not doing so can be life threatening. Smokers would be required to stop smoking at least three weeks before the surgery. If you can’t stop smoking, you will not be a good liposuction candidate.

Additionally, a good candidate for liposuction needs to have realistic expectations and reasonable goals. It is important to understand that the results of liposuction are never guaranteed to be perfect. Some patients may be dissatisfied with the results after the surgery, while others may not be able to bear the scarring. The patients should be prepared to see scarring on their bodies because it is completely unavoidable. However, the scars will eventually be less noticeable. As a result, it is important to keep realistic expectations.

In addition, it is unrealistic to expect that the liposuction procedure will help you lose weight because liposuction is a body sculpting procedure, not a weight loss procedure. Overall, an ideal candidate for liposuction has to meet the aforementioned criteria and should also have stable weight and elastic skin. Therefore, make sure to go through all these requirements before deciding to undergo this procedure.

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