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Do I Qualify for Liposuction?


Do you have some resistant pockets of fat that are resistant to exercise and diet? Have you been looking for options to address the issue? If so, you probably came across the tried-and-tested solution known as liposuction. But before you spend your hard-earned money on the procedure, you need to determine whether you are a good candidate for liposuction.

As with any other type of cosmetic procedure, you and your surgeon need to consider your suitability for this type of cosmetic procedure. Most people who consider liposuction on a certain bodily area tend to be good candidates for the procedure. However, there are instances when cosmetic surgeons will advise against liposuction on certain patients.

What Is Liposuction?

This is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Liposuction aims to remove stubborn fat that patients cannot seem to get rid of through exercise and/or diet. Usually, dermatologic or cosmetic surgeons perform the procedure on their patients’ belly, arms, hips, back, and buttocks.

Liposuction can also improve the appearance of your face and under your chin. Furthermore, cosmetic surgeons can combine liposuction with other forms of cosmetic procedures.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Before you undergo liposuction, you need to determine whether you are a good candidate. Nowadays, cosmetic procedures are more popular than ever. Unfortunately, so is the voyeuristic fascination with botched procedures. The last thing you want is for people to talk about your failed liposuction or laugh behind your back.

Thus, you need to have realistic expectations before you take a step into your plastic surgeon’s office. The first thing you need to understand is that this procedure does not get rid of cellulite. So if you hoped that you would come out of it without any cellulite, you are out of luck.

Who Are Good Candidates?

Generally, good candidates for this cosmetic procedure include:

  • Adults who are within at least 30 percent of their ideal weight with elastic, firm skin and good muscle tone.
  • Those who do not smoke.
  • Healthy individuals without a life-threatening medical condition or illness that can impair healing.
  • Patients with specific goals in mind and a positive outlook.

Therefore, if you have stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to exercise or diet, you may qualify for liposuction.

Bad Candidates for Liposuction

Sometimes, cosmetic surgeons will not perform this procedure on certain people. The reasons for this are quite diverse. Some of them include:

  • People who are obese.
  • Patients with certain medical conditions or illnesses that make liposuction life-threatening.
  • Those with cellulite in the desired treatment area.
  • People who want to get liposuction on very small treatment areas.
  • Those who do not have firm, elastic skin.
  • Patients with poor skin quality.

What You Should Know Beforehand

Before you undergo liposuction, you need to consult a certified and experienced cosmetic surgeon. Talk about your options, desired outcome, risks, benefits, and cost. You should feel free to ask any questions on your mind and address your concerns.

If you choose to go ahead with the procedure, your surgeon will tell you how to prepare for liposuction. It is important to follow their instructions to the letter for the best outcome.

For more information on liposuction, visit East Bay Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at our office in Oakland, California. You can call 510-451-6950 today to schedule an appointment.