By Sacha Obaid
Liposuction has helped cement the dream of an ideal body for many people over the years. While it has become a familiar cosmetic procedure and thought of as an easy one to have done, it still requires that patients meet the ideal criteria to ensure its is the right procedure for them.
The results of liposuction, which involve the removal of fat deposits by with a small tube attached to a vacuum, can be transformative. But there are other factors to consider as well. Below are some things your surgeon will go over if you’re wondering, “Is liposuction right for me?”
Are you a candidate?
This procedure is most appropriate for people that are in generally good health and are already maintaining a normal or near-normal weight. The purpose of lipo is to remove stubborn fat deposits that are difficult to work off through diet and exercise alone.
Liposuction should not be considered a weight loss technique and in most cases it is not recommended for overweight or obese patients. In addition, consider that younger patients will have more elasticity in their skin, offering better the chances of an “ideal” post-lipo result.
Are you comfortable with the risks?
Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, requiring small incisions, the removal of fat and involves the use of anesthesia. Both of these medical procedures carry some level of risk. While these risks are not significantly different from other, non-cosmetic medical procedures, you should understand what these risks are before you undergo surgery. The right surgeon will explain the risks to you thoroughly.
Are you ready for recovery?
Lipo will require some time for recovery. Ensure that you plan your surgery in accordance to any available time off you may have. You recovery will include compression garments, some pain medication, and will begin to level off in about two weeks. A full recovery is expected within three to four weeks,
Can you afford it?
Liposuction is an elective surgery, and it is very unlikely that your health insurance will cover the costs of the procedure. Make sure that you have a clear idea of exactly what the procedure will cost before you agree to have surgery. Many practices offer financing which may be a good option for many patients, and so it is advisable to set up a budget plan to compliment your procedure’s expense.
Are you committed to changing your lifestyle?
When incorporated into a top-to-bottom overhaul of your lifestyle, a procedure like liposuction makes a lot of sense. If you have made significant progress toward healthier living, liposuction can provide the boost you need to permanently achieve the satisfying, lasting results you aspire to. If you have reasonable goals, commit to maintaining a healthy weight, and understand the decision, liposuction may in fact be right for you.
If you feel that liposuction if right for you, contact a certified surgeon to discuss your options today.