Each year, nearly half a million Americans undergo liposuction to help “sculpt” their bodies. Liposuction is a form of body-contouring surgery that suctions away fat.
This surgical method, introduced in France more than 20 years ago, has since been improved with new techniques that make liposuction safer and more effective than ever before.
Who is a good liposuction candidate?
Some patients who come in for a consultation are surprised to find that an overweight person is not an ideal candidate for liposuction. This procedure should not be considered a treatment for obesity.
The best candidates for liposuction are women and men of any age with good skin elasticity and muscle tone who are:
It is also important to have a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring.
Which areas of the body can liposuction treat?
If you are a male in good physical condition, but you have “love handles,” you may be a perfect candidate for liposuction. Or if you are a woman with healthy skin tone, but you have a little extra fat below the navel, liposuction could work well for you. On the other hand, the patient who comes in and says, “I just want to lose 10 pounds” does not have realistic expectations. Liposuction is not going to take 10 pounds off of you.
Sometimes diet and exercise are not enough
If you are truly overweight, it is best to lose weight before undergoing liposuction. An overweight person may benefit more from a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty — a procedure that removes excess skin and fat — than from liposuction. Because it removes excess fat, liposuction may actually worsen the appearance of loose skin. Patients whose skin does not have enough elasticity could develop skin folds, constrictive bands, grooves or rippling. Liposuction is also not designed to treat cellulite or stretch marks.