Are You an Ideal Candidate for Liposuction?

If you’re looking for a way to eliminate stubborn fat, despite your relentless efforts in dieting and exercise, liposuction may be an option for you. This cosmetic procedure involves the removal of excess fat from a specific area of the body by suctioning it out through a cannula. 

Liposuction is widely used to enhance the shape of the body and simply eradicate stubborn fat. There are several different approaches to liposuction, which allows plastic surgeons to tailor each procedure to their patient’s needs. 

While liposuction can provide excellent results for patients seeking a solution to excess fat, it may not be the right choice for everyone. You may be considered a good candidate for liposuction if you:

Are You at or Near Your Target Weight?

Liposuction isn’t a be-all and end-all method of weight loss. Instead, this body contouring procedure is used to remove stubborn fat that won’t go away, despite strictly following your weight loss plan.

With this in mind, the ideal candidate for liposuction is within about 30% of their target body weight. Additionally, liposuction candidates should be at a stable weight, given that weight fluctuations after the procedure may sabotage the desired results. 

Be in Good Overall Health Without any Life-Threatening Condition 

Liposuction is a surgical procedure and as is the case with most other surgical procedures, it’s important for patients to be in good health. Liposuction may not be safe for patients with life-threatening conditions and conditions that may hinder the healing process.

Smoking and Liposuction Do NOT Go Together

Nicotine is a vasoconstrictor, which means that it significantly reduces your body’s circulation. So, if you smoke before and after liposuction, it could seriously inhibit your body’s healing process.

Non-smokers are the ideal candidates for liposuction. If you currently smoke, quitting well before the procedure is your best option. However, if you don’t quit smoking entirely, you’ll need to refrain from smoking at least 4 to 6 weeks before the surgery and remain smoke-free for at least 4 weeks postoperative. 

To learn more about liposuction and whether or not you’re a good candidate for the procedure, schedule a consultation at the Bayside Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery today! 


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