Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction
Any cosmetic procedure will require some thought before you can commit to it. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about liposuction, to help you decide if it is a procedure that you should look into having or not. However, if your questions are not addressed in this article, it may be a better idea to book a consultation, and your surgeon will be better equipped to answer your specific questions.
Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
The best candidate for liposuction is someone who has worked very hard for an extended period of time with diet and exercise, but still has stubborn areas of fat. Liposuction is not a quick fix for weight loss, but rather a way to help correct specific pockets of fat. In this light, if you are proportionate but overweight, you should rather rely on diet and exercise for weight loss, as you are not a good candidate for liposuction. If, after losing the weight, you still have stubborn pockets of fat, then you will be a good candidate for liposuction.
When is Liposuction a Necessity?
As previously discussed, liposuction is only needed for specific fat deposits that don’t respond to dieting or exercising and it is by no means a substitute for healthy weight loss techniques. Liposuction is a contouring procedure. Liposuction has the best results when it is paired with a healthy lifestyle of regular exercise and a balanced diet.
Beyond its body contouring uses, liposuction can be used to treat conditions like excessive sweating and non-cosmetic fat accumulation. Examples of non-cosmetic fat accumulation that liposuction can treat include benign fatty tumours called lipomas, and gynocomastia, which is enlarged male breast tissue.
How Old do I Need to be to Have Liposuction?
Liposuction can be performed on anyone from fifteen to around eighty years old, provided all the physical criteria are met. Minors will also need consent from their guardian to have the procedure. A major concern with older patients is the skin’s elasticity. As you age, your skin becomes weaker and weaker. Thus, if your skin is too weak to mould with liposuction, your surgeon will recommend an alternate procedure better suited to your case.
Is it Safe to Have Liposuction?
Every surgery comes with certain risks and possible complications. Saying that, these risks and complications rarely occur, as liposuction is a relatively simple procedure and performed often. It is important to make sure that your plastic surgeon is experienced with the procedure, to lessen the possible chance of risks associated with it. Moreover, it is vital that you follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery to ensure the best results and minimise the chance of any adverse complications occurring. Before you have your procedure your surgeon will discuss all the possible risks and complications of liposuction with you, so that you are well aware before having the procedure. If you have any concerns or questions at all, it is important to address these at your consultation so that your surgeon can set your mind at ease, and you can make an informed decision before having surgery.