Who Qualifies for Liposuction?
No matter how healthy of a lifestyle you maintain, there is probably some part of your body that you are not quite satisfied with. It happens to all of us: despite our best efforts at dieting and regular exercise, certain parts of the body hold on to fat, stubbornly refusing to reflect the toned, healthy appearance we desire. For men, this typically happens in the abdominal region while women often experience these pockets of stubborn fat in the buttocks, thighs, and hips.
Regardless of where your stubborn fat lies, chances are you’re looking for a good opportunity to be rid of it, and liposuction may be the perfect answer.
A fantastic sculpting tool, liposuction can be used to remove virtually any stubborn body fat that won’t respond to normal weight loss methods. What a majority of people don’t realize is that liposuction is not a weight loss tool. There are some things you should know about the process itself and whether or not you’ll be a good candidate before booking a consultation with your surgeon.
Good Candidates for Liposuction
In order to qualify for liposuction treatments you will have to demonstrate to your surgeon that you meet the following criteria:
- A healthy, stable BMI:
In order to ensure that you achieve the best possible and longest lasting results from your procedures, your surgeon will likely insist that you are not only at a healthy weight, but that you are within 10lbs of your ideal weight. If you want to achieve natural looking contours, it is best to do all of your weight loss before having liposuction.
- A commitment to healthy living:
Just as weight loss after liposuction will affect your results, weight gain following liposuction will continue to change how you look. It is also potentially dangerous to your health as it may trigger the growth of unhealthy visceral fat. For these reasons, it is important to be committed to a healthy lifestyle of eating well and exercising regularly.
- General good health:
Patients opting to undergo voluntary invasive treatments should always be in the peak of health in order to help prevent complications like infection and adverse reactions to anesthetic.
Smoking can wreak havoc on the body’s natural ability to heal itself, leading to prolonged recovery times and increased risk of infection. If you smoke, cut the nicotine at least two weeks before your procedure until well after you have healed.
- Time to recover:
Patients undergoing liposuction for the first time sometimes have unrealistic expectations about how long it will take to recover. While recovery for liposuction is faster than a tummy tuck or breast augmentation, it will still require some downtime to heal.
For more information, talk to our office today!