What Liposuction Is and Isn’t Good For

Liposuction procedureAnyone familiar with cosmetic surgeries will already know about liposuction. This procedure has been around for years now and it’s one of the most common cosmetic procedures in America. However, for liposuction’s extreme popularity, many are still confused about exactly what it entails. Liposuction is an amazing procedure that helps many reach their goal weight, but it’s not a magic weight loss option. Liposuction, contrary to popular belief, isn’t even considered a weight loss treatment.

There are a few different ways for liposuction to remove fat from the body, all of which require a tube, the cannula, to be inserted into the skin while a vacuum sucks fat out. The most common method is tumescent liposuction. In this procedure, your doctor will inject a saline solution into the fat to make it easier for the fat to be removed. An ultrasound-assisted liposuction liquefies fat with sound ways so that it can be sucked out. There’s also laser liposuction, or SmartLipo, where a laser liquefies fat in the body to be removed.

Figuring out whether or not you’re an ideal candidate for liposuction can be tricky. Luckily, your doctor will help you determine if this is the right procedure for you.

Who should get liposuction?

People looking for small results from liposuction are the ones who will have the best experience with the procedure. Liposuction is the perfect option for people looking to spot reduce fat.


People who already have a healthy weight

Because liposuction is done on specific areas of the body, it’s a great way for people to be able to choose how to contour their bodies. Some of the most common spots to have liposuction done are the stomach, thighs, hips, and upper arms. Removing fat from the area will give the patient more confidence and help their aesthetic appeal, but it will only be a minor change in weight.

If you’re generally happy with your weight but feel that you have stubborn problem areas you’d like taken care of, liposuction can be a great route for you to take. Liposuction is only intended to help people who are interested in losing small amounts of weight. This procedure is great for everyone who might need a little extra help removing stubborn fat. If you like your body, but maybe you’ve been struggling to lose weight on your stomach, liposuction could be right for you.

Candidates for liposuction should also be in good overall health and are non-smokers.

When is liposuction not a good option?

Liposuction might seem like the perfect weight loss solution for everyone. While the idea of having a doctor remove any unwanted fat themselves, this procedure isn’t right for everyone looking to lose weight.

People looking for dramatic weight loss

For people looking for a way to lose a large amount of weight quickly, liposuction won’t be able to help you with that. The results from liposuction are definitely noticeable, but they are not intended to be drastic. Many might not realize it, but liposuction really only removes up to six to eight pounds. This is the perfect amount for a person looking to cut down a little, but won’t solve every weight loss goal. Liposuction is also intended to fix certain areas, it isn’t going to help someone looking to reduce fat all over their body. Additionally, results from liposuction aren’t immediately noticeable.

People not interested in putting in work

Liposuction is often talked about as a quick and easy way to cheat diet and exercise. Many people who receive liposuction look forward to living healthy, active lifestyles to maintain their goal weight. Someone looking to receive liposuction as an easy weigh to lose weight most likely won’t get what they’re looking for. Liposuction removes fat cells from the body, which usually stop growing in our teen years. Once these fat cells are gone, they don’t come back. Even though some fat cells are gone, you still have others that will continue to grow. Liposuction might seem like a one in done to staying thin, but you will have to keep up some effort after to maintain your goal weight.

People looking to fix cellulite

Liposuction has no effect over the appearance of skin. A common issue that often comes with unwanted fat is cellulite. Many people assume that when they have fat removed, the cellulite will also be gone. Unfortunately, even if you have fat removed in an area where you also have cellulite, the texture of your skin will most likely not change. Liposuction patients ideally have enough elasticity in their skin so there’s less of a risk for skin-related issues post surgery.


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