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Do I need to lose weight before liposuction?


Do I need to lose weight before liposuction?Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the body and enhance contours by removing excess fats from targeted areas in the body. Localized fat pockets may occur even in people who watch their diet and exercise regularly. Hereditary factors may be responsible for this occurrence, which can make the body appear disproportionate and unshapely. Liposuction is an ideal treatment for both men and women to improve this condition.

Liposuction may be performed at times in combination with other procedures such as facelift, tummy tuck, or breast surgery. It is most commonly used for fat reduction in thighs, hips and buttocks, chest, neck, arms, cheeks, chin, calves, inner knees, and ankles. The procedure is less invasive compared to several other surgeries. Latest techniques have made liposuction a safer and more effective fat reduction treatment.

Right Candidates

A person who is bothered by unsightly bulges or fat pockets in one or more parts of the body may be a genuine or ideal candidate for liposuction. The person should ideally have an average body weight for his or her height, and should be in decent health. People with fine skin elasticity can achieve better results with this procedure.

If the person is suffering from a serious medical condition, the plastic surgeon may recommend against liposuction if the healing is likely to be delayed or impeded. People who are excessively overweight, say having more than 30 percent of their ideal body weight, or those who are obese, are usually not considered suitable candidates for liposuction. It is also not a remarkable procedure for someone looking for cellulite reduction.

Is it a Weight Loss Procedure?

Some patients make a mistaken assumption that liposuction can help them lose weight. The plastic surgeon will explain them during the initial consultation that liposuction is just a fat reduction procedure, while other surgeries may be suggested for weight loss. In fact, overweight and obese people are considered appropriate candidates for liposuction.

The patient is expected to maintain moderate fitness activity and healthy eating habits post procedure. This is important to ensure that the results can be prolonged and visceral fats do not rebound. Liposuction is not a replacement for exercise and diet. On the contrary, it is a more suitable procedure for those who are physically active and plan to maintain the same level of physical activity and healthy lifestyle after the surgery.

Losing Weight Prior to Surgery

Operating surgeons may have divergent views with regard to the question of losing weight prior to liposuction. The best answer can be determined based on the patient’s unique needs and weight condition. Some patients may manage to lose weight through natural exercise and diet under expert supervision. However, if stubborn fat pockets do not respond to diet and exercise, they may finally opt for liposuction when their weight has stabilized to a normal level.

The other side of losing weight prior to liposuction is that if the weight loss is substantial and sudden because of a surgical procedure, it may leave the patient with loose skin and folds. Liposuction cannot correct this condition. The surgeon may recommend other plastic surgery procedures such as body contouring in conjunction with liposuction to achieve the desired results.

Therefore, losing weight before or after liposuction may be considered case by case, looking at the extent of overweight or a tendency of obesity. The patient’s muscle toning and skin elasticity will also be considered. Patients who are conscious about diet and exercise and are clear about the idea of maintaining average body weight even after the procedure will be able to enjoy the results of a liposuction for a long time to come.

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For more information on Plastic Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Spa Procedures and Treatments in Frisco, Texas, please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Matthias Solomon by clicking here or calling 214-983-0213.

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