Is Cosmetic Surgery Right For You?

One should keep realistic expectations for the results of a liposculpture procedure: the goal should be improvement rather than “perfection.” While the ideal liposculpture candidate possesses relatively proper weight and reasonable skin tone, that’s not to say others won’t benefit from the procedure.

Several factors limit the amount of fat that can be safely removed in one session, and ultimately you and your cosmetic surgeon will make that decision. There are negative aspects to “oversuctioning” or removing too much fat, the most common being unusual “lumpiness” and/or “dents” in the skin. Risk is elevated as one increases the amount of fat removed.

Research shows that the more informed you are about liposculpture, the more likely you are to have a positive experience. Furthermore, those who report the most satisfaction with a liposculpture procedure:

  • Are a normal weight (or only slightly overweight for their height) but are troubled by localized pockets of fat in some of the common body problem spots (e.g., tummy, thighs, “love handles,” saggy upper arms, the chin-neck area, etc.). Liposculpture is strictly a cosmetic procedure and is not a practical solution for those who are overweight or obese.
  • Practice a lifestyle that includes sensible nutrition and regular exercise.
  • Enjoy general good health. Pregnancy, diabetes, heart/circulatory system problems or any infection will usually make you ineligible for the procedure.

In the United States, you must be over 18 to receive liposculpture. For people who are over 40, another consideration is a tendency toward decreased skin elasticity as we age. Depending upon the area that requires sculpting, other procedures (such as an abdominoplasty, aka “a tummy tuck”) may provide more satisfactory results for an older patient.

That said, it is important to know that even skin which has been severely stretched can have an extraordinary capacity to contract, especially when a technique called “superficial liposculpture” is used. With this method, the dissection is done in the superficial compartment, close under the skin, instead of in the deep layers of the subcutaneous tissue, and doctors can often achieve better body and facial contouring results with it.

To learn more about liposculpture, choose a topic from the LiposculptureAuthority.com Education Center (in the right-hand column, directly above the Glossary).

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