Maintaining a good body weight and figure is one of the toughest challenges for most people. No matter how hard one tries to win “the battle of the bulge” the victory continues to remain elusive. The reality is that stubborn fat deposits usually do not go away even with a strict diet and exercise program. Similarly, loose skin cannot be tightened with such conventional or natural methods.
Liposuction is one of the most effective options to reduce stubborn fats from specific areas of the body to improve the body shaping. A majority of patients use liposuction for areas such as the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs and face. It is important to understand, however, that liposuction removes only fat, not cellulite. Patients may consult an experienced liposuction expert for this procedure.
An ideal candidate for liposuction will have an average body weight, or slightly above-average. The procedure is not suited for excessively overweight people, and it is not a weight loss procedure as such. Patients with fairly firm and elastic skin are good candidates for liposuction. It is also important that the general physical health condition of the patient should be good to withstand the surgery.
Patients with a relatively poorer quality of skin may not be good candidates for this procedure. Liposuction may cause skin irregularities in such patients in case of over or under correction of the targeted fat deposits. Older patients may not be able to achieve the same results as younger patients because the skin elasticity usually reduces in old age. Patients should have realistic expectations from the procedure in order to achieve the desired results and satisfaction in body shaping.
Once the patient has chosen to undergo the liposuction treatment, he or she will have to follow the operating surgeon’s guidelines regarding diet, alcohol and medication restrictions. The patient should inform the doctor about any history of allergies or diseases, including any medications or herbal supplements that the patient may be taking. A patient may choose to visit a leading dermatologist with expertise in liposuction procedure. The procedure may be performed at the doctor’s office or at a surgery center, depending on the amount of fat to be removed.