If you have been following a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise, it can be frustrating when those flabby areas on your stomach, hips, thighs, or backside just won’t go away. If you have lost weight, or you just have some problem areas that you want to get rid of, liposuction may be the answer. However, there are some things that you need to consider if you are trying to decide whether this procedure is the best option for you.
Liposuction is used to remove pockets of excessive fat. While the procedure can be done almost anywhere, the most common places are in the belly, thighs, chest, hips, and upper arms. If you have fat deposits in these areas, while other parts of your body are what you consider normal, liposuction can help you regain your figure. Once these fatty deposits are removed, you will find that your clothes fit better, and you have a more balanced figure.
What It Does Not Do
If you are considering liposuction, you have to understand there are limitations to the process. The goal of removing excess fat deposits is to improve your appearance. However, these improvements are not synonymous with perfection. The quality and appearance of your skin plays a role in the outcome of the procedure. If you have dimply or cottage cheese skin (cellulite), or the area has wrinkles, these issues will not be taken away with the fat. Your body will have better contours, but your skin is likely to remain the same.
If you are considering having the procedure done on your back, you need to be aware that the changes may not be very obvious. This is due to the thickness of the skin on the back. In many cases, what someone thinks is fat on their back is actually just the thick skin. You doctor will be able to help you determine whether liposuction will make a difference in the contours of your back.
When Liposuction is Not the Answer
There are situations that are contraindicated for liposuction. If you are obese, this procedure will not address the problem. In many that suffer from obesity, the fat is intra-abdominal, which means that it is not located directly under the skin. This procedure will not help with loose or sagging skin either, as that issue is not due to excess fat deposits.
Liposuction is also not recommended for those who take blood thinners, or have heart or lung disease or diabetes. In these cases, the potential for complications during and after the procedure outweigh any benefits that you might gain. If you are older, you will also want to make sure that you understand that your skin is less elastic, which can result in loose or sagging skin after the procedure.
Now that you have a better understanding of what liposuction can and cannot do, you can make a more informed decision about whether it is the right option for your situation. If so, the next step is to find an experienced surgeon for a consultation.