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Cosmetic Procedures and Liposuction

Liposuction is an option to remove small bulges of fat that diet and exercise don't address and to improve your body's shape. It's most commonly done on the hips, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and face. Liposuction does not remove cellulite, only fat.

marks on abdomen for cosmetic surgery

Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

A good candidate for liposuction should have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. In addition, he or she should:

  • Be of average or only slightly above-average weight
  • Have firm, elastic skin
  • Be in good overall health
  • Have concentrated pockets of fat that do not respond well to diet and exercise

People with cellulite are not good candidates for liposuction because they may develop skin irregularities in the treated area.

Age is generally not a major consideration when discussing liposuction. Older adults, though, often have less elasticity in their skin and thus may not get the same results that a younger person with tighter skin might get.

What Do I Need To Know Before Undergoing Liposuction?

The first step is to consult with your surgeon.  During the consultation, you'll discuss your goals, the options, the risks and benefits, and the costs. Be sure to ask the surgeon any questions you may have.

If you decide to go ahead with liposuction, your surgeon will give you instructions on how to prepare for the surgery. This may include dietary guidelines, alcohol restrictions, or taking or avoiding certain vitamins.

Tell your surgeon of any allergies you have and any medications you are taking. This includes over-the-counter and prescription medications as well as herbal supplements. Your surgeon needs that information to make sure you'll be safe during surgery.

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