What is liposuction?
To many, liposuction is an attractive option when attempting to shed those last few pounds. Liposuction is a technique used in cosmetic surgery used to remove excess fat from under the skin through means of suction. While liposuction is a good option in assisting some along their weight loss journey, it should by no means be the first point of call and is not suitable for all.
When considering liposuction, please ensure you are seeking professional care and advice and that all medical professionals are working in a legal capacity.
Who is liposuction suitable for?
Liposuction is generally recommended for those with a healthy BMI. While this seems counterproductive, those with a BMI of over 30 are at a higher risk of complications and therefore not recommended to seek the procedure.
When receiving liposuction, it’s not recommended that any more than 5000 cc of fat be removed. While this is not the law and some surgeons may willingly remove more, this recommendation highlights that liposuction should not be used as the main solution for weight issues.
Similarly, those with a low BMI may also be refused the surgery if the doctor does not believe there is enough fat to be removed or if removing the fat could cause medical issues which had not previously been there.
Who is liposuction not suitable for?
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, it is important to consult with a medical professional with regard to if liposuction is a valid option for you.
Liposuction can cause complications to pre-existing medical conditions, especially with conditions related to the heart. Similarly, those with threatening illnesses which may affect the outcome of the surgery should not have the surgery or should consult with their doctor as well as the surgeon who is performing the procedure beforehand.
Other things to consider
Surgeons are more likely to accept an application for liposuction if the candidate has firm and elastic skin with good muscle definition. This is because candidates with loose skin are more likely to benefit from other cosmetic surgeries such as a tummy tuck as the issue is with the skin not the fat beneath it.
It’s also vital that candidates have realistic expectations for the surgery. While liposuction is a good option for those with stubborn areas of fat that need to be removed, it will not give you supermodel results overnight and so realistic expectations are crucial.
For more information, please read our article on the 5 benefits of liposuction.