It’s important when considering liposuction safety, to take into the account the information beforehand. A good candidate for liposuction should keep their expectations realistic in regards to the results of the procedure. A good candidate should be average or only slightly above average weight. Liposuction is an option to remove small bulges of fat that have not been burned off by diet and exercise alone. Liposuction does not always remove cellulite, it is only guaranteed to remove fat. A good candidate for liposuction should also be in good overall health, have concentrated parts of fat that do not respond well to diet and exercise, and firm elastic skin.
Liposuction is most commonly done on the hips, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and face and the sole purpose is to improve your body shape. People with cellulite are not good candidates for liposuction because liposuction may cause them to develop skin irregularities that cannot be treated. While age is not a big factor in deciding who is a good candidate for liposuction, it is important to keep in mind that older adults often times have less elasticity in their skin and may not get the same results as someone younger with tighter skin. People need to know before undergoing liposuction the risks, benefits, and costs as well as the different options. It is important to know your goals before hand, this way you can discuss all these matters with your surgeon.
Your surgeon will also give you instructions on how to prepare for your surgery to insure liposuction safety. These instructions include dietary guidelines, alcohol restrictions, as well as medications and vitamins to avoid. It is important to make sure you tell your surgeon of any allergies that you have as well as medications that you are taking, including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements. It’s important not to leave any information out and to inform your surgeon of everything to ensure your safety during your procedure.
There are different types of liposuction, and often times it can be done at a doctor’s office or surgery center with no need for an overnight stay. The more fat that needs to be removed, the more likely the procedure will be done in the hospital and you may need to stay overnight. All procedures require you to have an anesthetic, and generally you will be asleep during the procedure. Once Anesthesia has been administered and takes effect the surgeon will then make small incisions and insert a vacuum like suction device to remove excess fat. The surgeon will either use a suction pump or a large syringe to remove all the excess fat. The time of the procedure will depend a lot on how much fat is actually being removed.
Many people decide to get liposuction for different reasons but usually to cosmetically enhance their appearance. The recovery of liposuction is rather quick most of the time and people can return to work within a couple of days and get back to normal activities within a couple weeks. Expect bruising, swelling, and soreness for at least a few weeks. You may require a compressive garment for 1 to 2 months after surgery to control swelling.
The results of liposuction are permanent, if you happen to gain weight after the procedure generally it will not appear in the area that was treated. It is also important to note that liposuction will not prevent you from gaining weight, in order to keep your new weight and shape you must follow a proper diet and exercise plan. It has some risks, but for the most part the liposuction safety record is good and side effects are minimized when the procedure is done by specially trained, board-certified plastic surgeons. Side effects generally include infection and skin discoloration, although these are extremely rare.