Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures requested at Dr. Fata’s Indianapolis practice, and with good reason: it is capable of producing excellent body contouring results for a wide range of patients. However, liposuction may not be right for everyone. In order to be a good liposuction candidate, you should first be in good health. This is a much more important consideration than your age or even your weight.
To find out if liposuction is right for you, please call Renaissance Plastic Surgery at (317) 565-1009 today. Dr. Fata welcomes patients from Indianapolis and throughout Indiana.
Basic Liposuction Qualifications
Apart from your health, there are a few other qualifications that liposuction patients should meet, including:
- Good skin elasticity – Your skin should be capable of contracting and retaining its new shape over the treatment area for the best possible results. One sign of poor elasticity is the presence of excessive stretch marks. If you have poor skin elasticity, your skin may have a somewhat loose appearance after treatment. However, some of our patients do not mind this fact and are still satisfied with their overall contours after liposuction.
- At or near target weight – Liposuction is not an obesity treatment or an alternative to weight loss; it is a body contouring procedure designed to reduce deposits of fat that have resisted diet and exercise efforts. The average liposuction procedure only removes 2 to 3 pounds of fat. Many patients who undergo liposuction are overweight, but they are counseled that they should not expect the same results as someone who is at or near her ideal weight. This group of patients may also need some type of skin removal, such as a tummy tuck.
- Avoiding certain medications – Drugs that increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, anticoagulants, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are not safe to take before or directly after your liposuction procedure. You should also avoid drugs that interfere with lidocaine, the local anesthesia used in some tumescent liposuction procedures.
Dr. Fata will discuss each of these factors with you in more detail during a personal consultation.
Another important factor in liposuction candidacy is maintaining realistic expectations. While liposuction is capable of significantly improving your appearance, it cannot achieve perfection or make your figure look 30 pounds lighter. Some of our overweight patients enjoy the contouring that can be achieved with liposuction, but they understand that it is not a weight loss procedure, and they will not be removing large amounts of fat.
On the other hand, losing weight after your liposuction procedure can further enhance your results, evening out areas that cannot be reached by liposuction. As long as you do not go above your current weight after treatment, your liposuction results should be permanent.
If you have further questions about liposuction candidacy, please contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery online or call (317) 565-1009 today to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced Indianapolis plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata.