you are considering liposuction...
men and women struggle with unwanted fat. At times, even after months
of diet and exercise, it is difficult to eliminate fat in problem areas
such as the hips, thighs, stomach, and neck. With the procedure taking
only a few hours, it is no wonder then that liposuction is a very popular
cosmetic surgery procedure today. Liposuction removes fat tissue by
a suctioning technique, contouring the body area to obtain the desired
If you are considering liposuction...
following information can help you understand the procedure, how it's
done and what results can be expected. However, each patient has individual
needs and features, and it is only by consulting with a plastic surgeon
that you can best understand how plastic surgery can help you.
Are you a good candidate for liposuction?
a good candidate for liposuction, you should be in good physical health,
near your ideal body weight (only 10 or 20 pounds overweight) and have
good skin elasticity. You should exercise regularly and eat healthy
well-balanced meals. You may have an area on your body that exercise
and dieting has been unable to reduce. Such a localized fatty deposit
is perfect for liposuction.
Liposuction is not a cure for obesity. There is a limit of fat tissue that can be removed safely from the human body
You should also be psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations. You may think having liposuction will make you look like your ideal or give you a perfect body. You may think that people will treat you differently or that you will be a happier person after your liposuction. These are unrealistic expectations. Good results will help you increase your self-confidence but you won't necessarily get your ideal body.
should realize that, although the cellulite's appearance may improve,
it is not expected to lessen.
Selecting a Surgeon
Although liposuction is generally safe, the discerning patient should consider some factors to ensure safety, minimize the risks involved, and get a good result.
Oftentimes, patients choose their surgeon on the basis of price. However, the success of the procedure is largely dependent on your choice of surgeon. There are no laws in the Philippines that regulate who can perform liposuction. Thus, to avoid unsatisfactory results, it is best to choose a surgeon who has had accredited training in plastic surgery, special training in body contouring and extensive experience in liposuction. This operation requires good judgement and the ability to visualize the end result. Your surgeon's skill can make all the difference between a good result and one which will require correction and additional expense.
The patient must also be able to trust the surgeon for proper evaluation and advice.
When you first consult with your surgeon, he will ask you what your goals and expectations are and what you would like your body to look like. It is helpful if you already know the areas where you gain fat and the areas you wish to have liposuction on. Your surgeon should be confident that your motives are well founded and that your discontent with your body is not caused by a distinctly separate situation such as marital or employment difficulties.
He will also evaluate your body and how much work needs to be done to get the desired result. He may also use computer imaging to help you visualize your surgery options.
Your surgeon will explain the procedure, its risks, alternatives, benefits and recovery time of the procedure. You may also consider having ultrasonic liposuction. Your surgeon will describe what he plans to do and what anesthesia he plans to use, considering your preferences. He will discuss where the surgery will be performed, as well as the risks and costs involved. You can also ask him any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations about the results.
He will also ask you if you've previously had liposuction as this will affect the planned operation. He will ask you about your history of medication, allergies, prior surgeries and results, including scarring, and personal and family history of diseases. If you have allergies, breathing difficulties, if you smoke, or take medications, vitamins, or other drugs, you should inform your surgeon. .
If you went on a crash diet immediately prior to the consultation, this may increase the risk of complications due to electrolyte imbalances or nutritional deficiencies.
you undergo your operation, your surgeon will ask you to have blood
tests done to ensure that you will not have any bleeding problems as
a result of the operation. If you are 40 years of age or older, you
will also be requested to have an electrocardiogram done and to visit
your internist or cardiologist for cardiovascular clearance. This is
to ensure that you are physically fit to undergo the surgery.
Planning the Surgery
evaluating the patient, the plastic surgeon plans the operation and
determines where the incisions will be made. The position of the incisions
are carefully planned so that the resulting scars are practically invisible
after healing. Usually, incisions are placed in areas which are hidden
when the patient is wearing the typical item of clothing (eg, swimwear,
undergarments). It is rare for a patient to have very visible scars
if her surgeon is competent. The most important factor in the success
of your surgery is your surgeon's training, skill and experience.