Summary: While the transformative power of liposuction is undeniable, it is not a miracle cure. It’s still important to recognize that lipo is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss method, no matter how appealing the promise of removing significant amounts of fat surgically may be. If you’re considering liposuction and want to get the best possible results, the first step is determining whether you are a good candidate.
Qualities of a Good Candidate for Liposuction
The first quality of a good lipo candidate is realistic expectations. If you’re expecting to come out of surgery 25 pounds lighter, you’re not looking at the procedure in the right way. While liposuction removes significant volumes of fat, the goal is a better body contour, not a smaller number on the scale.
Likewise, good candidates for liposuction are already healthy and lead active lifestyles. They make sensible dietary choices and don’t rely on quick fixes to maintain a healthy weight. If you are a healthy, active individual and are already within 30% of your ideal body weight, liposuction may be a good option.
Another important factor in determining your candidacy for lipo is skin elasticity and muscle tone. While liposuction does remove fat cells, it doesn’t tighten skin. The best lipo candidates have localized areas of excess fat that haven’t responded well to diet and exercise.
Check with Your Surgeon
Before deciding that liposuction is the answer, make sure you’ve considered these factors and sought the advice of a reputable plastic surgeon. Taking these preliminary steps will ensure that you get the best possible results from your body contouring.