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When is liposuction a good idea? The conventional thinking is that you employ liposuction when you want to lose weight. But the reality is a bit more complicated than that. Liposuction, after all, is not the best massive weight loss solution. Instead, liposuction is used to contour specific areas of the body–to sculpt parts of the body that stubbornly do not respond to diet or exercise.

When is Liposuction a Good Idea for You?

Liposuction sure sounds like a great idea, right? You go in, you get a bit of unwanted fat taken off your hips (or tummy, or thighs, or where ever), and you go on your way. But liposuction is often a little more complicated, and requires a bit more thought than that simple motivation (“I want to look more slender”) may imply.

So let’s get a few things straight about liposuction. First and foremost, liposuction is not necessarily employed as a weight loss strategy. That is, if you have a significant about of weight you want to get rid of, liposuction may not be the best treatment option available to you. In most cases, significant weight loss transformations are achieved using bariatric surgery procedures.

Liposuction, however, is used for contouring. That is, if you want to lose weight generally, from all over your body, bariatric surgery might be the way to go. But if you want to eliminate fat from a specific area of your body, then liposuction may be the way to go. You will, of course, need to discuss all of these options with your plastic or cosmetic surgeon (this article is not intended to replace any kind of medical advice). So, knowing all that, when is liposuction a good idea?

Common Motivations Behind Liposuction Procedures

Ultimately, there are many reasons why patients elect to undergo liposuction–and, thus, many reasons why it might be a good idea. Whether it’s a good idea in your case will depend on your desired final outcome and your own unique physiology. And that’s a conversation you should always have with your plastic surgeon.

There are, however, some situations that liposuction is uniquely well suited for. For example, common motivations that liposuction patients might have may include:

  • The desire to eliminate bulges of fat around the belly area.
  • The desire to eliminate bulges of fat around the hips.
  • The desire to trim areas of fat around the back.
  • The desire to see a slimmer looking jawline.
  • The desire to see more svelte legs.

In other words, there are plenty of areas of the body that are good candidate areas to get liposuction. What patients usually see is an area of fat–a stubborn area–that doesn’t respond to any diet or exercise regimen those patients throw at it. So how do you get rid of that area of fat? Well, liposuction.

Made to Contour the Body

That’s exactly what liposuction is designed to do, after all: contour the body. So when you develop those areas of fat that just don’t seem to go anywhere, those are the exact conditions that liposuction is designed to help you mitigate. And liposuction is really, really good at it.

It used to be that liposuction was much more of a blunt instrument. Surgeons didn’t have a lot of control over how that fat removal presented on your overall body. Everything was very localized. These days, however, surgeons have modern tools that allow them to break down the fat in subtle and highly controlled ways.

That’s why you sometimes see the “liposculpting” label attached to liposuction procedures. The curves and contours achieved by modern liposuction techniques are able to blend in seamlessly with your body–meaning no one will know you’ve had work done, they’ll just know that you look pretty darn good!

Liposuction and Weight Loss

So, liposuction these days is employed as a body contouring technique. Most patients are urged to make sure they maintain a stable weight after surgery–in order to ensure their results last as long as possible. The idea is that liposuction can help you sculpt your body in a way that diet and exercise simply can’t.

And that can be what it takes to achieve the body of your dreams, especially if your body is insistent on fighting you along the way. When is liposuction a good idea? Generally speaking, when you have specific areas of fat you want to eliminate and you want those results contoured to your natural curves, liposuction is a good idea.

But it’s also a good idea to talk to your plastic surgeon about your options. You always want to ensure you’re undergoing liposuction from a highly qualified surgeon–and most often that means board certified. If you have more questions about liposuction, a board certified plastic surgeon is your best bet for answers.

About the Author: Nick Engebretson has over twenty years of experience working as a marketer for plastic and cosmetic surgeons. He’s always talking to surgeons about the next big and trendy procedures.

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