Good Candidates for Liposuction By Gregory Mesna on July 05, 2013

Good Candidates for LiposuctionDoes the following describe you: you exercise regularly, you eat right, you take good care of yourself, and yet you have a few problematic pockets of body fat that just won't go away? If so, you are definitely not alone. Many people also have those problematic pockets of body fat that will just not respond to exercise and a healthy diet.

This problematic body fat is the reason that so many people turn to plastic surgery experts in order improve overall body contour. One especially effective and popular procedure that a lot of patients wonder about is liposuction. Let's look at candidacy and other concerns related to liposuction right now.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic fat reduction surgery. During the procedure, a small, thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the treatment area and used to remove body fat. By careful fat extraction, plastic surgeons are able to help patients look trim, slim, and remarkably toned.

General Candidacy for Liposuction

The best candidates for liposuction are people who are in generally good health that do not suffer from any health conditions that would make surgery of any kind a risky proposition. These patients should have realistic expectations about the surgery and what it can achieve. When you meet with a cosmetic surgeon for a consultation, you can be fully evaluated for overall suitability for surgery.

Is liposuction a good weight loss surgery?

No. Liposuction is meant only for small amounts of fat reduction and removal. In fact, only a certain amount of the patient's body fat can be removed at one time safely. Many times, plastic surgeons will ask that their patients try to lose weight naturally before undergoing liposuction in order to achieve the best results.

Let's now take a moment to look at some common treatment areas and applications for liposuction.

Liposuction for the Abdominal Area

One of the most common uses for liposuction is the resculpting and revision of the abdominal area. It's especially great for the love handles and lower abdominal region.

Liposuction for the Extremities

Body contouring doesn't just mean the stomach area. Many times the upper arms and the thigh area can be affected by weight gain. Liposuction can help improve overall tautness and tone of the triceps and shoulders, the thighs, the hip area, and even the buttocks.

Liposuction and Chest/Breast Surgery

The chest area can be very problematic due to age and other factors. It's not uncommon for liposuction to be used as part of a breast lift or reduction surgery to improve overall contour of the breasts. If men have chests that are effeminate in appearance, it's not uncommon for liposuction to be used for body sculpting.

Facial Rejuvenation and Liposuction

Liposuction is so versatile that it can even be used on parts of the face in order to achieve aesthetic enhancement. One of the most common parts of the face that liposuction is used to treat is the neckline and jowl area. Both of these parts of the face tend to sag, droop, or grow flabby with age.

Learn More About Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

For more information about liposuction and what it may mean for you and your aesthetic goals, be sure to contact our cosmetic surgery center serving Minneapolis today. Our entire team looks forward to going over all of your options for advanced body contouring in greater detail.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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