There are a lot of misconceptions about liposuction. Some people mistakenly believe that this procedure is for individuals who are morbidly obese. That is not the case. In fact, if an individual is overweight, they would not be a good candidate for the procedure. The truth is that most liposuction patients are relatively close to their healthy BMI. They simply have a few pockets of fat that they want to remove. These are stubborn pockets of fat that they can’t get rid of with diet and exercise alone.
Most people use liposuction on their abdomen. Others will use it on their buttocks, their thighs, their neck and other parts of their body. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves the skillful removal of fat from preselected areas. It is one of the most common surgical procedures that is performed in the United States and in the UK. It is estimated that on an annual basis, approximately 300,000 individuals have some form of lipo done.
It is important to note that most patients who get liposuction have a relatively stable weight. They’re looking at getting rid of fat from specific parts of their body. Liposuction is not a viable option for removing cellulite, addressing stretch marks or anything of that sort.
What liposuction is able to do is permanently remove fat cells from your body. This alters the shape of the area that is being treated. The reason why we say that this is not a weight loss procedure is because the amount of fat that can be safely removed with liposuction is limited. If more fat is removed than is recommended, the results can be uneven, and there are many other health issues that can arise.
Good candidates for liposuction are in good overall health and have realistic expectations regarding the procedure, the recovery and the results. If you have stubborn pockets of fat on your body, this procedure is definitely worth considering. Thanks to advances in modern technology, our team at Coastal Dermatology & Plastic Surgery offers this procedure using state-of-the-art laser and ultrasound equipment. We have offices in Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach, Tustin and Mission Viejo. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about liposuction!