What You Should Know Before Deciding Whether Liposuction Is Right For You

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What You Should Know Before Deciding Whether Liposuction Is Right For You


Plastic surgery has been consistently rising in popularity over the past few years. And among the various plastic surgery procedures available, liposuction is one of the most common surgical procedures in the U.S. with more than 300,000 procedures performed each year. However, there are still many misconceptions about what liposuction is and who the procedure is right for. Here are a few things you should know when deciding whether liposuction is right for you:

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction (also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, lipectomy, and lipo) is a surgical procedure that targets the layer of fat just beneath the skin. The surgeon makes a small incision and places a cannula, a hollow surgical instrument, in the incision under the skin and attaches a high-pressure vacuum to the cannula to break up and suck the fat away from the body. The procedure will permanently remove fat cells and alter the shape of the body in the areas that are targeted. The amount of fat that can be removed safely is limited and varies by patient.

Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Liposuction?

Liposuction is often mistakenly considered a weight loss method, but this procedure is not intended to be part of a weight loss program. Rather, the ideal candidate for a liposuction procedure typically has reached a stable weight they are comfortable with and have specific areas of unwanted fat deposits they want to target. The ideal candidate for a liposuction procedure should already live a healthy lifestyle including diet and exercise and should plan to continue to follow this lifestyle after the procedure. If a healthy lifestyle is not maintained after the procedure, remaining fat cells may grow larger. The ideal candidate should also be generally healthy, strong enough to undergo surgery and recovery, and should be a non-smoker.

On What Areas Of The Body Can Liposuction Be Performed?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that targets certain diet- and exercise- resistant problem areas of fat. The most common areas of the body in which liposuction is performed include:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Double chin
  • Breasts (both male and female)
  • Neckline area located beneath the chin
  • Flanks (also known as “love handles”)

The procedure works best on patients who have good skin tone and elasticity as the skin will need to heal by molding itself into new contours of the body after the procedure has been performed.

Consultations With Tampa’s Best Liposuction Surgeon

If you have stubborn areas of fat you want to remove and are considering liposuction, contact Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery Center to schedule your consultation with Dr. Frank Rieger. Dr. Rieger is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Tampa, Florida with more than 30-years’ experience. Dr. Rieger will review your areas of concern and help you determine if liposuction will realistically help you reach your goals. Call us at (813) 254-7600 or contact us online to schedule your confidential consultation.