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How to Know if You Are a Good Candidate for Liposuction

Posted August 04, 2016 By: The Office of Birmingham Specialists


While generally motivational, the old adage “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again” doesn’t always lead to success. Many individuals who have “tried and tried again” to lose stubborn fat through dieting and exercise simply haven’t achieved their desired outcome. Nonetheless, you needn’t be concerned that there is no way to pull off your aesthetic aspirations. For qualifying candidates, liposuction can eliminate localized fat deposits and help you create the body contours you want. All of the following requirements are necessary for good candidates to have a successful procedure and to achieve good results.

Liposuction Before and After Photos

Good candidates have stubborn fat deposits that have not responded to diet or exercise.

While not a weight-loss procedure, liposuction is a fat-removal procedure. This procedure gets rid of fat stored in localized areas, such as the lower abdomen, thighs, upper arms, hips, and back. These areas are difficult to target with diet and exercise, but liposuction can remove the accumulated excess fat and give you a more slender body contour.

Good candidates have good health.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, and with any surgery comes the risk of complications. These risks are small for healthy individuals, but if your health is compromised by a chronic medical condition or even a temporary illness, you are not a good candidate for liposuction.

Good candidates have realistic expectations.

Liposuction can produce excellent, noticeable results and may significantly improve your body contour. However, the procedure can’t turn you into someone else or give you an entirely different body shape. For example, if you have naturally wide hips and you undergo liposuction on your hips, you may still look wider than someone who has naturally narrow hips because of your skeletal structure and your anatomic realities. Good candidates for liposuction must have realistic expectations about their bodies and how they will respond to liposuction.

Good candidates have good skin tone/quality.

Individuals with poor skin quality or stretched skin in their target areas may not be good candidates for liposuction. Liposuction does not affect the skin, but removing fat from areas with poor skin tone or quality can cause the skin to appear loose or empty after treatment. The best aesthetic results are attained by those with naturally firm and tight skin that will naturally retract over the treated areas once the fat has been removed.

Good candidates are at or near their ideal body weight.

Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. In order to achieve the best results, you should already be at or near your ideal body weight. Liposuction will help you contour those areas that are difficult to target so you can complete your journey toward achieving your ideal body contours.

Good candidates already live a healthy lifestyle.

A person who yo-yo diets, who does not exercise, or whose weight fluctuates regularly is a poor candidate for liposuction. Stable body weight is necessary to have the best results after liposuction, and a healthy lifestyle is essential for maintaining the results. If you do not live a healthy lifestyle, the results of your liposuction may seem to “go away” within a short period. However, if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, your liposuction results should be long-lasting.

Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure that can give you a slimmer figure with better proportions. If you would like liposuction to eliminate your love handles, saddlebags, spare tire, or other unsightly fat deposits on your body, please schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Oliver, Jr. or Dr. Jason Jack. Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack are both board-certified plastic surgeons and would be pleased to assist you and answer all of your questions about liposuction. To schedule your appointment, call (205) 298-8660 today or fill out our online contact form at your earliest convenience.