It is possible to achieve a slim, well-toned figure with regular exercise and good lifestyle choices. However, if you have localised deposits of fat that you cannot get rid even with the strictest diet or exercise, your figure cannot achieve perfection.
In such a circumstance, a liposuction procedure may be a practical solution for you. The cosmetic procedure involves the removal of stubborn fat pockets from certain areas of your body. It is a good choice only if you have a healthy weight and proportionate body.
It can help get rid of the fat deposits in the abdomen and waist, upper arms, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves and ankles and other body parts. If you think it to be a treatment for obesity, you are sure to be disappointed.
It can only get rid of small deposits of fat, which don’t respond to exercise or diet, from different parts of your body. It also does not have any effect on cellulite, the dimpled skin that forms on the thighs, hips and buttocks.
Every cosmetic surgery has its share of risks and complications. Liposuction is no exception. However, it is possible to reduce the chances of problems if you pay attention to the right details. Be prepared for the first consultation with the cosmetic surgeon.
What should you expect during the consultation? Be prepared to discuss the following:
Your reason to get the surgery – If you are getting the surgery to get rid of local fat pockets and improve your body contours and proportions, you have a good reason. If you are doing it to change an obese figure or to impress someone, you don’t have a proper reason.
Any medical conditions you have – If you have a health condition that affects the time it takes to heal a wound, you may not be a suitable candidate for the procedure. You are also not an eligible candidate if you have any kind of infection.
Medications you take and treatments you went, or are going, through – Certain medications or treatments may affect the results of the procedure or increase the complications. The surgeon needs to know all about these.
Use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs – Consumption of alcohol, tobacco or drugs may affect the way your wound heals after the surgery. Make sure you tell the surgeon about these during the first consultation.
Your cosmetic surgeon may also need to complete the following during the consultation:
Complete an evaluation of your overall health – Only an inclusive assessment of your physical health condition can help a surgeon determine whether you are a good candidate for liposuction.
Discuss the options you have – The procedure can be done with different techniques, though the oft chosen one is the laser-assisted liposuction. Your surgeon can determine the technique suitable for you.
Tell you about the possible outcome – If you get the surgery with unrealistic expectations, disappointment is assured. Make sure you and your surgeon discuss what you can and cannot achieve with this procedure.
Talk about the possible risks and complications – It is important to have a clear idea about the risks and complications that may occur during and after the surgery. Your surgeon needs to provide the details before you make a decision.
Take photographs – After you have decided to get liposuction, your surgeon needs to take photographs of the areas to be treated. These would be necessary for your medical records. These would also help you understand the difference the surgery makes.
A detailed discussion about the liposuction procedure is necessary to make an informed decision. It is also important that you talk to the surgeon who would operate on you and not to a representative from the cosmetic surgery clinic.