What is a liposuction?
Liposuction or commonly known as Lipo or body contouring is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat from one’s body, without any dieting or working out. This type of surgery became very popular since 2016. Almost 17 million surgeries have been performed since then.
This type of body fat usually accumulates around the hips, arms, face, belly, thighs. Liposuction, however, is not an overall weight loss procedure, it is ideally suited for those who have abnormal body fat in specific areas of their body and still, have stable body weight.
This procedure is an alternative to adamant body fat that refuses to go away even after working out; it typically reduces the number of fat cells of the targeted area. The quantum of fat to be removed depends on the amount of fat present and the actual shape of the targeted area.
How is a good candidate for this procedure?
Although Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and diet, healthy individuals who are approximately 30% from their ideal goal weight and have a good amount of elasticity in their skin along with a good muscle tone are ideal candidates for this procedure. Both men and women are able to have this procedure done as it is used to remove fat pockets that are hard to get rid of merely with exercise and dieting. Patients should also not smoke, or stop smoking approximately two weeks before the surgery as this can create complications and heighten the percentage of risks involved with the procedure. Ideal patients for this procedure should also keep a positive outlook on exercise and dieting. It is very important to maintain a stable and steady weight before considering this procedure. If you are planning on dropping a significant amount of weight though, or becoming pregnant, liposuction might not be a good idea since the skin can lose a lot of its elasticity and create saggy skin over the abdomen.
How can you prepare for a Liposuction procedure?
Firstly you should be cautious, though this is a part of cosmetic surgery, it is important to choose the right surgeon. To be confident to make the right decision one should refer to the impaneled member surgeons of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
This organization has specific criteria for selecting their member surgeons; typically the surgeon should have more than six years of surgical experience and a minimum of three years as a plastic surgeon.
There are certain guidelines put down by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on how to prepare you for a Liposuction procedure.
The ideal scenario for one to be prepared for the Liposuction procedure is to be in good health, if that is not the case then certain key steps need to be followed
Get yourself medically examined for any anomalies
One should not hide any information pertaining to their health to the doctor or surgeon
Avoid all pain killers, protein supplements, certain vitamins like vitamin E, birth control pills, aspirins, ibuprofen, herbal therapies
Quit smoking before the surgery, at least a month before as it delays the recovery process
Arrange for a family member or friend to stay with you in the hospital for at least a night
One should avoid any form of crash diet or fat elimination diet
Doctors will evaluate the skin type, people with good skin elasticity make good candidates for this procedure
Don’t shave the region to be operated at 24 hours before the surgery
Don’t wear tight, body-hugging clothes to the hospital on the day of the surgery
One should not drive to the surgery by themselves