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Charles A. Messa, III, MD, FACS

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

Posted September 06, 2018 in Liposuction

The ability to remove unwanted fat using liposuction is ideal for many patients. Just about everyone has some degree of excess “flab” they wish would disappear and never return. It’s for this reason that crash diets and extreme exercise programs are so popular. Everyone wants their ideal body shape, and for most people, it includes less fat. Liposuction removes pockets of diet and exercise resistant fat from the body in areas such as the abdomen, hips, lower back, thighs, arms, knees, and neck to reveal a slimmer and tighter contour. While liposuction is an option for many patients struggling with excess fat, it’s not for everyone, because not everyone has realistic expectations and realizations of what liposuction can and will do.

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Are You Near Your Ideal Weight?

Liposuction is not an alternative to diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss program. Many patients are surprised that the number on the scale will not significantly change after liposuction. Through this procedure, fat cells are removed to slim and narrow your frame. While you will look thinner and firmer, this won’t translate to pounds lost. Candidates for liposuction should be near their ideal weight. This recommendation doesn’t mean that you need to be exactly where you want before considering liposuction, but be somewhere in the ballpark. The closer you are to that “ideal” weight, the more noticeable your results will be.

Do You Have Good Skin Elasticity?

While liposuction is at the top of the game when it comes to removing fat cells, it will not affect the skin. It’s a sad truth that skin loses its strength and elasticity with age. Liposuction cannot tighten skin that has lost its elasticity, and in fact, may highlight this sagginess as there will now be less fat to fill out the skin that is there. Excess skin is the reason that liposuction is often combined with other cosmetic surgeries, such as a tummy tuck or an arm lift. These additional procedures can surgically remove excess skin that liposuction cannot.

Are You Motivated to Maintain Your Results?

The fat cells removed through liposuction are gone for good and cannot come back. Unfortunately, remaining fat cells can still grow and lead to additional pockets of unwanted fat. It is recommended that candidates commit to a healthy lifestyle with a proper diet and regular exercise after their procedure to maintain the results they want to achieve.

To find out if you are a candidate for liposuction, or for more information about the procedure, contact Dr. Messa today by calling (954) 659-7760 or (877) 250-8117.

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