If you’ve been unsuccessful with traditional weight loss methods, you may have thought of going under the knife.
Liposuction or lipoplasty is the most common cosmetic procedure for weight loss. The process involves breaking down and sucking the unwanted fats in the body. This can be done to almost any body part, including the abdomen, thighs, upper and back part of the arms, back, calves, and even the chin.
Is it safe?
Like most surgical procedures, liposuction comes with certain risks. It’s a major surgery so there are risks for infection, bleeding, and adverse reaction to anesthesia.
The procedure may also cause unpleasant side effects such as severe bruising, inflammation, numbness on the affected sites, pulmonary embolism, pulmonary edema, and skin burns.
Is it worth the risks?
Despite the risks involved, liposuction can be considered an effective tool, not just for getting rid of unwanted body fats but also for treating other conditions.
Contrary to what many people believed, liposuction isn’t just for cosmetic purpose. It’s also done for treating certain conditions like lymphedema, gynecomastia, lipomas, and lipodystrophy syndrome.
Are you the right candidate?
Liposuction is a major procedure and as mentioned, comes with risks. Hence, it’s very important to be in good health before getting into this procedure.
It would be ideal if you are within 30% of your ideal weight, have elastic and firm skin, and a non-smoker.
If you have concerns in any of these, your doctor can walk you through possible options.
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