The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery states that liposuction overtook breast augmentation as the number one most-requested plastic surgery procedure in 2014. Over one billion dollars was spent on the procedure the world over.

If you’re interested in having stubborn fat deposits removed and achieving a better figure, liposuction may be right for you. However, there are several factors to consider that may impact your eligibility for liposuction.

Your Body Weight

The purpose of liposuction is to improve the contours of your figure by removing stubborn fat deposits. For example, you may love your whole body except for the hard-to-tone saddlebag areas on your outer thighs or the stubborn pouch of fat on your lower abdomen.

If you are markedly overweight or obese, liposuction is not designed to take away large amounts of fat. If you are underweight, liposuction is not right for you either, as your body needs fat stores to maintain cardiovascular health.

Your Skin Elasticity

If you’ve lost a lot of weight or you’ve had a baby and are dealing with sagging skin, liposuction cannot fix it. In fact, getting the surgery if you have loose skin may make the problem worse.

Sagging skin is best treated with a tummy tuck or a body lift procedure designed to trim away excess skin.

If you have supple, elastic skin, however, liposuction is perfect for you. The underlying fat can be removed, and your skin will tighten up to hug your new contours.

Your Smoking Status

Smoking tobacco or marijuana has a deleterious effect on your body’s ability to heal after any surgery. If you smoke, you could experience problems with your incisions or even an infection. You will need to quit smoking a few months before and after surgery.

You Have Reasonable Expectations

The goal of liposuction is to contour your body and help balance your proportions. It won’t get rid of every ounce of belly fat or give you the figure of a runway model.

If you simply want to reduce areas and are willing to commit to diet and exercise to keep fit, then you will likely be quite pleased with your surgical outcome.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you are considering liposuction, the above factors weigh heavily in deciding your candidacy. However, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate is to visit Grossman Dermatology, with offices in Santa Monica and New York City.

We are here to help you every step of the way in determining which procedure is best suited for you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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