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Is Liposuction Worth It?

If you’ve tried everything to remove that annoying fat from your thighs but it still stays there, don't blame yourself. We just all have parts of the body that are difficult to correct even with killing workouts at the gym or with restrictive diets. However, the good news is that these resistant areas can be improved with the help of body contouring procedures such as liposuction. This is an easy plastic surgery, usually performed as an outpatient procedure, that helps many people around the world to get rid of excess fat and achieve the desired body shape. But as with anything, there are some fors and againsts. Although this plastic surgery is considered safe, liposuction carries some risks and side effects. The other an important fact (you've probably heard many times) is that this is not a weight-loss procedure. So the question is "is liposuction worth it?".

If you are thinking about having such a plastic surgery but you are still not sure if this procedure is right for you and if it is really effective then let us help you.

Is liposuction worth the money?

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When you are a suitable candidate for such a procedure and you choose a well-trained and board-certified plastic surgeon then you can have good results and liposuction surgery will worth the money.

In case you have a high body mass index (BMI) or you have obesity, liposuction might not make a big difference compared to your overall body size therefore it may not be worth it.

What does it mean to be a good candidate for liposuction and why it is very important for your results?

Successful liposuction surgery begins with an adequate selection of appropriate patients. There are several categories of patients with normal, with reduced, with increased or even with not achievable aesthetic requirements. First of all, you should be clinically healthy and have normal clinical and laboratory tests. The second thing that you need to keep in mind is how much you weigh. If you are within 30% of your normal weight but you have part of your body that insists on retaining its fat, no matter how much kilograms you lose overall, then you are an ideal liposuction candidate.

In the selection of patients for liposuction are also very important motivation, expected results, their physiological and psychological status, as well as their past and family history (malignant hyperthermia, coronary heart disease, diabetes and other inherited diseases).

Why choosing a good plastic surgeon is essential?

The surgeon you choose will have a key role in your liposuction results and safety. Make sure he/she is a highly qualified and board-certified plastic surgeon. Doctors must have proven that they provide the best care for their patients and have the lowest levels of complications.

Plastic surgery is a big responsibility, so take your time to choose the best doctor for you. The healthcare professional is a reliable partner who will meet your needs and requirements in order to restore your self-esteem, and thus the pleasure of life.

The best way to choose a surgeon is to trust someone with years of experience, proven success and good qualifications. It is good to ask him/her for other's patient photos to see his/her work. You need to find a professional who has an individual approach.

How much weight can you lose with liposuction?

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If you are in a healthy weight range you will probably lose between 2 to 5 pounds after your liposuction procedure. However, those results may vary from person to person. You need to understand that this method can't be used for complete weight loss, but only to remove resistant fats that are not susceptible to diet and exercise. In women, such deposits are often observed in the thighs, buttocks, knees. In men, fat deposits are mainly in the chest area and especially in the abdomen. Belly fat can be really difficult to remove even when you work out hard at the gym.

Regarding the volumes that could be removed during one liposuction procedure, experts are adamant that the smaller the amount of adipose tissue removed, the faster the patient recovers. Removing large amounts of fat (more than 5 litres) significantly increases the risk of blood clots and makes the process not only painful but also very dangerous. When it is necessary to remove large volumes of adipose tissue, doctors recommend doing that in stages in several separate procedures.

How long do the effects of liposuction last?

The effects of liposuction can be permanent if you maintain a healthy weight after the procedure. If you gain weight the treated area will also increase in size as other body areas will, that still have fatty tissue. Even when you do perform lipo you always have fat cells that still remains underneath the skin. You can probably take between 60 and 70 % of the fat out with liposuction but if you gain weight the cells that are still there will get larger. They will expand in size but usually, they do not increase in number.

Can you lose more fat after liposuction?

You can lose more fat after liposuction if you maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Liposuction breaks up and permanently removes fat cells from the body. So it will permanently alter your shape. What it won't do is keep the weight off. If you eat too much, if you have more calories in than you expend, then the residual fat cells that you have will get bigger and it will lead to weight gain. And vice versa - if you have fewer calories in than you burn, you will lose some pounds. It means lipo will not stop you from gaining or losing weight in the future.

What do you need to know before undergoing liposuction?

  • Liposuction is a method of removing fat through miniature small incisions, but it is not a method of losing weight. It aims is shaping and contouring problem areas of the body.
  • Removing more body fat at once is dangerous to health. If a large amount of fat is removed with one procedure, life-threatening bleeding or other complications may develop. Also, removing larger volumes of adipose tissue can cause sagging skin.
  • When not maintaining a healthy lifestyle the patient may gain weight. However, fat begins to be deposited in other places - where adipose tissue is not removed. Sometimes this leads to bumps that do not look good.
  • Liposuction helps many people to remove unwanted fat from places where it accumulates and cannot be removed with exercise and a balanced diet. In men, this is usually belly fat or the folds under the chin. In women - this also can be the abdomen, thighs, upper arms and double chin. Liposuction does not remove stretch marks and cellulite. If an obese person goes to a plastic surgeon for liposuction, he/she will be advised to lose some pounds first and keep the new shape for at least 6 months. If as a result of slimming down the skin sags a lot, it is suggested to simultaneously remove the excess skin and fat - tummy tuck with liposuction.
  • Liposuction is a surgical procedure that carries some risks and side effects such as infection, bleeding, swelling, bruising and so on. Some of the serious complications associated with this procedure include thrombophlebitis, skin necrosis, pulmonary emboli, vascular problems or cardiac complications.

To sum up

So is liposuction worth it? If you are in a healthy weight range, in good general health and you have a realistic expectation of the plastic surgery then undergoing liposuction will worth it. When it is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience the procedure is safe and gives very nice results. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle after liposuction you will enjoy a long-lasting effect. In fact, around 80% of people who have done liposuction reported that they are happy with the results of the procedure.