Liposuction: What You Should Know
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat that you can’t seem to get rid of through diet and exercise.
A plastic or dermatologic surgeon usually does the procedure on your hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, or face to improve their shape. But liposuction can also be done with other plastic surgeries, including facelifts, breast reductions, and tummy tucks.
Am I a Good Candidate?
You’ll want to have realistic expectations. Liposuction won’t get rid of cellulite, so if you hoped you’d come out of surgery without any, you’re out of luck.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure, and with it comes risks. So you need to be in good health before you get it. That means you must at least:
- Be within 30% of your ideal weight
- Have firm, elastic skin
- Not smoke
When is regular liposuction preferred rather than smartlipo?
Since Smartlipo can be performed on nearly any area of the body, there are very few cases that I opt to perform traditional liposuction rather than Smartlipo on my patients. In fact, the only time I opt for traditional liposuction is when a patient with significant elasticity does not want to incur the added expense of the laser component and does not necessarily need the benefit of additional tightening of the skin.