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Do I need to lose weight before liposuction?

by Dr. Daniel Lin

weight loss liposuctionShine Cosmetic Surgery, led by Dr. Daniel Lin, is a state of the art facility providing the latest aesthetic and reconstructive surgical procedures, including liposuction. Its on-site surgical suite has received accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

Dr. Lin is a board certified plastic surgeon and a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. He receives patients from Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Baldwin Park and surrounding communities for various plastic surgery procedures.

An Overview of Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure designed to reshape the body by removing excess fat deposits from specific fat pockets. Localized fat deposits can occur due to a number of reasons, even if a person follows an active physical lifestyle and a healthy diet. The result is that the person’s body appears disproportionate and less natural, even though the person may not be significantly overweight.

Liposuction is not designed to reduce body weight, but it specifically helps reduce fat deposits in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, neck, chin, breasts, hips, buttocks, upper arms, saddlebags, upper back, inner knees, love handles, ankles, and calves. The procedure is typically performed with IV sedation anesthesia. In some cases, the procedure may be combined with other treatments such as tummy tuck, breast reduction or facelift.

Not Designed for Weight Loss

It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure or a treatment for obesity. The patient should be prepared to maintain a regular exercise regimen and balanced diet even after liposuction in order to maintain results for the long term. Many patients who need to treat cellulite, which causes dimpled skin on hips, buttocks, abdomen, thighs and other areas should seek other surgical or non-surgical options. Liposuction is not a suitable solution for such problems.

Who is an Appropriate Candidate?

A person who is unhappy with the shape of his or her body due to excess fat deposits located in any part of the body, which fail to respond to exercise and diet, may be a good candidate for liposuction. During the initial consultation, the plastic surgeon will evaluate several factors to determine whether the patient is well suited for liposuction.

The ideal candidate will be a person of average weight for his or her height. Body weight may exceed ideal body weight by 25 to 30 percent at the most. If the weight exceeds these limits, the patient should consider other treatment options or reduce body weight to bring it within acceptable limits before going for liposuction.

A good candidate for liposuction will be a healthy individual with no major illness or a severe condition that may delay or obstruct healing. He or she should preferably be a non-smoker, or should be prepared to stop smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery. The person should have realistic expectations, have clear and reasonable goals for body reshaping and possess a naturally positive outlook, in order to achieve best results.

Losing Weight Prior to Surgery

The safety and success of a liposuction cosmetic surgery procedure depends to a great extent on how candid the patient is at the time of pre-op consultations, and how careful the surgeon is about choosing the right candidate. If the candidate is overweight beyond the acceptable tolerance limit, the surgeon should advise against liposuction or suggest alternative weight loss solutions.

However, if the body type and condition of the patient is such that stubborn fat deposits are likely to remain in place even after a weight loss program or treatment, liposuction may be recommended once the patient has achieved body weight closer to the ideal weight. It is very important to ensure that weight should have stabilized before the patient is ready for the procedure.

Patients with average weight do not need to go on a weight loss program prior to liposuction. Weight maintenance and weight reduction regimen would be more effective following a liposuction in such cases. Some patients make the mistake of not maintaining a regular exercise and balanced diet after they have achieved a shapely body through liposuction. In such cases, the risk of regaining visceral fat is very high, and the whole purpose of having a liposuction may be defeated.

Liposuction with Dr. Daniel Lin

Dr. Lin is an experienced plastic surgeon for liposuction procedure. Patients from Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, and other nearby areas have received lasting benefits from plastic surgery procedures with Dr. Lin. He performs procedures such as liposuction at his state of the art facility that combines advanced technologies and comfort to achieve the best outcomes for the patients in every way.

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