If you are tired of having areas of your body that jiggle or hang and you are trying to find a way to tighten them, you may be thinking about having liposuction. While this can be a very effective way to take care of extra fatty deposits, it is not something for everyone or all situations. The best way to determine if it is a good option for you is to talk with a medical doctor. However, here are a few things you should know that will help you decide whether you need to make that appointment or not.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. If you are currently overweight, you should take the time to lose enough to be considered at an average weight. If you have a lot of weight to lose, you may want to have weight-loss surgery done first, recover from that, and then have the liposuction to get rid of stubborn fat deposits.
If you have a condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, or any pulmonary issue, you will need to talk with your primary care physician before seeing the cosmetic surgeon. Your doctor will want to do a few tests, to monitor your health, before agreeing to any liposuction. You may need to get your blood sugar under better control or have a change of medications to improve other conditions before you will be healthy enough for the procedure.
It is important that you understand what can be realistically expected from having liposuction. If you are older, and your skin is not elastic, the procedure will not be as effective. If you have lost a lot of weight, you may need to have excess skin removed. Of course, there may be some excess skin after the fat has been removed so you will need to have that taken care of afterward.
Once you and your primary care physician have agreed that you are at a healthy weight, have any medical conditions under control, and have reasonable expectations you can set up an appointment with the cosmetic surgeon. Be aware, however, this doctor will also want to discuss your expectations. They will be able to show you actual results from other patients with issues similar to yours. You will also have the recovery period explained to you so you know that it might be a while before you see the final results. Consider everything you are told and see before making a final decision.
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