Liposuction, also known to some as lipoplasty or “suction-assisted lipectomy” is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is well known for sucking the fat out of certain areas of our body. Any where there may be a fat deposit under the skin, liposuction may be the best course of action to take to remove it. This is particularly true if you have that little bit of chub under your chin, around your mid section, or on stubborn fat your thighs that just won’t go away, no matter how much exercise you do.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Liposuction?
What liposuction can and cannot do is often very much misunderstood. The best patients for liposuction are those who are within 30% of their ideal weight, or at their ideal weight. Non-smokers who are in good health and who have realistic expectations of what liposuction can do for them are best candidates, and it also helps if the candidate has good muscle tone and good skin elasticity.
Misconceptions behind Liposuction
Localized fat deposits are what liposuction can treat, but if you have skin folds or hanging skin due to fat or weight loss, liposuction can actually worsen your appearance. It’s also not a very good tool for weight loss. If you are looking to lose over 10 pounds with liposuction, then you are bound to be very disappointed with the results. Liposuction can remove perhaps 1 to 10 pounds from your body, which is by no means significant.
TIP:Larger amounts of fat can be removed by liposuction, but this is strongly cautioned against. Removing large quantities of fat from the body can cause cosmetic issue such as cause for your skin to ripple and show contour irregularities, in addition to a number of health safety risks.
A lot of patients also expect liposuction to remove their cellulite, but the traditional method of liposuction will be of no help in that regard. If you are looking to reduce cellulite, then you may want to consider other methods, such as “Rejuveskin”, acoustic wave therapy, or “SmartLipo”.
Associated Risks with Liposuction
Liposuction may seem like a rather easy procedure, but as with any sort of cosmetic surgery there are risks and complications that can affect you, such as:
- Hematomas or excessive bleeding
- Fat clots
- Necrosis or tissue death
- Asymmetrical appearance
- A persistent swelling or pain at the liposuction site
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Changes in your skin’s sensation
- Skin discoloration
- Skin sagging
- Contour irregularities
- Damage to nerves, muscles, organs and blood vessels
- Risk of cardiac/pulmonary complications
You may need additional surgery as well, especially if you experience any of the cosmetic side effects listed above.
How Much does Liposuction Cost?
Liposuction isn’t cheap. You can expect to pay any where from $1500 to $7500, though generally you can expect to pay any where from $2000 to $4000 per treatment. The cost depends on a number of factors, such as where you are being treated and the complexity of the procedure, where you live, and the surgeon’s qualifications, skills and reputation. This cost also covers a lot of other factors rather than the surgeon’s fee, such as the anesthesia, medications, facility and lab fees, and ay compression garments you may need to wear.