How do I Know if Liposuction is Right for Me?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel
Anatomical model of the human body
Anatomical model of the human body

There are a number of reasons that people undergo plastic surgery. For some, plastic surgery can help them to over come a bad accident or a birth defect. For others, plastic surgery can change a physical feature that they have always been displeased with. One of the reasons that liposuction surgery is so popular among people who undergo plastic surgery is that almost everyone would like to shed a few extra pounds. Liposuction can help women re-contour their bodies after childbirth. It can also help people remove excess fat deposits after losing a significant amount of weight.

Whatever your reasons for considering liposuction, there are a number of things to consider before undergoing the procedure. The information below should help you to deduce whether or not you are a good candidate for liposuction. Remember that this and any other printed literature is not meant to replace the counsel of your physician or surgeon. Liposuction can be a very invasive surgery; so make sure that it is really right for you before making your final decision.

Before undergoing any surgery, be sure to have your overall health assessed. Undergoing surgery and the following recuperation period can take a toll on the healthiest of people. If you are generally unhealthy or prone to infection, liposuction might not be right for you. Also, it is important for liposuction candidates to have a good circulatory system. If your circulation is poor, you may have a had time recovering from the surgery.

Be sure to speak to your physician about all of the above points. Also, discuss any medications or supplements that you are taking with your doctor. Some medicines and supplements can interfere with anesthesia and other aspects of the liposuction procedure. If you are cleared for surgery and then develop an illness or infection prior to liposuction, you will probably have to wait until you have recovered to go through with the procedure.

Another thing to consider before undergoing liposuction is the elasticity of your skin. If your skin is not very elastic, you may experience pouching or drooping of the skin once the fat cells beneath have been removed. In order to correct this, you may need to have additional surgery to remove some of your excess skin. Your plastic surgeon should be able to make a good assessment of the elasticity of your skin and advise you on this point.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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