Many patients think of liposuction as a weight loss procedure. In fact, liposuction should not be used as an alternative to diet and exercise but to supplement them and contour trouble areas.
Liposuction is performed with the goal of reshaping a problem area, or areas, of the body. It’s not a weight loss procedure- it’s a body contouring procedure. The thighs, buttocks, and hips are typically targeted in women, and the back and waist in men. Other areas certainly can be treated.
The ideal liposuction candidate is at or near their ideal bodyweight. Liposuction is not to be used as a shortcut to weight loss, and it won’t be if it’s performed by a reputable, experienced plastic surgeon.
If you diet and exercise, but still have specific trouble areas that haven’t responded, then liposuction may be right for you.
Those getting liposuction to lose weight are generally disappointed. Diet and exercise cannot be replaced by liposuction. In fact, the best candidates for liposuction are within 30% of their ideal weight, have firm skin, don’t smoke, don’t have any active illnesses or infections, and have realistic goals for shaping their body.
If you’re considering liposuction in or around the Austin, Texas area, please contact Dr. Erella’s office by calling (512) 686-0012 today to schedule a consultation.