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Common Misperceptions about Liposuction

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One of the common impressions people have about liposuction is that it is a magic answer to being overweight. People often think that losing weight can be accomplished simply and easily via surgery, either bariatric or liposuction. But for people who are truly overweight or obese, liposuction is not the answer, and it’s important to understand why.

While both men and women have common trouble spots for weight gain, when a person puts on a great deal of weight, it won't all be in one spot. He or she will be heavier in the face, the arms, the legs, the abdomen - over the entire body. So to take weight off evenly for a completely slim and graceful appearance, regular dieting or exercise must be done. Bariatric surgery, as a form of enforced dieting, will also accomplish this.

Liposuction is not a weight loss program. Liposuction is a solution for removing fat from targeted areas after general weight loss has been accomplished or when diet and exercise alone fail to create the body silhouette the patient is looking to have. The ideal candidate for liposuction is a patient who is young, has some stubborn fat deposits, and whose skin is still elastic.

The last point - about skin quality - is important because liposuction will not do anything about stretched out skin caused from pregnancy or weight gain. Liposuction is the removal of fat deposits, not loose skin. With a large enough weight gain, skin will stretch beyond its ability to return to its original condition. In these cases, there is an additional need for a tummy tuck or other targeted surgical removal of loose skin.

Timing is important for any surgery as well. Liposuction shouldn’t be done right after you have a baby, even if you’re sure your pregnancy days are over because your body hasn’t returned to its normal state, and, until that happens, you will not know where you need to focus your attention, whether through diet, exercise, or surgery.

Finally, liposuction doesn’t mean you can strike exercise from your routine. It isn’t a one-and-done answer to problems of age and weight gain. Although our patients do report satisfaction with their liposuction results over the long term, your body is constantly changing and evolving. There is not one-time answer for any physical issue, and exercise is an important part of overall wellness, not just physical fitness.

If you are in good physical condition but would like to address some trouble spots or fat deposits that have proved impossible for you to fix, we at Bancroft Feldman would love to talk to you about what liposuction can do for you, your appearance, and your overall lifestyle. Contact us today for your free consultation.

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