Am I a Candidate for Liposuction


As you age, fat accumulates around specific regions of the body. These fat accumulations become more and more resistant to diet and exercise leaving no other option but to get liposuction. Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery where suction instruments are inserted through incisions in the skin to break up fat pockets and then remove the unwanted deposits permanently. While this is an effective way to remove stubborn pockets that you cannot fully get rid of through personal efforts, liposuction is not for everyone. Read on to find out if you are a good candidate for this type of cosmetic procedure.

Dr. Steven Warnock offers liposuction as a body contouring procedure. People choose liposuction for a variety of different reasons, but not everyone is a candidate. To schedule your consultation, contact Dr. Warnock’s office today. He can help determine if liposuction is right for you.

Weight vs. Ideal Body Weight

Liposuction is not a procedure that is meant to help you lose weight. It is, however, a way to contour the body when you have recently lost weight or when you want to target small accumulations of fat that are resistant to your efforts. For a reputable surgeon to accept you as a patient, you must be close to your ideal body weight. Typically, you will need to be within 15 to 30 percent of your ideal body weight based on your height to be a good candidate. Some doctors will allow patients to undergo surgery in rate cases when they are overweight.

Skin and Overall Health

You must receive anesthesia to get liposuction. While it is not as invasive of a procedure as it once was, it does comes with risks. This is why you need to be in overall good health for liposuction. You cannot have pre-existing conditions or any active diseases at the time that you consult the doctor.

The health of your skin is also very important. When you suck fat deposits out from under the layers of your skin, the skin must be able to bounce back so that it tightens once you heal and does not droop or sag. Healthy skin with elasticity is a must and sings of poor elasticity may make you a poor candidate.

Mental Health and Expectations

All cosmetic surgeons have a duty to interview their patients and find out if they are mentally stable because they get a life-altering procedure. You will need to be emotionally and mentally stable to get surgery. You will also need to be realistic with your expectations. You can discuss your desired results with the Dr. Warnock to find out if your expectations can be achieved.

It can be frustrating to live a healthy lifestyle and still see the fat deposits in your abdomen, thighs, arms or even chin grow. If you have been dedicated to staying healthy and active to no avail, liposuction could be a great solution.

Be sure to discuss all of your options first and ask about the recovery period so that you know that you know everything that comes with your decision. Be completely honest about your history and lifestyle and the surgeon will be able to fit you with a procedure that is just right for you.