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Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

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Are you unhappy with the appearance of a body area due to excess fat deposits that don’t respond to exercise or diet? 

If so, you are not alone. 
Women pinching some abdominal fat wearing blue undergarments. Body contouring lines drawn on her abdomen and thighs.

Fortunately, liposuction can safely and effectively remove stubborn fat, leaving you with a sleeker, slimmer, and more youthful appearance. 

While this popular body contouring treatment works for most people, it’s important to note the primary factors that make a person an ideal candidate.

Good Health

As with any surgical procedure, good health is critical. Conditions such as heart disease, circulatory problems, and lung disease present higher risks for complications. 

During your consultation, Dr. Karlinsky or Dr. Kim will review your medical history and determine if you are healthy enough to qualify for liposuction.

Realistic Expectations About Surgery

While liposuction sculpts certain body areas to provide substantial improvements, it is rare for the results to be perfect. Additionally, this surgery is not a weight-loss procedure; it is a body sculpting surgery. 

Having reasonable expectations will come from learning more about the procedure and what it can do for your specific concerns.

Ideal Weight

Since liposuction only removes a few pounds of fat, you want to be close to your ideal weight.

Good Skin Elasticity

Patients with good skin elasticity usually attain better results. This is because liposuction does not remove or tighten excess skin. 

When the skin is elastic and firm, it easily conforms to the newly improved contours.

Who Isn’t a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

If you are overweight or obese, you may want to get closer to your target weight before considering liposuction surgery. Liposuction is most effective for people at or near their ideal weight. The general recommendation is not to be over 20 pounds overweight. 

Having a stable weight allows your surgeon to identify the regions that would better benefit from the procedure for the best outcome.

Further, patients with poor skin elasticity get unsatisfactory results with liposuction alone. Having sagging skin may leave you with a slightly wrinkled appearance that takes away from your beautifully sculpted contour. 

Fortunately, many patients with poor skin elasticity get amazing results when liposuction is performed in conjunction with necessary skin tightening treatments, such as tummy tuck surgery or body lift surgery.

Smoking also has a significant role to play when it comes to recovery. Individuals are advised to halt smoking behaviors for several months before and after surgery as smoking delays the healing process, leading to unsuccessful outcomes.

So, Is Liposuction Right for You or Not?

Ultimately, only an in-person consultation with a qualified board-certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Karlinsky or Dr. Kim can determine your candidacy. A good surgeon will always ensure you only undergo procedures that are right for you and your goals.

Interested in Liposuction in New York?

If you are struggling with unwanted pockets of fat in localized body areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, etc., we encourage you to contact us at 646-559-2854 or fill our contact online form to schedule a consultation.