When to get liposuction? Dr Kayle shares informative advice


I am considering having liposuction on my thighs but am worried about whether it will work. Do you have any advice on how I can decide if I am suitable candidate? 

With the advances in the field of cosmetic surgery, liposuction isn’t nearly as invasive, painful, or time-consuming as it used to be, and it’s often a lot more effective at removing stubborn fat deposits than non-invasive procedures.

Just make sure you choose your surgeon wisely as he/she will be able to assess and advise you on suitability and probable results. The most important aspect of a good consultation is for you to express what your ideal outcome is and for the surgeon to evaluate whether that goal is achievable. A physical examination is conducted including an assessment of the skin’s elasticity because liposuction only removes fat so it’s critical that the patient realizes what he/she can achieve within the restraints of his/her body. For instance, if someone’s got loose skin or laxity of their muscle, liposuction isn’t going to do much.

In general, any patient who is medically healthy and has unwanted fat is a good candidate for liposuction but as a general rule, it should not be a substitute for diet and exercise. In my opinion, the procedure should only be performed when a patient is at or close to their ideal body weight and the area hasn’t responded to diet and exercise.

The most effectively treated areas are the tummy and outer thighs, but super results can also be achieved in areas such as the back tailbone area and the waist because with these areas a skilled surgeon can create curves in the body. Areas with thinner skin such as the upper arm or inner thigh, or places with a high concentration of nerves, such as the face, are not great options for liposuction.

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