Who Is An Ideal Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is an excellent answer to get rid of unwanted fat. Millions of people every year choose to fight stubborn, relentless fat with liposuction. It is a versatile contouring treatment that eliminates bulging, unwanted fatty tissue in different areas of the body. Liposuction can provide fantastic results when performed by a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon. Are you considering body contouring help with liposuction? Do you want to know if you are the right candidate for it?

When it comes to liposuction procedures, Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso in Miami, FL creates the aesthetic results that his patients desire. In his state-of-the-art surgical facility, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. LaGrasso has helped numerous patients get the body contouring results they need. Learn more about who is the ideal candidate for liposuction and what areas Dr. LaGrasso can help.

What can liposuction do?

Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle or considered a weight-loss option. Instead, it is a way to reduce fat in certain areas, when all efforts of diet and exercise have been exhausted. Liposuction eliminates pockets of fatty tissue, giving patients a more contoured, slimmer appearance. This outpatient surgery is performed under general anesthesia, allowing patients to go home the same day. Through small, discreet incisions, Dr. LaGrasso will use a small cannula instrument to break up then extract unwanted fat beneath the skin. Based on the areas being treated, the procedure can take about 30 – 60 minutes. Liposuction is commonly performed in the following areas:

  • Stomach (waistline)
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Neck area or under the chin
  • Breasts
  • Hips
  • Thighs

Who is the right candidate for liposuction?

Ultimately, one-on-one consultations with a plastic surgeon are the best way to determine who is the right candidate for liposuction. Dr. LaGrasso is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Miami, FL. Here are some factors during a private consultation Dr. LaGrasso will be considering with each patient regarding liposuction:

  • Candidates are healthy, non-smoking adults.
  • Candidates have good skin elasticity and right muscle tone.
  • Candidates are within 30% of their ideal body weight.
  • Candidates have realistic expectations, a positive outlook, and specific aesthetic goals.
  • Candidates are looking to reduce small pockets of fat resistant to exercise.

Who is not the right candidate for liposuction?

As previously stated, good health is essential for any Miami person considering liposuction. Not everyone is a viable candidate for this type of body contouring procedure. Specific men and women may not be ideal candidates for liposuction if:

  • They are overweight. Liposuction is not a weight-loss treatment.
  • They are bothered by cellulite. Liposuction will not treat this cosmetic issue.
  • They have poor skin elasticity.
  • They have a pre-existing medical condition such as heart disease or other serious illnesses.
  • They currently smoke. Smoking can have a negative impact on the body's natural healing process.

Can eliminated fat cells with liposuction return?

Outside of who is the ideal candidate, patients are often concerned about the longevity of liposuction results. Liposuction does provide a permanent solution to remove excess fat. However, if a patient doesn't maintain their weight post-op, it will likely alter their liposuction results. For example, if a patient weighed 140 pounds before the procedure, and had a total of 5 pounds of fat eliminated, they will maintain their liposuction results if they stay at or below 135 pounds. In cases of considerable weight gain after liposuction, patients will have new fat cells develop in all areas of the body, including the treated ones. The most effective way to sustain any liposuction results is to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

Liposuction instantly removes unwanted fat in isolated areas of the body. Even the fittest people consider liposuction to get rid of stubborn fat, which is unresponsive to diet and exercise alone. Liposuction is a customizable treatment providing fat reduction for healthy individuals, needing body contouring help in various areas of the body. By eliminating stubborn fat, Miami women and men can have a more sleek, attractive looking appearance. Liposuction is an excellent standalone procedure or can be combined with other cosmetic options, like a tummy tuck or breast lift, for optimal results.

If you're considering liposuction, we invite you to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso. His private practice in Miami, FL offers a variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedures to help women and men look their best. Liposuction can provide fantastic results and be a confidence booster, so call today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.