Your Questions Answered: Determining if Liposuction is Right for You
Liposuction was introduced as a plastic surgery procedure in 1982 for individuals who wished to get rid of particularly fatty areas. Its simplicity and effectiveness caused the technique to go mainstream and is still one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures today. In 2011 a total of 325,332 liposuction operations were performed by plastic surgeons.
The success of the procedure in regard to its safety and longevity depend on an educated patient. The following answers to frequently asked questions about liposuction will position you for a more desirable outcome.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
According to the Australasian Foundation for Plastic Surgery, liposuction is intended for patients who have isolated areas of fat that are disproportional to the surrounding areas of the body. These fat pockets generally cannot be fixed by diet and exercise. Commonly referred to as “love handles” and “saddle bags,” the hip and thigh areas are of common concern. If you are considering a certain part of the body for liposuction, that area should have good skin tone and elasticity.
What Kind of Liposuction Should I Get?
The liposuction procedure has transformed over the years, as well as the equipment used to perform it. In essence, a metal tube is placed in the area of concern and a vacuum sucks out the unwanted fat. Variations such as an ultrasound used to break away the fat or a laser to melt it have been added for improved results. Patients should discuss the use of these technologies in detail with their doctor. A board certified plastic surgeon can help to determine which option is best for your body type and desired results.
Is Liposuction Safe?
Yes, Liposuction is safe when performed by a trained surgeon. Like any plastic surgery, liposuction involves risks to achieve an improved appearance. Therefore, you should choose a surgeon who is competent in evaluation, judgment and surgical technique. Board-certified plastic surgeons undergo rigorous training, testing and must meet specific requirements. Patient safety is a fundamental theme of the preparation.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The longevity of your results after liposuction surgery is directly dependent on your actions. Although the procedure removes fat cells from your body, you must maintain a healthy diet in order for more fat cells not to produce. Consuming an equal amount of calories as those you burn off will ensure the permanency of your liposuction results.
Dr. Paul S. Quinn of Quinn Plastic Surgery based in Perth, Australia is registered with the Western Australian Medical Board and can advise you on the details of liposuction surgery. Dr. Quinn’s plastic surgery credentials prove that he has the ability to perform a safe and effective liposuction procedure. He can also provide counsel to maintain the results post-surgery. For a qualified Perth, Australia plastic surgeon contact Dr. Quinn at 08-9388-8886.