Am I a Good Candidate for Lipo?

For decades, people have turned to liposuction to help them reach their body goals. It’s an extremely effective procedure that’s only gotten safer and more comfortable through the years. Our virtually painless, quick-recovery Giggle Lipo is proof of that. 

But lipo isn’t right for everyone. We invite you to come into Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center for a consultation with Nikunj Patel, MD, FACC, who can talk you through the process and help you determine if liposuction is right for you.

But if you don’t want to wait until you can visit our office, we thought we’d help you start the process by laying out some quick guidelines that determine your likelihood of benefitting from liposuction. 

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Where do I want to remove fat?

Lipo is an extremely effective way to trim and smooth problem areas. Dr. Patel can use it to remove excess fat from your:

This treatment works well when you have stubborn pockets of fat in problem areas. But it’s not a substitute for all-around weight loss. Which brings us to the next question you should ask.

How much weight do I want to lose?

Generally, you should only get lipo if you’re within 30% of your goal weight. While Dr. Patel can perform liposuction on multiple body areas to help you move toward your overall body goals, this treatment isn’t right for people who are significantly overweight. 

What’s the condition of my skin and muscle tone?

For the best results, you want to get lipo when your skin is elastic and your muscles are fairly toned. This ensures the smoothest results after your treatment.

If your skin is sagging, it will likely only continue to do so — but worse — once fat is removed from the area. You need skin that can recontour to your new body shape for ideal results. 

Am I generally healthy?

While liposuction is a safe, time-tested treatment, it is an involved procedure. To minimize the risk of complications during lipo, Dr. Patel doesn’t recommend it to anyone who isn’t in good health. 

To be a good candidate for liposuction, you should be a nonsmoker without any pressing health conditions. If you’re living with a condition that’s life-threatening or you have an illness that could slow your healing process, this treatment might not be right for you. 

Am I okay with taking a few days off work and swelling for a number of weeks?

Recovering from liposuction is a process that takes time. Generally, you’ll need to be able to take at least a few days off of work immediately after your procedure.

Additionally, you’ll likely need to wear a compression garment on the treated area for about a month afterward. And you may experience swelling in the area for as long as six weeks. 

If your schedule or lifestyle won’t allow you to slow down for about a month to recuperate, you may not be a lipo candidate. 

Ultimately, a lot of factors go into deciding if liposuction is right for you. If you’re interested in talking with Dr. Patel or any of our team members at Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center, call our office or schedule your appointment online today.

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