Posted: May 24, 2013
Many people with a healthy weight and lifestyle still have stubborn pockets of fat in certain areas of their body that compromise the shape of their overall figure. Other patients may be slightly overweight and want to reduce multiple areas of fat on their bodies. Although liposuction is the most popular body contouring method in use today, it’s important to understand that it is not a substitute for diet and exercise.
Liposuction should be viewed as an effective way to improve the appearance of your figure, not a final solution to weight loss. In order to be a good candidate for liposuction, you must:
- Be in strong overall health
- Have good skin elasticity
- Be at or near your target weight
- Have realistic expectations about what liposuction can accomplish
- Not be taking medications that might complicate surgery (e.g. NSAIDs, anti-coagulants)
If you are a smoker, you will need to quit before undergoing liposuction. Smoking can have a drastic effect on wound healing and heighten your chance of complications. Additionally, if you have a history of immunodeficiency disorders or blood clots (in the lungs or legs), liposuction may not be right for you. Dr. Harrell will carefully review your medical history to make sure you are an excellent candidate before moving forward.
If you have further questions about liposuction, please contact The Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery today to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and surrounding areas of Florida.