Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is a type of plastic surgery that removes stubborn deposits of fat from the body. It can treat a wide range of areas, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, and arms. You can even have liposuction performed on a double chin! While many people are good candidates for liposuction, your plastic surgeon will need to verify that you are before you can move forward with the procedure. This is necessary to ensure your health and safety.

You are in a healthy weight range.
Although liposuction surgically removes fat from the body, it is not intended as a primary method of weight loss. Rather, surgeons can use liposuction to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that aren’t responding well to diet and exercise. Every patient is considered on a case-by-case basis. However, as a general rule of thumb, liposuction may be appropriate for patients who are within 30% of their ideal weight.

You are not a smoker.
Any type of surgery can be very dangerous for a smoker. This is because smoking increases the risk of complications from anesthesia. In addition, smoking reduces blood flow throughout the body by constricting the blood vessels. This means that smokers are not able to heal as well as non-smokers, and this can create problems after the surgery. If you currently smoke, you will need to quit before having liposuction. You’ll also need to be committed to staying smoke-free while you recover.

You have a positive outlook and a commitment to good health.
Liposuction is very effective at eliminating fat in the targeted areas. However, it’s still important to have reasonable expectations. In addition, you should know that it’s possible to regain body fat after the procedure. Eliminated fat cells cannot come back; however, existing fat cells can expand if you gain weight, which will affect your results. You’ll need to continue following a healthy diet and exercise plan to maintain your results.

At Maloney Plastic Surgery, the health and safety of our patients are our highest priorities. Our board-certified plastic surgeon will ensure you are a good candidate for liposuction before proceeding, and thoroughly address all of your questions and concerns about plastic surgery. You can reach our office in Tucson at (520) 298-2330 to request a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Maloney.