Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that requires not only an artist’s eye, but also the insight to determine which patients are likely to most benefit from the procedure. When artfully and appropriately applied, liposuction can produce dramatic contour improvements. As with all plastic surgery, the goal should be to produce a natural contour. Some liposuction patients that I treat seek a ‘total body makeover’, others are seeking what I refer to as ‘finesse’ or ‘refinement’ liposuction, where very fit individuals seek improvement of specific areas that they feel are resistant to diet and exercise. To achieve the best results, the skin overlying the area to be treated must have adequate tone in order to ‘snap back’ and redrape in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing. Patients that have significant skin excess generally will require some manner of skin excision in addition to liposuction. It is important to note that liposuction is not designed to be a weight loss surgery, but rather a body contouring procedure. Patients wanting to undergo liposuction should ideally be at or near their goal weight, and should be stable at such weight for several months.
Choose your Surgeon Carefully
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures each year in the United States. However, many physicians performing liposuction have had no more training in liposuction than a ‘weekend course’. Liposuction is a very challenging procedure that requires a great deal of care and finesse as well as a three-dimensional understanding of the human anatomy. Most often an inadequate understanding of human anatomy leads to the poor results we often see with liposuction and other body contouring procedures. If you’re planning to have cosmetic surgery performed, you should do your due diligence to determine whether or not your surgeon has exceptional credentials and the needed experience to perform the procedure.