The heyday of plastic surgery continues to increase, and liposuction is no exception. Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes fat from parts of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise.
The intended purpose of liposuction is to gain a more refined contour and body proportions which are better balanced.
Are You an Ideal Liposuction Candidate?
The goal of liposuction is not weight loss; rather it is a procedure in which a pocket of fat is removed that does not respond to other treatments. Ideal candidates for liposuction are non-smoking, healthy individuals within range of a normal weight. The outcome of the procedure varies considering that every person responds to diet and exercise uniquely.
Ideal candidates of the surgery also have good skin elasticity and muscle tone. If a patient has already lost a substantial amount of weight and has hanging skin, liposuction may only serve to worse these problems.
Potential Health Risks and Complications
- Excessive bleeding or hematoma
- Fat clots entering bloodstream and lodging into vessels
- Deep vein thrombosis
The cost of liposuction varies widely depending on the size and number of treated areas, as well as the specific technique used. Per treated area, the cost ranges from $2,000 to $4,000 but can be as wide as $1,500 to %7,500. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost in 2014 was $2,971.
You will most likely go home within a few hours of the surgery. Most liposuction patients return to non-strenuous work within two to three days. More demanding work or exercise cannot be resumed for a minimum of two to three weeks, depending on the nature of the surgery.
Some patients suffer from post-op bruising and swelling, making it difficult to see the results of the surgery for at least one to three months. More modern techniques