There are many factors that contribute to a person’s weight gain, including lack of proper diet and exercise, genetics and lifestyle. In many cases, some weight gain can be controlled with proper diet and exercise. However, for a significant part of the population, no amount of dieting or exercise will be able to remove excess fatty deposits in the typical ‘trouble’ areas, such as:
- Stomach / waist
- Upper arms
- Back / flanks
- Hips and buttocks
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Chest area
Those of us for whom diet and exercise is not enough, liposuction may be the solution for slimming and reshaping these ‘trouble’ areas. Liposuction targets specific areas of the body by removing excess body fat, leaving the treated areas smoother, suppler and in proportion to the rest of your body. Liposuction is not intended for those who are looking to loose massive amounts of weight, but when liposuction is performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as the abdominoplasty, or ‘Tummy Tuck’, the combination can be very effective.
It is important to understand what liposuction can do and what it cannot do. Unrealistic expectations of the liposuction procedure can be disappointing and frustrating. Liposuction is not a treatment to remove sagging skin or cellulite and it is not an alternative to healthy diet and exercise.
As with any cosmetic enhancement surgery, you should first consider your motivations for surgery to be sure that you’re choosing surgery for yourself and not to fulfill someone else’s’ desires or expectations of you or your body. It is a very personal matter and any decision for surgery should come after careful consideration of all the facts and emotions involved.
Liposuction may be a good option for you if you:
- Maintain good physical health and reasonable weight
- Don’t smoke
- Have realistic expectations
- Are frustrated by your attempts at losing specific areas of fatty deposits through diet and exercise