Since liposuction involves the removal of fat, many people assume it is a good way to lose a significant amount of weight quickly. However, this is not the case. Liposuction is not designed to be a weight loss method or a treatment for obesity. In fact, removing more than 8 to 10 pounds of fat through liposuction is not safe for your body. Instead, liposuction aims to remove small targeted pockets of fat that are compromising the overall shape of your figure. Body contouring is the goal.
The best candidates for liposuction are people who have already lost weight through diet and exercise, but are now facing the aesthetic problem of stubborn fat deposits that got “left behind.” These fat deposits often occur in the hips, abdomen, thighs, arms, and other problem areas. When performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Lefkovits, liposuction can help you lose inches around your waist and fit into a wider variety of clothing with more flattering results.
Patients who are overweight may still be good candidates for liposuction if they have been at a stable weight for at least 1 year, and want to get rid of certain problem areas where fat has most compromised their figure. As long as you come to liposuction with the goal of body contouring, not weight loss, you can benefit from the many advantages of this popular treatment.
If you have further questions about liposuction, please contact Park Plaza Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation with New York City board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits. You can also reach us by phone at (212) 750-9494.