Sunday, February 7, 2010

Is Liposcution for Me? What about SmartLipo?

Straight off, Liposuction is NOT a weight loss method. It is ideal for stubborn, localized accumulations of subcutaneous (just under the skin) fat. Most people don't understand just how much fat is in a pound. Fat is lighter than water, and much lighter than muscle, which is how most people envision body weight (like a pound of steak, for example).

Liposuction is not without potential for complications like contour irregularities, prolonged swelling, scarring, and even life-threatening ones such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary or fat embolism. So it shouldn't be taken lightly. Having said that, in the vast majority of cases, on the right candidates and done by the right surgeons, it is extremely safe and effective.

Great candidate: right around ideal weight, but with extra fat in the buttocks or lower abdomen, thighs (saddlebags) or hips ("love handles"). Inappropriate candidate: 5 ft 4 in and weighing in at over 200 pounds. It is not a way to take off ten pounds. Or even five. Or where you've had too much stretching of the skin or your skin tone is very slack from aging. A certain amount of tightening can be achieved with Smart Lipo, but only the Surgeon can determine this.

But to complete that plan for the summer, smoothing out those thighs, tummy or "love handles" Liposuction is ideal.

Next time:

How is it done? How long will I be out of commission? When can I get into my bathing suit after Liposuction?

Stay warm

Dr. Verne

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