Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for the procedure are considered to be normal-weight patients with compact, elastic skin who have an accumulation of fat in certain areas that are resistant to exercise and dieting. They should be in a healthy state both physically and mentally.

The best candidates

The best candidates should be psychologically stable and realistic in their expectations. If these expectations are realistic, one should be happy with the results achieved by surgery. The patient‘s age should also be taken in consideration — as skin elasticity decreases with age — so an older patient may not experience the same liposuction results as a younger patient with tighter skin. Hence, older patients should have smaller expectations considering the state of their skin. One should also know that liposuction is not a substitute for overall weight loss. It should not be considered as an effective treatment for cellulite . But the procedure may be used for male breast reduction. With all this in mind, patients can adjust their expectations regarding effectiveness of liposuction . Individuals who have additional diseases or disorders—such as diabetes, heavy heart, lung disease, or poor blood circulation—and those who have recently undergone surgery near the area to be contoured are considered to have greater health risks due toliposuction. Therefore, patients must understand and discuss with a surgeon all the potential risks.

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What kind of procedure liposuction is?

Obesity has become a serious problem in many countries. More than 50% of the adult population in the United States is overweight. High-calorie diets and low levels of exercise are main factors leading to obesity. Therefore, modulating diet and the amount of exercise may be useful for ridding oneself of unwanted fat. But what if one wishes to lose fat from the particular areas that are not easily affected by dieting or exercise? What if an individual‘s efforts at weight loss do not affect some fat deposits in specific areas, including the abdomen, chest, thighs, buttocks, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck? In such situations, liposuction may be a useful option for some people.

New fat removal method

Liposuction is a popular form of cosmetic plastic surgery which can help sculpt the human body by eliminating unwanted fat from certain areas of the body (typically the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks). During liposuction, fat is removed by liquefying it and sucking it out through a hollow needle or vacuum device. Although it is not considered a treatment for overweight patients, not astonishingly, liposuction has become the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States. Over the last 15 years, liposuction, which is also known as "lipoplasty" or "suction lipectomy," has gained the benefit of several new techniques and modulations.

 

The introduction of tumescent and superwet techniques, ultrasonic liposuction, and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty has helped many plastic surgeons provide selected patients with more accurate liposuction results and faster recovery times. In addition, these new techniques have made the removal of larger volumes of fat with less blood loss easier. The most common areas of the body for liposuction include the chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, area above the breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. Although liposuction may be an option in certain cases in which fat cannot be removed by dieting or exercise, it should not be used as a low-effort alternative to training and diet. The procedure can be painful, expensive, and, like any plastic surgery , may cause certain complications or health risks. To minimize the risks of the procedure, certain precautions should be taken. The surgeon and anesthesiologist must be properly trained and educated to perform the liposuction procedure. Also, the patient must be selected adequetly for the procedure.

 

Hence, not everyone is a good candidate for liposuction. To be a good candidate for the procedure, you must be well psychologically prepared. You must have realistic expectations about liposuction. One should know that liposuction can improve your appearance and self confidence, but it won’t undoubtedly change your image to match your ideal. It will not necessarily cause other people to treat you differently, so a person who expects to improve one‘s relations with others is not a suitable candidate for the procedure. Before you decide to have this plastic surgery , think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.

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Liposuction cost

Few people really have much of an idea of how much liposuction costs. If you decide to have liposuction performed, you will want to know precisely what you will pay for it. The cost of liposuction varies, depending on several factors. Usually, the liposuction cost per body area decreases if more than one body area is treated, since it is relatively easier and more efficient to treat one more area than it is to treat the first area. There is no concrete price set for liposuction, there are many types of liposuction and many different needs amongst liposuction patients. That’s why the price of liposuction surgery may very from case to case.

One of the most frequently asked questions that people interested in undergoing liposuction surgery is “How much does liposuction cost?”. As the matter of fact it is impossible to give the right answer. As there are numerous liposuction procedures, liposuction prices will vary from procedure to procedure, liposuction cost will range from plastic surgeon to plastic surgeon and also from state to state . Besides there are various issues which affect the cost of liposuction surgery (surgeons, amount of procedures, part of the body being operated on, patient’s gender, percentage of fat removed, liposuction procedure type). While consulting with a variety of plastic surgeons about liposuction costs , people may find major differences in liposuction prices from these surgeons. Often these differences in liposuction pricing are a result of medical qualifications and experience.

 

Another factor is, if patient will have few liposuction procedures the price of liposuction will fall down. It is natural that the fisrt procedure of liposuction costs more than the second or third, because the area treated contains less percentage of fat after the first procedure. Liposuction costs will fluctuate wildly depending on the type of liposuction procedure being performed and the part of the body that will be treated. Generally, liposuction costs are higher for surgeries performed on men than women, because there is a larger presence of fibrous fat found in males than females. Plastic surgeons will charge liposuction prices for operations that take longer. As a result, patients pay higher liposuction costs if a large amount of fat is being eliminated from their bodies. Different procedure types of liposuction differ from each other based on equipment that it used during the procedure. Also liposuction procedures that utilize newer equipment will have higher liposuction costs.

 

One more thing, liposuction prices can vary depending on where the procedure is performed, what clinic the candidates choose. Some clinics charge less than others. Liposuction costs for one procedure in a single area can cost $800, but this sum can reach thousands. Nevertheless there are general dominating prices.

 

Usually the liposuction surgery will cost between $1500 and $3000. National average is 2,578 U.S. dollars. Usually the price reaches 1,800 U.S. dollars for area ( arms, chin, back, thighs, abdomen – the patients will need to pay additionally 900 U.S. dollars if waits is included). Generally, if more than 4 areas are treated, patient will get a discount.

 

These are the approximate fees in the U.S.:

 Treatment area  Minimum  Maximum 
 Abdomen upper  $3.000  $7.500
 Abdomen lower  $2.000  $2.000
 Arms  $1.500  $5.000
 Breasts (female)  $3.000  $7.500
 Breasts (male)  $3.000  $5.000
 Buttocks  $1.500  $4.500
 Chin, cheeks  $2.000  $4.500
 Flanks (male)  $2.000  $5.000
 Anterior and inner thighs and knees  $2.000  $5.000
Outer thighs  $1.600  $5.000
 Hips/Waist  $1.600  $5.000

 

The size of the patient, preoparative laboratory fees, operating room fees, and the time and effort required of the surgeon, determine the cost of liposcution. If an anesthesiologist is required, in that case patient will need to pay the additional fee.

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