Can I Get Liposuction? What Makes an Ideal Candidate

Posted on August 4, 2012 by: Dr. Ronald DeMars

Realistic Weight Loss Expectations with Liposuction

A common misconception about liposuction is that it is used for weight loss. Although it will help a person lose weight, the main goal of liposuction is to remove excessive fat in problem areas and help re-sculpt the body. Consequently, an ideal candidate for the procedure is someone who is near a healthy body weight but may have a stubborn area that is excessively hard to reduce through proper diet and exercise.

A liposuction patient should expect slight weight loss (depending on the size of the patient) and a desirable shape change. Results can last several years or decades as long as the person maintains a sensible diet, healthy lifestyle and activity levels.

Why do the results last? The procedure removes certain fat cells from the area treated, making it less likely that the area will become a problem spot in the future. Immediately and over time, one can expect to see a more even distribution of weight over their body.

Don’t worry about scarring – the incisions are typically very small and your surgeon will make sure to hide them as much as possible.  The scars should heal over time and again, it is beneficial to use a scar treatment gel if you are concerned.

Feel free to contact Dr. DeMars if you have further questions about liposuction or are wondering if it is right for you.