As with any cosmetic procedure, a surgeon would need to take into account several factors before agreeing to take you on as a patient. If you have any of the following concerns, you may not be a suitable candidate for liposuction:
You Have a High BMI
Your Body Mass Index (BMI) will be considered to determine whether it’s safe to undergo an operation. If you have a very high BMI, you are at high risk of surgery-related complications.
You Want a Large Amount of Fat Removed
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), doctors can remove no more than 5 liters (5000 cc) of fat in a liposuction procedure. A patient is at high risk of complication if the liposuction volume is too high. The recommendations of the ASPS are based on intensive studies of patients who underwent liposuction and should therefore be taken seriously.
You Have Underlying Medical Problems
Your general health will be evaluated by the surgeon to determine any potential risk. Even if you think you’re healthy, some underlying medical issues may disqualify you such as asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. If you smoke, let your doctor know about it. If you’re on medication especially if you’re taking blood thinners, you should tell your doctor as well.
You’re Skin Elasticity is Poor
After excess fat is removed, your skin needs to shrinks back so the target area will look smooth and firm. If it doesn’t, this area will look deflated. Young people have higher chances of having elastic skin that goes back to its previous shape. But aging can take a toll on the elasticity of your skin. Moreover, if you tend to develop keloid scarring, you might develop them after your liposuction as well.
Safety of Liposuction
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or lipo removes extra fat from the body and it’s very popular among women and men. It improves the contour or shape of the body particularly for those with pockets of fat in their abdomen, buttocks, hips, thigh, neck, arms or back. Liposuction involves being under anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure but you will feel pain after and also during recovery. Depending on which part of your body you’ll need lipo for, you may need to stay in the hospital for a few days, while some procedures may be an outpatient procedure.
Some people are suitable candidates for the procedure and others aren’t. Aside from the factors we’ve discussed above, you should avoid lipo if:
- You smoke
- You have a weak immune system
- You have chronic health issues
- You have saggy skin
- You are very overweight/obese
- You have a history of cardiovascular disease, seizures(DVT) or diabetes.
Liposuction is a surgery that come with some risks. Discuss all your concerns and potential risks liposuction with your doctor before making any decision. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a non-invasive way to have a more defined physique, you may want to try Air Sculpting.
Here’s a video to calculate BMI: