Article published by : Max Health on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Category : Cosmetic Surgery

Liposuction Candidacy

If you are unhappy with unsightly fat bulges, you might be considering liposuction to remove these bulges. However, before you run out to get the procedure, it's important to consider whether you are a candidate for liposuction. Although most people who want it can benefit from the procedure, not everyone is eligible.

Three Degrees of Liposuction Candidacy

If you are considering liposuction, it's important to remember that there are three classes of liposuction candidates: people who are not candidates, people who are candidates but have special concerns, and people who are the ideal candidates for the procedure.

Who Is Not a Candidate for Liposuction

There are some things that will definitely disqualify you from being a candidate for liposuction. These include:
- High risk of cardiovascular complications or previous cardiovascular adverse events
- Current infection
- Taking medications that can interact with anesthesia or other medications used during surgery
- Not cleared for surgery by your general practitioner

If any of these describe you, then you are not considered a candidate for liposuction.

Candidate with Risks

If you do not meet any of the above qualifications, then you may be a candidate for liposuction. However, the following factors may increase your risk of complications:
- Overweight: Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, and patients who are not at or near their ideal weight are at a greatly increased risk for complications.
- Smoking: Smoking constricts blood vessels in the skin and nearby tissues, which can reduce your body's ability to heal after liposuction. Being a smoker increases your risk for tissue death (necrosis) in the treated area (in addition to potentially fatal cardiovascular events). You will be asked to quit smoking for at least eight weeks around the time of your surgery. If you cannot quit smoking for that time, you may not be a liposuction candidate.

During your consultation with your plastic surgeon, you will learn about the above issues and how they can affect your risk of complications and the likely quality of your results.

Ideal Liposuction Candidate

The ideal liposuction candidate is one who does not have any factors that prohibit their candidacy and also:

- Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables--this can reduce your risk of complications
- Have good skin quality--if your skin does not contract after liposuction, you may not be happy with the results. If you have healthy, elastic skin you are more likely to get the results you desire.
- Understand the procedure--your psychology will definitely impact the quality of your results. If you understand the procedure and have reasonable expectations for your results, you are more likely to be happy with the results you achieve.

The ideal liposuction candidate is most likely to get the results they desire and have the smallest risk of complications.

To learn more about liposuction candidacy in the Tampa area, please visit the website of the Clinique of Plastic Surgery at


By: Max Health

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