Patients frequently ask if it is better to lose weightbefore having liposuction. The answer to this question is directly linked towhether or not a patient is an appropriate candidate for liposuction. In thepast, patients who did not fall within 10-15% of their ideal body weight wereturned away from the procedure and instructed to lose the weight first. This is no longer the case when curvesare back in style and being a fewpounds away from your ideal body weight is in. Liposculpture, the newest trendin liposuction, allows for the coupling of liposuction with lipotransfer.
You are a candidate for liposculpture if you have pockets ofexcess fat in particular areas, even if you do not fall within 10-15% of yourideal weight. Keep in mind thatliposuction is not a substitute for weight reduction; it is a method ofremoving localized fat. Liposuction is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits from specificareas of the body including the chin, neck and cheeks, the upper arms and abovethe breasts, the abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs and the knees, calves andankles. It essentially eliminatesthe bulges and brings the areas that are “liposuctioned” into a balance withthe untreated surrounding areas. Lipotransfer on the other hand is a techniquethat allows your surgeon to enhance areas that need enhancement by injectingthe liposuctioned fat into fat deficient areas. With lipo-sculpture, you may want to lose the weight at somepoint yet it does not matter whether you do it before or after thesurgery. You should be physicallyhealthy and psychologically stable and have firm elastic skin which will resultin a better final contour. Since lipotransfer in simple terms means taking thefat from areas you don’t need it to be in and delivering it to where you do(your face or your buttocks), you don’t need to be your ideal weight to be acandidate for lipo-scultupre. Lipo-transfer is a way to enhance areas that needenhancement, combining it with liposuction is true lipo-sculpture. Lipo-sculptureis completing liposuction which is essentially a sculpture procedure at apatient’s ideal body weight.
In the hands of a plastic surgeon with artistic skills and adequatelytrained in body contouring, your trouble areas will not only disappear, theycan be useful in adding to your appeal with an improvement in contour that willpersist for some time even if you lose or gain a few pounds later . Actually patients who gain a few pounds(emphasis on few) will have apersistent improvement in the contouring effect of the procedure because thenew pounds will end up getting evenly distributed in your body instead of goingback to the old bulges.
A board certified plastic surgeon performing liposculpturecan turn patients who are more than10-15% of their ideal body weight intoappropriate candidates for liposculpture. Although liposculpturecan enhance your appearance and your self-confidence regardless of your weight,it will not necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause otherpeople to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, thinkcarefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
Look at today's celebrity bodies, and you'll notice thatParis Hilton’s model thin body can no longer compete with Kim Kardashian’scurves. With liposculpture, yourphysician can shift those pounds to where they can enhance instead of detractfrom your shape. Theconcept is simple, skinny is out and curves are in. Coupling liposuction withlipotransfer is liposculpture. A new way you can look good this summer nomatter how much you weigh.
2010 is all about shape.
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