Do you want to look fit and toned, but there is no going around those extra ounces of flabs still hanging? The struggle is real for individuals who wish to have their bodies toned and tightened, and aren’t getting the results they wanted. This is why some brave the knife and undergo cosmetic surgeries such as liposuction. However, this not only call for a decision, but careful consideration as well. Here are important facts that you need to know about this procedure before signing on the dotted line.

Understanding what Liposuction is

How much do you really know about liposuction? Is your knowledge enough to convince you about this procedure?

Knowing something is several steps behind actually understanding it. It’s not enough that you know what liposuction is, but all the other details behind it. For instance, are you aware that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure? It only removes stubborn fats particularly in areas that are not yielding to a strict diet and regular exercise, but it is not used for the purpose of eliminating the excess pounds.

Patients even have to fall within a certain percentile of weight, or what they refer to as a “stable weight”, for them to be considered a good candidate for the procedure. This means that if you are more than the desired weight, surgeons would advise you to trim down first. This promotes a better surgical outcome, and it also makes the entire experience safer. As a matter of fact, a recent study showed that a person’s BMI (body mass index) – along with liposuction volume – are independent risk factors for complications.

Therefore, not everyone dealing with relentless flabs can get a liposuction.

It doesn’t get rid of the saggy skin

It is only after liposuction that you can see the degree of laxity your skin has when all the excess fats have been removed. For some, this may be minimal while it could be significant sagging for others. Just like when you deflate a balloon you’ll notice that it will never go back to its original shape – your stomach will be the same way. Pregnancy and weight fluctuations are the common causes. The problem here is that liposuction can’t fix this problem after the procedure. Therefore, it is only expected that you would be advised for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).

A tummy tuck is a procedure that can be done on its own or together with liposuction to enhance the results. It involves the removal of excess skin to tighten and smoothen the abdominal area. Abodminal muscles will even be sutured together in a process called plication to create better tightness in the area. For liposuction on the abdomen, a tummy tuck is added into the equation if you want better aesthetic results – it can even get rid of stretchmarks!

The fats are permanently removed but…

The moment we are born, we already have a determined amount of fat cells on our body. It doesn’t mean that when someone gains weight, they also have increased number of fats. The ones present only balloons in size. With liposuction, it is an assurance that the stubborn fats are permanently removed. However, this doesn’t mean that you are in the clear.

The good news is that they are not coming back, but the problem is that the ones which remain will increase in size if you don’t watch your diet and maintain the results with regular exercise. You still have to make an active effort to avoid excess weight gain. Another problem that arise when you are not careful is that visceral fats – the one that surrounds your abdominal organs, will proliferate. These are precursors to diseases like diabetes and a host of cardiac problems.

Findings show that patients – particularly those who are sedentary before and after the procedure – gathered 10% visceral fat over a certain study period. This is a risk you have to consider after a liposuction, and it should also be your motivation to exercise – not only to maintain results but also to avoid serious complications.

Lab results also tell a lot

Doctors also require that you are physically in the clear for an invasive procedure. You will be required to go a string of physical and laboratory exams. A cardiopulmonary clearance ensures that you have no heart and lung problems that could put you at risk during and after the procedure. A test for your clotting ability is also required to see how you would fare in terms of healing. Your lab results is a major factor in determining if you are a good candidate for liposuction.

It demands realistic expectations

Like any other cosmetic procedure, liposuction has its limitations. This is why you have to go through it with realistic expectations.

First of all, it is established that liposuction is not an answer to obesity. Second, the procedure doesn’t remove all the fats. You might want to get rid of all those annoying buggers, but this is not a healthy and ethical approach – a good surgeon would tell you so. Lastly, a liposuction will not change your life. Don’t expect this procedure to win a person into your life, it won’t guarantee a job promotion, and it is not a sure deal that you’d end up like a swimsuit model.

The good surgeon

A very important factor is that you find a certified and experienced surgeon who is particularly trained in performing liposuction. They say that cosmetic surgery is the wild west of medicine because there are surgeons who can claim they can perform a certain procedure and yet they are not really trained or focused in that particular field. The next time you go for a consult, always ask for his portfolio. Aside from his credentials, a good and reliable surgeon would tell you what you need to hear, and just what you want to listen to.

The facts mentioned earlier can help you to see if a particular cosmetic surgeon is telling it to you honestly. A good surgeon would be frank about what is achievable, and not stretch your expectations with lofty promises.

I hope you are enlightened on these basic facts that you need to consider behind the glossy appearance you see in ads. It’s not just going into the clinic and telling the doctor you want your fats suctioned, and that’s it. You need to be physically and emotionally prepared before you can even bid those fat cells adieu.