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Liposuction Surgery - Criteria To Be A Candidate

Liposuction Surgery 

In many parts of the world, liposuction is among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for both men and women. Cosmetic liposuction is so common that in the United States as much as half a billion dollars (or more) are spent annually for liposuction surgery.

People with weight problems are the ideal market forliposuction. However, it should be noted that not all individuals who are overweight can automatically qualify forlipo surgery. Prior consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is needed to confirm whether a patient is a candidate forliposuction surgery.

In 2009, almost 200,000 lipoplastyprocedures were performed in the United States. This highlights the desire of many people to look slimmer and to be in better shape. There is however a downward trend for the number of lipo surgery procedures since the year 2000. It is more than likely that the decrease in the number of lipo procedures is attributable to the economic downturn. However it is also possible that alternative weight loss programs have become effective for many people thus reducing the need for cosmetic surgery procedures.

Criteria for Liposuction Surgery

Despite what some people may think obesity does not necessarily qualify a person for suction lipectomy. In fact, people at risk of cardiovascular issues or diabetes, such as those who are extremely overweight, are less qualified for a lipectomy procedure. A person who wants to avail of liposuction should have a fair enough level of health. Other factors such as epilepsy, conditions related to the immune system, blood-related issues and other life-threatening medical conditions will disqualify a person from the procedure.

Aside from being in good health, plastic surgeons may also require that the patient be between 18 to 45 years old. However, this is not an issue about age but more of suitability in terms of the elasticity of the patient’s skin and overall quality of the tissues of the body. Smokers are also discouraged from getting a lipoplasty procedure.

Another important criterion forliposuction surgery is their overall body mass. The patient should be within 30% of their ideal body weight. Persons who are heavier than this limit will be advised to reduce their weight by diet and exercise. Furthermore, persons who will undergo liposuction should pursue an effective weight management program before and after the procedure to maximize the benefits of liposuction.

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