Are You Getting Lipo for the Right Reasons?

shutterstock_87747700Few cosmetic procedures are plagued with as many misconceptions and urban myths as liposuction. There are many factors that go into determining who is a good candidate for the body contouring procedure. Here are a few ways to know if lipo is right for you and if you want it for the right reasons.

The Limitations of Lipo

As the name implies, liposuction is a surgical method for targeting and removing localized fat deposits using suction. Understanding the different types of fat in the body is important when explaining how liposuction works. Liposuction effectively treats subcutaneous fat, which is located just below the skin’s surface. Visceral fat, which is located deeper within the body and around the internal organs, cannot be treated with liposuction and can only be eliminated by dieting and exercising.

Targeting Problem Areas

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that can target and remove stubborn subcutaneous fat that is often resistant to diet and exercise. By removing those specific fat deposits, your surgeon can fine-tune your figure and sculpt beautiful new contours. In short, liposuction is intended to enhance your figure, not completely transform it.

Timing Is Key

Many people incorrectly believe that lipo will help them lose a significant amount of weight and take the place of losing weight the old fashioned way. Approaching liposuction with unrealistic expectations will likely leave you very disappointed with your results. If you’re unhappy with your weight, you should work to reach your target weight first and then consider liposuction with the goal of accentuating and highlighting your weight loss success.