Who Is a Good Candidates for Liposuction? By Stuart Baker on February 19, 2015

Close up on woman’s slim abs and hipsIf you want to achieve a sleeker, more toned, and more youthful body, you may be a good candidate for liposuction. Using our advanced techniques, Dr. Baker will remove stubborn fat cells by gently suctioning them out through a cannula. Liposuction is safe and involves minimal discomfort, but it is not right for everyone. To qualify for this treatment, you should be in overall good health and have realistic expectations for your procedure. Before recommending liposuction to his Decatur patients, Dr. Baker will provide a complete consultation to determine whether it is the right option for you.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a safe, minimally invasive form of plastic surgery. It is designed to eliminate unwanted fat cells that do not respond to diet and exercise. To perform liposuction, Dr. Baker will numb the treatment area. Then he will create one or more very small incisions through which he will insert a small cannula. Through this tube, he can suction out the fat cells with minimal impact to your surrounding tissues. The incisions will be so small that he will not need to place any stitches. The area will heal on its own in a few days.

Areas Where We Can Use Liposuction

Dr. Baker can perform liposuction on virtually any area of the body except for the area around the eyes. However, the treatment is most effective in several key spots. These include:

  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Calves
  • Upper arms
  • Cheeks
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Underneath the chin
  • Jowls

Are You a Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is suitable for men and women who wish to address any of the areas mentioned above. Nevertheless, before choosing the treatment, there are several things you must consider.

  • Your weight and lifestyle: Although liposuction can make you look significantly slimmer, it is not a weight loss procedure. Rather, the treatment is intended to remove excess fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise. To qualify for liposuction, you should be at a healthy weight with no plans for significant weight loss in the future.
  • Your skin elasticity: The best candidates for liposuction still have some healthy skin elasticity. This quality will help their skin to adhere to their new body contours after treatment.
  • Your overall health: For qualifying patients, liposuction is safe with negligible risks. However, if you have a health condition like an autoimmune disorder or diabetes, liposuction may not be a good solution. These conditions can inhibit your body’s ability to heal.
  • Your commitment to healthy living: Liposuction will permanently remove stubborn fat. With a healthy lifestyle, these cells will not come back. However, to maintain the results of your treatment, you must be willing to keep up a healthy diet and regular exercise routine.

Schedule a Liposuction Consultation

Find out if you are a liposuction candidate. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Baker. If you do not qualify for this treatment, he may recommend another procedure to enhance your appearance and self-esteem. For example, tummy tucks and injection lipolysis can be great solutions, depending on your needs. 

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Dr. Stuart Baker

The Center for Cosmetic Medicine

Dr. Stuart Baker is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. He has been recognized as a "master injector" by Allergan, the maker of BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® products, for excellent patient outcomes. In addition to being a skilled plastic surgeon, he is also an orthopedic hand surgery specialist. His prestigious affiliations include:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons — ASPS 
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery — ASAPS 
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery — AACS 
  • American Medical Association — AMA 

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