At times, it can be difficult to eliminate stubborn fatty pockets on the flanks, thighs, abdomen, and other body areas, even with diet and exercise. These stubborn fat deposits are usually not responsive to natural treatment.
Liposuction plastic surgery is an effective solution to eliminate excess fat from various body areas.
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will establish whether the patient is a good candidate for liposuction surgery, and explain its advantages and limitations to them.
Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides liposuction to patients in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and surrounding locations.
Prior to proceeding further, an experienced surgeon will first determine the patient’s candidacy for liposuction surgery. Appropriate candidates for this surgery are in good overall health and weigh within 25 pounds of their optimal weight range.
They want to eliminate fat deposits that have been unresponsive to diet and exercise. People who are 18 years or older and meet the required health criteria are ideal candidates for liposuction plastic surgery.
The following individuals may not be suitable candidates for liposuction:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- People who use blood thinners, unless they can stop using these medicines in the weeks prior to the surgery
- People with medical conditions that could impede the healing process
- People who are allergic to lidocaine (which is used in tumescent liposuction)
Teenagers and Liposuction
In rare cases, a surgeon will approve a teen patient as a candidate for liposuction surgery. If the teen patient has lost a large amount of weight that has left behind stubborn fatty deposits, they may be an appropriate candidate for liposuction.
The surgeon will also make sure that the teen patient has the emotional maturity to cope with the liposuction procedure.
The surgeon may establish that only one problem area needs treatment to improve the teen patient’s self-confidence. Some teens are unhappy about the presence of excess fat deposits in the hips, calves, under the chin, or other areas.
This may cause embarrassment for them in their peer group. Liposuction plastic surgery may be an effective procedure for such patients as it can remove fatty pockets in specific areas to develop a more contoured, toned appearance.
There is no upper age limit for patients considering liposuction surgery. But liposuction does involve certain risks, similar to any surgical procedure.
The patient should be in good overall health to be able to cope with the surgery and anesthesia. Patients with serious medical conditions or those on specific medications may not be ideal candidates for liposuction surgery.
Individuals considering liposuction should consult their primary care doctor and plastic surgeon to understand whether they are ideal candidates for liposuction.
Liposuction eliminates fat, but it does not tighten sagging skin. For this reason, the presence of relatively elastic skin will typically create better surgical results. Patients who are older tend to have less elastic skin.
The presence of certain conditions may exclude some patients as liposuction surgery candidates. Individuals with chronic problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure may not be suitable liposuction candidates.
People with a weakened immune system or those with heart conditions, poor blood supply, or lung disease may not be suitable candidates for liposuction as it could cause serious health complications.
Plastic surgeons at VIPS receive patients from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Tysons Corner, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and nearby areas for liposuction.
Serving Richmond, VA, Fredricksburg, Williamsburg, Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington and surrounding communities.