With diet and exercise, it can sometimes be difficult to eliminate excess fatty pockets on the flanks, thighs, abdomen, and other areas of the body. These stubborn fatty deposits usually do not respond to natural treatment.
In such cases, people seeking a more desirable body shape may consider liposuction plastic surgery. During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will establish the patient as a candidate for liposuction, and explain its benefits and limitations.
The 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 Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding areas.
Good Candidates for Liposuction
An experienced surgeon will determine the patient as a candidate for liposuction surgery before proceeding further. Ideal candidates for this procedure are in good overall health, and their weight is within 25 pounds of their appropriate weight range.
They have fat deposits that have been unresponsive to diet and exercise. People above the age of 18 years who meet the required health criteria are ideal candidates for liposuction surgery.
The below mentioned individuals may not be suitable candidates for liposuction:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- Individuals who are on blood-thinning medications, unless they can stop the use of such meds in the weeks prior to the surgery
- Individuals with medical conditions that could impede the healing process
- Individuals who are allergic to lidocaine, which is used in the tumescent liposuction surgery
Teenagers and Liposuction
A surgeon may perform liposuction on a teenager only in exceptional cases, especially if a large amount of weight loss has left behind stubborn fat deposits. The surgeon will assess the teenager’s self-esteem and emotional maturity prior to consenting to perform the liposuction plastic surgery.
In many cases, the surgeon may decide to treat only a single problem area treated to enhance the teen patient’s self-confidence. Some teens are unhappy about the presence of excess fat deposits in the hips, under their chin, calves or other areas.
They may be facing embarrassment in their peer group. For such patients, liposuction is a suitable procedure as it can remove these fatty pockets and provide a more toned, sleeker appearance.
There is no upper age limit for patients considering liposuction. But some risks are inherent in any surgical procedure.
The patient should be in good overall health to have the resilience to undergo the procedure safely. Patients with serious medical conditions or those who take specific types of medications may not be suitable candidates for liposuction.
Individuals seeking liposuction should consult their primary care doctor and plastic surgeon to determine whether liposuction is an appropriate procedure for them.
Liposuction removes fat deposits but does not tighten the skin. This means that patients with relatively elastic skin will typically experience more desirable results. Older patients typically have less elastic skin than younger patients.
Some patients may not be suitable candidates for liposuction due to certain health conditions. People with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure may also achieve less than desirable aesthetic results.
People with a compromised immune system or those with lung disease, heart disease, or poor blood circulation are not suitable candidates for liposuction as it could lead to serious health complications.
Plastic surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery receive patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for liposuction.For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:
Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.