Frequently Asked Questions
Men and women of all ages and body types can benefit from liposuction treatments. It should be noted, however, that liposuction is not a weight loss program, but a procedure used to contour the body. Candidates should already be fairly close to their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction. The procedure is commonly sought by people who have deposits of excess fat making certain areas appear disproportionately large.
Though people of almost any age can be good candidates for liposuction, good skin elasticity is needed to achieve a smooth contour. You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you seek fat removal or contouring in any of the following areas:
– Abdomen and midriff
– Flanks and hips
– Inner and Outer Thighs
– Anterior and Posterior Thighs
– Inner knees
– Back and breasts
– Chin and neck
Though liposuction offers great benefits to the look and contour of the body, there tends to be some confusion as to what the procedure can and cannot do.
– Be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures or in several areas at once. Though their may be additional risks involved with combining procedures, your cosmetic surgeon can help you evaluate these risks and decide which combinations are safe to undergo.
– Be used as a treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement).
– Serve as a substitute for dieting and exercise
– Treat cellulite
A personal consultation with your surgeon is the first step for any patient considering liposuction. Dr John McHugh will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during consultation with Dr. McHugh include:
– Medical conditions, both past and present
– Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
– Previous surgeries
– Weight loss history and goals
Since some medical conditions may complicate a liposuction procedure, you should be prepared to discuss any conditions you may have such as high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease. Any surgeries you’ve undergone near the targeted area may also complicate the procedure and should be discussed with Dr McHugh.
Depending on the areas in which you would like treatment, you may be asked to undress for assessment of the extent of correction needed. Be prepared to discuss your specific treatment goals and to point out the exact areas where you would like to see improvement. Dr McHugh will likely assess your skin elasticity and the thickness of the underlying fat in the target area. He will also check your weight and ask if you are planning to lose or gain weight in the future. Weight fluctuation after liposuction can affect the contouring results achieved.
It is important to follow Dr McHugh’s instructions when preparing for surgery to ensure the best possible results. Those instructions may include:
– Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
– Avoiding certain medications
– Arranging for help following surgery, such as a ride home and in-home care for the first 24 hours after you leave the hospital