The emergence of nonsurgical fat reduction procedures during the past 5 to 10 years spurs many women and men with unwanted fat to ask if they are good candidates for a treatment such as CoolScultping® or if they need liposuction. Patients from Manhattan Beach and throughout the Los Angeles area who travel to our practice seek the guidance of our providers on this question.
In fact, one of the most-searched questions regarding cosmetic surgery is “Should I get liposuction?” That makes sense because liposuction has, for years, been one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the U.S., with statistics showing it typically lands at No. 2 or 3 on the list of 5 top plastic surgery operations performed each year. (Breast augmentation is No. 1, in case you’re interested.)
What factors should you consider when determining if you’re a good liposuction candidate? We’ll take a look at them in this blog post, including if the procedure is right for your goals and lifestyle.
Are you looking for a weight-loss procedure? If so, then liposuction isn’t the answer. Yes, patients may lose a few pounds after undergoing liposuction, but the primary goal of the treatment is to enhance the body’s contours. Weight-loss surgery (also called bariatric surgery) are operations designed to help patients lose a significant amount of weight.
Your concerns aren’t limited to a single area. Liposuction can address unwanted pockets of fat in several areas, either during a single appointment or in separate procedures. The number of treatments needed really depends on the areas being targeted. A patient may want to reduce fat in the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. That will likely require multiple treatment sessions.
You hit the gym often but aren’t seeing the desired results. It can be frustrating to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, and lead an active lifestyle and still have stubborn pockets of fat that make you self-conscious. Liposuction is an ideal surgery for these trouble spots because it can target areas with precision.
You’ve tried nonsurgical procedures, but … they haven’t produced the results you want. A treatment such as CoolSculpting can reduce fat, but it isn’t a substitute for liposuction if you want dramatic changes.
You’re ready for a long-term investment. Liposuction costs more than nonsurgical treatment, but the benefits can endure for a long time if patients maintain active, healthy lifestyles. We offer financing, which allows patients to spread out the cost of the procedure over a more extended period.
Another step to help you decide if liposuction is right for you is to check out our gallery of before-and-after photos of liposuction patients. You’ll probably find a few who have concerns similar to yours. After browsing the gallery, you can contact us using the online form to request a consultation. Or give us a call at (310) 784-0644 to schedule an appointment.