Who Needs Liposuction

Fat located in any area of the body, and especially the abdomen, hips, breasts particularly in men) and under the chin is often resistant to diet or exercise. Similarly, after pregnancy, the fat on the abdomen and hips may persist despite concerted efforts at dieting and exercising. Further, localized accumulations of fat are often inherited and frequently impossible to eliminate by exercise or dieting.

After the age of 30, an individual often gains fat according to a genetically predetermined pattern. For these people, liposuction is the only realistic means of significantly changing the body’s silhouette. In effect, liposuction is equivalent to being able to focus the effects of dieting to specific areas of the body.

What are the common areas in which liposuction is useful?

The most frequently treated areas in women are the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms and knees.

In men, the love handles (flanks), abdomen, and enlarged male breasts (gynecomastia) are most often treated.

Other areas treated include the arms, neck, and face. Interestingly, sweat glands in the underarm can be removed by liposuction to reduce excessive sweating. Chin is another area which can be treated by liposuction in both men and women. In women, large breasts can also be reduced in size by liposuction.

In men, high definition liposuction is done over the abdomen for increasing muscle definition.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates are those in good health, have localized deposits of fat, are not grossly obese and have realistic expectations of what liposuction can accomplish. Liposuction can provide a good candidate with a significant improvement. It should be noted that like any cosmetic procedure, patient should not expect to achieve perfection. There is no definite age or weight limit for undergoing liposuction. A good candidate usually has one or more localized accumulations of fat that can be removed by liposuction.

For high definition liposuction, the patient should have a good muscle tone and a relatively smaller amount of fat. The aim is to show the underlying muscle and not to create an artificial six pack out of fat which looks fake.

Who is not a good candidate for liposuction?

A person who expects absolute perfection is not a good candidate for liposuction. Excessively obese patients, usually not good candidates for liposuction, as they can not get satisfactory results in any area and multiple sessions are needed to get good results. A person who has a serious systemic medical problem such as diabetes, hypertension etc is not a good candidate for liposuction.

How much fat can be removed in one session? How many kgs?

The maximum amount of fat that can be removed safely is probably about 5-6 liters, equal to about 5-6 kgs. Removal of large amounts of fat such as 10-12 kgs is associated with risk of serious complications. If a patient requires more than 5-6 kgs of fat to be removed, it is safer to do this in two separate sessions in intervals of 1- 3 weeks.