Liposuction is a popular surgical procedure that has helped countless patients achieve their body goals. Patients are often surprised to learn that what they do before the procedure has a significant impact on their surgical outcomes. Attempts at losing weight and stubborn fat before the procedure are most useful.
Dr. Ary Krau is a leading plastic surgeon in Miami. Here, he discusses how long you should try to lose stubborn fat before trying liposuction.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a safe and effective outpatient surgical procedure to remove stubborn pockets of fat. It is a fat removal procedure, not a weight loss procedure. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the treatment area. A thin tube is inserted and used to break up the fatty tissue and then suction it out.
There are a number of different liposuction techniques. Dr. Krau utilizes power-assisted liposuction for his patients. During the procedure, an oscillating tube that vibrates at 4,000 cycles per minute helps break up fat so it is easier to remove from the body.
Who Is a Liposuction Candidate?
The only way to know for sure if you are a liposuction candidate is to schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeon will go over your medical history and fat loss goals. They will also look at any potential risk factors. The ideal candidate is a non-smoker who is at their ideal body weight and in good physical and mental health. It is also important that the patient has realistic goals for the procedure.
How Long Should You Try To Lose Stubborn Fat Before Trying Liposuction?
A common concern that patients have before liposuction is how long they should try to lose stubborn fat before the procedure. As mentioned above, the ideal candidate is at (or within a few pounds of) their ideal body weight. Notably, they should be at this weight for at least a few months.
The focus for most patients before liposuction isn’t necessarily losing stubborn areas of fat but instead maintaining a healthy weight. If a patient is at or slightly above their ideal body weight and still has stubborn areas of fat, then they may want to talk to a plastic surgeon about liposuction.
Schedule a Liposuction Consultation
The only way to know if liposuction is an option for you and your stubborn fat is by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Krau. Dr. Krau evaluates each liposuction candidate on an individual basis. Call (305) 861-6881 or request a consultation online.