Defining Who IS and Who Is NOT a Good Candidate for Liposuction

Before a surgeon performs the procedure, they should determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. Here's a basic outline for who is a Good Candidate and who is NOT a good candidate.

What are some qualities of a good candidate for Liposuction?

  1. You need to be in reasonably good health both physically and emotionally You must be healthy and free of any illnesses that could cause problems for the surgery. You can’t have any significant health issues like heart disease or diabetes. You also need to be reasonably stable emotionally.
  2. You need to be within your target or ideal weight range. The liposuction procedure is not considered a method to remove significant amounts of weight. If you are considerably overweight, you will have to lose this weight and keep it off for at least six months prior to the surgery.
  3. If you smoke, you must quit at least two weeks before the surgery. Smoking can harm surgery. It can even delay recovery. It’s a good idea to quit smoking no matter what, for obvious health reasons.
  4. You need to have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery. Liposuction surgery yields excellent results that people are pleased with. However, it isn’t guaranteed to make you happy.

Liposuction is excellent for taking off the last seven or ten pounds you have been trying to lose.

We ought to define who is Not a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

  • If you are not healthy, you may be at greater risks for liposuction complications than a healthy person. For example, there is an increased risk of surgical complications associated with a past medical history of immunodeficiency disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, seizure disorders, excessive bleeding, or a significant history of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the legs) or pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs).
  • If you are taking certain drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or anticoagulants such as Coumadin (warfarin), then liposuction would not be safe.
  • If you are taking certain drugs that inhibit the metabolism of lidocaine, the local anesthetic used in the tumescent technique, then you might be at an increased risk of drug interactions, unless you can discontinue the drug(s) at least two weeks before surgery.
  • You will be disappointed if you expect liposuction to be an effective means to lose weight permanently. Liposuction is not proven to be an effective treatment for obesity.
  • If your skin does not have good elasticity, then you must expect there to be some degree of a crepé or slightly wrinkled appearance. That said, in many cases, patients with poor skin elasticity are very happy with their new shape despite the slight wrinkled appearance of the skin.

Melanonychia can also be associated with genetic disorders, injury, medications, nutritional deficiency, endocrine disease, connective tissue disease, inflammatory skin disease, a local tumor, or nail infection.

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