Determining the candidacy is the first key step before the process of liposuction surgery is started. During the initial consultation, the cosmetic surgeon will carefully determine whether the patient can benefit from liposuction, and whether they have exhausted the options of diet and exercise to get rid of unwanted fat pockets.
Dr. Paul McCluskey is an experienced plastic surgeon providing cutting edge body contouring procedures such as liposuction, in addition to various other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Dr. McCluskey will carefully evaluate the patient’s condition and give professional advice. He provides liposuction to patients in Atlanta, GA and other communities in this part of the nation across the horizon.
A good candidate for liposuction surgery will be someone who is in reasonably good health, and having a stable body weight within 25 pounds of their ideal weight. The individual would be seeking reduction of stubborn fatty tissue deposits in specific areas of the body, which have not responded to diet or exercise.
The cosmetic surgeon may sometimes also recommend liposuction to candidates seeking procedures such as mommy makeover, tummy tuck, body lift, and breast reduction to create more uniform looking results. All candidates should have realistic expectations in order to achieve satisfactory results with liposuction surgery.
Who is Not a Candidate?
The following individuals may not make good candidates for liposuction:
- A pregnant or breastfeeding woman
- An individual with an underlying medical condition that could increase the risk of surgery
- Smokers who are unwilling to commit to a specified period of abstinence as instructed by the surgeon
- Patients who are unable to stop or alter the schedule of certain medications that could interfere with the surgery
- People with a known allergy to lidocaine, a local anesthetic used in tumescent liposuction
In exceptional cases, a teen may be accepted as a candidate for liposuction surgery, especially if they undergone a significant weight loss and are left with one or two lingering fat pockets. The surgeon will assess the teen’s age, medical condition, emotional stability, and self-esteem to determine their candidacy. Limited contour correct and liposuction can sometimes help teen candidates deal with self-esteem issues.
There is no specific upper age limit to receive liposuction surgery, but the adult candidates should be in a healthy and fit condition to go through the surgery and anesthesia. In some cases, the surgeon may order a few tests or consult with their physician to be sure of their medical fitness to undergo liposuction surgery.
The candidate should have a reasonable amount of skin elasticity in the affected areas in order to achieve desirable results with liposuction. If the candidate has loose skin, they may have to choose a skin tightening or body lift surgery in conjunction with liposuction in order to achieve their cosmetic goals.
The issue of skin laxity is more relevant in case of older adults who want to receive liposuction surgery. Patients in Atlanta, GA and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive liposuction and other body contouring procedures from judicious plastic surgeon Dr. McCluskey.