You are probably NOT a good candidate
for liposuction surgery if:
- You are not a risk taker.
Certain complications are unavoidable in a percentage of patients, and there
are no long-term data available for current procedures.
- Cost is an issue. Most
medical insurance will not pay for cosmetic liposuction. The cost for liposuction
may be significant.
- You are overweight or obese
and trying to lose weight. Liposuction is a procedure for shaping the
body and is not recommended for weight loss.
- You have a disease or are on
medication that affects wound healing. These include current infection
or past medical history of bleeding, emboli,
edema, or if you are taking
medication(s) that may affect your wound healing or blood clotting (such as
aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, warfarin, heparin, or other
anticoagulants) or are taking medication that may interact with the drugs
used during liposuction.
- Your skin elasticity is not
adequate. Your doctor will evaluate the skin at the site where you are
considering liposuction to determine if skin is elastic enough to shrink after
liposuction. If it is not, it will be baggy after liposuction.
What are the Alternatives
Liposuction is usually cosmetic surgery
so is not considered medically necessary (there are rare exceptions to this).
Because of this, it is you who will decide whether or not you will undergo
this procedure. You may decide that liposuction is not right for you. You may
make this decision without consulting a physician or after consulting with a
physician. A consultation with a physician does not obligate you to have liposuction
if you decide that you do not want to.
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Some of the alternatives to liposuction
- Change diet to lose some excess
- Accept your body and appearance
as it is.
- Use clothing or makeup to downplay
or emphasize body or facial features.
Updated August 1, 2002
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