Liposuction, commonly referred to as "lipo" by many people, is a procedure done on the body in order to remove excess fat, and improve body contour, thereby slimming and reshaping areas of the body. Dr. Jason Leedy, a well-renowned surgeon advocates that though liposuction surgery has become very popular and is performed very often, it should never be treated like a routine procedure, as it is a major surgery that carries certain risks.
As a patient plans for the procedure, it is critical that they follow each step as recommended by the surgeon in order to have a safe, low-risk procedure and a smooth recovery. Liposuction should be carried out in an accredited office-based surgical facility, a licensed surgical center or a hospital.
Where on The Body?
Liposuction is performed in common body parts such as the double chin, back of the neck, bottom of upper arms, male and female breasts, specific areas on the thighs, ankles, bra strap part of the back, and the abdomen, among others.
The optimal area is unique for each person, as everyone responds differently to surgery, diet, and exercise. An experienced plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Jason Leedy will first consult with patients to determine which areas of the body are ideal for the liposuction procedure and recovery process.
Surgeons will first evaluate the skin condition of a prospective patient before going forward with the procedure. According to Dr. Jason Leedy, the best candidates are healthy individuals at or close to their goal weight. Patients with great skin elasticity are best suited for liposuction, as loose skin condition can result in rough skin surface.
Omitting Health Details
During their liposuction consultation, a patient intending to do liposuction should not omit any health details. Before the surgery, a patient is asked many questions about their health status, their medical history, their previous surgical experiences, and their desired liposuction results.
Dr. Jason Leedy, an experienced liposuction surgeon emphasizes that it is essential that one answer these questions honestly and with as many details as possible.
Omitting information because one is afraid they will be refused treatment is a dangerous idea and may hamper the delivery of safe, effective liposuction results expected by the client. It is imperative that one protects themselves from unnecessary complications by being open and honest during your consultation.
Additionally, one must avoid harmful medications before the surgery. Some medications such as aspirin, supplements, birth control medications, and even some types of vitamins can increase one's health risk for post-surgical complications, for instance, poor recovery, excessive bleeding, and high blood pressure, among others. It's always advisable to be extremely cautious when health and safety are on the line.
A qualified liposuction patient must avoid smoking, losing or gaining weight prior to their surgery. Smoking prior to any surgery can increase one's risks of delayed healing, bleeding, and other dangerous complications. Smoking should be avoided for at least one month before the liposuction surgery and for at least one month after the procedure.
Losing weight before your surgery could affect one's results, especially if they lose a significant amount of weight. Consequently, unnecessary weight gain after the procedure can be very dangerous negatively affecting one's surgical results. A day or two before the surgery one should avoid shaving especially around your surgical site. Tight clothing is not recommended as well as driving oneself to and from surgery.
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