Having trouble getting rid of love handles? Are you exercising regularly and eating right only to not see the results you want? Even with the best intentions, there are times when exercise and following a low-fat diet just don’t work.

Genetics, the natural aging process and simply body type can make it impossible to get rid of cellulite. Liposuction is one of the most commonly requested and performed cosmetic procedures in the United States.

As the gold standard for permanent spot reduction of fat, liposuction effectively shape and contours even the most stubborn areas of fatty deposits.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical cosmetic procedure that aims to eliminate fat in certain areas of the body.

Below is a list of areas where that can be treated with liposuction:

  • Arms
  • Hips
  • Ankles
  • Waist
  • Thighs
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Back
  • Buttocks

Keep in mind that liposuction isn’t exactly a method for weight loss nor an alternative for living an active, healthy lifestyle. If you are overweight, you may be need to lose enough weight to almost be at your goal weight before losing weight.

Am I a candidate?

Simply wanting to lose weight and get rid of fatty deposits does not make you a suitable candidate for liposuction. In addition to being in good health overall, you also need to have realistic expectations of what liposuction can do.

You may be candidate for liposuction if:

  • You are 30 percent of your ideal weight
  • You are a nonsmoker
  • You have good skin tone
  • You don’t have any medical conditions or illness that can prevent the healing
  • You are realistic about the final result

What are the risks?

As with any kind of surgical procedure, there are risks involved with liposuction in Phoenix AZ.

These risks can include:

  • Numbness
  • Infection
  • Kidney problems
  • Heart problems
  • Fat embolism – This is a medical emergency where pieces of fat become trapped in a blood vessel and can either go to the brain or accumulate in the lungs.

While these risks are rare, it’s worth mentioning that the risks can increase if the plastic surgeon works on a larger area or does multiple procedures. Always make sure to talk to the surgeon about the risks first.

Like other cosmetic procedures, the end result depends on the skill of plastic surgeon. Servicing Arizona, Dr. Meger is a board-certified plastic surgeon whose keen eye for details allows him to contour his patients bodies with liposuction, achieve the most natural-looking results. To learn more about liposuction, contact Dr. Meger’s office today.

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