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Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove unwanted fat from localized deposits beneath the skin. A segment on NBC’s Today Show discussed a patient who underwent surgery despite being a size 2. The concerns raised were that this could be a slippery slope as patients would try to change every little thing that bothers them.

In reality, thin women who exercise or have little excess fat are the ideal candidates for liposuction. Since these women usually do not need much removed, have better skin quality, and the amount of skin contraction required is less.

This procedure is not a weight-loss procedure as fat weighs little compared to muscle or bone, which is why we don’t recommend liposuction to patients who are overweight.

On Why Thin Patients are the Ideal Candidates

The ideal liposuction patient is a healthy individual with a weight close to their ideal body type. Most patients have small, localized collections of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Patients also must have good quality skin without overlying laxity or stretch marks. Also, patients must have realistic expectations as there must be some fat left behind to prevent contour irregularities or adherence to the underlying muscles.

The Benefits of Being Close to your Ideal Body Size

Liposuction allows us to contour and reshape the distribution of fat predetermined in each patient. This is more accomplished in women closer to their ideal weight. There needs to be a real “excess” of fat too, but if your physician confirms this, then proceeding forward can be done without hesitation.

When a patient is close to their ideal body weight, there is less fat that needs to be removed to produce the best aesthetic results. Also, the overlying skin needs to contract to the new shape after liposuction, and the smaller the area to be treated, the less contraction needed. This again helps to create the best outcome.

Overweight patients also need more surgery to ease the transition from the treated areas to non-treated regions of the body. Otherwise, there can be lines of demarcation where the procedure was stopped. This is rarely an issue for patients who are at or near their ideal body weight.

A Common Liposuction Misconception

Liposuction has been one of the most performed cosmetic surgery procedures over the past decades. But this procedure is not for everyone.

  • Misconception #1: A weight loss procedure
    One of the frequent misconceptions about the procedure is that it can help a patient lose weight. Fat is much like a bag of marshmallows, where it takes up space but does not weigh much. Thus, patients will see improvement in the shape of their bodies and how their clothes fit, but the changes on the scale will be limited.
  • Misconception #2: Once your fat is gone, you won’t be able to gain it back
    Unfortunately, fat cells do not divide or grow like normal cells, but they grow in size. New cells will not grow, but once cells get to a specific size due to increased caloric intake, they will cleave and create new cells. Which means you can create new fat cells if the calorie intake is enough.
  • Misconception #3: Fat will come back in weird places after liposuction
    Fat does not come back in odd locations, but after liposuction, you have fewer cells in the area treated. If you are going to put on 5 pounds, your body will find the fat cells to store that amount of fat, but less of it will go to the area before treatment.

In conclusion, liposuction is a wonderful procedure when performed on the proper candidate. This can only be determined after a full consultation and discussion with your surgeon.

Just because you are a size 2, it doesn’t mean that you should be excluded from liposuction because you take good care of yourself. It won’t make you a different person or fix your relationships, but it might make you feel better in a bikini or that little black dress.

*The content in this blog is developed to spread the awareness towards plastic surgery. Our blog is not intended to serve as a replacement for an actual in-office consultation with Dr. Marin. As such, the information within this blog reflects the unique cases of our individual patients.

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TO OUR MARIN AESTHETICS PATIENTS:

In light of the state wide restrictions on non-essential businesses to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are rescheduling all of our elective appointments until the global circumstances improve. Our necessary post-operative appointments will be made, as needed, to address immediate surgical concerns such as suture removal and acute postoperative issues. All non-acute follow up appointments, fillers and Botox will need to be postponed until after the quarantine period mid April. Our office will reach out to all patients who need to be rescheduled.

We will be offering new patient virtual consultations online and via Skype that can be scheduled through our website or by emailing info@marinaesthetics.com. Also, we will offer follow-up appointments in the same manner to help manage our patients’ concerns while still respecting the need for social distancing.

We appreciate all of your understanding during these difficult times for all of us.

Stay safe,

Dr. Main and the Marin Aesthetics Team