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Want to Shape Your Body with Surgery?: Liposuction Explained 
 
by Carrie McClain June 26, 2005

Qualifications of a Good Candidate

The best candidates for liposuction have the following:

Willingness to take the risks associated with the surgery.

Liposuction, like all surgeries, involves a certain degree of risk. If your doctor determines that you are a good candidate for liposuction, then your risks are lower. Risk in surgery involves many factors, including: health of patient, experience of surgeon, area of operation, size of area, and amount of fat to be removed. Make sure you talk with your doctor, and understand the risk that you are taking.

A realistic understanding of the results.

Be realistic about cosmetic surgery. Liposuction will not transform your body. You will look the same except with a slightly smaller tummy, saddlebags, or underarm flab. Your pants might come on easier, but you are going to be the same person. Examine your reasons for having this surgery. If you believe that liposuction will make you beautiful and give you happiness in all areas of your life, you should not have the surgery; you will be disappointed. If you want a little encouragement to be fit or if the only part of your body that bothers you much is that extra fat over your knee, you are a good candidate.

Are a normal, healthy weight.

If you are overweight or want to lose weight, liposuction is not the answer. You may lose weight, but you may not. Liposuction is only meant for body-contouring. Fixing those small trouble spots like the fat peeking over your bra or swimsuit straps. If you need to lose weight, get a nutritionist and a person trainer, not a surgeon.

Have firm, elastic skin.

Generally speaking, younger patients tend to have better results because their skin is still elastic (able to contract easily). In older patients, the skin around the area could appear baggy after surgery. Be sure to speak to your doctor about this.

Have the ability to pay for the surgery.

Finally, liposuction, like may cosmetic procedures, is expensive. Depending on the size of the area, location of the area, and the doctor, prices range from $3,000 to $10,000. Financing is available, but take into consideration that you might be paying for those saddlebags for 3 years. Liposuction is comparable to buying a car. Treat it with the same consideration when it comes to your finances.

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