Have you been thinking about getting liposuction for a while but were not sure if it was right for you? Come to Deigni Plastic Surgery and learn if you are an ideal candidate for liposuction in Houston. Based on your goals and your overall health, we can confirm whether you might benefit from this common body sculpting procedure.
A person is a good candidate for liposuction in Houston if they have realistic expectations, can undergo general anesthesia, are within 5 to 10 pounds of their goal weight, and are leading an active lifestyle. Anybody who smokes must quit smoking because there is an increased risk of healing problems if they are a smoker. Quitting smoking is imperative before proceeding with the liposuction.
The age factor does play a role in candidacy but the main thing that Dr. Deigni considers is how healthy the patient is. We have patients in their 30s or 40s who may not necessarily be able to undergo general anesthesia, but there are patients in their 50s or 60s who are still very healthy, with no problems in the heart, lungs, or kidneys, and they are able to undergo the surgery.
Another factor is skin quality. As we age, we also lose the collagen that is in our body that helps support our structures and the skin. Dr. Deigni looks at certain elements during the physical examination since some patients have excellent skin quality and do very well with liposuction. If we identify areas where there is a potential for some loose skin after the procedure, we discuss the fact that there may be additional treatments that could be required later.
Many people ask us about how their weight affects whether they are an ideal candidate for liposuction in Houston. Our approach is to have patients understand that any kind of excessive weight gain or loss after the liposuction will alter the results. In order to enjoy more long-term results, it is best that you get to within 5 to 10 pounds of your goal weight with no significant weight change anticipated in your long-term future.
Plans to become pregnant in the future are not necessarily a deterrent to having liposuction. As an example, a woman in her early 20s might come in with some excess fat in her love handles, back, bra line, and on her belly. In 5 to 10 years, she may want to have a family, and that should be enough time for her to actually enjoy the results of the liposuction immediately until she decides to start a family. Someone who has already been pregnant should be safe to get liposuction unless she plans on having another child in the next year or so.
With pregnancy, there is always some stretching of the skin that occurs. Some women will bounce back naturally from it, while other women will have a lot of stretch marks and the skin quality may not be as good. Those are areas that we need to discuss during an initial consultation. In that instance, some women would benefit more from a combination of a tummy tuck with liposuction, depending on what their goals are.
There are numerous other conditions that affect someone’s candidacy for liposuction in Houston. If a patient has had previous liposuction, that plays a role in developing an adequate treatment plan for the next surgery. It does not necessarily deter them from getting subsequent liposuction procedures. It is also good to know if you have had any other surgical procedures in the past.
During the consultation we need to identify any problems involving the heart, lungs, kidneys, or any system that would prevent a patient from getting general anesthesia. Safety is our number one priority and we will not agree to a procedure if there is an unreasonable risk to your health.
Certain factors like age and pregnancy will not necessarily prevent you from getting liposuction, although being in overall good health is a prerequisite. Call 281-721-4373 if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss how you might be an ideal candidate for liposuction in Houston. We will give you an honest assessment and take your personal goals into account.