Liposuction is a popular procedure that can be beneficial for many folks, but not all are good liposuction candidates. There are many things that make a specific person unsuited for the liposuction surgery including folks that have unrealistic expectations of the procedure, folks that are excessively obese, and folks with serious medical problems. Liposuction is also seen as a solution to weight loss for many obese folks, but the procedure is not an effective means of losing weight.
The liposuction procedure simply permits the removal of pockets of fat that cannot be removed through diet and exercise. The surgery is geared toward shaping and sculpting certain areas of the body, and would not be suitable for many obese folks. However, it is possible for individuals who are slightly overweight to have the liposuction procedure performed.
The abdominoplasty or tummy tuck procedure is better suited and often recommended for obese patients. The liposuction procedure can eliminate localized deposits of fat, but unlike the tummy tuck, no skin is removed during the surgery.
Individuals that engage in bad eating habits, and do not exercise on a daily basis would make terrible liposuction candidates.
Bad Liposuction Candidates
Prospective patients who are not reasonably healthy may have a higher risk of complications during the surgery. Liposuction can also be dangerous to folks with certain medical conditions and a troubled medical history. The procedure can pose a great risk to folks with diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, poor blood circulation, and individuals who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured.
Medical History of Liposuction Candidates
The past medical history of the prospective patient is also taken into consideration before performing the liposuction procedure. The procedure can be particularly dangerous to patients who have a history of cardiac arrhythmia’s, excessive bleeding, disorders involving seizures, a history toward deep vein thrombosis, and immunodeficiency disorders.
Patients with a history of hypertension, edema, and multiple infections are also bad liposuction candidates. Folks who take certain drugs may also be rendered ineligible for the liposuction procedure. Aspirins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and Coumadin (a common blood thinning drug) may increase the risk of excessive bleeding during the operation. Other drugs that are used to inhibit the metabolism of lidocaine may interfere with a local anesthetic used in the liposuction procedure. The interaction of these specific drugs with the local anesthetic can cause serious health problems for patients.
Patients would be eligible for the operation if they stop taking the drugs that may interfere with the procedure, and cause complications. The drug consumption must be halted for a period of at least two weeks, before considering the surgery.
Skin quality is also a major consideration in deciding suitable liposuction candidates. Not every individual has elastic skin that is able to sufficiently bounce back into place after surgery. Typically, surgeons examine the skin in the area to be treated, and decide whether there is enough elasticity to allow the skin to shrink after the liposuction. If the skin is not elastic enough, then there may be bagginess in it after the surgery. Baggy skin in the treated area can lead to a dissatisfied patient who would have been best avoiding the surgery.
Age is not a major consideration in deciding whether a patient is qualified for the liposuction procedure, but patients over forty have less elasticity in their skin than younger patients. The diminished skin elasticity will hinder older patients from achieving the same results as somebody who is younger. Older patients may also be at an increased risk of complications, which may not be so easily treatable as complications in younger patients.
If the bad liposuction candidates are allowed to have the procedure, then they may experience an array of medical problems.
Some of the possible medical problems for bad liposuction candidates include blood clots, damage to internal organs, heart failure, and severe loss of blood, brain and nerve damage, and infection.