Are you A Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the most popular and least understood types of cosmetic surgery performed in the US today. Its reputation for dramatic results has been overstated by the movies and the imaginations of people who have struggled with weight loss. Liposuction is extremely effective in limited circumstances. If you are within 30% of your ideal weight, and have stubborn pockets of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise efforts, you may be a good candidate for liposuction. The procedure should be considered as a way to improve proportion, rather than a weight loss solution.

Other Factors to Consider

Being close to one’s ideal weight and physically fit is just one of several health requirements. To be a good candidate for liposuction, you should be a non-smoker without other medical conditions that could impair healing. A positive outlook and specific, realistic goals are also important. Candidates who have recently lost a great deal of weight and wish to remove sagging skin need a different technique. Dr. O’Neill will be glad to discuss your personal goals and concerns with you at your consultation.

When Is Liposuction Inappropriate?

As with all surgical procedures, good health is essential going in. Medical challenges like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease or circulatory problems may make liposuction inappropriate for you. Dr. O’Neill is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who will take into account your personal medical history. Your health is our top priority. If you have recently been through a significant weight loss, or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, liposuction may not be your best option. The long-term results depend upon your maintaining your ideal weight or staying close to it. Liposuction cannot change your body shape or reduce your size. It is used to address isolated pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It can help you gain a more pleasing profile and boost your confidence about your look. If you believe liposuction may be right for you, or you wish to explore further options that may better suit your situation, call for a consultation. Dr. O’Neill will be happy to discuss your goals and help you choose the right procedure for you.

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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