liposuction in Santa Monica

When is Liposuction a Good Idea?

If you’ve thought about getting liposuction in Santa Monica, you’re probably wondering whether the procedure makes sense for you. For a lot of people, liposuction can be an extremely gratifying experience that helps them get rid of those last few pounds that have stopped responding to diet and exercise. However, many people make the mistake of thinking that liposuction is a weight loss procedure. This is not the case.

A typical liposuction procedure will remove about two to five pounds of fat from a person’s body. So yes, there is a bit of weight loss involved, but it isn’t substantial. In order to be a good candidate for liposuction, you should be within 25 pounds of your ideal body weight, and ideally even closer.

Liposuction can be used by people who have recently lost a lot of weight in order to help get rid of pockets of fat that aren’t responding to their diet and exercise routines. Liposuction is also a great choice for people who, as they grow older, have started to notice pockets of fat where they never used to before.

Similarly, liposuction can be used by people who are simply genetically prone to holding weight in certain areas of their body. It can also be used following a pregnancy to get rid of that last bit of tummy pooch which simply won’t go away.

If you don’t have a good lifestyle habits and you want to use liposuction to get rid of weight that you recently put on, that isn’t a good idea. The weight will simply come back if you don’t maintain a healthy lifestyle. Following a liposuction procedure, fat is less likely to return to the treated areas, but it will return if you put on enough weight.

It’s also very important to be in good health before undergoing a liposuction procedure. Liposuction is surgery and requires either local or general anesthesia. You will have to go off any blood thinning medications before receiving liposuction, which can be a problem for some people. It’s important to talk to your plastic surgeon about all the potential complications to make sure that you are both healthy enough and understand the risks.

If liposuction sounds like the right choice for your situation, take the time to get more information by setting up an initial consultation with me. I am an experienced Venice liposuction specialist, and I would be happy to meet with you and answer any questions that you might have.

AUTHOR

Michael A. Giuffrida, MD

After establishing a successful plastic surgery practice on the East Coast and accumulating over 20 years of experience, I decided to open a new office in Venice Beach. I'm thrilled to be here and cannot wait to work with new patients in Los Angeles. In my spare time, you’re most likely to find me at the yoga studio. I’m an avid yoga practitioner, and recently completed my 200-hour teacher training through the Yoga Alliance. I also enjoy surfing, cycling, and spending time with my two sons.

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