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Liposuction

Preparing for lipo surgery

Liposuction is a type of surgery that improves the contour of the body by removing excess fat from specific areas. Liposuction applies suction to remove fat, using a vacuum-like device, and has been performed as an elective surgery since the early 1980s. It is increasingly becoming one of the more popular plastic surgeries.

To obtain that slimmer, sleeker look, a person having liposuction surgery needs to prepare for it. Here are some tips:

  • Do the necessary homework before committing to surgery. Find an accredited surgeon in your area that will perform the procedure, and find out how many liposuction surgeries he or she has successfully done. Ask friends and family members if they know of this surgeon or if they have had any work done with him or her.
  • Find out from the surgeon exactly what kind of liposuction will be performed. There are several different kinds of surgery available, and they have changed considerably and become much safer since the early '80s. A new technique called ultrasound liposuction uses sound waves to dissolve fat before it's removed. This procedure targets large volumes of fat, and it can get at the more delicate areas.
  • A person should have a positive mental outlook for the entire process of surgery. By keeping a positive attitude, one is mentally prepared for the liposuction itself. This helps the surgeon do a great job, and the patient may experience a speedier, healthier recovery period.
  • Before the surgery, figure out how you're going to pay for it. Most health insurance plans do not cover liposuction, because it is considered cosmetic surgery. Work out a payment plan with the surgeon. Considering that liposuction can be applied to many different areas of the body, prices will vary from region to region and from doctor to doctor. Many times, cheaper is not the best option.
  • Find out from the doctor if you are a good candidate for the surgery. An underlying medical condition could prevent the surgery from taking place. Some surgeries cannot be performed while a woman is pregnant. While some areas of the body may have too much fat, surgery is not necessarily the healthiest option; in this case, the doctor may advise a patient to exercise and eat healthier.

By Kate Johns

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