Weighing the Pros and Cons of Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular procedure. I see many men and women at my practice who are interested in this treatment option. Each time I’m careful to explain the benefits and drawbacks. Since I do it so often at my practice, I thought I’d run through them here as well. If you have been considering liposuction in San Diego, here are a few pros and cons that may be helpful as you make your choice.

Pros

Liposuction can help fine-tune particular “trouble spots” that seem resistant to diet and exercise. The obvious advantage to liposuction is that it produces results more quickly and dramatically than traditional weight loss. In fact, in some cases, it is the only way to effectively sculpt certain areas of the body, such as the hips, thighs, and buttocks for women, and the abdomen and chest for men. Liposuction also permanently removes fat cells, so that if the patient does put on a few pounds after surgery, the weight is distributed away from past trouble spots.

Cons

With any surgery, there are risks. The majority of complications associated with liposuction are associated with any surgery, not just this particular procedure. Adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, and the risk of infection are some of the potential side effects. Liposuction-specific risks include contour irregularities and, for patients with poor skin quality, a stretched and sagging appearance. Some patients who do not thoroughly discuss the effects of liposuction with their surgeon may have unrealistic expectations about their results, and could be disappointed with the outcome.

Liposuction is a life-changing procedure, but it isn’t for everyone. In order to make a wise decision, it’s important to consult with a qualified surgeon who understands your objectives. I am happy to offer my professional opinion with a complimentary consultation.

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