It’s surprising how many persistent myths remain surrounding liposuction; one of these is that lipo is a “one size fits all” solution for body contouring. In reality, the best plastic surgeons know that it’s essential to take a customized approach toward lipo.
Choosing Your Target Areas
The best candidates for liposuction should already be close to their target weight, but notice a few problem spots here or there that neither diet nor exercise seem to really improve. While these aren’t the same exact locations on everyone, it’s common to see women who want to slim down their “muffin tops,” while men more often request for liposuction on their love handles. In fact, eliminating love handles is one of the three most common reasons for getting liposuction.*
When thinking about your specific concerns, it’s also important to keep your ideal final body contour in mind and consider how to best reach that contour. For example, women who want to accentuate an hourglass figure might opt for lipo around the waistline, but not through the hips or flanks, so they can have a trim middle that offsets their natural curves.
Putting Your Strategy in Action
Once you have clear goals and expectations, be sure to discuss them openly and honestly with your plastic surgeon. This helps remove the possibility of miscommunication, which could lead to getting results that don’t quite line up with what you hoped for. The important thing is to ensure that your surgeon is taking an approach that’s customized for your body and your needs in order to deliver the biggest impact.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.