Liposuction is a cosmetic medical treatment that removes extra fat to reshape and slim certain areas of the body and improve proportions and contours. Some of the most common areas where patients have the procedure done include the hips, thighs, abdomen, waist, and face. It may sound like a miracle cure, but there are some things to keep in mind before going through with the treatment.

The FDA recommends that potential patients go through a physical examination prior to liposuction surgery. This will enable your doctor to determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Any preexisting medical conditions should be discussed as well as any and all medications you’re taking.

If it’s decided that you can move forward, it’s important to discuss the treatment in detail. There may be other factors worth considering, and you may ultimately decide not to have the surgery. Your doctor might prescribe an antibiotic to be taken before and after liposuction for the purpose of preventing infections.

The most important thing to remember about liposuction is that it’s not a replacement for weight loss. Those who go in for the surgery should be close to a normal weight, as the procedure is meant to remove localized areas of fat, not all of the fat that’s putting on that extra weight. So before opting to move forward, patients should do their best to reach the weight recommended by their doctor.

Make sure you understand exactly what you’re going in for before you go through with the surgery. There are numerous options for patients to choose from, and you want to be sure you understand them. Each has its own potential side effects and pre- and post-op requirements. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

If you’re considering liposuction and live in the Dayton and Miami Valley regions, please contact Dr. James Apesos and schedule a consultation. He’s an experienced plastic surgeon and can answer any questions or concerns you may have.