Candidates for Liposuction in Charlotte

You have been investigating liposuction and feel that it is right for you. As you have been reading, you see that it should be able to make excellent changes in the areas you need improved. But you may still be wondering if you are a good candidate for liposuction in Charlotte. Keep reading to find out, or contact our clinic to speak with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon about your eligibility.

What Makes a Great Candidate for Liposuction?

Below are some questions to ask yourself to determine if you are a good candidate for a liposuction procedure in Charlotte.

Are You Near Your Ideal Weight?

One of the first qualifications involves weight. You should have done everything you can with diet and exercise to reduce your weight. Dr. Ditesheim knows that there can be areas of fat that you cannot make disappear, no matter how hard you try. The closer you are to your goal weight, the better. If you are more than 30 percent above your goal weight, you need to wait a little longer before having liposuction. Having liposuction too soon can easily lead to the need for revision procedures in the future.

Liposuction should not be considered a weight-loss procedure. It is a refining procedure after most of your excess weight has been lost. If you are unsure as to whether you are close enough to your goal weight, consult with Dr. Ditesheim. Since he wants the best results for you, he may tell you to lose a little more weight before having liposuction.

Skin health is important to getting the best results with liposuction. Since liposuction does not adjust underlying tissues and cannot tighten skin, your skin must be tight enough with good elasticity to be able to adjust well to the decrease in fat.

Are You in Good Health?

Being healthy is important and any chronic medical problems need to be under control before having surgery. Poor blood sugar control or out-of-control blood pressure will make the procedure riskier for you and may affect your results. Work with your healthcare providers to achieve the healthiest condition you can before getting liposuction.

Are You Prepared to Make Lifestyle Changes?

You also need to stop smoking or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol since the harmful toxins in tobacco will affect the ability for your body to heal well after the procedure. Smoking is also very detrimental to skin health and can steal some of its elasticity, which you need to have good results after liposuction. Vaping nicotine is as bad as smoking cigarettes, so it should not be substituted for smoking. Excessive alcohol intake will also disturb the healing process. For the best results, you should stop all tobacco use and strictly limit the amount of alcohol you consume.

Do You Have Realistic Expectations?

A great candidate for liposuction will have a positive outlook, while also knowing the limitations of liposuction. If you are expecting too much from the procedure, especially if you are expecting liposuction to do things it cannot, you need to realign your expectations. You also need to have specific goals with a good idea of whether liposuction can help you reach those goals. If liposuction is not the right thing to do to achieve your goals, or if you need to consider adding another procedure along with it, Dr. Ditesheim will consult with you on creating a personalized surgical experience that works for you.

Do You Want to Make a Change?

Part of having the right outlook and expectations involves having liposuction because you want to make a change. Having a procedure simply because someone else wants you to change will not end well. You need to want to reach certain goals and make improvements because liposuction alone cannot make all the changes. You need to be committed to living a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and enough exercise. Having liposuction to fix your body contours without a personal commitment to healthy living will not give you good long-term results.

People Who Should Not Undergo Liposuction

If you require blood thinning medications that cannot be discontinued around the time of your procedure, you are not a good candidate for liposuction in Charlotte. Taking anticoagulation medications can lead to excessive, dangerous bleeding during and after liposuction.

You cannot be pregnant or nursing at the time of your liposuction, and you also should not be planning on getting pregnant immediately after the procedure. Your body needs time to heal before taking on the demands of a pregnancy.

Are You One of the Good Candidates for Liposuction Surgery in Charlotte?

If you feel like you are ready to undergo the procedure, make an appointment for a consultation. Dr. Ditesheim will evaluate your goals and expectations to see if they align with what can be done with liposuction. He will also take great care to make sure you are medically and mentally ready for surgery. Having liposuction to improve your body contours can be a life-changing event, which is why Dr. Ditesheim meets with all candidates for liposuction in Charlotte before scheduling the surgery. Please call us to schedule a consultation!

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