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Liposuction FAQs

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes localized fat deposits from the body. This procedure can be performed on a number of different areas including the abdomen, thighs flanks, and arms.

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Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are individuals that are of a relatively normal weight, but have pockets of fat on their body that can cause their body to appear disproportionate.

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Who isn't a good candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction should not be used as a substitute for weight loss. Individuals that are significantly overweight should consider other weight loss options such as a healthy diet and regular exercise. This would make them a better candidate for liposuction surgery in the future.

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Does liposuction produce permanent results?

Yes, the change is permanent. However, it is important to remember, gaining a significant amount of weight will jeopardize these results.

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Is liposuction an in-patient or out-patient procedure?

In most cases, liposuction is performed as an out-patient procedure. In certain circumstances, you can request that it be handled on an in-patient basis.

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How long is the recovery process following liposuction?

The liposuction recovery process is a gradual process. Bruising and swelling are expected. Bruises usually resolve within 10 to 14 days. Swelling subsides more gradually. Within three weeks, most of the swelling will be gone and the results will be apparent.

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Does liposuction produce scars?

Scarring is not a common problem with modern forms of liposuction. Most scars that do occur will fade over time. The incisions are less than an inch in length.

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Can there be complications following liposuction?

As with any procedure, there is some risk that complications will develop after liposuction has been performed. To ensure that liposuction is a suitable procedure for you, it is important that you discuss your medical history with Dr. Shuster before undergoing this procedure.

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Is liposuction a reasonable treatment for obesity?

Liposuction should not be considered a substitute for weight loss. Rather, the best results are obtained when it is undertaken in conjunction with a commitment to a healthy diet and a regular routine of exercise.

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