As you probably already know, liposuction is a surgical procedure that permanently removes fat. However, you may not know when to get liposuction versus trying diet and exercise first.

In general, you should always try diet and exercise first. There are many diets and exercise programs to follow, and in a future post, I will give my advice to achieve weight loss. In general, natural, consistent, and progressive weight loss over several months is probably the best way to reduce your weight and achieve your overall body goals.

If you have stubborn, isolated areas of fat, and your weight loss has stabilized, then liposuction may be an option for you. The ideal candidate is someone who has had stable weight, external fat,a reasonable BMI/ body mass index, and isolated areas of fat.

A stable weight is self-explanatory, and you should not be gaining or losing excessive amounts of weight. If you area, then you should consider postponing liposuction until your body weight has stabilized.

External fat can be removed by liposuction, as opposed to visceral fat. External fat can be pinched from the outside, whereas visceral fat is external, and is wrapped around the intestines and other organs of the abdominal cavity. Any visceral fat you may have can only be reduced through overall weight loss, not liposuction.

BMI, or body mass index, is a rough measurement of fat. If you are a bigger and more muscular person, you will naturally have a higher BMI. It’s not a perfect measurement, but if you have a BMI of 30 or higher, then you may be considered overweight, and you may need to be examined by your plastic surgeon to see if you are a candidate for liposuction or overall weight loss. A handy BMI calculator can be found here-

If you have isolated areas of fat, then you may be a good liposuction candidate. Liposuction will permanently remove the fat in an isolated area, as long as you maintain your diet and exercise program. If you do gain some weight in the future, then unfortunately, you will gain fat in the same areas as before.

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