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Liposuction: A Treatment for Obesity? MARK A. SCHUSTERMAN, MD, FACS

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Board of Plastic Surgery American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Texas Surgical Society Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Liposuction has been used for years to remove fat from areas like the thighs, abdomen, waist, upper arms, chin, and hips. However, it should not be used as an alternative treatment for obesity. Instead, it can be used as a method for losing weight. The patient must dedicate themselves to a healthier lifestyle by eating right and exercising so the weight they lose through liposuction does not come back due to poor lifestyle choices.

The best candidates for liposuction, including the new and very successful method called laser liposuction, are those that are close to their goal weight. This is because liposuction is only used to remove pockets of extra fat in certain areas of the body. It is also best for patients to have tight skin. If there is loose skin present, additional types of surgery may be required for optimal results. Men and women who are not good candidates for liposuction or want to treat obesity need to speak with their physician to determine what the best options are for them to lose weight.

A plastic surgeon must determine if a person is a good candidate for liposuction and if they are getting it for the right reasons. If a person has lost a lot of weight but needs help in stubborn areas then liposuction can be very helpful. However, a person that is obese and does not want to exercise and change their eating habits should not turn to liposuction. There are some medical conditions associated with obesity that make this surgery risky. Men and women with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, poor blood circulation, and lung disease should not get liposuction. A reputable plastic surgeon will go over your medical history to ensure there are minimal risks for you to get liposuction.


The Houston plastic surgeons at MD Aesthetics Plastic Surgical Center are experts in the disciplines of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in Houston.  In addition to providing their patients with tummy tucks, Makeover for Moms and SmartLipo laser liposuction, they are leaders in the TRAM flap procedure for breast reconstruction Houston and breast augmentation Houston.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.

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