David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253
HKB Knoxville Staff

Why Liposuction Isn’t A Weight-Loss Procedure (Despite What Everyone Thinks)

Liposuction not a weight loss procedure
One of the questions I get asked a lot is whether or not someone is a good candidate for liposuction.  Here are three questions you can ask yourself:

  • Do you have one or two areas of your body that are out of proportion to the rest of your body?
  • Is there an area of your body that does not respond to diet and exercise — is always there no matter what your weight is?
  • Do you have the same thighs as your mother, or the same hip rolls as your father?

If you answer yes to any of these, you may be a good candidate for liposuction.

Liposuction has always been a popular operation, and its popularity continues to grow. In fact, it’s is the most popular plastic surgery procedure among men. The reason for this is that liposuction is safe, has a short recovery time and often can produce the best results for people who have exhausted other alternatives. That is to say, it works.

What Liposuction Isn’t
It is important for people to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure.  Some people are under the impression that through liposuction you can lose large amounts of weight.  The real focus of liposuction is not on weight-loss, but on improving the shape of the body, so the areas we treat are those areas of the body that are out of proportion with the body as a whole. Typical areas include the outer thighs (saddlebags), inner thighs, hip rolls (love handles), abdomen, back and chest (particularly in men).

So if you have one or two areas that just won’t budge and you’re reasonably close to where you should be weight-wise, liposuction may be the ticket for you.

David B.

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