Is liposuction worth it?
This is the “million-dollar question” and can only be answered by the individual. Some factors to consider is the quality of the result you will receive, how important that result is to you, and if the pleasure brought to you by the result justifies the expense. The quality of the result you will receive depends on your health and body habitus before surgery and the expertise of your surgeon. Patients that are in good general health and have focused areas of fatty excess along with good skin tone will have the best results. Larger, heavier people can still have excellent results if their goal is to achieve a modest improvement in specific body areas. Liposuction cannot take a generally large person and make them a generally small person. While liposuction does not tighten loose skin, your skin will contract to some degree to fit your new, reduced body shape after liposuction. Individuals with moderately loose skin may benefit from skin tightening procedures in addition to liposuction, like BodyTite (more on that here). Patients with severe skin laxity may do best with a skin removal procedure in addition to or instead of liposuction (like abdominoplasty for the tummy or a brachioplasty for the arms). An excellent surgeon (read more about Dr. Smith’s unique training and experience here) can help you understand the kind of results you can expect to achieve with each of these procedures so that you are better equipped to decide if the benefits of surgery justify the cost. That said, excellent surgeons with superior training and skill tend to be more expensive.