Latest ASPS Statistics Has Driven Dr Sam Speron To Wonder Who Will Really Benefit From Liposuction

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently released the statistics for cosmetic surgery this year and illustrates today’s most popular cosmetic procedures including liposuction.

Dr Sam Speron Chicago Cometic Surgery Plastic Surgeon

Dr Sam Speron Chicago Cometic Surgery Plastic Surgeon

Contrary to popular belief, patients who suffer from morbid obesity are still not good candidates for liposuction.

Exercising daily and keeping track of one's calorie intake may aid in losing those few undesirable pounds. However, some patients are candidates for surgically taking those pounds off with liposuction. Unfortunately, not everyone can benefit from liposuction surgery. Dr Sam Speron wonders who will really benefit from liposuction.

According to the statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on April 10, 2013, breast augmentation, being second place last year, has regained it's status as the leading surgical procedure in the US this year. Last year’s frontrunner, liposuction, had 313,011 procedures in 2012 compared with 325,332 procedures in 2011.

14.6 million cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including both minimally-invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2012, up 5 percent since 2011. Cosmetic surgical procedures decreased 2 percent, with nearly 1.6 million procedures in 2012. One of the top five surgical procedures performed, reaching over 300,000 was liposuction. However, who will be the best candidate for this procedure?

Liposuction (also called lipoplasty and suction-assisted lipectomy) removes deposits of excess fat from specific areas of the body. The procedure can slim hips and thighs, flatten the abdomen, shape the calves and ankles, and eliminate a double chin. Liposuction is well suited for women and men who are of relatively normal weight but have isolated pockets of fat. These localized fat deposits typically do not respond to diet or exercise.

“There has been an explosion of liposuction procedures in the last few years,” says Dr. Sam Speron, board certified plastic surgeon and consumer advocate. “While it is possible to undergo liposuction at almost any age, best results will be obtained if the skin still has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth contour following fat removal. The recent emphasis on being conservative and the subsequent drop in mortality suggested by new research, has helped to reassure the public that they can again feel confident about the safety of liposuction. However, contrary to popular belief, patient's who suffer from morbid obesity is still not a good candidate for liposuction.”

Dr. Speron reveals the truth about liposuction:

  • Significant complications from liposuction done by a plastic surgeon are infrequent.
  • The results of liposuction are permanent, as long as the patient maintains the post-operative weight.
  • Every surgery carries some risk. Potential complications still include bleeding, infection, poor healing, and reaction to anesthesia.
  • The patient is usually able to return to work in a few days.
  • Liposuction is not a substitute for overall weight loss and is not an effective treatment by itself for cellulite.
  • Healing is gradual: Fluid retention and swelling following surgery may delay the appearance of a slimmer contour. Swelling usually subsides a week or so following surgery, while bruising can last three weeks or longer.

Because of individual factors, results of liposuction always vary.

Dr. Speron is the founder and medical director of Dr. Speron Plastic Surgery. He is board certified with the American Board of Plastic Surgery and an active member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS).

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