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Your Expectations

It's important to have realistic expectations about results. Outcomes are age-related, and they are also related to the shape you're in when you start out. For example, if you're a 26-year-old woman in reasonable shape, you might look like a swimsuit model after liposuction. But if you're 46 years old and 50 pounds overweight, you obviously won't get the same result. The vast majority of properly selected liposuction patients are delighted with their results in the hands of a skilled surgeon. It's not unusual to lose one to three dress sizes (depending on the areas treated and the amount of fat that's been removed), and you may need to buy a new wardrobe. But unless you look great to start with you probably won't look like this month's centerfold after the procedure. Be realistic about where you are, and where you'd like to be.

Part of the preparation for any cosmetic procedure involves talking to your spouse, children, friends and other loved ones about your plans, and preparing them for the "new you." This sounds exciting of course, but it isn't always as easy as it seems. Some of us are in relationships in which we're expected to be depressed and lack confidence in ourselves. If we change, it can upset a balance that's been a comfortable, but unhealthy, habit for years. This may apply to professional as well as to personal relationships. If you have the courage to change, a new life is waiting for you. For many people, cosmetic surgery can be the first step.

Most people are in good enough general health to undergo liposuction, but there are some situations in which the procedure is not recommended, specifically if a patient has an unstable medical problem such as poorly controlled diabetes or heart disease. There are some known conflicts with medication that should be discussed with your surgeon.


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