Liposuction is Not a Weight-Loss Tool, Plastic Surgeons Warn

Sacramento plastic surgery specialists Dr. David Kaufman and Dr. Christa Clark warn that liposuction is not designed to remove significant amounts of weight. They explain that there are better options for weight loss and post-weight loss.

FOLSOM, CA, January 12, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ — The surgeons at Kaufman & Clark Plastic Surgery have seen a number of men and women who have attempted to use liposuction as a tool for major weight loss but were unhappy with the outcome.

Often, patients in Sacramento turn to plastic surgery to contour their bodies, but they are unaware of which procedures are most effective to help them achieve natural and long-lasting results.

"Liposuction is an excellent procedure for removing small pockets of fat that appear around the body," says Dr. David Kaufman, a board-certified plastic surgeon. "However, this procedure should not be used for weight loss. Often, people who have too much fat removed through liposuction find that their results look unnatural. Other options exist that can help patients achieve a naturally smooth appearance."

In order for body contouring procedures to be effective, a patient must achieve a healthy weight prior to surgery. Nutrition programs, exercise, and even bariatric surgery are among the more effective options for weight loss available today.

Dr. Christa Clark, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Kaufman & Clark Plastic Surgery, explains there are a number of solutions for women and men who wish to sculpt their bodies through surgery after a significant weight loss. One of the most common areas of concern for post-weight-loss patients is the midsection, she says.

"Although losing weight can be an exciting experience, many people find that excess skin prevents them from fully enjoying their new figures," Dr. Clark says.

In her practice near Sacramento, surgery after weight loss may include a tummy tuck, a panniculectomy to remove sagging skin than hangs down over the genital area, or a lower body lift to remove excess skin and fat around the midsection.

"There are also options to enhance the arms, legs, chest and even the face after weight loss," she says.

The staff at Kaufman & Clark Plastic Surgery specializes in providing individualized solutions to fulfill each patient’s needs. During a consultation, a board-certified plastic surgeon will help the patient identify his or her specific goals for an enhanced appearance and a more comfortable lifestyle. With goals in place, a surgical plan is created, which includes a general framework of the recovery process for surgery after weight loss in Sacramento.

"It’s important that patients understand the surgical process and learn which procedure is best for achieving a specific result," Dr. Kaufman says. "I hope patients who are considering using liposuction as a tool for weight loss take a minute to explore the other options. There are many other methods that can provide safe and beautiful results."

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