Liposuction: Is It Right for You?

Liposuction might be both beneficial and dangerous depending on individual characteristics of a patient

Liposuction, also called fat extraction, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries that can help reduce fat in particular areas leading to boosted self-esteem and other positive psychological effects. However, as every medical procedure, it includes risks, and people with certain conditions are highly recommended to avoid it. Therefore, a decision to agree on liposuction should be carefully considered and discussed with an experienced doctor.


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Not a Way to Treat Obesity

The biggest misunderstanding about liposuction is the perception that it is a means to achieve weight loss. Even though people get this procedure to improve their shape, it should only be used when diet and exercise combined do not reduce fat deposits.

Liposuction can help to get rid of the excess fat from the areas such as thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, arms or neck. The type of fat on these body parts is called subcutaneous (stored below epidermis layer), and has less impact on health than visceral fat which surrounds internal organs, causes diseases and cannot be removed by liposuction.

Therefore, patients should not think of liposuction as a substitute for a healthier lifestyle. You may lose weight but skip the improvements that could have been achieved by a healthy diet and physical exercise. The positive effects on health that cannot be achieved by getting liposuction, include changes in blood pressure, levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, insulin and so on.


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Skin Elasticity and Muscle Tone

Liposuction shows best results on people who have elastic skin and a good muscle tone. Depending on the amount of fat being removed, some excess skin will appear after the surgery. The more elastic the skin and the more toned the muscles are, the faster your body can adapt to the changes. These characteristics minimize risks of a wavy, dimpled, or bumpy skin, as well as fluid imbalances, changes in sensation and an unintended look.


Overall Health

The patient is required to go under anesthesia for liposuction. That means one will not feel any pain during the surgery, but have to be physically ready in order to avoid risks associated with receiving a dose of anesthetic drugs.

The risks include anesthesia complications, heart, kidney problems and infections. Patients who have chronic health problems, a weakened immune system and history of diseases should consult a professional doctor before liposuction.


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Other Factors

There are also some other factors important to keep in mind while thinking whether liposuction is suitable for you. Smoking or taking medications, such as blood thinners, that can increase the risk of bleeding, might compromise outcomes of the surgery and the process of recovery.

Liposuction includes multiple risks and potential complications which vary in individual organisms, and some of them can easily be avoided. It is important to make sure you disclose and consider all of the factors while consulting a doctor.

There are many aesthetic surgery clinics in Lithuania that have professional doctors who provide patients not only with high-quality liposuction procedures, but also comprehensive consultations and individual diagnostics.


One of such is plastic and reconstructive surgeon Gintaras Papečkys, a pioneer of aesthetic medicine in Lithuania. In his opinion, there is no doctor and a patient in aesthetic surgery – only two equal partners.

“Only after an attentive conversation we both make decisions. I recommend the patients, in my opinion, the most appropriate ways to implement their wishes. Thanks to the long-term experience, I can predict the farthest results”, – claims the doctor.

His aesthetic surgery clinic in Kaunas together with consultations offer liposuction and similar surgeries as a minimally invasive fat transfer or tummy tuck.


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