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In what ways are the benefits of liposuction measured?

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
The main benefits: Of liposuction are in the visible improvement in your contour, and how you feel about your improved appearance. There isn't any other useful metric.
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Plastic Surgery 18 years experience
How it looks: Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, so ultimately what makes it a success is the appearance. Keep in mind it is not a weight reduction procedure, it is a body contouring procedure.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Many: Good candidates for liposuction surgery present with localized areas of adipose tissue, that are resistant to diet and exercise and covered by skin with good quality elasticity. These patients may benefit from improved contour and appearance of the treated areas. Patients may also benefit from the improved “body image” achieved ( nonphysical benefits).
Dr. Joseph Mele
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Subjectively: While the benefits of liposuction can be measured objectively, in terms of lost inches and improved contour, the true measure of liposuction is subjective. How you feel about the results is more important than what can be measured. This is why having reasonable expectations is so important to a good outcome.
Dr. Anthony Perkins
Plastic Surgery 15 years experience
Pictures and weight.: Liposuction results can be seen visually; they are documented by photographs before and after surgery. Also the patient's weight is a method of tracking the weight loss.

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