If you are considering liposuction surgery you're not alone. It is one of the top cosmetic procedures, performed in the United States, today. As with any other surgery, there are good candidates and bad candidates. Continue reading to find out if it's the right option for you.

The process is actually quite simple. A hollow needle, referred to as a cannula, is used to remove fatty deposits that lie underneath the skin. A series of incisions are made. The needle is placed through these incisions to dislodge the fat, which is then sucked out with a small vacuum.

A good candidate for this surgery is one who does not expect miracles. Yes, the procedure works. However, it's not the answer for obese individuals. You will not lose hundreds of pounds of fat.

Liposuction works best for those who are no more than 20 pounds overweight and who want to improve the look of their thighs, arms, neck or stomach. This fat may be a result of genetic or what's left after a successful exercise or diet routine.

Individuals who elect to have this surgery should be physically fit. If you're a woman who plans to get pregnant in the near future, this type of weight loss surgery really is not for you. Since it's a permanent solution, pregnancy would just erase the results. So, in essence it would be like you never had it done in the first place.

A doctor will most likely say no if there are certain conditions in your medical history that put you at risk. This includes problems such as excessive bleeding, seizure disorders, blood clots or cardiac arrhythmia.

If you take certain types of drugs you are not a good candidate for liposuction. Local anesthetic is always used during this procedure. If you are taking other medication that is known to interact adversely with this anesthetic, it puts you at a greater risk.

The only exception to this is if you take something that you can safely stop using two weeks before the surgery. Two weeks is usually long enough for many drugs to be completely out of your system.

If your skin does not have good elastic qualities, a doctor will typically advise you against liposuction surgery. It is still safe to have the procedure. However, chances are quite high that your skin will have a somewhat wrinkled appearance. Unfortunately, there is no way for the doctor to determine if that will happen.

In this case, you have to make a decision. If you're comfortable with a few winkles coupled with successful weight loss, then the liposuction surgery is probably for you. On the other hand, if you can not bear the thought of wrinkles, you should consider other methods of losing weight and extremely achieving the look that you desire.