Summary: Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in history. But it’s certainly not without controversy. Indeed, the notion that liposuction is used to lose weight is one that goes back quite a ways, almost to its first use. However, according to the website of the Milwaukee liposuction experts at Milwaukee Plastic Surgery, this procedure is generally used to contour areas of fat that are immune to diet and exercise. Liposuction, then, provides a way to contour your body. But that doesn’t mean the controversy ends there.

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For Liposuction Size 0 is Too Small — Or Is It?

So, recently an article was published with the title, “I’m a Size 0 and I Had Liposuction,” and to say that it was controversial is something of an understatement. We should, of course, take a moment and add some context. Writing a piece such as this—admitting to plastic surgery in public can’t always be easy. Indeed, plastic surgery can sometimes carry with it a somewhat negative connotation. This is particularly potent with patients who are already perceived to be “beautiful” or attractive. Taking the extra step to get plastic surgery seems indulgent and shallow—and this can lead to some negative perceptions.

Of course, the reality is that we’re all beautiful. We’re all attractive. There is an innate beauty in all people, at least conceptually. And yet, sometimes it’s difficult to feel that beauty on a personal level. We always seem to notice the flaws in ourselves, whether those flaws are emotional, physical, or spiritual. Part of this comes from a kind of negative place, sure—low self-confidence, low self-esteem, that kind of thing. But I think another part of this comes from a more positive place: the desire to improve oneself. The thought that we are never perfect, we can always be improved.

Self Improvement

Of course, that drive for self-improvement doesn’t always need to head down the road of plastic surgery. And yet, some of it does. And I think that’s because our desire for self-improvement feeds into a fantasy: that we have a great deal of control over our bodies. To a certain degree, we do: we control what we eat (to a certain extent) and we control how much we exercise (within reason). But that doesn’t mean we control the look of our bodies. Sometimes we can be left with excess skin and sometimes there are areas of fat that are simply immune to diet and exercise. There is much about our bodies that is as genetically dependent as our eye color.

And just as we wouldn’t turn to exercise to change our eye color, we can’t always count on diet to change the shape of our bodies. And yet, there is a tremendous amount of pressure to “look your best.” Now, this isn’t the same thing as peer pressure: your friends telling you to look a certain way or sideways glances from judgmental people on the street. There’s instead a kind of unspoken assumption that the human body should look a certain way and that you probably won’t be happy until it does.

Pressure and Beauty

This pressure can mount, and it can become impossible to recognize your own beauty in the body that you have. To be sure, that’s not the case for everyone—and many people recognize their own innate beauty no matter what the body looks like. This is a wonderful thing, and we should all embrace that and strive for it. Just as with a diet, however, not all of us can get there. Sometimes, to feel good about our bodies, we need to change our bodies. At least for some people. So, to a certain extent, I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t see a huge difference between a patient who is a size zero and a patient who is a size 14. They’re both chasing the same basic thing.

To be sure, I’m not a plastic surgeon, and in the end, my opinion is not as important as theirs. But I suspect most plastic surgeons would look at the overall health of the patient rather than what size jeans they fit into. It’s quite possible that this size 0 patient has areas of fat above the waist that simply refused to be diminished by diet and exercise. If these areas of fat were making the patient feel self-conscious or uncomfortable—in other words, if they were limiting her wardrobe choices (the general rule of thumb), then I can understand why she’d want to get a liposuction procedure.

Making the Right Choice for You

Now, of course, this doesn’t mean that liposuction is the right choice for everyone who is a size zero and that nobody is perfect or anything like that. Rather, it’s my way of saying that I think plastic surgery—and the decision to undergo plastic surgery—is an intensely personal one and that we should probably refrain from judgments that are too harsh. Instead, maybe we should just understand that the desire to improve is a pretty broad desire and that there are, in fact, many ways to achieve such improvement.

And we should always remember that beauty is more universal than we think.