TYLER, TX (KLTV) - In today's competitive job market, aging baby boomers are turning to cosmetic surgery to appear younger and healthier. The interest in plastic surgery is rising not only among women, but men who want to maintain their competitive edge.
An East Texas sales rep says that in-house liposuction got rid of something he had been hiding all his life. A former personal trainer, James O'Barr exercises. He has competed in triathlons and leads an active lifestyle.
"We like to go on cruises, we like to travel to Mexico, go to Vegas and hang out by the pool or go to the lake," said O'Barr. "You spend a lot of time in a bathing suit, you get tired of looking at the 'Dunlop.'"
Excess fat around his abdomen weighed on his conscious, and it began to impact his career as a sales rep.
"The older that you get, in your mid 40's, you start thinking, 'Hey, I need to look good for sales,'" said O'Barr. "'I need to present well.'"
He turned to Dr. James Motlagh for help.
"I think the older patients want an advantage to bring them up to level with the younger patients in terms of jobs and job security," said Motlagh.
The doctor recommend in-house liposuction.
"It's for people who have tried every method to lose weight or have tried to contour their body through diet or exercise and are usually unable to do that," he explained. "As a last resort they come to the plastic surgeon to get that little bit of extra fat removed."
Dr. Motlagh says in-house liposuction is increasing in popularity. The quick procedure is done in the office, so patients aren't faced with hospital or anesthesia fees.
"I think it is one of the biggest bang for the bucks because you see the results instantly," said Motlagh. "If you stick to your given diet regimen, you are not going to put on the weight so those areas will not come back, so it can be permanent."
"Being able to look at my pants or wear a bathing suit and know that that area is gone forever - once you have that off your sub conscious, it is amazing," said O'Barr.
Dr. Motlagh says not every patient is a good candidate for in-house liposuction. If the surgeon needs to remove more than five liters of fluid from the patient, the procedure must be done in the hospital. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says the average price of liposuction is close to $3,000.