Do I have to lose weight before getting Liposuction?

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Is there a certain BMI that I must be in order to get liposuction? I'm a 45 woman, 5 ft 4 inch tall, and I weight 207 pounds. Am I a good candidate? I'm an active person but I don't feel like I'm getting any fitter. Actually quite the opposite. Really need advice. Kind regards!


F, 47, Connecticut

Liposuction alone for body sculpting is recommended for patients close to their ideal body weight with pockets of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. you would need good skin quality and not significant excess skin

there may be other surgical options available to you that include a liposuction as part of an additional procedure- for example  tummy tuck with liposuction. I do like to surgical patients be at or below a BMI of 30 due to wound healing concerns and cosmetic outcome


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Dr. Jack Peterson has 2 Liposuction, Tummytuck, Liposuction before & afters:

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Although there is no set BMI, liposuction should not be considered a surgery to help "weight loss."  The best results are obtained when it is done after weight loss on areas that are resistant to going away.  You might consider consulting with a dietician and a trainer to get a proper diet and exercise regimen in place.  Then you might be better able to lose weight first.  Best of luck!

Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 2 Liposuction before & afters:

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In my practice we have no BMI restrictions for liposuction patients.   My criteria involves age and overall health of patient, if you are a healthy, active person there would be no restrictions.    However, skin elasticity plays a roll in your outcome, if your skin has lost elasticity then your outcome may not be ideal.  An in person consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, is a must. 

Dr. Arthur Shektman has 1 Liposuction before & after:

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If your health is good you would not need to loose weight to have liposuction. A very high BMI does increase your anesthesia risk. Be aware, also, that there are limits to the amount of fatty tissue that can be removed at one time. All of this needs to be discussed with your board certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Donald Kress has 1 Liposuction, Tummytuck before & after:

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Thank you for your question. Being at a certain BMI is more important when it comes to excisional body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck or lower body lifts. Studies have shown that risks of complication increase in this subset of patients with a BMI over 30. Risks primarily of wound healing issues, infection, wound dehiscience ( separation of the wound ) and blood clots or DVT (Deep vein thrombosis). Liposuction, on the other hand, has been shown to be helpful and in fact, beneficial inpatients with a BMI over 30 who have type 2 diabetes. Liposuction has been shown to help improveh insulin sensitivity in these patients and often decreases the the amount of medication required to keep blood sugar in the normal range. Now, keep in mind, this should be all done in combination with a concerted effort to improve diet, increase exercise and adopt a healthier life style for overall good health. It is not a shortcut. Keep in mind, with liposuction, the fat that is removed is gone for good. Continued intake of excess calories will lead to fat cells swelling in other parts of the body, which can look quite unsettling.

A coordinated effort between you, your primary care physician, a nutritionist, and your plastic surgeon can help get you feeling and looking better.

Best wishes,
Dr. Morrissey