Who Is a Good Liposuction Candidate?

Board Certified Plastic Surgeons Serving Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, and Nearby Colorado

Posted: August 26, 2019

Liposuction is an incredibly popular procedure that can help you contour your body. It’s a great way to lose inches of stubborn fat in targeted areas. On the other hand, it’s not a great way to actually lose weight. The best liposuction candidates are already at or near a stable, healthy weight and are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle.Photo of a thin, shapely woman in a white bra and underwear set after having liposuction

If you’re interested in liposuction, don’t hesitate to contact Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery today at 303-320-5566 to schedule your consultation.

The Best Liposuction Candidates

Many different people of all ages, shapes, and sizes choose to undergo liposuction. While the ideal candidate is at or near their goal weight already, many overweight men and women see visible results from liposuction that give them the motivation to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The ideal liposuction candidate:

  • Is within 30 pounds of their goal weight
  • Is able to maintain a stable weight
  • Does not smoke
  • Is in good general health
  • Has a BMI of less than 30
  • Has realistic expectations

The most important thing to realize about liposuction is that it’s not a way to lose weight. Liposuction removes physical fat, which is very light. You won’t see a big difference on the scale after liposuction. You will, however, see a difference in the shape of your body.

The closer you are to your goal weight, the better your results will be. If you are obese, we will most likely recommend that you lose some weight before having liposuction. There is a limit to the amount of fat that can be removed safely in one session.

Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck

The best liposuction candidates have stubborn areas of excess fat, but still have relatively elastic skin and good abdominal muscle tone. If you have sagging skin, liposuction alone might draw further attention to that skin. We may recommend a tummy tuck if you have excessive sagging skin as well as fat in the abdominal area.

You may be a candidate for a tummy tuck instead of liposuction if you:

  • Have significant amounts of sagging skin
  • Have weakened abdominal muscles that are loose or protruding
  • Have significant amounts of excess fat in the abdominal area

Tummy tucks are popular among post-childbirth women, as they address problems that many women encounter after having one or more children.

Our plastic surgeons will be happy to sit down with you and determine the best procedure to help you reach your goals.

Liposuction Results

After liposuction, most patients drop a clothing size or two and look more proportional. Liposuction results are dramatic, but it’s important to keep your expectations realistic. Liposuction won’t give you the body of a supermodel overnight.

Liposuction results can be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy, nutritious diet and regular exercise routine. If you don’t take care of your health, you can gain the fat back.

Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation Today

If you want to learn more about liposuction and whether you’re a candidate, call Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery today at 303-320-5566 to schedule your consultation.

We serve patients in Denver, Aurora, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, and other nearby areas of Colorado.