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Am I a Good Candidate for Abdominal and Thigh Liposuction?

I'm 43 years old with a fairly good skin tone. I'm 5"7, 137 lbs. I exercise 5 days a week and follow a healthy diet. No matter how much weight I lose, i still have fat in my abdomen and thighs. I'm considering liposuction on these areas but not sure if i'm a good candidate especially that I have cellulite in the thighs.

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CANDIDATE FOR LIPO

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Your areas of concern – the abdomen and thighs – are known to have stubborn deposits of fat that just won’t go away with diet and exercise.  In these cases, liposuction can be used to remove the fat in the abdomen and thighs.  With your BMI and your active and healthy lifestyle it sounds like you would be a candidate for liposuction.  My recommendation is to make sure that you are done losing weight before having liposuction.  Weight fluctuations after the procedure could alter your result.  Be sure to research board certified plastic surgeons in your area.  Then schedule a consultation for a thorough exam to confirm that you are in fact a good candidate.

Be well and good luck!
@norrisplastic


Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Am I a Good Candidate for Abdominal and Thigh Liposuction?

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By your measurements it appears you are at a good body weight, which is something we look for in liposuction candidates. Having said that, if you have cellulite on your thighs, liposuction will not help that and can actually make it look worse in some people if their skin has lost some of its elasticity. As to your abdomen, it will depend on whether the fat is under the skin where liposuction will work or intra-abdominal. An in person examination needs to be done to tell you more.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Liposuction for the abdomen and thigh?

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It is impossible, with photos, to say whether you would be a better candidate for liposuction or a candidate for tummy tuck. Best see a board certified plastic surgeon for an evaluation.  Best of luck.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

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From what you are saying, you are probably a good candidate for Liposuction.

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I recommend that you seek consultation with an experience and well respected liposuction surgeon in you community.  It sounds like you are probably a good candidate.

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Thigh cellulite

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It sounds like you are a good candidate in that you are not overweight and want the surgery to recontour the abdomen and thighs. However you will need a face to face examination to know for sure and you need to realize that liposuction does not get rid of cellulite. In some cases it can make the cellulite look worse.

I hope you realize that this format of posting questions and receiving answers lacks the face to face direct communication required for you to make an informed decision regarding your surgery.

My response to your question/post does not represent formal medical advice or constitute a doctor patient relationship. You need to consult with i.e. personally see a board certified plastic surgeon in order to receive a formal evaluation and develop a doctor patient relationship.

Aaron Stone, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction may be a treatment for abdomen and thighs

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At minimum, some photos would allow for better assessment of your situation. Of course, there is no substitute for an examination and consultation. If you indeed have localized fat and good skin tone, liposuction may help address your situation.

Seek one or more consultations from board certified plastic surgeons.

Steven Turkeltaub, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction

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Whether or not a patient is a good candidate for liposuction will have to be determined by your plastic surgeon, after a formal consultation and examination. There are a lot of variable involve in the decision making, such as your weight, height, body mass index, co-morbid conditions, etc. Therefore, it is important to understand fully what is involved. As for cellulite, unfortunately, liposuction surgery will not get rid of cellulite. Liposuction surgery may even make the cellulite worse. I highly recommend that you have a good consultation with your plastic surgeon to be well informed before jumping into doing liposuction, thinking that you will have your fat removed and cellulite corrected.

 

Kim-Chi Vu, MD
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The Best L:iposuction Candidates Are At A Good Weight For Their Height

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Liposuction can be very effective at removing even small amounts of fat in the abdomen and thighs. Some women's bodies, despite a lean weight and vigorous exercise, are genetically predisposed to undesireable fat collections. The thighs are a  notorious area for refractory fat collections that are unresponsive to anything but liposuction. Understand that cellulite will not improve as a result of liposuction and, unless well done, can actually make the cellulite appearance worse.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Best candidate for liposuction

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The best candidates for liposuction are near their ideal weight, with localized areas of fat excess.  Your height and weight are close to that ideal.  More importantly, your skin in the areas with excess fat should have qualities that allow it to contract once the fat is removed.  Sites with stretch marks or cellulite will usually not produce good contraction and may leave you with loose, empty skin.

Ricardo Izquierdo, MD
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Good lipo candidate

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You sound like a good lipo candidate.  Unfortuantely your skin tone isn't hte same as it was when you were in your twenties but it sounds like you've preserved it well.  Consider posting photos to this site for these questions, it'll get you much better feedback.

 

Ricardo A. Meade, MD
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