Should I Try to Lose Weight Before Liposuction?

I have scheduled my liposuction in about a month. I weigh approximately 142 lbs now, and am 5'4''. Should I maintain my current weight or try to lose a few pounds between now and then? I have been trying to lose weight and I'm not sure how much weight is even possible for me to lose in a month. Thanks!

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Liposuction should be done when you reach a stable weight


If you plan to lose a significant amount of weight (30lbs or more) then it is a good idea to do this prior to surgery. If it is more like 5-10lbs, it will not make much of a difference to do this prior to or after liposuction.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Losing weight before liposuction


You should preferably be at a stable or plateau weight. It is always disconcerting when patients gain weight after successful liposuction. In my LA practice, I combine liposuction with a suitable weight loss program.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Ideal Body Weight & Surgery


                  Whenever possible, patients should be near their ideal body weight before they undergo liposuction.  For some patients this just isn’t possible and under these circumstances a stable body weight is acceptable.  When patients are actively losing weight, it’s appropriate to delay surgery until a stable weight has been obtained.

                  It’s important to realize that weight fluctuations after surgery can adversely impact the results of liposuction.  For this reason, every effort should be made to reach a stable weight that can be easily maintained before and after surgery.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and Losing Weight


You should be at a weight you can comfortably maintain prior to liposuction. If you want to lose a few pounds prior to your procedure, that is fine, but not necessary if you are close to your goal weight.

If you have large fluctuations in your weight, you might want to reconsider having liposuction. Liposuction is more for fine tuning and body shaping, than a solution for major weight problems.

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Should I Try to Lose Weight Before Liposuction?


        It is not crucial to loose weight before liposuction. Overall, with weight loss you will look better and the amount of fat to be suctioned may be less.

      Since you only have one month to go, I do not recommend a crash diet/exercise program. This may cause an imbalance in your system which is not healthy.

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Weight loss prior to liposuction


It is helpful to maintain diet and exercise prior to liposuction. Remember liposuction is not a substitute to losing weight, it is meant to get rid of stubborn area's which have fat deposits.

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Losing Weight Before Liposuction


Liposuction is not to be used as a means of weight loss, rather it is a procedure used to remove stubborn fat from problem areas. It is recommended that you reach your goal weight prior to having liposuction, but at the same time it is important to maintain a stable weight because although liposuction permanently removes fat cell, it is possible for patients to gain weight after liposuction if they do not maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

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Weight loss prior to liposuction


You should be at a stable weight before surgery which you will be able to maintain afterward.

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Liposuction results are best when at your ideal weight


I recommend reaching your ideal goal weight prior to surgery or atleast lose as much weight possible before the procedure to ensure the best possible results. Liposuction is best for those isolated areas that are resistant to exercise and dieting. If you plan on losing a significant amount , I would hold off to make sure you are still a good candidate for the procedure. You do not want to be left with lose, excess skin after the procedure is done. It is in your best interest to have surgery once you are content with your weight loss. For more information regarding liposuction precedures, check out and compare before and after photos of patients. Good luck!

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Liposuction should be done when you are at your stable weight.


Liposuction is a safe, popular, and effective way to contour the body. Although liposuction is an excellent way to remove stubborn fat, it is not effective as a means of weight control. For best results, you should receive your surgery when you have lost all the weight possible and you are at your stable weight. This will allow your surgeon to determine which areas should be treated and help you obtain a long-lasting and beautiful result.

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