Weight Playing an Important Factor in Smart Lipo or Liposuction?

I am interesting in getting my arms and back done. I weigh 235 lbs, I am down from 320 lbs. I am 31 years old and skin is healthy. I wanted to know, is it okay for me to get Smart Lipo or Liposuction now or wait until I lose more weight? My arms are heavy and sagging. I want to be happy with my results.

Doctor Answers 4

Liposuction doesn't work after massive weight loss

You say that you want to be happy with your results so wait until you have lost all the weight and kept it down for 6 months before having any body contouring. Unfortunately, even without seeing you, there is no way that you have "healthy" skin especially when you say it is already heavy and sagging. Anybody who lets their weight get up into the 300's should be congratulated heartily for getting it down, but the reality is that you will need skin removal surgeries as no kind of liposuction will fix what you will be left with.

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Lose the weight then consider a tummy tuck instead

With patients who lose a lot of weight, a common problem is loose skin. Unfortunately, any form of liposuction will probably not tighten loose skin as much as the patient would like. After you've reached your ideal stable weight, you may want to consider a tummy tuck instead. This will remove the unwanted fat as well as tighten loose skin and repair muscle separation if necessary. Often, liposuction alone can make loose skin even worse.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction and weight loss

While it is great that you have lost so much weight you should wait to have liposuction if at all until your weight is stable. More than likely you will need some kind of skin excision with the amount of laxity you will probably have after you complete your weight loss.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuctioning while losing weight

You should not have anything done until you have lost the weight you are going to lose. There will be many changes that will occur with massive weight loss. Liposuction will only be used as an adjunct procedure. Most of the improvements will be through actual cutting out the excess skin and fat. Liposuctioning will not make much of a difference after massive weight loss.

John P. Stratis, MD
Harrisburg Plastic Surgeon
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