Am I Good Candidate for Liposuction? (photo)

I'm a 20 yr old woman I've had one c-section. I'm 5'6 150lbs I've lost 15lbs dieting & exercising but I cannot get rid of this stubborn belly fat & love handles. I'm really looking into getting lipo done but I'm confused about all teh different types Smart lipo, vaser, PAL, ultrasonic, tumescent lipo, etc & if I'm a good candidate for this surgery. I want to do my entire stomach, love handles & back. Thanks.

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Candidate for Liposuction

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You will most likely have some benefit from liposuction, but an examination would be important in your assessment.  It appears that much of what might be bothering you may be due to loose skin and a stretched abdominal wall from your pregnancy.  Damaged skin with stretchmarks has less capacity to shrink and tighten with liposuction. It is more important to find a qualified board certified surgeon to perform your liposuction than the actual technique. I would think that having it done under general anesthesia would allow for more thorough and precise removal of fat. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to assess the actual excess fat present and whether your expectations can be realistically be met.

La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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Different types of liposuction

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Judging from your pictures you don't need to lose any more weight to get a great result from liposuction! The way the fat is removed is far less important than who removes it. I have never been a fan of liposuction under local anesthesia because it is more difficult to be aggressive. Non-surgeons will claim general anesthesia is dangerous but that is a statement based on ignorance. Get two or three opinions from experienced board certified plastic surgeons and choose the one who makes sense to you! Anyone who touts a particular technology as being the only way to go is blowing smoke up your skirt! Good luck!

Marcel Daniels, MD
Long Beach Plastic Surgeon

Ideal Weight for Liposuction

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You are doing the right thing to consider all your options. Congratulations on losing the fifteen pounds. For your height and age, you should weight around 130 pounds. Since you are carrying at least fifteen extra pounds, liposuction probably should be put off another six months. 

Liposuction, no matter what type, will not help you lose those fifteen pounds. If you had it done now, you might see a temporary improvement in some areas, but probably not be totally happy with the results.

Regarding the different types, it is no wonder that you are confused. Every year there seems to be something new and better so people unknowingly think it is the best when in fact it is mainly just an advertising ploy. The different types are just tools so the results depend more on the skill of the person doing the liposuction than on whether or which laser they use. 

I suggest you continue to do your research and concentrate on tumescent liposuction using the small micro-cannulas. You will get best results and the highest level of safety.


T. Wayne Day, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon

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Good candidate for liposuction

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Hi there, 

First off, great job on the weight loss! 15 LBS is commendable indeed.

Going by your pictures it does appear like you might be a good candidate. Having said that, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate is to consult a board certified cosmetic surgeon.

Here are some additional pointers..

A good candidate for liposuction will have realistic expectations regarding their results and someone that is likely to be happy with their body after the surgery.

Additionally, a candidate for liposuction needs to be healthy enough to undergo this type of surgery.

You will need the cosmetic surgeon to look into what your past medical history is.

For instance, patients that have a history of immunodeficiency disorders, blood clots, pulmonary embolisms and the likes will have increased risk of medical complications during the surgery.

Additionally, if a candidate consistently takes drugs like Aspirin, anticoagulants like Coumadin or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, then they are not permitted to have a surgery like liposuction.

Liposuction Can Sculpt Your Body To Its Ideal Shape

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Because you are very close to your ideal body shape, you seem to be an excellent candidate for liposuction. All of the different names you refer to are basically marketing tools for tumescent liposuction. The best results aren't obtained by choosing one name over the other, but by finding a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in re-sculpting bodies using tumescent liposculpture techniques. You might also want to look into nonsurgical fat-elimination techniques, such as CoolSculpting, Thermi and Vanquish. 

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
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Am i a good candidate for liposuction

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Depending what's your wishes are you appear to be an excellent candidate. Elite etching of your anterior abdomen and reduction of your waist and hips seem to be the best prescription.

Which Liposuction Device is Best?

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Just looking at the picture, I would say that you are a possible candidate for liposuction. I would recommend that you seek a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can examine you in-person and give you the best answer. Typically, you are a candidate if you have excessive subcutaneous fat which is resistant to diet and exercise, like you are experiencing. If you wish to change the contours of your body. It is the skill of the plastic surgeon not the type of liposuction device that is most important for the best result. 

Liposuction or tummy tuck

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Liposuction may help you but you have to make sure that your skin tone is good.

If you have strong ab muscles and good skin elasticity, along with excess subcutaneous fat, then liposuction may be right for you.  

See a board certified and experienced plastic surgeon to determine if you are a candidate.

If you are confused about all the new terms for liposuction, you can forget them all if you find an experienced surgeon.

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If you are confused about all the new terms for liposuction, you can forget them all if you find an experienced surgeon. There are many instruments available for liposuction surgeons to use. Experienced surgeons choose instruments they are comfortable with, and that provide the best results. On the other hand some doctors try to market themselves as having unique methods that somehow set them apart. I frequently lecture along with other highly experienced liposuction surgeons, and we continue to agree that liposuction under local anesthesia with small instruments remains the gold standard.

William P. Coleman III, MD
Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon

Liposuction Candidate?

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Thank you for the question and picture.

Based on your history and picture, I would be very careful if I were you.  Depending on what your goals are you may be very disappointed with the results of liposuction surgery.  Much of what I would recommend will depend on direct physical examination.  For example, because of your pregnancy and previous C-section it is possible that you will require a tummy tuck procedure to achieve your goals.  Although liposuction surgery may sound like a better option ( less invasive)  it may leave you dissatisfied with your surgical results.

Nothing ( including online consultation)  will replace  direct physical examination by a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.

Remember, it is often better to have no surgery performed then to be disappointed with a poor result.

I hope this helps.


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