Losing Weight After Liposuction

What'd happen if I lose weight after liposuction? Will I be flabby in the treated areas?

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Many liposuction patients can benefit from a little weight loss after the procedure

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Many liposuction patients can benefit from a little weight loss after the procedure. Although liposuction is not for overweight people, many liposuction candidates are a little over their ideal weight. I have observed, after 25 yeras of doing liposuction, that weight loss over the first few months after lipo improves the results in most people. See link below

Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon

Loss of Weight AFTER Liposuction

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Liposuction should IDEALLY be done for spot contouring NOT to reduce and remove large amounts of fat / weight. It should be done in people near their ideal weight - although this is not always possible. Skin sagging MAY be seen after liposuction only in very large weight losses - not by losing  few pounds.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Weight loss after liposuction

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Thank you for your question. While there are definitely concerns with respect to weight changes and liposuction there are several considerations:
1) Are you goals for the surgery achievable with liposuction? E.g. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, even though you will lose a few pounds. It is more to contour areas of the body.
2) Is your weight stable? i.e. does it fluctuate upwards or downwards more than 10lbs? Weight gain after liposuction will diminish your body contouring results as the remaining fat cells enlarge to store more energy. In addition, you may that other parts of the body that were not liposuctioned may enlarge disproportionately compared to pre-liposuction weight gain. If your weight is stable, your results will also be stable.
Conversely, if you lose a lot of weight after liposuction, you may find the skin laxity appears to have worsened.  In addition, some contour irregularities that were previously masked with your previous weight starts to shadow through with weight loss.
3) There are increase risks with liposuction if your BMI is greater than 30. 
I would recommend that you visit with a board certified plastic surgeon who can work with you to discuss your goals and discuss whether liposuction is the right procedure for you. In our practice, we offer a pre-surgical and post-surgical weight management program to balance our patient's weight and body contouring goals.

Losing weight after liposuction usually only improves the results of the liposuction.

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We always encourage patients to exercise and lose wt after liposuction since it only improves the results and helps the recovery process. 

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Weight loss after Liposuction

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Thank you for your question.

Weight loss following a liposuction procedure should not cause significant laxity of the skin, assuming that you were an ideal liposuction candidate to begin with.  Ideal candidates are those patients who are close to, or at, an ideal body weight and who are aiming to target localized, stubborn fatty deposits/pockets that have been resistant to diet and exercise regimens in the past.  Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and it is important that patients do not regard it as such. 

I hope you find this helpful.

Weight Loss After Liposuction

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Questions about weight loss and liposuction -- both before and after the procedure -- are fairly common. A good candidate for liposuction is typically at or near his or her target weight and wants to remove small amounts of fat in problem areas such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and buttocks. Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. If you lose a few pounds after getting liposuction, that shouldn't lead to flabbiness in the treated areas. But significant weight loss can result in loose skin, whether or not you undergo liposuction. Talking to a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon who can conduct a physical exam will help you make a decision. Best of luck.

Arthur M. Cambeiro, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss after liposuction

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Weight loss after liposuction won't make you "flabby". You'll experience a weight loss that's proportionate, so you'll remain leaner. However, significant weight loss may cause loose skin if done too quickly.

Loss of weight after liposuction

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The ideal candidate for liposuction is one that doesn't need to lose weight, but needs to lose volume in a stubborn area, often genetically based.  If someone is overweight, and then has liposuction and then loses weight, the skin may retract well if it has good elasticity, but depending on age and amount stretched out, over time, it could sag too much.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Weight loss is still possible after liposuction

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Liposuction is a very effective procedure for removing and controlling localized fat deposits, especially those that resist weight loss. Proper contouring is the goal, preferable at your 'goal' weight. Therefore, we encourage all to reach an ideal weight, that weight where they are comfortable and plan to stay, before a liposuction procedure. As far as further weight loss goes, I would not discourage you, and if your were a good liposuction candidate with good skin tone and elasticity, you should not suffer any skin sagging. It is unlikely that losing weight would ruin your liposuction results.

Best of luck,


Peter E. Johnson, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Try to lose before

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Although it is easy to say and harder to do, I recommend trying to lose weight before undergoing liposuction.  You will end up with a better result.  If you lose weight after, all you will do is enhance your result, so don't worry and go ahead with your surgery.

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