I'm 29 yrs old, I weigh 250 lbs. What is an ideal weight for me if I'm considering lipo?

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Healthy BMI

If you can get your weight as low as possible the risks of healing will go down significantly. You would need to be down to a healthy weight and BMI before having a cosmetic procedure to insure a safe outcome. Also, being at a stable weight is key to ensure you don't gain weight back after surgery. Good luck! 

Dean Vistnes,MD.

Vistnes Plastic Surgery

San Fancisco Bay Area

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Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
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Weight, BMI for Liposuction

It is best to wait until you are at or close to your preferred weight and have a BMI in the healthy range for your height. As surgeons, we usually recommend a BMI of under 30 for best results, though the closer you are to your ideal weight, the better your liposuction results will be. Also, after weight loss, maintain/stabilize your weight for up to six months before having your surgery. Remember that liposuction is not a replacement for diet and exercise. Contact a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for an in-person consultation to discuss the best options for you. Best wishes.

Karen Singer, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Best body weight for liposuction.

Thank you for asking about your liposuction.

  • Your ideal weight depends in part on your height so we talk about the BMI
  • This is a Body Mass Index calculated using height and weight
  • For body contouring surgery, a BMI of 30 or lower is ideal.
  • So go on-line, enter 'calculate BMI", choose  a site and enter your height and weight.
  • If you are more than pounds over your ideal weight - which you can also find on-line - you might consider gastric bypass surgery to lose weight , instead of liposuction which does not lead to weight loss.
  • Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

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You should be at your lowest weight possible, and then consider a hi definiton procedure.  If you have skin, this will need to be removed at the same time.  Best, Dr. Emer.

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I appreciate your question.

For health and safety reasons, best to be at a BMI less than 30 or within 10 pounds of your goal weight and stable at that weight for 6 months prior to surgery for optimal results.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.

Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative plastic surgery.

Best of luck!

Dr. Schwartz

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Liposuction

I would strongly suggest you be at or below a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 30 for best results.

John Burns, MD
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Weight and liposuction

Thank you for your question.  In general, there is no "ideal weight" for liposuction. To get a good long term result, you want to do contouring when your weight is stable. I would suggest having a consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. They will be able to assess what would be the best procedure  and timimg for you. 

Best wishes,

Dr. Marcus Peterson

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