Pre-liposuction Weight Confusion

I heard that a standard liposuction candidate is one that is within their normal average weight. However, I'm currently at the lower end of my average weight of 120 pounds at 5'45 feet. If I have liposuction now in 4 areas and lose 10 pounds in the process, wouldn't I then become underweight and cause other problems? Would the doctor refuse to perform the surgery because of this until I gain another 10 pounds so that after surgery, I would still be at normal weight?

Doctor Answers 5

Probably won't lose 10 lbs with liposuction

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Liposuction won't make a huge impact on your weight. You may lose a couple of pounds at most, but probably not 10 lbs considering your current size/height, as it sounds like you the pockets of stubborn fat you have are not huge.

Liposuction and weight loss

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You might still be an ideal candidate if there is a bulge that you can’t reduce at 10 pounds under your average weight. This might be an ideal weight for you! It’s worth the consultation to find out.

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

If only it were true!

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 Unfortunately you will only loose a pound or two. Liposuction is for fat contouring, not total fat removal. You need a layer of fat left so the skin does not have depressions or "stuck down" places.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

You won't lose 10 pounds from liposuction

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At 120 pounds, there is no way you could lose 10 pounds from liposuction.  It is only for contouring and is not for weight loss.  You might lose 1 pound at most.

Healthy stable lifestyle

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Each person has their own body type, appearance, weight, and level of fitness. A 5'4" person can be fit at 110 pounds or 180 pounds. The important thing is to attain your maximal level of fitness regarding exercise, activity level, diet, and habits. If your lifestyle is stable, so will your weight be. If you are healthy and stable and your weight happens to be 120 then your surgeon can access what can and should be done to achieve your goals. You should not have to lose or gain more weight. I doubt if you would lose 10 pounds with liposuction at this weight. In fact, I would suggest that this would be very excessive.

I suggest you discuss your weight question with your internist who should then communicate with your plastic surgeon. Liposuction has to do with body contouring, not fitness or weight, although the latter do influence the timing and appropriateness of body-contouring.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

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