Is There an Age Limit on Getting Laser Lipo?

can a 70 year old female get laser lipo for love handels

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Is There an Age Limit on Getting Laser Lipo?

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There is no age limit on getting Smart Lipo.  The important factors are you health and your skin quality to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Smart Lipo or any other type of Lipo.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Age limit on laser liposuction.

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As long as you are a candidate for the procedure, age is not a limiting factor. I typically want my patients to be at a healthy weight range, with a normal BMI, and in good overall health to qualify for laser liposuction. To that end, I have my patients complete a physical exam with me, then see their physician for surgical clearance and bloodwork. BMI is an inaccurate measure of health (google “BMI body builders” and you will see what I mean). Whereas blood work gives me a much broader sense of your overall health than your body fat percentage would.

Keep in mind that as you age your skin loses some of its elasticity, this can affect how well the skin tightens after a treatment like laser liposuction.

Surgical clearance for laser liposuction

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Laser liposuction is safe. Every patient, regardless of age will have to undergo a basic medical examination for surgical clearance. Raffy Karamanoukian Los Angeles

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 95 reviews

Age Limit for Laser Liposuction

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No there is not an age limit to have laser liposuction.  The tightening of skin and the smoothness of results are less when you have more skin laxity.  So results may not live up to your expectations.  Seek the advice of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to examine you and assess your health.  You should be in good health and not be taking blood thinners or other medications that would interfere with having liposuction.   

Stanley Castor, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 129 reviews

Age Limit for Lipo

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There is not cut-off age for laser liposuction, it just depends on whether or not you are a good candidate.


The best answer I can give you is to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who you trust.  They should be honest with you about the results you can expect, if any.

Marwan R. Khalifeh, MD
Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 107 reviews

Age Limit and Cosmetic Procedure

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There is no distinct age cut off to determine eligibility for cosmetic surgery, including liposuction.  Everyone should be evaluated however to determine if they are a candidate for the surgical procedure.  In addition, they must undergo pre-operative clearance before the actual procedure itself. 

Bill Kortesis, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 90 reviews

Liposuction for Someone Who Is 70

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As part of the screening process you need to be in good health and not taking any medications that might interfere with the liposuction medication. You can not be taking any blood thinners and many aspirin, ibuprofen, and similar meds cannot be taken within 8 days of having liposuction.

If there are no exclusions, you should be able to handle liposuction of your love handles well.

T. Wayne Day, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon

Love Handles Respond Very Nicely to Coolsculpting

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Hi there-

While there is no reason you could not have liposuction (of any kind- and I am not sure laser liposuction is in your best interests...), I think that you should also investigate Coolsculpting by Zeltiq.

This is a safe, permanent option for fat removal that works very well in the love handle area.

Smartlipo In The Elderly

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Age has little to do with whether Smartlipo, or any form of liposuction, can be done. The important question is how effective it can be given the overlying skin. The quality of one's skin is more of the age issue and how well it will contract down after fat is removed underneath it. While aged skin does not contract as much, most older patients are more tolerant of less than a smooth overlying skin result.


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I will answer this as a generic liposuction question because I do not think that laser lipo offers any advantage over standard tumescent liposuciton. Liposuction is not specificlaly age limited, however, if the individual has poor skin tone, then the skin may become flaccid and loose after the procedure.  An exam of the tissues is critical.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.