How Much Weight Should I Lose Before Full Body Liposuction?

Hello! I am a 26 year old female, am 5ft 8in, weigh 200lbs, 38C chest, 37 inch waist, and wear a size 14. I would like to do full body liposuction and was wondering how much weight I should lose before going under the knife. I would like to go down to a size 8...In my adult life I have never worn any article of clothing under a size 10. How much weight should I lose to meet my liposuction goal? My legs are very thick, is there liposuction of the calves?

Doctor Answers 9

Weight Loss and Liposuction

To achieve the best results, patient should be at their goal weight as liposuction is not a form of weight loss. Liposuction removes the fat pockets and contours the body

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Liposuction on the whole body?

Hello and thanks for your post. Your body mass index is 30.4 and this would make you have higher risks with liposuction and other types of cosmetic surgery. Lowering your weight and BMI to around 25 would reduce your risks. It may not be realistic for you to lose this much weight, but getting the BMI below 30 would help. Best wishes, Dr. Aldo.

Aldo Guerra, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 202 reviews

Liposuction and body

If you are overweight, it is always best to get to your goal weight prior to having surgery.  From that point a plan can be formulated to determine what is best for you.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Weight lose before liposuction

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Cynthia Disla, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 92 reviews

Full Body Liposuction

Liposuction is body contour surgery, not weight reduction.  It is best to lose the excess weight before surgery. With this as your goal, check out weight watchers.  We have had many patients who have reached their goals with this.  Best wishes!

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

How Much Weight Should I Lose Before Full Body Liposuction

You should lose as much as you possibly can. It is unusual to see more than one size change even with maximum liposuction (usually held to be 5 liters of aspirate, weighing 11 pound of which maybe 9 is fat).

To reach a size 8 at liposuction, you would have to lose enough weight to fit into a size 10, preferably fitting loosely. 

Areas to be treated would be evaluated as you approach your weight goal

Thanks for you question, all the best. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

How Much Weight Should I Lose before Full Body Liposuction

Your question is a good one. My recommendation is that you lose as much weight as possible before your liposuction procedure. I do not think that liposuction should be performed on somebody who is in the process of and still losing weight. With our patients we emphasize diet and exercise and then proceeding with liposuction after losing as much weight as possible. Minimizing body fat will always optimize the result. Liposuction of the thighs, legs and calves is possible and can be performed with a high degree of patient satisfaction. Good luck with the process.

Randy B. Miller, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Full body liposuction usually takes 3-4 procedures.

If you've lost weight already by dieting and exercising and reached a plateau, then lipo can be done anytime now since it is a great motivator. Usually the abdomen and hips(flanks) are done in 1 procedure; the thighs and buttocks in another; the midback, axillae and arms in a 3rd procedure; and the knees, calves, ankles and neck/jawline in a 4th. Each run roughly $5-6,000 on special and can be done a few days apart. All this is dependant on doing lipo under local tumescent (not general anesthesia) and you being in good health otherwise, etc... Sincerely,

David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

How Much Weight Should I Lose Before Full Body Liposuction?

           I think that losing 30 lbs or so would probably give you the best result, provided that 5 liters of lipoaspirate is removed.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of liposuction procedures each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

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