Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Board-Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons Serving Pensacola, FL & Mobile, AL

Posted: April 22, 2021
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A woman holding her love handles.Whether you want to eliminate your love handles or improve your overall body contour, there are a number of signs that you may be a good candidate for liposuction. This procedure offered by Dr. Ben Brown can be used to remove excess fat from multiple areas of the body, including the abdomen, thighs, back, arms, chin, and neck. In general, you may be an ideal candidate for the procedure if you meet the following criteria.

  • You are near your goal weight. While liposuction can be performed on men and women who are overweight, it works best for those who have a BMI lower than 30. Weight fluctuations can greatly affect the outcome of your procedure, and removing large amounts of fat can cause loose, sagging skin. For these reasons, it is best to undergo a liposuction when you are close to your ideal weight.
  • Your skin has sufficient elasticity. As we age, our skin will lose its elasticity, causing it to sag or stretch over time. When skin doesn’t have enough elasticity, it can cause the area with excess fat to sag after the fat is removed. For those who have this issue, you may need an additional skin tightening procedure after your liposuction.
  • You are generally healthy and don’t smoke. Although liposuction is not as invasive as other surgeries, it still carries some risks for those who have underlying health conditions. In addition, nicotine can stifle your body’s healing processes, increasing the chance of complications. Before your liposuction procedure, you will need to discuss your medical history with Dr. Brown. If you smoke, you will need to stop smoking for several weeks before and after your liposuction to ensure proper healing.

While this is the most important criteria of liposuction candidacy, the only way to know for sure if the procedure is right for you is to meet with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brown. To schedule your consultation, call Restore Plastic Surgery today at 850-500-7527. We proudly serve patients living throughout Florida and in nearby Mobile, AL from our office in Pensacola.