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Ideal Weight for Liposuction

Posted August 16, 2017 in Liposuction

People may have the notion that liposuction is a cure-all procedure for unwanted fat; however, that is not the case. For best results, liposuction should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon on a particular type of candidate who lives a healthy, active lifestyle and doesn’t have large accumulations of excess fat. So what is the ideal weight someone should be if they are considering weight loss?

Weight Fluctuates, Body Type Matters

There isn’t a particular number on the scale we can point to and say, “This person is in shape enough for liposuction.” Since ideal weight varies based on your height and muscle mass, we focus more on the types of fat accumulation and stubborn areas when evaluating liposuction candidates.

Be Within a Goal Weight

Liposuction patient of Dr. CarpenterWhile your surgeon can’t tell you an ideal weight, you should set a goal weight for yourself. It is recommended that, for best results, you be within 30 pounds of your ideal weight before undergoing liposuction. This number may be more or less depending on body type, but 30 pounds is a reasonable weight loss goal. If you need to lose closer to 100 pounds, you should attempt natural weight loss. Those who require more dramatic weight loss may need body contouring in combination with their liposuction.

Build Muscle

Building lean muscles and toning up before undergoing liposuction can provide you with results that may look better. If you are looking to achieve abdominal definition or a toned arm appearance, having a solid muscle foundation will help you gain the look you desire.

Come in for a Consultation

Every patient is unique, and a consultation with an experienced surgeon is the best way to determine if you are a qualified candidate. An evaluation of your current body type, aesthetic goals, and skin elasticity will help your surgeon decide if liposuction is the best body contouring option for you.

For more information about liposuction or to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon, schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpenter today. You can call our office at (214) 827-8407, or you can contact us online.