Last Updated on September 21st, 2018

If you are thinking about liposuction, you may be wondering if you need to lose weight first. Unfortunately, the answer depends on your unique situation. While one person may benefit from weight loss prior to liposuction, it may not be in the best interest of another.

What Can Liposuction Do?

Liposuction removes excess fat through tiny incisions made in your body. This procedure is not a weight-loss method, however. Its sole purpose is to remove fat from localized areas on the body, known as problem areas. If you are overweight, liposuction can firm up these problem areas, but it is not meant to remove fat from your entire body.

Who are the Best Candidates for Liposuction?

While many people undergo liposuction to remove fat, significantly overweight patients are generally encouraged to lose weight before undergoing the procedure. A knowledgeable surgeon can assess whether or not this applies to you.

It is also essential for you to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program even after the procedure to ensure that these fat deposits don’t return. If your size is due mostly to muscle mass, or if you have a large frame in general, you may be a perfect candidate for liposuction if you simply want to target a few problem areas.

What Would a Doctor Recommend?

In general, a doctor will recommend that you lose weight prior to liposuction if you are 20 to 30 pounds overweight. Every case is different, however, which why it’s so important that you sit down with a professional to discuss what’s best for you. We’re here to answer all your questions. Call us today!