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A 38-year-old member asked:

what is the earliest stage to have liposuction?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Age 18, if needed: If you are at or close to ideal weight, have localized excess fatty tissues, and have good overlying skin tone, you are a good candidate to see an abps-certified plastic surgeon experienced in the various liposuction techniques that might be appropriate for you. Liposuction is not a weight-loss technique.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Age or stage?: Liposuction is almost more of a tool as it an be used in many different procedures such as face lifts, tummy tucks (witch hazel) or nearly any lift or reduction. I have used this in 14 year olds for u literal breast overgrowth to minimize scarring and achieve some immediate results while awaiting completion of breast growth. The ideal candidate is at their ideal body weight with localized fatty deposits.
Dr. Azita Madjidi
Plastic Surgery 30 years experience
You mean age?: There is no limit, this is a technique that needs to be applied for the right indication.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Any: Generally speaking, the “ideal” candidate for liposuction surgery is a healthy person with localized diet and exercise resistant adipose tissue with good quality overlying skin elasticity. Liposuctioning can be used as a “tool” as part of a variety of facial and/or body contouring surgery.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Are there big risks to liposuction?

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Dr. Timothy King
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: It depends on your overall health, and how much liposuction is being done. In general, if you are healthy and do not undergo large volume liposuction, it is a relatively safe procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. I recommend discussing your personal situation with a board certified plastic surgeon who could explain the risks and come up with the best treatment plan for you.
CA
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there liposuction complications that happen often?

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Dr. Jon Perlman
Plastic Surgery 48 years experience
Not if done properly: Complications from liposuction are very rare if patient and doctor selection are made carefully. For example a patient with loose skin after weight loss is not a very good candidate for lipo whereas someone with good skin elasticity and localized extra fat is. An unskilled surgeon or a poor candidate for the procedure can cause bad results and even complications. Choose wisely!
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can liposuction leave you disfigured?

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Dr. Alan Chen
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends: If improperly done by someone who is not a board certified plastic surgeon, then yes.
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

What happens to the fat after liposuction?

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Dr. Brian Klink
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Permanent removal: The fat that is removed is permanently gone. The remaining fat cells (not all are removed in any area) may still get larger with weight gain, but the proportions should be much better.
Colleyville, TX
A 39-year-old male asked:

What is slim liposuction?

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Dr. Aaron Stupple
Dr. Aaron Stuppleanswered
General Practice 9 years experience
Fat removal by laser: Lasers can be used to "melt" fat. The technique is to insert a small laser under the skin of the abdomen which then is directed at surrounding fat tissue. The fat cells and other tissues are destroyed. The fat liquefies, which can be sucked out, and scar tissue forms that pulls in on the skin. Slim lipo is one of a variety of lasers available, each using slightly different wavelengths.
Dr. John Scuba
Dr. John Scuba commented
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25 years experience
Any energy applied to fat causes cells to break down and to burst, liquefying it and making it easier to extract (suction). As well, many fat cells not actually killed or suctioned are terminally injured and lead to further tissue reduction. SLIM (selective laser induced melting) is one way and has proved to be a valuable tool for melting the fat. Many using one or the other may claim "popularity" of any system, or value of the "number of wavelengths" the units employ. But those who have used multiple lipo lasers and vasers have found SLIM gave far better results than others.
May 2, 2013
Dr. Andrew Varano
Aesthetic Medicine 23 years experience
SLIMlipo utilizes 2 wavelengths 924nm & 980nm. Studies done reveal that 924 nm used by SLIMlipo is the peak absorption of heating adipose tissue . Dr Brooke Steckel of Harvard medical has a nice you tube demonstration station of this phenomenon
Jul 28, 2014

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