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A 46-year-old member asked:

if i'm 5'2 and 200 lbs can i have liposuction ?

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Dr. Earl Ferguson
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Probably: Someone with obesity will have less favorable results than those with smaller amounts of localized fat, but small improvements can be made. Weight loss would be recommended first with a combined removal of skin and fat after weight loss to achieve optimal results. Weight loss will also improve your overall health and make anesthesia safer.
Dr. Patrick Abuzeni
Plastic Surgery 26 years experience
Lose weight!: You are not an ideal candidate as the esthetic results will not be as good as when you drop a few pounds. Also with your bmi (body mass index) being roughly around 36, the risk of surgery might also be greater.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Your: Bmi indicates you are more than 20% over your ideal body weight. Lipo is not a treatment for wt loss, and that makes you less than the ideal candidate. Consider a lapband.
Dr. Humberto Palladino
Plastic Surgery 21 years experience
You could: That does not mean you should. What you should do is try to get closer to your ideal weight to decrease the chances of complications and get the best outcome possible. Liposuction in overweight or obese patients is not ideal. Best to you.
Dr. Anthony Perkins
Plastic Surgery 15 years experience
Weight loss.: Liposuction performed on patients with a bmi above 30 has adverse risks. It would be prudent to undergo weight loss before 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.
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.
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.
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.

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