Realistic Expectations

Candidates must understand that liposuction removes stubborn fat but does not replace a healthy lifestyle. 
The most satisfied patients have reasonable expectations about the extent of physical change liposuction provides.

Good Skin Elasticity

Individuals with firmer skin that retains elasticity after liposuction will have more impressive results. The skin needs to redrape over the new body contours after the operation. Thus, it is much better if the patient has good elasticity.

Near-Ideal Body Weight

The best candidates for liposuction are already near their ideal body weight. They should be 10 pounds or less over their recommended weight guidelines. People who only need small reductions in specific body areas see the best improvements. Those who are too far from their target weight should work on it with other methods before considering liposuction. It is important to remember that this is a body contouring procedure – it is not a weight loss surgery.

Good Health

Patients must be non-smokers or cease smoking at least 4 weeks before the surgery. They should not have serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease, that could impair healing. Healthy individuals are less prone to surgical complications and recover more smoothly.

Localized Excess Fat

Candidates should have fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise alone. Liposuction can effectively remove these isolated pockets of fat to contour the body.