One of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures is liposuction. Many people desire to remove unwanted fat from various areas of the body, including common problem areas such as the abdomen, waist, and thighs. Though most people know about the ability of liposuction to remove stubborn fat, the limitations of this minimally invasive approach are lesser-known. As a result, many people considering the operation are left questioning, “When is the best time to get liposuction?”
Since liposuction is not utilized for overall weight loss, the best time to get liposuction depends on your personal weight goals. That is why it is beneficial to seek help from a qualified plastic surgeon to determine the best time to get liposuction and the right treatment approach for your specific anatomy.
Factors to Consider Before Having Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction targets and removes fat cells in various anatomic locations through small (4mm) incisions. Liposuction does not address skin laxity, such as loose, stretched skin due to pregnancy or considerable weight loss. Therefore, ideal liposuction candidates will have isolated areas of fat with good, elastic skin.
Another consideration is the amount of fat removal you would like with liposuction. While weight loss is not the ultimate goal of liposuction, up to 11 pounds of fat can be removed at one setting. Because of this, it is often suggested that the best time to get liposuction is when an individual is as close to their ideal weight as possible.
Finally, though liposuction results are permanent, the treatment does not prevent future weight gain and body fat accumulation in treatment areas. For the best and longest-lasting results possible, individuals should maintain a stable weight before and after liposuction surgery.
The Best Timeframe for Successful Liposuction Results
Since liposuction does not address loose or sagging skin, the best time to get liposuction is when the skin still has adequate elasticity, which significantly declines after the age of 50. Thus, younger individuals usually have better-looking and longer-lasting liposuction results. Older individuals with significantly loose or sagging skin often benefit more from other kinds of body contouring procedures that reposition and tighten the skin.
In addition to the physical preparations and requirements for liposuction procedures, some patients may prefer to undergo treatment during a particular time of year, such as the winter months. The winter season is generally a popular time for cosmetic surgery since more time is spent indoors, and more clothing is typically worn, making it easier to recover in private and hide any evidence of recent surgery.
Another common reason for surgery during the winter months is to allow adequate time for healing and recovery so that the final results are visible by spring or summer. Many patients want to get their ideal summer body with liposuction, but a full recovery may take 3 months, so winter is an excellent time for the procedure.
Ask Our Team When the Best Time Is for Your Liposuction Procedure
If you are unsure of whether it is right time for you to get liposuction, it is important to realize that there are many factors that will play into this decision. By discussing your goals and concerns with Dr. Steele, you will be able to get a better idea of your surgical options and what makes the most sense for you. To set up your initial consultation, contact our office today.