Question of the week: should I lose weight before I have liposuction?

Is liposuction just for people who are significantly overweight; what about people who just want to lose the last stubborn kilograms?

I am close to my ideal weight but can’t seem to budge pockets of fat on my stomach and lower back.

- patient

liposuction surgeon Brisbane
Dr David Sharp

Dr Sharp:

Liposuction is ideal for people who have reached their ideal, healthy weight, and wish to remove stubborn pockets of fat. Lower abdominal fat and love handles respond very well, and it is also a popular treatment for reducing pockets of unwanted fat under the chin, around the knees, back/bra strap fat, inside the thighs and on the back of arms. (Pictured above: liposuction results for Dr Sharp’s patient at 6 months post surgery).

Liposuction is not a weight loss or weight reduction procedure. Patients who are yet to achieve their ideal healthy weight can be disappointed by the results of liposuction as larger areas of fat can experience irregularities and patients can find it doesn’t give them the ‘dress size drop’ they were hoping for via liposuction, instead of weight loss.

While it can be tempting to have liposuction before your weight loss journey is completed, to obtain the best results and ensure a healthy recovery, it’s important to be as close as possible to your ideal weight.

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Sometimes Instagram ‘after’ photos of patients on the operating table following liposuction can be misleading and give a false impression of what can be achieved, so it’s important to look at photos three, six or twelve months after surgery to get a realistic indication of your potential outcome.

[Pictured left before and three months after upper arm liposuction with Dr Sharp]

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