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Are You a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction in Virginia Beach, VAWhen thinking about undergoing a procedure like Liposuction, it is best to understand what type of body sculpting concerns can be addressed with liposuction and what to expect from the procedure. The best candidates for liposuction, whether male or female, have localized deposits of fat in their abdomen, arms, thighs and/or neck. These pockets of fat are often resistant to the effects of even the best diet and exercise regimens, and may be the result of genetics.  In addition, facial liposuction is often used to address chubby cheeks or jowls.

Be Active!

Yes, it is important to be an active person when considering liposuction. Ideally, liposuction candidates should be physically fit and not more than 20 pounds overweight. If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight, or even gain weight (due to pregnancy, for example), now is not the time to undergo liposuction. Liposuction results are permanent as long as your weight remains stable.


Yes, skin elasticity is an important and crucial factor of liposuction. For the best results, the skin must shrink following the procedure. Many people lose skin elasticity with age, which can compromise the results of liposuction so it may be better to receive this procedure when you are younger rather than older. However, if your skin quality remains elastic, age is no deterrent for liposuction.

The Bottom Line

As with other plastic surgery procedures, good health is essential for liposuction candidates. If you have any medical problems such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or circulatory problems, your vulnerability to liposuction risks increases. It is important to discuss any medical issues with your doctor beforehand to fully understand the procedure and the process.  If it is determined that you are a good candidate for the liposuction procedure you will be happy with the improvement in your physique.

Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kevin Bounds, Plastic Surgery of Virginia Beach, VA