Am I Too Thin for Liposuction?


When it comes to shedding pounds and getting rid of excessive weight, there’s nothing better than proper nutrition and exercise. But what do you do when you’ve lost the weight, and there are still stubborn areas that just don’t seem to go away no matter how hard you try? Thankfully, liposuction can be used to remove fat from those stubborn areas and help you look your best. 

You may be asking yourself, “Liposuction? Isn’t that only used for people looking to lose weight? Aren’t I too thin for liposuction?” Both of those are common misconceptions about liposuction, which we’ll dispel in this post.

Liposuction Isn’t for Weight Loss

Liposuction is the surgical removal of fat from the body. While that may sound like a weight loss procedure, liposuction is not designed as a weight loss solution.

Liposuction is used for adults who are close to their goal weight but still struggle with certain areas on their body and want to sculpt the existing fat in those limited areas. Most Plastic Surgeons avoid removing excessively large amounts of fat from liposuction, as it can be dangerous and very strict and specific precautions must be taken.

How Thin Is Too Thin for Liposuction?

Liposuction is a heavily customizable surgical procedure that changes depending on your needs. Even patients that we would think of as "lean" or "thin" can have areas of fat that are out of proportion with the rest of their body and the amount of fat removed can be adjusted depending on the situation.

Ideal candidates for liposuction are people who are close to or at their goal weight and are looking to remove stubborn fat from areas such as the abdomen, neck, flanks, hips, chest, and thighs. It is designed for most people to fit and feel better in their clothing.

That being said, there is such a thing as too thin for liposuction. Fat is an essential part of our body and too much removal can give a very uneven and unnatural look to the skin. It takes an experienced surgeon to recognize what areas can and can't be improved and would be discussed in your consultation.

Dr. John J. Corey makes the safety and concerns of his patients his top priority. That’s why he always has an in-depth consultation before any procedure is scheduled.

Dr. Corey has over three decades of experience and brings compassion and expertise to every procedure. If you’re considering liposuction, contact Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ, office at 480-767-7700, or request an appointment online.