The short answer- It depends.

Liposuction is a procedure that removes fat on a permanent basis. The fat is removed through tiny incisions, and generally only in areas that have external fat. You will go over the exact areas with your plastic surgeon, but in general, fat is removed from localized areas of the body that are your problem areas.

If you’re overweight, fat can obviously be removed through liposuction. To be the best candidate for liposuction, you should have only isolated problem areas of fat, and not have fat all of your body.

Sometime being big is not an indication of being overweight. Having a big frame, or being committed to lifting weights, may increase your body size but may not result in having an excessive amount of fat.

A BMI calculation, or body mass index calculation, is a rough estimate for being overweight. Typically at BMI of 30 or higher is an indication of being overweight. However, if you have a larger bony structure, or have a lot of muscle, then you may have a higher BMI yet still have lower body fat and be a good candidate for liposuction. A good BMI calculator can be found here-

If you have problem areas, then usually liposuction is a good alternative. However, if you’re overweight with internal fat in your abdominal cavity, which is visceral fat, then you are probably not a good candidate for liposuction. If you think that you need to lose more than 20-30 pounds, then you may be asked by your plastic surgeon to lose weight before undergoing a liposuction procedure. Finally, if you’re under the age of 21, then diet and exercise may be strongly recommended before liposuction, since young men and women are usually very successful in losing weight safely and quickly due to excellent body metabolism.

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