When is the Right Age to Get Liposuction?

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Do you struggle with pockets of unwanted fat in certain areas even after sticking to a healthy diet and regular exercise program? The good news is that you can achieve the right body contours and feel more attractive through liposuction. This popular fat reduction surgery effortlessly combines with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck, lower body lift, and more. However, it is not an ideal solution for younger patients who are dissatisfied with their appearance. When considering plastic surgery, a person's candidacy must be determined by a qualified plastic surgeon. At Omar Ahmed, M.D., we help our patients with their desired cosmetic goals by reviewing the pros and cons of liposuction and reviewing the process before moving forward. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Omar Ahmed can explain the best age for liposuction at his surgical practice in Pasadena, CA, or contact our office to schedule a private consultation today.

Is there an age restriction with liposuction in Pasadena, CA?

Liposuction is a minimally invasive and effective method to remove unwanted fat. Although this body contouring procedure is considered safe, candidates should be at least 18 years old to consider elective cosmetic surgery. This age restriction ensures that patients are old enough to understand how liposuction works and the possible risks. While there is no age limit for adult men and women, patients with certain medical conditions may not be eligible for cosmetic surgery or liposuction at this time. Dr. Ahmed will take the necessary precautions by reviewing each patient's medical history and medication use. At Omar Ahmed, M.D., we consider the safety of patients to be our highest priority.

Who is an ideal candidate for liposuction?

A liposuction procedure is an excellent option to put an end to stubborn fat. However, it shouldn't be considered a weight-loss treatment and is not ideal for everyone. As teenagers are still in the process of growing, patients under the age of 18 are typically not considered for cosmetic or plastic surgery. This fat reduction surgery is suitable for Pasadena, CA adults near or close to their target body weight (within 30%) who are frustrated with disproportionate localized pockets of subcutaneous fat that are unchanged by diet and exercise. The best candidates are:

  • Healthy, nonsmoking adults over the age of 18
  • Patients who have good muscle tone and skin elasticity
  • Those with realistic expectations and a positive outlook for their liposuction results

How long does it take to recover after liposuction?

During this outpatient procedure, Dr. Ahmed will insert the cannula instrument through a small incision and gently loosen and dislodge fatty deposits in the target area before extraction. Once the fat reduction surgery is complete, Dr. Ahmed will suture any incisions strategically placed in the target area so they will not be easily seen when healed. Patients will be sent home with a compression garment to make the liposuction recovery process more comfortable and manageable. The garment encourages healing by increasing proper blood circulation in the treated areas. You may experience some side effects like swelling and slight bruising, which should dissipate once the site has healed. Depending on the target location and size, you may be able to return to work and daily activities within 1 – 2 weeks. However, patients should avoid strenuous activities until cleared by Dr. Ahmed.

Where can I schedule a liposuction consultation in Pasadena?

Liposuction is an excellent cosmetic option for adults to reduce those troublesome areas when all other efforts have been exhausted. It can target nearly any part of the body, including the hips, abdomen, face, thighs, upper arms, and buttocks. At Omar Ahmed, M.D. in Pasadena, CA, Dr. Omar Ahmed can help you achieve the contours you desire with advanced liposuction technology and his surgical experience. To find out more or book a consultation with Dr. Ahmed, contact our office today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.