who is a good liposuction candidate?

While liposuction can reward patients with a slimmer figure and less fat on the abdomen, buttocks and other problem areas, it is not suitable for everyone. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, but a method of removing stubborn areas of fat. Dr. Erwin Bulan provides insight into what makes someone a good candidate for this procedure.


Those considering liposuction should have firm skin, along with good muscle tone. When a person’s skin is firm and elastic, it reshapes quickly after body fat removal. When skin is slack, getting rid of fat deposits can mean loose, saggy skin. Liposuction can make those with loose skin look worse. The best liposuction candidates are within 30 percent of their ideal weight, since they are less likely to have to deal with the loose skin problem afterward.


Good candidates for liposuction practice healthy eating and exercise habits. They have tried to lose weight via diet and exercise, but have not proved successful in ridding themselves of certain fat pockets. Think of liposuction as a “helping hand” for fat deposits that just will not go away otherwise. Enjoying a positive outlook on life is another trait suitable candidates for liposuction possess.

Needless to say, good candidates for liposuction do not smoke, drink to excess, or suffer from serious medical issues. People with blood clotting disorders should avoid liposuction. Those with a sedentary lifestyle must change their routines in order to benefit from liposuction. Always remain honest with your healthcare providers about your habits, since you could otherwise put yourself at risk.

The good news is that there is no definite age limit for liposuction candidates. If meeting the other criteria, young, middle-aged and older individuals can all get rid of stubborn fat via liposuction.


Having reasonable expectations about the outcome of a procedure is vital. Liposuction will make you look better and boost your confidence in your appearance, but do not expect every aspect of your life to miraculously improve and do not expect your weight to significantly change. Liposuction is a medical procedure, not magic.

You must also make the commitment to continuing your healthy lifestyle so you can maintain the results after your operation. Gaining or losing much weight post-surgery can change the results of your body contouring.


If you would like to learn more about liposuction and whether you are a good fit for this surgery, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Bulan. Contact our New Jersey practice and speak to a member of our team today. We will explain the procedure in detail and answer all of your questions.