Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes pockets of excessive fat from stubborn areas to create a better and more aesthetically pleasing silhouette. These areas include the abdomen, the back, the face, neck, the legs, the hips, and other areas of the body with localized fat deposits. The goal of liposuction is to improve the appearance and fix body imperfections of any given anatomical area. However, it is not for everyone. To be a candidate for liposuction, you need to have certain characteristics. The best candidate for liposuction is a person that has a decent physical profile and nearly ideal body weight but with stubborn, localized fats in the abdomen, arms, thighs, or neck. Many times, these fat deposits are resistant to diet and exercise or it could also be a genetic predisposition. Ideally, a liposuction candidate should be within 20 to 30 pounds of the ideal body weight. It is extremely important for you to have a stable weight. If you are planning to lose a significant amount of weight or have plans to get pregnant soon after, it is not recommended for you to go through with the procedure. The skin is the most important factor that can predict best results, You need to have firm, elastic skin. The more elastic your skin is, the easier it is for the skin to shrink and retract into the new body shape. For this reason, many patients with very loose skin elasticity due to genetics, pregnancy, or serious weight fluctuations, will not be the best candidates. Under such conditions, the treated area would be uneven, bumpy, saggy and lumpy. It bears pointing out that age is not a factor in having liposuction. It all depends on your skin quality so even if you are already 50 years of age but you have good skin tone and elasticity, you can still qualify for liposuction. It must be stressed that liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise. Liposuctions can do wonders for your body, but you first need to be a candidate before you can be a satisfied customer. If liposuction is not the best procedure for you, we can discuss alternative body contouring procedures to give you the body that you want.