One of the most common questions we get asked at Levant Cosmetic Surgery is: “How old do you have to be to get liposuction?” There are a few requirements to meet before we deem you a suitable liposuction candidate, including being at least 18 years old, in good physical health, close to your ideal weight, and having realistic expectations about the outcomes of liposuction. Below, we go into detail about what makes a suitable liposuction candidate (because not everyone is!)

How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Liposuction?

Considering liposuction? In Australia (and much of the world) you have to be at least 18 years of age. This benchmark ensures that you’re making an informed choice and that your body has reached its full development.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure and it requires a thorough understanding of the outcomes, risks, and a healthy state of mind. It’s not only about being old enough but also about being in the right place health-wise and emotionally, with realistic expectations about the results.

What About Non-Invasive Fat Removal Procedures?

For those looking into non-invasive fat removal treatments such as CoolSculpting or laser fat reduction, you also typically need to be 18 or older. Just like with liposuction, the aim here is to ensure that your body has fully matured and that you’re making a well-considered decision based on sound advice and clear expectations.

In both cases, whether opting for liposuction or exploring non-invasive methods, the focus is on ensuring that you’re fully informed, your health is prioritised, and your expectations are aligned with what these procedures can realistically achieve.

What is the Ideal Weight for Liposuction?

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Liposuction isn’t about reaching a specific number on the scale but rather enhancing the body’s contour by removing stubborn fat pockets that don’t respond to diet and exercise. The ideal candidate for liposuction is typically at or near their target weight, usually within 30% of their ideal body weight.

This guideline helps ensure that the procedure effectively shapes and tones the body, rather than being used as a weight-loss method. The focus is on body contouring, not on reducing body weight significantly. Therefore, being close to your ideal weight means the improvements from liposuction will be more noticeable and lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight post-procedure.

Is There a Weight Limit for Liposuction?

While there isn’t a strict weight limit for liposuction, surgeons often advise against the procedure for individuals significantly above their ideal body weight. This is because of increased risks of complications and the likelihood that the results won’t meet the patient’s expectations if used as a method for weight loss.

Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

So, who is considered a good candidate for liposuction? Here are some basic guidelines:

  • You’re over 18
  • You’re close to your ideal weight (within 30%)
  • You have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • You have localised fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise
  • You don’t have life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions that can impair healing or increase surgery risks.
  • You are a non-smoker, as smoking can complicate both the procedure and the recovery process
  • You have realistic expectations and understand what liposuction can and cannot do
  • You are able to maintain a stable weight, as significant weight fluctuations post-surgery can affect the results
  • You are mentally healthy and have a positive outlook on the procedure’s outcomes

It’s important to remember health, rather than weight alone, plays a crucial role in determining suitability for liposuction. A thorough assessment by a qualified surgeon will consider your overall health, the distribution of your body fat, and your skin’s elasticity. They’ll also discuss your goals and expectations to ensure liposuction is a safe and effective option for you.

Is Liposuction the Right Fit for You?

Considering liposuction? Contact Levant Cosmetic Surgery today for a personalised consultation and to find out if it’s the right fit for your goals. Our team is here to guide you through understanding if you’re an ideal candidate for liposuction, ensuring your health and expectations align with what liposuction can achieve. Take the first step towards the sculpted silhouette you’ve been dreaming of. Contact us today.

Liposuction Age FAQs

Is liposuction safe for a 14 year old?

Liposuction is not safe for individuals under 18 years of age. Adolescents are still growing and their bodies are changing, which means cosmetic surgery could have unpredictable results. Moreover, emotional maturity and the ability to give informed consent are also considered, making liposuction for someone as young as 14 not advisable.

What is the best age to get liposuction?

There isn’t a “best” age for liposuction as much as there is an ideal candidate. However, the most suitable candidates are those who are physically mature, have realistic expectations, and are in good health. The most common age for liposuction is 20s to 50s, but the procedure’s suitability is more about your health, skin elasticity, and specific concerns rather than age alone.

How much do you need to weigh for liposuction?

There’s no specific weight requirement for liposuction, but being within 30% of your ideal body weight is generally suggested. Liposuction is best suited for body contouring rather than significant weight loss. It’s designed to target stubborn fat deposits that diet and exercise can’t eliminate, not to reduce overall body weight.

Can a slim person have liposuction?

Yes, a slim person can undergo liposuction. The procedure is intended to remove localised fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise, regardless of the person’s overall body weight. Slim individuals often seek liposuction for fine-tuning and sculpting specific areas of their body to achieve a more desired contour.

Why Choose Levant Cosmetic Surgery?

Your Choice of Doctor:
Our highly skilled medical team consists of plastic surgeons, FRACS surgeons, and liposuction doctors, and it's your choice who you decide you want to operate on you.
Patient Satisfaction:
We strive to meet our patient's expectations and prioritise their safety and satisfaction with our services.
Fair and Transparent Pricing:
During your consultation you will be provided with transparent pricing and a detailed breakdown of the costs incurred for the treatment choices that align with your desired result outcomes.
Thorough Consultations:
Every consultation is comprehensive, giving you ample time to discuss your procedural options with your doctor and receive personalised patient information inclusive of potential risks, side effects, and complications.
Exceptional Post-Operative Care:
We perform your follow-up appointments with care as we believe your aftercare is as crucial as the procedure itself. Your recovery will be guided by your doctor in collaboration with our post-operative nursing team.
24-Hour Doctor Assistance:
For any concerns or queries post-surgery our doctors are available 24-hours including after hours for their patients. In the event of a medical emergency, please call 000.
6 week post op results for this patient who had her chin & neck treated with Vaser Liposuction with @dr_chris_lee at Levant Cosmetic Surgery Canberra.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient.
Read more here - https://levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery

Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
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The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively may not reflect final results.

Surgery performed by:
Dr Chris Lee AHPRA MED0000947000
Registered Medical Practitioner

Want to learn more about this treatment & whether you may be a suitable candidate? Please call our team on 1300 138 797 for a consultation.
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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient.
Read more here - https://levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery

Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively mav not reflect final results.

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Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient. Read more here. https://www.levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery/

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.

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Vaser liposuction results for this patient who had her neck treated with @drerfanrahbar & is now at 6 weeks post op.

Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient. Read more here https://www.levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery/

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively may not reflect final results.

Treatment performed by Dr. Erfan Rahbar MED0001122411 Registered medical practitioner.

Want to learn more about this treatment? Reach out for a consultation today on 1300 323 772.

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Have you seen the latest offering for cosmetic treatments at Levant Cosmetic Surgery?

Our highly skilled medical team consists of plastic surgeons, FRACS surgeons, and liposuction doctors. It's your choice who you decide you want to operate on you.

Want to learn more about a treatment at Levant? Reach out for a consultation today on 1300 323 772.

You can also learn more at https://www.levantcs.com.au/

Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient. Read more here https://www.levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery/

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively may not reflect final results.

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This patient had Vaser liposuction to her back & flanks. She saw @dr_mitchell_kim & @dr_kai_gebusion for treatment & is now 8 weeks post op.

Results, recovery & potential complications will vary for each individual patient. Read more here https://www.levantcs.com.au/risks-and-recovery/

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Photos & videos featured are not a guarantee that your results will be the same & do not guarantee a particular surgical outcome.
Content on our Instagram page is published with the consent of our patients.
The content featured is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice.
Images taken immediately post-operatively may not reflect final results.

Treatment performed by Dr Mitchell Kim AHPRA MED0001187435, Dr Karen Gebusion AHPRA MED0001264960 Registered Medical Practitioners. General Registrations.

Want to learn more about this treatment? Please reach out for a consultation today on 1300 323 772.

You can also learn more at https://www.levantcs.com.au/

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