How Old is Too Old for Liposuction?


There are many people who may be asking themselves if they are “too old” to undergo a liposuction procedure. The answer to this question is an interesting one and can be answered through an understanding of what the patient is ready to define.


First, there needs to be an understanding of the difference between the chronological and physiological age. For instance, a patient might be chronologically 70 years of age, but relate physiologically at age 50. This can be due to a regular exercise routine, eating the right things, or even genetics.


Assuming that a person is in good health and has realistic expectations as far as looking appropriate for their age, liposuction can be a good choice.


Interestingly, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, as of 2007, people over the age of 50 accounted for approximately 31% of all cosmetic surgery procedures. Then there is the added incentive of the increased life expectancy for seniors to want to look as good as they feel.


Older patients will need to meet certain requirements before undergoing cosmetic surgery. They should be in good health with no uncontrolled medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or other similar chronic conditions. In addition, candidates should not smoke or have a history of deep venous thrombosis. Candidates should also have good skin elasticity. Because older skin may not retract as well, liposuction may cause loose or sagging skin.


While tumescent liposuction may remove the excess fat, it may not provide the degree of skin tightening that most patients desire. Should you want to get rid of that fat in the abdominal area for that smoother look, a traditional tummy tuck may be a more effective procedure.


The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction — at any age — is to consult with a qualified cosmetic surgeon.


Says Dr. Thomas Wright, medical director of the Laser Lipo and Vein Center, “We see patients of many different ages. It is important to us that we discuss and understand the patient’s needs and expectations.”


“We want to make sure that our patients receive the best results; however, patient safety is always our first priority,” states Dr. Wright.