Liposuction Surgery for Older Adults: What to Expect and Consider for Older Patients

  • Posted by: Dr. Milan Doshi
  • Category: Body Surgery
liposuction surgery for older adults

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is used to remove excess fat from various parts of the body. While liposuction surgery is popular among younger patients, it is also a viable option for older adults who are looking to improve their body shape and contours. In this blog, we will discuss what older adults can expect from the liposuction procedure and the considerations that should be taken into account for this patient population.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves the use of a small, hollow tube called a cannula. The cannula is inserted into the targeted area through small incisions, and the excess fat is removed using suction. Lipo is typically performed under general anesthesia, although some patients may only require local anesthesia.

What to Expect from Liposuction Surgery for Older Adult?

As we age, our skin becomes less elastic, which means that it may not retract as well after liposuction. Older patients may also have thinner skin, which can make the fat removal procedure more challenging. However, with proper planning and technique, liposuction results in older patients can come out excellent, safe and satisfactory.

Before the procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will evaluate the patient’s overall health and medical history to ensure that they are a good candidate for liposuction. The surgeon will also discuss the patient’s goals and expectations for the procedure, as well as any concerns they may have. During the procedure, the surgeon will use specialized techniques to minimize trauma to the tissues and promote optimal healing. The patient will experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising after the procedure but these side effects should resolve within a few weeks.

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Considerations for Liposuction Surgery for Older Patients

While lipo can be an effective way to improve body contours in older patients there are several considerations that should be taken into account for this patient population. Some of these considerations include:

Skin Elasticity

  • As mentioned earlier, older patients may have less elastic skin, which can impact the results of the liposuction procedure. In some cases, a skin-tightening procedure may be recommended in addition to liposuction.

Overall Health

  • Older patients may have underlying health conditions that can impact their ability to undergo surgery. It is important to be honest with the surgeon about any health concerns or medications being taken.

Recovery Time Post Liposuction Surgery

Older patients may require longer recovery time after Liposculpting, and may need to take extra precautions during the healing process.

Realistic Expectations: It is important for older patients to have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. While Lipoplasty can improve body contours, it is not a weight loss solution and cannot address loose, sagging skin.

Am I a good candidate for Liposuction?

The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction at any age is to consult with a qualified  cosmetic surgeon. It is important to differentiate between chronological age and physiological age when considering cosmetic surgery, particularly for older patients. Before undergoing any procedure, older patients must meet certain requirements, such as being in good health with no uncontrolled medical conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or other chronic conditions.


Liposuction can be a safe and effective option for older adults looking to improve their body contours. By working with an experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Milan Doshi with 25+years of experience, 11000+ cosmetic surgeries successfully completed, older patients can achieve safe long term results. If you are an older adult considering liposuction, be sure to discuss your goals and concerns with our cosmetic surgeon in detail, and carefully consider the potential risks and benefits of the procedure.