What May Disqualify You From Getting Liposuction?

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Liposuction is a top-requested procedure that helps you shape and define your body, particularly in areas that seem resistant to diet and exercise. While liposuction is safe and highly effective for almost all adults, certain considerations may disqualify you from being a candidate. You can read about some of these disqualifying circumstances below.

If you’ve ever considered liposuction, book a consultation with double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Yonick at Yonick Plastic Surgery. Dr. Yonick is known for providing optimal, body-enhancing liposuction services in Midland, MI. Click here to request an appointment online or call to speak with a team member today.


Liposuction is beneficial for removing excess fat buildup and helping to contour your body. However, it isn’t used for cellulite removal. If your primary goal is to minimize the appearance of dimples and improve your skin tone, Dr. Yonick may recommend a nonsurgical CelluSmooth™ treatment instead. CelluSmooth utilizes advanced laser technology to relax fibrous bands that cause cellulite, so your skin smooths out and becomes more even-toned.


While liposuction in Midland, MI, can certainly help you achieve your body goals, it isn't surgery for weight loss. If you’re overweight or obese, Dr. Yonick might encourage you to start a healthy diet and exercise plan to help you lose weight before undergoing liposuction.

In general, Dr. Yonick wants you to be within about 30% of your ideal body weight in order to be a candidate for liposuction. For example, if you weigh 220 pounds and should be closer to 150 pounds, based on your frame and height, dropping below 195 pounds can increase your likelihood of being a candidate for liposuction.


Smoking increases your risk of chronic diseases, as you probably know. From a surgical standpoint, though, it can decrease blood flow and slow down wound healing. Because of these issues, smoking elevates your risk of infection after surgery. If you’re a smoker, Dr. Yonick might encourage you to quit smoking for several months before you have liposuction.

Pregnancy or nursing

Being pregnant or actively breastfeeding disqualifies you from liposuction. But even if you’re not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, Dr. Yonick might ask you about your family planning. If you want to try to get pregnant in the future, put liposuction on hold temporarily. Because fatty pockets can sometimes return after pregnancy, it may be best to wait until your family is complete.

Chronic health conditions

Having certain chronic health conditions could disqualify you from having liposuction. For instance, if you have heart disease or high blood pressure, liposuction might not be the best solution for you. Fortunately, Yonick Plastic Surgery provides nonsurgical body contouring options, too.

If you don’t qualify for traditional liposuction because of a chronic health issue, Dr. Yonick may see if noninvasive CoolSculpting® is a better solution. CoolSculpting freezes fat cells, forcing them to break down and flush out through waste over time. This advanced body sculpting solution can help you get similar liposuction results without surgery.

Unrealistic goals

It’s also important that you understand what to expect after liposuction. Dr. Yonick spends quality time educating you about how liposuction works and what it can (and cannot) do for you. You might be disqualified from liposuction if you have unrealistic goals that cannot be achieved through liposuction alone.

If you want smoother skin or reduced cellulite, for instance, liposuction by itself probably isn’t ideal. Instead, Dr. Yonick can custom-design a package of cosmetic services that treats all of the imperfections you want to target.

Don’t hesitate to book a liposuction consultation with double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Yonick. Schedule your visit at Yonick Plastic Surgery in Midland, MI, through the website or by phone now.

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