Can I Have Stomach Liposuction Done At Age 61?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am considering liposuction again after having it 15 years ago on my abdomen. I am now 61 years old, 5’5″, 138 pounds and in good health. I’ve developed a spare tire around my middle since menopause. Do women my age have a good outcome with liposuction? I had some dimpling with my prior experience although I was delighted with the results. Also, should my doctor use a particular size cannula? I have also considered a tummy tuck but don’t want that much down time.

A: The contour results of liposuction at any age are based on a variety of factors including the quality (elasticity) of the skin and how the fat is removed which definitely includes cannula size and type. In today’s numerous liposuction methods, however, there is so much more involved than just cannula size that determines the amount of fat removed and the resultant smoothness of the overlying skin. A variety of liposuction technologies now exist based on different energies (ultrasonic, laser, high pressure water, power-assisted etc) as well as techniques to use them. How your liposuction is going to be performed and why should be discussed with your plastic surgeon. All of this aside, the risks of skin irregularities always exists with any liposuction method and given your prior liposuction experience it is always important to remember….past history predicts future behavior. If you have had skin dimpling before you will likely end up with it again.

Dr. Barry Eppley