Is Age 60 Too Old For Liposuction?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Does your age such as 60 years old matter on results on liposuction if you are not over weight and have some loose skin but not bad. I’m in great shape and health as this has been my whole life lifestyle so not sure why my age would have anything to do with results. I understand skin changes with age but again I see a 30 year looks like my situation such as same shape or worst. Is this true?

A: Generally speaking, skin does not retract very well at age 60 as compared to age 30. There is an overall loss of skin elasticity as one ages. So liposuction results tend to not be as ‘good’ when one is older. The fat can be removed equally well, regardless of age,  but the smoothness of the skin tends to be more irregular and imperfect once the fat has been removed at an older age. As long as one can accept that trade-off, there is no reason one can not have liposuction at age 60. This can also change by the body area being treated such as the flanks will always do better than the thighs for example at any age.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana