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How Much Weight Can You Lose with Liposuction?

Jacky Gale | July 12, 2019 | Posted in Liposuction
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Liposuction is among the most commonly performed plastic surgeries. Yet, there are still many misconceptions about it. One of them is the idea that liposuction is primarily intended as a method of weight loss. In fact, it’s intended for people who are already within a healthy weight range but are having trouble losing fat deposits from certain treatable areas. If this describes you, then liposuction can be an effective way of achieving a streamlined physique. Talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon, who can help you set reasonable expectations for plastic surgery.

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Maximum fat removal threshold

There are professional guidelines in place that suggest maximum thresholds for fat removal during liposuction surgeries. Plastic surgeons are advised to remove no more than 5,000 milliliters of fat from any one patient. This equals about 11 pounds of fat. Of course, not all patients may need this amount removed. Some liposuction procedures may only remove a little fat. This may be the case with patients who are generally happy with their bodies but have a stubborn double chin that they can’t target with exercise or dieting.

In recent years, these guidelines have come under question. Some surgeons have suggested using a sliding scale model for fat removal. That is, a patient with a higher body mass index (BMI) may be able to have more fat removed safely. Even if this becomes standard practice in the future; however, liposuction still won’t be considered a primary method of weight loss. Patients are advised to get within a healthy weight range through diet and exercise, and then to use liposuction to trim their physiques and eliminate stubborn bulges of fat.

Considerations before having liposuction

Once you eliminate fat cells from the body, those cells are gone for good. They cannot grow back. However, it is possible to expand the remaining fat cells. In other words, if you have liposuction, you will still have to follow a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent weight regain.

Another key consideration is skin elasticity. Traditional liposuction methods may leave the skin looking loose and baggy. Talk to your surgeon about the newer methods, which can help improve the skin’s firmness and tightness. For example, laser liposuction stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers, which results in smoother, tighter skin.

Thinking about having liposuction surgery in NYC?

Liposuction is often thought of as a minor procedure. However, although it’s minimally invasive, it’s still a surgical procedure. For your own health and safety, it’s critically important to do your research before selecting a surgeon. Make sure the surgeon you choose is board certified and has years of experience performing plastic surgeries like liposuction.

If you’re thinking about having liposuction surgery in NYC, you can put your trust in Dr. Thomas Loeb, a board-certified plastic surgeon who has gained international renown for his technical skills and sense of artistry. Dr. Loeb will take the time to carefully evaluate your health, aesthetic goals, and expectations before recommending an appropriate type of liposuction for you. Call his Manhattan office today for a consultation.

Additional resources on liposuction:

  • WebMD, With Liposuction, Weight Should Guide Fat Removal,
  • Very Well Health, Limitations of Liposuction,
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