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How much lipo are you allowed to have in one session?

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    Ive read you are supposed to be close to ideal weight, how many pounds overweight are you allowed to be?


    There are 2 separate questions here.
    Liposuction should be done when you are at a stable weight, but you need not be at an ‘ideal’ weight. Some of our happiest patients have been over-weight but still benefited greatly from liposuction.
    The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has recommended that the most liposuction that should be done as day surgery is 5 litres. Subsequent studies have confirmed what we all know intuitively- removing 5 litres could be fatal for someone weighing 100 lbs, but a trivial procedure in someone 250 lbs. Thus, clinical judgement by your surgeon will best determine the amount of liposuction that is safe for you, and whether you should undergo this surgery in an office setting or a hospital.


    Generally, the limit for lipo is 4L as removing more than that significantly increases risk of complications. However, that limit is rarely reached in a person with normal BMI. Most women over-estimate the amount of fat that they have or that can be liposuctioned. You have to remember that liposuction is not a weight loss or fat reduction procedure, it is a body contouring procedure. The goal is to remove excess fat from an area, not all the fat. If all the fat was removed, from let’s say you abdomen, you would look very strange. Anorexic on your stomach, normal elsewhere. Plus, removing too much fat leave skin irregularities (folds, lumps, bumps, grooves). It is important that you have realistic expectations as to what liposuction can achieve, and how much fat is safe and cosmetically ideal to remove.


    It’s important to first clarify the purpose of liposuction. The procedure is meant to eliminate unwanted, stubborn pockets of fat. That doesn’t necessarily correlate with a certain number in terms of our patients’ weight. Rather, what matters most is that patients seeking liposuction are at or near a weight they’re comfortable maintaining (within 10 pounds, ideally).

    As to how much is permitted in a session: There’s no simple answer to that question, either. The amount needed to achieve a patient’s goal for body contouring varies widely, and the best way to determine whether you can achieve your goals in a single liposuction surgery is to have a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon.

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