Many people have the perception that they can solve their weight loss struggles with one quick trip to a plastic surgeon for liposuction. Although liposuction can dramatically improve body contours and remove a fair amount of fat from problem areas, there are limitations to how far lipo can take you on your journey to a slimmer you. Here’s a closer look into the role lipo can play in your weight loss efforts.
Liposuction Is for Body Contouring, Not Weight Loss
By definition, liposuction involves the removal of fat from the body via suction. However, lipo is intended to improve the contours of the body and is not a substitute for (or method of) weight loss. Some fat will be removed during liposuction, but the ultimate goal of the surgery is to fine-tune stubborn fatty areas like the love handles that are resistant to diet and exercise. The patients who enjoy the best results from liposuction are at or near a healthy weight and seek out lipo for specific, isolated problem spots.
Legal Limits on Lipo
How much fat can be removed with liposuction varies according to state laws but will also depend on the patient’s weight and other health factors. Larger patients may be able to have up to five liters of fat removed, while one to two liters may be the maximum for smaller patients. In general, keep in mind that when more fat is removed, the risks of complications increase, so most plastic surgeons recommend taking a conservative approach with lipo to adequately improve the body’s silhouette while preserving patient safety.