How Much Fat Can Be Removed During Laser Liposuction?

Hello. I'm interested in Cool Lipo but I want to know what's the most fat that can be removed at one time? Is there a standard limit, like 20 lbs. or less, or can I have as much fat removed as I want? I want to have my abdominals and back "done." Thanks for your expertise.

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Limit of laser liposuction fat removal - 5L of lipoaspirate

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Laser liposuction begins with the infiltration of fluid into the tissues.  This provides both a means for pain control as well as to decrease blood loss.  Then the laser device is used to apply energy directly to the fat and skin but done internally.  This allows the fat to melt prior to being aspirated out.  Once the laser energy is delivered, it is suctioned out.   The mixture of fat and infiltration fluid (tumescent solution) is called the lipoaspirate.  You can safely remove about 5L of this combination.   The most common laser devices are the SlimLipo and SmartLipo lasers that both melt fat and tighten the skin.


Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Laser liposuction removes fat pockets and promotes lipolysis

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Laser and ultrasound assisted liposuction is superior to regular liposuction, in that it not only removes excess body stores by aspiration, but it actually destroys fat cells so that they can be absorbed by the body. So, in reality, it is not the quantity of fat aspirated, but the extent of laser energy generated to destroy fat cells in the body. This will determine final body contour.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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5 Liters is the limit

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There are different limits as to what is safe depending if this is to be done as an outpatient or inpatient setting.

5 liters or 5000 cc is the limit that should be done as an outpatient. If you were to stay in the hospital and be on a monitor then this doesnt apply. This is somewhat unrealistic as hospital stays increase the cost tremendously.

Therefore, 5 liters is the limit for outpatient liposuction, whether it is lase lipo or conventional.

Just as a side note, laser lipo is no different than traditional lipo as far as down time, incisions and so forth. In fact after the laser lipo is passed through, the regular lipo cannula is used to suck out the fat.

Hope that helps.

Farbod Esmailian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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A maximum of 5 L per session

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Most Board Certified Plastic surgeons will follow the recommendation of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on this matter: a maximum of 5 L per session (equal to 11 pounds). This is a general advice and should be tailored more by your board certified plastic surgeon depending on body type, weight, height as well as intraoperative findings. Trying to push the limit could be dangerous. Best of luck!

Hisham Seify, MD, PhD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Liposuction

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The limit is 5 liters. Depending on how much fat you wish to remove, you and your surgeon will decide how much will be suctioned out.

Anthony Hasan, MD
Miami Dermatologic Surgeon
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4-5 Liters Max for Laser Liposuction

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Liposuction can be done in small areas (such as the neck) or large areas, like the thighs and abdomen. Liposuction can be done in a hospital with an overnight stay, or in an outpatient setting. The amount of fat removed is usually measured by the volume aspirated (sucked out) as opposed to it's weight. For safety reasons, the American Society of Plastic Surgery recommends limiting liposuction to 4-5 liters (a little over a gallon) in an outpatient setting. Whether you can address all the areas you want "done" at one time will be determined by how much fat you want removed in each place. For large amounts of fat, it may take two sessions.

Robert J. Carpenter, MD
Cumberland Plastic Surgeon
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Maximum of fat removed with Lipo/Laser Lipo

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Laser Lipo by itself doesn't remove much fat, but if it is combined with traditional Lipo (What most plastic surgeons are offering) than the limit is the same as that with traditional Lipo alone.  In an office setting one should not have more than 5 liters removed in one session.  In a certified operating room, more can be taken off safely dependent on the size of the patient.  Twenty pounds translates to approximately 10 liters.  For the right patient, this is possible, but appropriate after care is a must and good judgment on the surgeons behalf is critical.

Leif L. Rogers, MD, FACS
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Not more than 5 L per session is removed during Liposuction

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Laser lipolysis, ultrasound lipo, power-assisted lipo, and traditional lipo should probably not remove more than 5 Liters of fat in any one setting. Studies have shown that when you remove more than this amount, fluid dynamics in the body changes significantly and some individuals can't handle it.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction Limitations

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The goal of any form of liposuction is to aesthetically reshape areas of fullness on the body caused by excess fat deposition either by genetic factors or as acquired, in a safe way.

Irrespective of the technique used, with or without technology assistance, a maximum of 4 to 5 liters ( approximately 8 to 10 pounds) can be removed.  When performed using  the safest standards, the procedure should be performed by local anesthesia technique (Tumescent Liposuction) and the actual amounts of fat heated away by laser or other devices or suctioned alone will be determined by the patient's body features and weight.  A smaller framed patient will generally have some limitations on how much fat can be removed based on the safe dose of anesthetic that they can be exposed to.

Victor Michalak, MD
Issaquah Dermatologic Surgeon
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5 Liters

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The advised upper limit on fat removal at one time is 5 liters. This translates into 10-12 pounds. This is a considerable amount. You could have this done a second time with a reasonable number of months between liposuctions

Fred Suess, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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