Will Getting Liposuction in Multiple Areas Effect the Results?

I have heard that because someone had liposuction in say 3+ areas their results did not turn out as well as if they had gotten the areas done at different times? Just wondering if this is at all true because I have never heard this before and then 2 people told me their results didn't turn out as well because the number of areas they had done at once. THANKS!

Doctor Answers 7

Liposuction results do not worsen if you treat multiple areas.

Performing liposuction on multiple body areas does not lead to poorer results.  If anything, the results add up and you will look overall better.  As long as adding multiple areas doesn't mean that the surgeon is getting tired and exhausted, I do not see why anyone would feel the results are less likely to be good.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction in Multiple Areas Making the Results Worse

   Liposuction can be performed in multiple areas with good results in all areas.  Find the plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of liposuction procedures every year.   Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction results depend on skill of the surgeon

There are 2 equally important goals for a successful liposuction:

  1. An aesthetically pleasing contour
  2. A safe procedure

To get an aesthetically pleasing contour:

  • See an experienced surgeon. Experience is very important to a good outcome
  • Feel comfortable that you and the doctor have discussed your goals in detail.
  • Have a relationship with the doctor, not just the staff. Remember the doctor is doing the procedure, not a patient consultant or salesperson.
  • The number of sites done is not the reason for a poor outcome. Poor planning by the surgeon is more likely. Discuss the pros and cons of doing a particular number of sites during a consultation with the doctor.

To have a safe procedure:

  • In my opinion, the literature supports that having awake local anesthesia liposuction is the safest way to undergo liposuction. 
  • See an experienced surgeon. Experience is also very important for safety.

Surgeons who are used to doing liposuction on asleep patients under general anesthesia may be less comfortable having to help awake patients through the procedure. Though this may not be a safety or results issue, it may make the procedure less pleasant for you. 

Kimberly Finder, MD
San Antonio Dermatologic Surgeon
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Number of areas of liposuction

The number of areas treated does not have any impact on the results.  The indications for each need to be considered separately, and the duration of surgery, and volume of liposuction taken into account.

David A. Lickstein, MD
Palm Beach Gardens Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction results and number of areas liposuctioned

The number of areas liposuctioned at the same surgery should not affect the results of the surgery.  In other words, you can achieve a very good result whether liposuction is performed on one or more than 3 areas at the same time.  However, there is an upper limit with regard to the total amount of fat than can be removed at one time without increasing the risks of the procedure.  Most plastic surgeons consider amounts of fat removed over 4 liters to be a high volume liposuction.  High volume liposuction can carry significantly higher risks than smaller volume liposuction.  If a surgeon is planning a liposuction that is higher than 4 liters they may suggest splitting the surgery into two or more procedures to reduce the overall risk.  Best wishes.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction results and number of areas

Theoretically, if several areas are liposuctioned properly, the procedure should have a reasonable outcome. Large volume liposuction has risks and some physicians may suction less fat from each requested area to come in within the maximum amount in terms of safety and regulation. If this is the case, then it is much better to select fewer areas but do them right!

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction treatment of more areas should not compromise quality of results

Treatment of a greater number of areas by liposuction should not compromise the quality of the results. In fact, treating certain combinations of areas at once often allows a more harmonious blending of contours and natural overall proportions. But this is assuming several things to be true:

- that the total amount of fat removed remains within safe limits. An experienced Plastic Surgeon should be able to advise you in this regard, and reduce the number of areas if necessary. 

- that each area is treated with the necessary care and attention to detail, and that the combination makes sense. Some combinations can be quite awkward with respect to positioning during surgery, or pose a challenge to your recovery. Again, your surgeon can help you prioritize to find the best solution for you.

Peter Bray, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.