Can All of the Subcutaneous Fat Be Removed Via Liposuction ?

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100 % fat free

remove all the fat in a lipoesculture is not possible, because, your body need some subcutaneous fat for your own protection,

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Interesting question. Logically why not. Anatomically between our skin and important stuff our fat has two layers the bottom layer is amenable to being removed with liposuction without leaving surface changes. Only high definition liposuction in which you are trying to etch anatomical areas like six packs should venture into the top layer

Ryan Neinstein, MD, FRCSC
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 76 reviews

Can All of the Subcutaneous Fat Be Removed Via Liposuction?

Thank you for your question. Theoretically, nearly all of he Subcutaneous fat could be removed, but is not recommended. This would cause the skin to adhere to the muscle, and there would be no cushion for the muscles.  A little fat is a good thing. I hope this helps.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

All subcutaneous fat removed by lipo?

Its not possible to remove all the fat. There is superficial and deep fat that is separated by a thin septa. Liposuction target only the superficial fat, while the deep fat is left behind. Any attempt to remove the deep fat will cause uneven lumpiness that is hard to correct. There is also visceral fat which is the fat that surrounds intestines.and other organs. This fat is only influenced by diet and exercise.

Raj S. Ambay, MD
Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Most Subcutaneous Fat Removed

No, most of the subcutaneous fat can be removed, but it is actually best to leave a small layer to provide smooth and even results.

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Can All of the Subcutaneous Fat Be Removed Via Liposuction ?

       Nearly all of the subcutaneous fat can be removed in a particular area, but this is generally not recommended due to issues of contour deformities.  Liposuction results are highly surgeon dependent.  Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of liposuction procedures each year.  Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Can 100% of Fat be Removed?

Never!  About 20 % of your fat needs to stay under the skin for a beautiful smooth surface.  If all the fat is remove you end up with a shriveled up skin graft appearance that is awful and unattractive.   Amazingly enough I have seen some poor patients who have had this 100% liposuction.   I saw a 75 year old lady who needed a facelift.  She was liposuctioned by a doctor that did liposuction but not facelifts.  This doctor ruined her appearance by suctioning all of her neck fat away.  How awful.   There is little if any way to mend such a mess.   So beware.  Choose an ABPS surgeon that does much liposuction and has vast experience.   Then you will be fine.   My Best, Dr C

George Commons, MD
Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Can All of the Subcutaneous Fat Be Removed Via Liposuction ?

-- Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift!

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 418 reviews

Sculpting not complete removal

All of the fat should not be removed by liposuction/liposculpture.  This would create skin texture irregularities. 

Gary Lawton, MD, FACS
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 136 reviews

Is it OK to remove all the subcutaneous fat with liposuction?

No. We need a layer of fat under our skin to provide cushioning between the skin and the muscle. About 80 to 85% of the subcutaneous fat is generally removed during a liposuction. It would look terrible to have no fat under the skin.

Kimberly Finder, MD
San Antonio Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

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