How safe is large volume liposuction?

I have done research regarding liposuction, and I would like to believe that it is a fairly safe procedure. But, how SAFE is large volume lipo? Say, the removal of 6-8 liters? What can be done to decrease the risks? Is it safe to receive lipo on the abdomen, flanks, arms, neck, thighs, as well as getting a fat transfer (BBL), all at once? It seems that lipo techniques have progressively become more advanced, so is large volume lipo something that has become less risky? Could you die from this?

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The safety of large volume of liposuction.

Large volume liposuction can be quite safe provided the surgeon is well versed on fluid and electrolyte management in the patient and postoperative care is intensified due to the physiologic changes in the patient. Most plastic surgeons use five or 6 L as a limit but there is a lot of subjectivity in this chosen number.

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Large volume liposuction

Most states and ASPS recommend not removing more than 5 liters of fat at any one time.  Usually large volume liposuction refers to more than that.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Safe volume of liposuction.

Thanks for your question.  Generally the safe limit of liposuction is about 5 litres removed at any one time.  Removing large volumes of fatty tissue from multiple areas is associated with a higher risk of complications.

Liposuction volume

Thanks for the question. Though it is possible to remove more than 5 liters of fat, it is recommended that you do not exceed that amount, this could amount to greater risks during surgery. Consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for an in person consultation to see whether removing such a large quantity is necessary.

All the best,

Dr. Results

Large volume liposuction

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons defines large volume liposuction as any amount greater than 5 liters.   For amounts greater than 5 liters, you will be required to have an overnight stay at a hospital, surgical center, or monitored recovery facility.

Liposuction carries risks like any other surgical procedure.   Would recommending contacting a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to discuss your options.  

Joseph Franklin, MD
Durham Plastic Surgeon
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