I had laser lipo done 5 weeks ago - not enough fat has been removed!

I had laser lipo done 5 weeks ago - I don't believe enough fat was removed and I'm totally disappointed as it cost a lot of money and time has been spent. I had my inner thighs, upper/ lower belly and flanks - only 1 litre removed.. I can still grab my tummy and flanks with chunks of fat.. I believe an extra 2-3 could be removed.. What can I do?

Doctor Answers 2


You are still very early in your healing phase and still have swelling. Also, please remember that no skin was removed. Part of what you are grabbing is skin. Give yourself time to heal and discuss any concerns you have in another 5 months.

San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Laser Lipo

With any form of lipo ( traditional, ultrasound or laser) there is a fine line between removing too much and not enough. Having said that, I do believe that only 1 litre removed for the areas you describe is too little. It does depend on how much excess fat in these areas you started off with.

Unfortunately, as the surgery has already been done, you should go back to the Dr/specialist and explain your disappointment to them. In my practice, I do warn clients/patients of insufficient fat removal as an actual surgical complication and in this situation, I will always go back and remove more fat at no extra charge. However, this does not include the hospital if you liposuction was done in a hospital.

My advice is to go back to the doctor and see what options he/she offers you. This would be a good first step.

Robert Goldman, MBBS, FRACS
Perth General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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