The most fat that can be removed when doing lipo depends on whether the patient is staying overnight in the hospital or if they are going home after surgery. If the patient is going home after surgery, the limit has been set to 5 liters. More than 5 liters can be removed but then the patient has to stay overnight in the hospital. This all depends on how much fat one has and how many areas are being liposuctioned. If many areas are being liposuctioned then the likelihood of going over the 5 liters is higher than if only 1 area is being liposuctioned. Also, just because the limit is 5 liters doesn't mean that the plastic surgeon should take out all 5 liters! A plastic surgeon has to use their judgement on how much fat to remove because you want to make sure to leave some fat behind so as to decrease the risk of seeing many irregularities. I hope you are being seen by a board certified plastic surgeon!
Ankur Mehta MD
Sugar Land, Tx
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery