How much fat is removed with lipo?

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Safest Amount of Fat Removal with Liposuction


With liposuclture we follow the safest recommended guidelines and achieve our patients desires. When doing liposcultpure here in the U.S.  we follow the 5 liter guidelines. Taking more than that can be too risky and unsafe. Each case-patient has different needs. Some patients need less than 5 liters. When doing liposculpture its very important to me that we make everything proportionate . We also need to make sure your skin elasticity is strong enough following liposuction so we do not have excess lose skin following the procedure. 

Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
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How much fat is removed with liposuction

In most states and Canadian provinces, there is a safe limit of the amount of liposuction that can be removed. Also, removal of too much fat from specific regions may not be a good idea. It is more a question of proper aesthetics and not just removing as much fat as possible.

As always, I recommend thorough assessment and consultation with experienced doctor prior to proceeding with any treatment. The doctor in your area will be better at specifically answering your question.
Best regards and I hope this helps, Dr. Sapijaszko.

Mariusz Sapijaszko, MD, FRCPC
Edmonton Dermatologic Surgeon
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How much fat is removed?

Thank you for your question. How much fat is removed depends entirely on the individual and the procedure but a plastic surgeon should never remove more than 5 liters of fat in a single liposuction procedure for there is an increased risk of serious complications. If you need more fat than 5 liters, you should split it up into two separate procedures.

Kamran Azad, MD
Pasadena Physician
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VASER Hi Definition Liposuction / Body Contouring / Liposculpture / What is Maximum Volume Removal with Lipo?

There is a guideline that no more than 5L should be removed, but the exact amount will vary depending on your situation.  Get a HI DEF VASER procedure for the best outcome. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Amount of fat removed with liposuction

Each state has limitations on the amount of fat to be removed. In Florida, we are limited to 4 liters of fat removal. If the procedure is combined with other procedures, there are additional limitations. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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How much fat is removed with liposuction?

Thank you for your question. While you can liposuction several areas at once there is a limit to how much fat can be removed safely. Risks from liposuction increase significantly when over 5 liters of fat are suctioned out. We usually stay below this limit for patient safety. We’ve found that we’re able to achieve dramatic improvements for our patients with 2 to 4 liters of liposuction, depending on their needs. Best is to have a consultation with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to get the best plan for you.

How Much Fat is Removed with Liposuction?

Thank you for your question. The amount of fat removed with liposuction depends on what your treatment goals are, which you should always discuss with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon. Usually, the goal is to improve body contour and eliminate areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Liposuction - how much fat is removed?

Thank you for asking about your liposuction.

  • Liposuction does not remove a specific amount of fat - which varies.
  • it removes the excess fat in the treated areas.
  • There is a safe limit of 4-5 L of fat removed at once session.
  • Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Lipo and fat removal

How much fat is removed depends upon how much is needed to get you a good result.  Best of luck........

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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