Does 1000cc Seem Enough? (photo)

I'm getting breast lift and breast augmentation in August and I'm wanting to get lipo I was told 1000cc is all they can do same day as breast surgery..does 1000cc seem enough? Scared to pay the extra money and not see any results. Not sure if this matters but I have very thick skin and a flabby belly. Thanks!!

Doctor Answers 16

Does 1000cc Seem Enough?

Thank you for your question.  If you are doing Lipo in the office in Florida, the max we are allowed to take out is 1000cc.  If your surgery is in a surgery center or hospital, we can still remove upto 5000cc.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
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Does 1000cc Seem Enough?

      Aside from possible skin laxity and abdominal wall laxity issues, I could remove 5 liters from your trunk alone.  Liposuction has the most variable results of any procedure.  I perform liposuction and breast procedures together on a regular basis.  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 492 reviews

Liposuction-how much is enough?

Thank you for your question and the photographs.  It is not possible to tell without examining you, but from your photographs it appears you might need a tummy tuck.  There seems to be some laxity of the abdominal wall but again hard to tell from the photographs.   In general I believe that liposuction is best used to treat specific, target areas.  Hope this helps.  Tracy Pfeifer, MD, MS

Tracy Pfeifer, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

1000 cc may yield a good result

In Florida the liposuction limit refers to supernatant (pure) fat coming out, not the total amount of liquid removed.  I agree 2000-3000 cc would probably be removed but that might only be 1000 cc of actual fat.  

I don't know your height/weight, but you look like you have good skin and may do well especially if the liposuction is done mainly around your waist.  

The surgeon who saw you in person should be able to estimate whether you would be better off doing a full liposuction at a second stage or the 1000 cc at a single procedure.  

Thomas A. Pane, MD
Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

1000 cc Not enough

Based upon your photos, to get excellent results and have the sculpted shape that you want, I would definitely need to remove more than 1000cc of fat.  In Florida, there is a law which is based on NO DATA that you are only able to remove 1000cc of fat in addition to doing any other procedure.  If I were you, I would do the liposuction at a secondary operating because I would really be able to create and hourglass shape but would need more than 1000 cc removal.  I also use the VASER, which is an ultrasound assisted liposuction, to help cavitate (break up) the fat.  This allows me the ability to really liposuction superficially and create the curves.  Good Luck!!

Jeffrey LaGrasso, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Liposuction should be done completely


When doing liposuction of the abdomen and waist, all the fat that can be removed should be removed. That said, it is impossible to remove all the fat with liposuction and even if you could remove all the fat, the cosmetic result would be terrible. You do not appear to have so much fat that it could not be safely removed at one time from your tummy and waist.


It would be a mistake to limit the liposuction of your abdomen and waist to only 1000 cc aspirate because the cosmetic result would be less than ideal. Furthermore, liposuction causes scarring that would make it more difficult to remove more fat at a second liposuction. If your surgeon can’t or won’t remove enough fat to get the best result, I suggest you have the liposuction at a separate time.

John J. Bandeian, MD
Bristol Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

1000 cc Liposuction

If you are talking about only taking out 1000 cc from your abdomen and lower back, then you are not going to be happy.  Based on your pictures, you likely need at least 3,000 to 4,000 cc removed to make a nice difference.  However, I would suggest being a little more specific in your question and perhaps we can give you a more specific answer.

Good Luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews


You can have more doen but it must be in an approved outpatient surgery center.I believe in Florida they linmit it to about 3000 grams and this should be doable with also have a weak abdominal wall that adds to your protuberance.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

How much fat to remove with liposuction

Thank you for asking about how much improvement you'll see with 1000 cc. liposuction.

  1. You will see improvement but not as much as you want.
  2. Has your abdomen been examined for muscle weakness? Liposuction will not improve  protrusion from muscle weakness/
  3. Remember after any liposuction that you must increase exercise and reduce what you what you eat to maintain your result. Hope this helps. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Does 1000cc Seem Enough?

You have either misunderstood the information given to you or whoever gave you this information was not well-informed.  If you are a suitable candidate for liposuction, the amount that is removed has nothing to do with getting a breast lift and augmentation at the same time.  They may have told you that you do not have more than 1000 cc of fat in the belly, which does make sense judging from your photos.  However, would that much liposuction make a difference is difficult to tell without examining you.  Just from your photos it seems you would benefit more from a tummy tuck.  An experienced plastic surgeon would be able to assess your situation better and give you the appropriate information.

Ruben B. Abrams, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

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