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In my many years of performing plastic surgery procedures, I have learned that no two patients are exactly the same. For example, in the case of liposuction, there can be a significant difference in the amount of fat (and the specific areas being treated) that will need to be removed in order to provide my patient with the aesthetic result that they desire. Today I wanted to talk about liposuction and the potential results that patients can expect from their procedure.

When determining how much fat to remove during liposuction surgery, it’s important for patients to understand that only so much fat can safely be removed during one surgery session. Even if it is coming from multiple areas, there is a limit. It is generally accepted that 5000mL (5.0 liters) is the maximum volume that can be safely and effectively removed during a single procedure. While this may not sound like a lot, patients should know that this is indeed a considerable amount and the results this can provide are typically outstanding. I always try to reinforce to my patients that liposuction is body contouring surgery and patients seeking extensive weight loss from the procedure may not be good candidates.

In the following video, I discuss liposuction in detail and explain how much fat some patients can expect to shed following their procedure:

I understand why patients come into their liposuction surgery with high expectations. And frankly, I encourage this kind of positive thinking. But knowing the full extent of what a cosmetic surgery like liposuction can offer is integral and understanding what you need to do post-surgery in terms of keeping your weight stable will help you achieve long-term satisfaction with your final results. For more information on liposuction or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for additional videos, news, and more.