Do You Lose Weight With Liposuction?

A common question asked by patients is, "How much weight can I lose with liposuction?" While some weight loss will occur with the removal of excess fat, it won't drastically change the number on the scale. It is an excellent procedure for patients at their ideal body weight who have localized deep fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction, also referred to as lipo, is a body sculpting tool for healthy Miami, FL women and men who want a more defined and fit appearance.

Body contouring with liposuction is one of the numerous cosmetic procedures that Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso offers at his state-of-the-art surgical facility in Miami, FL. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. LaGrasso has helped Miami women and men get the aesthetic results they need with liposuction surgery. Here is a more in-depth look at this popular cosmetic procedure and how it redefines the contours of the body for the right candidates, even if it doesn't involve significant weight loss.

Where can you get liposuction?

Liposuction is a versatile body sculpting technique that can recontour different areas of the body. When all efforts of diet and exercise have been depleted, Miami women and men can look to this cosmetic procedure for body contouring help. When considering liposuction, patients need to think about the specific location they want to improve. Some common areas for liposuction are:

  • Hips
  • Waist
  • Flanks
  • Upper arms
  • Lower and upper abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Neck or chin area

What does liposuction do?

Liposuction can treat specific areas by eliminating pockets of fatty tissue. Healthy individuals can achieve a slimmer, more contoured physique with this cosmetic surgical technique. While the patient is under general anesthesia, this outpatient procedure is performed with small skin puncture incisions that allow the cannula, or thin tube, to loosen and suction out excess fat underneath the skin's surface in the targeted areas. It is not a substitute for weight loss, but rather a way for specific areas to be reshaped when all other efforts have been exhausted. Even though liposuction can provide amazing results for ideal candidates, it cannot help with the following:

  • Eliminate the appearance of cellulite
  • Tighten loose, sagging skin
  • Significant weight loss

How much weight can I lose with liposuction?

Liposuction is most beneficial to patients who are at or near their ideal weight (within 30%) and have good skin laxity. Candidates looking to lose 30 – 40 pounds need to consider losing weight before looking into this cosmetic procedure. Liposuction treatments are not a weight loss answer. Large volume liposuction involves a safety concern for patients and can create contour irregularities, like skin rippling. In general, the amount of fat removed during a typical surgery ranges from 1 – 10 pounds. A consultation with Dr. LaGrasso is the best way to determine what options will work best for each patient while keeping their safety at the forefront.

Is liposuction worth it?

Patients shouldn't expect dramatic weight loss with liposuction. However, with the right candidates, it can produce significant cosmetic improvements. It also removes fat cells permanently, as long as patients don't gain a considerable amount of weight afterward. If that occurs, then new fat cells will redevelop in the targeted areas or in new spots. Patients must maintain their current weight to enjoy the long-lasting results this cosmetic procedure can provide. Even though it may not be a weight loss solution, it can be the right option for healthy adults wanting to take their body to the next level.

Liposuction instantly removes fat that is unresponsive to diet and exercise alone, eliminating troublesome spots and balancing out disproportionate areas. This cosmetic treatment can be done as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with other body contouring procedures, like breast augmentation or a tummy tuck. Dr. LaGrasso tailors procedures to each unique patient, providing Miami men and women the results they want.

If you're considering liposuction, we invite you to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso. His private practice, in Miami, FL, offers surgical and nonsurgical procedures to help men and women achieve their aesthetic goals. Liposuction surgery can redefine the way you look and feel, so call Dr. LaGrasso today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.