How Much Fat Can Be Removed During Liposuction
July 12, 2016
Liposuction is an effective body contouring tool that can help you put the finishing touches on your diet and exercise regimen by removing small pockets of fat from targeted regions of your body. While this treatment can help you achieve the toned, fit figure you desire, it is important to understand that there are limits to the amount of fat that can be removed during a single liposuction procedure.
In general, in order to maintain optimal levels of safety, no more than 6,000 ml (approximately 12 lbs.) of fat/fluid should be removed during your liposuction procedure. This does not mean you will lose 12 lbs. during your procedure. It means that the combined fat, blood and fluids removed can equal up to 12 lbs total.
Keep in mind that 6,000 ml is the upper limit of what can safely be removed. In most instances, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will recommend removing less than this amount. In general, they will only remove the maximum amount of fat necessary to achieve your desired body contouring goals.
The primary reasons to avoid removing more than 6,000 ml of fat during your procedure relate to safety. If more than this quantity of fat and fluid is removed, you may face an increased risk of complications, including:
- Lumpy skin
- Hollowed, dimpled skin
- Anesthesia-related issues
- Dehydration-induced shock
- Blood clots
- Lidocaine toxicity
- Fat embolism
- Drop in blood pressure
It is important to remember that liposuction is not a weight loss method. It is a tool intended to help men and women who are healthy and physically fit achieve the beautiful results their hard work warrants. For most patients, these results can be achieved by removing much less than 6,000 ml of fat and fluid.
During your initial consultation at our Phoenix office, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will listen carefully to your goals and concerns in order to develop a customized liposuction plan for you. They will explain their recommendations in detail, including the optimal amount of fat to be removed, in order to help you make a fully informed decision before moving forward with your procedure.
Please contact Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call 602-513-8133 today to schedule your liposuction consultation. We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, Arizona. We are accustomed to caring for out-of-town patients as well.