How Much Fat Can Be Removed in a Single Liposuction Session?

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Are you struggling to lose stubborn fat despite your best efforts with diet and exercise? If so, liposuction could be the solution you've been looking for. At Accent on Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, PA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Fernau offers customized liposuction procedures to help patients achieve their body contouring goals. For many patients, one of the most important considerations (and also one of the most common FAQs about liposuction) is how much fat can realistically be removed in a single liposuction session. Here, you'll find the answer to this question and other aspects of liposuction treatment to help you better understand what to expect and what results may be possible.

How does liposuction work?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat from targeted areas of the body. Dr. Fernando utilizes advanced liposuction techniques to achieve smooth and natural-looking results. These techniques may include tumescent liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction, or ultrasound-assisted liposuction, depending on the patient's needs and goals. Additionally, Dr. Fernau uses the SAFE liposuction approach, which stands for separation, aspiration, feathering, and evening — all of which help to produce even smoother and more natural results. Depending on the nature and area of the patient's concerns, the amount of fat that needs to be removed, and other variables specific to the patient's case, Dr. Fernau may recommend one of the following types of liposuction procedures:

  • Tumescent (super-wet) liposuction
  • HydraSolve®
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
  • Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL)

Where can I get liposuction?

Liposuction is a highly versatile treatment that can be performed on almost any area of the body where patients are struggling with diet- and exercise-resistant fat, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Male chest (for gynecomastia)

During your consultation with Dr. Fernau, he will thoroughly evaluate your concerns and discuss which treatment areas would best address your goals. In many cases, liposuction can be performed in multiple areas during a single procedure.

How much fat can be removed during liposuction?

In a single liposuction session, it's generally considered safe and appropriate to remove up to about 8 –10 pounds of fat. However, the amount of fat that can be removed depends on individual case factors such as the patient's overall health, the treatment areas, and the desired outcome. For Coraopolis area patients who wish to address larger volumes of fat, multiple liposuction sessions may be recommended. Additionally, patients should keep in mind that liposuction is best suited for those who are already at or near their goal weight and have already attempted to reduce their stubborn areas of fat using diet and exercise without adequate success.

Are liposuction results permanent?

Liposuction removes fat cells from the body. However, it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent remaining fat cells from enlarging. Generally speaking, Dr. Fernau advises patients to maintain a stable weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise to preserve their liposuction results long-term.

What else should I know about liposuction?

Before undergoing liposuction, it's essential to be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the results. Again, liposuction is not a weight-loss solution but rather a body contouring procedure. Ideal candidates for liposuction are individuals who are close to their target weight but have stubborn areas of fat that won't respond to diet and exercise.

What is liposuction recovery like?

After liposuction, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated areas. Dr. Fernau will provide specific post-operative instructions to help manage these symptoms and promote healing. Most Coraopolis patients can return to work and other light activities within a few days to a week after their procedure. Final results will become visible as swelling resolves, typically within several weeks to a few months.

Slim your stubborn areas for a smoother, sexier physique with liposuction in Pittsburgh, PA

If you're ready to achieve a slimmer, more sculpted physique with liposuction, don't hesitate to schedule a consultation at Accent on Body Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa in Pittsburgh, PA with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Fernau. Following your consultation, Dr. Fernau will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. Take the first step toward a more confident you by calling our office today.

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