Liposuction is not a weight loss method

Liposuction is not a weight loss method

31st Jan 2017

[vc_single_image image=”4366″ img_size=”large”] While no magical cream or pill will make us thin, numerous individuals consider liposuction the next best  thing that could remove excess fats and give them thin figures. While liposuction can, indeed, suction fat cells out of particular parts of our bodies, looking at it as a weight reduction technique is completely off base. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, and it will never be one.

That said, why are there voluminous articles about liposuction? True, the strategy is fundamentally a body shaping technique. It slims down and sculpts specific parts of the body vulnerable to excess fats such as the thighs, sides, flanks, lower back, face, neck, buttocks, arms, rear end, and so forth. Still, it is not a magic cure for obesity nor can it replace the lasting benefits of a healthy lifestyle, proper diet and regular exercise.

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure

There is no denying that the liposuction procedure separates and removes fat but it still cannot be considered the best weight loss method. The amount of fat cells that liposuction can remove from your body is just approximately a couple of pounds. The technique will simply enhance the body shape. You won’t suddenly drop from a size 14 to a size 4 after liposuction and that’s a guarantee.

Go for liposuction if your objective is to improve and enhance your appearance. This technique has delivered exceptionally successful results for the objective it is intended to accomplish. Basically, the numerous liposuction applicants are individuals who have effectively shed off fat and maintaining a steady weight. Individuals who have shed pounds frequently go for liposuction to improve their new appearance after significant weight loss. The effects of Liposuction are not permanent. You need to live a healthy lifestyle.

A study conducted at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, confirmed that liposuction brought about a 9.4 ± 1.8 kg cut in muscle to fat (16 ± 2% of total fat mass) in patients. The study demonstrated that this reduced body weight and body mass did not make any significant, beneficial metabolic changes even with the reduction in body fat. Liposuction does not preclude obesity and is not a weight reduction strategy.

Best candidates for liposuction

Liposuction is a successful technique for individuals who have localized fats in specific body parts like the abdomen, hips, love handles, sides, and flanks.  The ideal candidate must also have good skin elasticity because it can affect results. Again, it must be stressed that liposuction is not an alternative for proper diet and exercise. It can contour and improve your body appearance but the effects are not permanent without personal discipline and care.

Are there any health benefits associated with liposuction?

Liposuction does not bring any noteworthy medical advantages since it is not a weight loss technique. The improved and aesthetically pleasing shape will just improve your general self-image and boost morale and confidence.

At which point when would it be advisable for you to consider liposuction?

Liposuction can’t cure obesity.  It is an option for those who want to address some stubborn fats that do not go away despite diet and exercise. Its beneficial effects can last long if you maintain an active and healthy lifestyle with proper diet and regular exercise.

Expectations for the liposuction procedure

As stated, liposuction will not help you shed significant amount weight. It will improve your appearance because of the removal of excess fats in important and visible areas.

You should be completely open and honest with your plastic surgeon and frankly discuss with him your expectations from the procedure. If you are exceedingly overweight, your plastic surgeon will require you to lose weight first before undertaking liposuction.  Once you are physically fit, you can return for another assessment and get the approval for the procedure.

Weight gain after liposuction procedure

Normally, excess fats that have been removed through liposuction do not return to the treated areas. However, if the patient puts on significant weight, fat cells will not only develop in other parts of the body but also in the treated areas.

It must be pointed out that the more weight gained after liposuction, the less visible the beneficial effects.

Liposuction is considered a success if the patient loses pounds equivalent to the weight of the removed fat.

For instance, a woman weighing 120 pounds before liposuction will now weigh 117 pounds after the procedure. She must ideally maintain her weight within or even below that standard. If she gains 5 pounds after the procedure, this brings her new weight up to 122 pounds.  While the increase may not be dramatic, it does not give the patient the optimal and beneficial effects of liposuction. Should she gain even more, then inevitably, her body form will revert to her old shape prior liposuction or worse

The large volume liposuction

A few people believe that large volume liposuction can help them get rid of obesity. Before we expound on this, let us first describe  the technique. Large volume liposuction is an intense and radical kind of liposuction that removes at least 5 liters of fat from the body. There is no denying that large volume liposuction takes out more fat than conventional liposuction. Even so,  the method is life threatening, more complex and poses higher risks and complications especially if 5 liters of total volume are removed during procedure.

Note that when such a high volume is suctioned from your body, it can result in exceptional loss of body liquids and affect circulation. The plastic surgeon must be well trained and experienced to quickly respond to sudden drops or changes that occur during large volume removal. Vigilant monitoring of the fluid balance is critical to preclude cardiac and other serious complications.  There is also high risk of accidental injury to the veins in large volume liposuction can lead to significant unmanageable blood loss.

If you choose to go through  large volume liposuction despite knowing all the dangers and potential complications, it is very important that you choose a plastic surgeon that is extremely experienced, qualified, and well trained and equipped to address emergency complications in large volume liposuction. He must have a surgical team that is as well trained and qualified and the anesthesiologist working with the surgeon must be well educated, experienced and knowledgeable of the way a body can react from large volume removal of body fats and fluids. Also critical is the medical facility where you will undergo the procedure. It must have all the necessary state-of-the-art equipment necessary to handle emergencies, threats to life and possible complications.


Liposuction is among the most popular and well known plastic surgeries around the globe with high success rates. Whilst it is not a complicated surgery, it  does require specialized surgical technique to create alluring silhouettes and aesthetically pleasing results. The point of liposuction is for body contouring through the removal of stubborn, localized, excess fats in the body.

Liposuction is not a weight loss method. It does not treat obesity nor is it a substitute for healthy living. Its purpose is aesthetic and not permanent. It is a surgical procedure that removes excess fats from specific areas of your body but it cannot remove all the fats from all over your body. The minimal fats removed during liposuction won’t bring about noteworthy weight reduction. If you think that large volume liposuction can help you lose general body weight, let me disabuse you of that notion. Large volume liposuction can only target localized fats and while its effects may be more than the traditional liposuction procedure, the risks and complications are also higher and can even be life threatening.

While everyone aspires to acquire an aesthetically pleasing silhouette through liposuction, it is not necessarily available to everyone. The ideal candidate must be physically fit, maintain a steady weight, with good skin elasticity. Each individual is a unique blueprint so you must honestly and thoroughly discuss expectations with your plastic surgeon to get the results you desire.

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