The average amount of fat that can safely be removed through liposuction is between 6 and 8 pounds. This number varies by patient and also depends heavily on your body mass index (BMI). A patient who weighs over 200lb will tolerate more fat removal than someone weighing 130lb.
The generally accepted maximum amount is 3500cc of fat, which equals approximately 7-8 pounds or 3.5 liters. If you’re looking to remove more than 10 pounds, our plastic surgeon in Miami may suggest splitting the procedure into two parts over the course of 3-4 weeks.
The liposuction process works by removing fat cells from a portion of your body where you have unwanted, troublesome fat. These fat cells are permanently removed, but you will still gain weight in other areas if you don’t stick with a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
There are other aspects to keep in mind when you speak with our board-certified plastic surgeon about your liposuction procedure including:
- Any known medical conditions. If you have liver disease, a heart condition, diabetes or any severe health issue, disclose this information when you meet with Dr. Harrell. This information ensures your safety and a successful outcome.
- Previous surgeries. Any prior plastic surgeries should also be mentioned as well as any other major surgeries you’ve undergone in the past.
- Your lifestyle. Before you undergo liposuction, it’s important to understand that this form of body contouring is not a cure for obesity. You will need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your results.
If you’re interested in liposuction, please call our plastic surgery office in Miami today at (954) 526-0066 to schedule your consultation. The Weston Center for Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery serves clients in Miami, Weston and Fort Lauderdale, Florida as well as surrounding Florida areas.