how much weight can you lose with liposuction

Everyone wants a ‘fit’ and attractive body. We want eyes drawn upon eyes with praise and admiration. Unfortunately for some, this enviable body is hard to come by using traditional weight loss methods and dieting without the inevitable need for medical intervention.

So, if you ever find yourself asking the question “How much weight can you lose with liposuction?”, then you’ve come to the right place. Here at ICCM clinic, we provide only the best liposuction methods and techniques to help you achieve your goal weight.

How does liposuction help weight loss?

Firstly, let’s have a brief overview as to what liposuction is. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure typically performed by a cosmetic surgeon. A liposuction procedure aids with body contouring by suctioning the fat from the specified areas.

It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Usually, the maximum amount of fat that can be suctioned during one procedure is equivalent to around 2-4 kilos. If more than 4-5 Litres of liposuctioned fat is extracted in one procedure, complications can arise.

How much weight can I lose with liposuction?

Firstly, we recommend that you don’t step on the scales as soon as you get home. There is usually a fluid build-up, bruising, and excessive swelling that may all contribute to reduced weight loss perceptions. Take your time and let your body heal.

Secondly, we need to reiterate that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure, which is a common misconception. Liposuction aims to remove stubborn fat pockets, contour your body and shape it to your preference.

Most cosmetic surgeons like to follow a guideline that says not to remove any more than a gallon of fat, which equates to around 5 kilos. However, if you and your cosmetic surgeon agree on an amount of fat that should be suctioned, then your surgeon may recommend a series of liposuction procedures to reach your goals.

how much fat can be removed with liposuction
Liposuction can help remove stubborn fat from your body

How many sizes can be lost with liposuction

When it comes to clothing, most women seek dress sizes for the perfect fit. Liposuction surgery helps achieve that goal by reducing their dress size by:

  • 1/2 inch minimum
  • 1-2 inches on average
  • 3-inch maximum

The amount of size lost depends on the areas which are being treated and how much fat is suctioned out. The exact results are best seen on a case-by-case basis.

For example, some patients may come out of treatment with the same dress size as before, but with a differently shaped body that allows clothes to fit much better.

What’s the maximum weight that can be lost after liposuction

The maximum amount of weight in fat that can be lost after liposuction is 5 kilos, depending on the amount of fat suctioned during your procedure.

4 important questions that you should know about

When it comes to liposuction, a lot of people are quick to assume their results without looking at the reality of the whole picture. This is where we come in. Here at ICCM, we want to provide you with nothing more than realistic results, and so we have formulated a set of questions and answers that will give you an idea as to what to realistically expect during and after your liposuction procedure.

1. Will I still gain weight after liposuction?

In short, yes. Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure and does not help you lose weight. It works by contouring the body and removing fat deposits from targetted areas to help reshape your body.

If you don’t follow a healthy diet and exercise then you may be liable to gain weight which can result in further fat deposits being built up.

2. Are the results permanent? Will fat cells grow back?

The results from liposuction are not permanent, but they can be maintained following you comply with the after-care orders that your cosmetic surgeon has informed you of. If you do gain weight after your procedure, then you will simply be a bigger version of your new body shape.

Simply put, your body contour and shape will remain permanent, but the fat cells can grow back if you gain weight.

3. How long does it take before liposuction results become noticeable?

After your surgery, it will be difficult to notice any results straight away due to swelling and bruising in the area. It is important to wear a compression garment given to you by your surgeon to help minimize these effects.

After your recovery period, depending on your body, you should notice a change after 8-12 weeks. However, it could take up to 12 months for you to see full results.

how many sizes can be lost with liposuction
The liposuction procedure is also available for men who want to get rid of their excess fats.

3 ways to minimize weight gain after liposuction and maintaining your results

If you thought that undergoing liposuction will help magically get rid of any excess weight that isn’t removed by the suctioned fat, then you’re wrong. To maintain your new body shape, it is recommended that you follow these three steps:

1. Stick to a healthy diet

We cannot reiterate this point enough. You need to drink an adequate amount of fluids to maintain hydration. You should try to limit your fat and calorie intake, and opt for using a macronutrient counter if you find this difficult. Limiting the amount of fat and calories you take in can help you maintain your new weight in the long term.

2. Exercise regularly

Whilst it’s tempting, it is important not to remain sedentary after your procedure. Light exercise for the first week allows for improved blood circulation and helps quicken recovery times.

Once you feel back to your usual self, we recommend moderate exercise 3-4 times per week to help maintain your weight goal. Many patients see a drastic improvement in exercise after liposuction, working as a great motivator to continue!

3. Limit your empty calories

Whether they may come from alcohol or refined sugary snacks, it is best to limit your intake of these, no matter how tempting they may be. It is best if you can try to cut them out of your diet completely, but we understand the need for a pleasurable food or drink escape every once in a while.

How to choose the right doctor for Liposuction?

In order to find the best liposuction doctor for you, we urge you to check out our statistics here at ICCM. Our doctors are some of the best in Australia to serve Sydney’s community. All of our cosmetic surgeons are highly qualified with incredible rates of success backing them up.

how much weight did you lose after liposuction
A before and after liposuction procedure was performed by ICCM.

Our surgeons ensure that you receive the newest and most innovative treatments possible by continuing their professional development and attending regular seminars and teachings. Most importantly, being cosmetic surgeons, our cosmetic specialists know the importance of having an eye for detail.

We offer competitive pricing starting at just $4,300 per session. Your total cost will depend on your initial assessment deciding how much fat you need to be removed.

FAQ

Some of the most common asked questions are answered for you below.

How soon can I start exercising after liposuction?

Moving is recommended straight after your surgery following approval from your surgeon. Standing and gentle walking as soon as possible promotes blood circulation and helps prevent blood clots. You can walk as normal, but take things slow. Standard exercise can be slowly reintroduced after 2 weeks of your procedure, but this depends on how your body has healed.

Can I have a big stomach even after liposuction and when will it go away?

After your liposuction, you will be given strict instructions to follow and a compression garment to wear. As long as you follow the after-care instructions carefully, then no drastic weight gain should be seen. Liposuction removes fat cells permanently. With that being said, gaining weight can lead to the formation of new fat cells.

Can I lose 30 pounds with liposuction?

Before undergoing liposuction, it is recommended that you are within 30 pounds of your ideal weight goal. This number depends on your body type. Having said that, 30 pounds is a reasonable weight-loss goal with liposuction.

Will my body change with age?

No. As long as you stay at the same weight, then no extra fat deposits should be expected at the treated area. However, your body will naturally change with age and hormone fluctuation, but your liposuction results should remain visible.

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About The Author - Dr Tony Prochazka

MBBS, FFMACCS/Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr Tony was the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and a former vice-president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia. He is a regular presenter and teacher at international conferences, with invitations to meetings in Australia, China, New Zealand and South America.

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