How Much Weight Can You Lose With Lipo?

Liposuction, one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, is an effective body sculpting technique that firms and tones the targeted areas. During this body contouring procedure, targeted fat cells are suctioned out through a very small cannula tube. Liposuction is not, however, recommended as a weight loss technique.

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Removing too many fat cells: health risks

Removing too much fat can be very dangerous, which is why Dr. Sliwin only removes the Canadian Medical Association approved amount.

Removing a large amount is so unsafe that in 2011, a Toronto doctor was given a two-year ban on performing surgery after her liposuction patient died. The doctor—Dr. Behnaz Yazdanfar—removed over six litres of fat from her liposuction patient. Complications developed and the patient died in surgery. The guidelines in Ontario recommend removing a maximum of five litres of fat during a liposuction procedure, while regulations in the US vary from state to state.

Even removing five litres is classified as “large volume liposuction”. Such large volumes can result in complications caused by fluid shifts and fluid imbalance. To reduce surgical complications, both surgeon and anesthesiologist must fully understand the changes in physiology caused by the infusion and removal of large volumes of fluid.

In many cases, patients desiring large volume liposuction should plan to have two surgeries, with a recovery period of three to four weeks between procedures.

Liposuction for body contouring

Plastic surgeons get the best results when treating healthy patients with stable body weights who have stubborn, disproportionate fatty deposits they cannot remove by diet and exercise. Once the patient has reached their weight loss goal, they can consult their plastic surgeon to discuss the optimal areas for liposuction.

Most people are genetically predisposed to accumulate fat in certain areas, such as the hips and thighs. Deposits like ‘saddlebags’ are often almost impossible to exercise away. Fat deposits can also be caused by pregnancy, or extreme weight loss.

If these fat deposits remain after diet and exercise, the body can appear disproportionate. Liposuction is often the only way to restore the body’s natural contours, and enhance body symmetry. Liposuction combined with tummy tuck surgery is often recommended for people who have lost a lot of weight, as this can result in lose skin which can only be removed surgically.

Although liposuction improves the body contours, and tones and firms the body, it cannot improve heart rate or metabolism. Regular exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy heart, and maintain your new, improved body.

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