How Much Body Fat Can I Lose Through Liposuction? By The Landings Surgical Centre on June 01, 2024

man and woman working outPeople who maintain healthy diet and exercise routines may still struggle with unwanted fat buildup. Stubborn fat deposits can detract from one’s appearance by compromising body contours. Liposuction breaks up and removes fat cellsto tone, tighten, and refine the figure.

When people come to The Landings Surgical Centre to learn more about liposuction treatment, they frequently ask, “How much body fat can I lose through liposuction?” Here, we discuss liposuction goals and the amount of body fat that can be lost through this cosmetic procedure to assist our Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, patients by enhancing body contours. 

Liposuction Treatment Goals

Liposuction destroys and removes unwanted fat deposits from the treatment site. Although liposuction eliminates stubborn fat that fails to respond to diet and exercise routines, the treatment is not a weight loss procedure, nor is it meant as a solution for people who are obese or significantly overweight.

Individuals considering liposuction should understand treatment goals and have realistic expectations for treatment results. The primary goals of liposuction treatment are:

  • Removal of stubborn fat deposits
  • Toning and sculpting of the treatment site
  • Smoothing of irregular body contours
  • Enhance weight loss results or diet and exercise efforts

Amount of Body Fat Removal Through Liposuction

As previously stated, weight loss is not one of the goals of liposuction treatment. However, the procedure eliminates fat deposits, which can result in the loss of excess pounds. Our Halifax patients are often eager to learn how much fat can be removed through liposuction.

The amount of fat that can be removed during liposuction depends on several factors, including the area of treatment, the patient’s weight prior to liposuction, and overall health. During the average liposuction procedure, surgeons remove around five to six pounds of fat or two to two and a half kilograms of fat. In some situations, more fat is removed. Even when a patient has excess weight to lose, the upper limit of body fat removal through liposuction is 11 pounds (around 5kg). It is vital for our patient’s safety that we do not remove an excessive amount of fat. 

Getting the Most Out of Liposuction Treatment

Removing five to 10 pounds of fat may not sound like a lot, but it can significantly affect the figure. Liposuction improves body contours while giving patients a firmer, more toned appearance. Patients can do their part to enhance and maintain liposuction treatment results. We recommend that liposuction patients follow these tips to get the most out of their cosmetic treatment:

  • Lose weight naturally before liposuction treatment to get within 10 to 20 pounds of your ideal weight
  • Maintain a well-balanced nutritious diet before and after liposuction treatment
  • Maintain an active lifestyle
  • Aim for 30 minutes of exercise at least three to five times per week
  • Drink at least eight cups of water per day (hydration aids with fat metabolism)

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Liposuction is an excellent treatment for individuals who want to remove stubborn fat deposits and improve body contours. To learn more about liposuction and whether you may be an ideal candidate for treatment, contact our Halifax plastic surgery practice and schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience.

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Our surgeons have the training and expertise to provide the beautiful results you deserve. Drs. Bendor-Samuel and Boileau are members of several esteemed organizations, such as:

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Canadian Medical Association

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