I’ve done hundreds of liposuction cases over the past few years, and at least half of the patients I see ask about weight loss after liposuction. In fact, some patients even come in seeking liposuction with a goal of weight loss.
Does weight loss after liposuction actually happen?
This is kind of a complicated question. So let’s break it down a bit. As I’ve said in previous posts, liposuction itself is not a method of weight loss. I do around 5-6 liposuction cases per week. The average amount of fat I remove is one to two liters, which weighs around two to four pounds. This doesn’t sound like much, but when fat is removed from a single area such as the stomach, two pounds of fat is enough to make a huge difference in the way you look and the way your clothes fit. But in terms of numbers on the scale, your weight varies by a couple of pounds depending on how much water you are retaining. So you won’t see a difference in your actual weight after liposuction.
Small changes in weight are possible
There are some cases where patients do see a change in their weight. These are usually instances where someone has gotten several areas treated, e.g. stomach, waist, hips, inner thighs, arms, and back. This much liposuction is actually separated into two operations because there is a limit to how much fat we can remove safely in one day. And even in these large, two-stage, operations, I’ve never seen a patient lose more than 10lbs.
But liposuction can also motivate people to lose weight
Weight loss after liposuction can actually happen in a more roundabout way, however. Even though liposuction itself doesn’t cause weight loss, I have seen several patients use their liposuction results as a motivator for weight loss. Getting rid of the stubborn fat that doesn’t seem to go away with weight loss can be a huge motivator. And feeling better about yourself can also motivate you to take better care of yourself.
What happens if you lose weight after liposuction? Your results actually get even better. So though I wouldn’t ever recommend liposuction as a means of weight loss, if you want to use it as a motivator that may help.
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Dr. Greer is a Plastic Surgeon who practices in Cleveland, OH. Her passion is helping moms regain self-confidence by getting rid of sagginess, wrinkles, and stubborn fat. Read more about her at www.greerplastics.com.