Can Liposuction Remove Large Amounts of Fat?

Many people mistakenly view liposuction as an alternative to weight loss. It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss surgery like gastric bypass or lap-band surgery; instead, it is a body contouring procedure designed to help healthy individuals shape and tone their bodies in limited ways.

Good liposuction candidates should already be at an evenly-proportioned height and weight. Liposuction is most effective when it is used to eliminate resistant fat deposits that have not responded to diet or exercise. By itself, liposuction is not a good way to lose weight and keep it off. People who are not already committed to regular exercise and a healthy diet will quickly regain any fat lost by liposuction.

In fact, when liposuction is used to remove large amounts of fat, it is not only impractical: it is dangerous. The more fat that is removed during a liposuction procedure, the higher the risk of surgical complications. The amount of fat that can be safely removed will vary from patient to patient. During a personal consultation, Dr. Angelchik will evaluate your candidacy and help you decide if liposuction is the right procedure for you.

If you live in the Glendale, Scottsdale, or Phoenix areas of Arizona, please contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Angelchik, MD today to schedule a consultation. Our experienced staff can answer all of your questions and help you meet your cosmetic goals.

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