Does Liposuction Help You Lose Weight?

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One of the most common misconceptions about liposuction is that it is a solution for “lazy” people to lose weight quickly without having to work for it. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, liposuction is not designed as a weight loss tool at all. However, that’s not to say you won’t lose weight with liposuction. Sound confusing? Let us help! The expert team at Dallas Cosmetic Center in Dallas, TX, led by board-certified gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Otto Huertas, utilizes the most advanced and effective techniques and treatments available, including liposuction, to help patients look and feel their best.

What is liposuction?

Most men and women are somewhat familiar with the basics of liposuction. This highly effective fat removal surgery is designed to eliminate small to moderate pockets of stubborn fat from various areas of the body, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Neck
  • Face

In general, liposuction is considered a minimally invasive procedure but is commonly combined with other surgeries to further enhance the outcome. For example, many surgeons utilize liposuction during a tummy tuck to achieve an even smoother, slimmer contour. Liposuction can also be used to harvest fat for augmenting another body part, as in Brazilian butt lift surgery.

How much fat can be removed with liposuction?

It is critical that you choose a highly experienced, board-certified provider to perform your procedure in order to ensure a safe surgery, proper healing, and ideal results. Dr. Huertas has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to appropriate liposuction techniques and abides by the widely accepted limit of about 5,000 ccs, or five liters, of fat removal in a single setting.

How much weight do you lose with liposuction?

One of the most critical things to understand about liposuction is that it is not designed to be a substitute for weight loss, weight loss surgery, or traditional weight loss methods. Ideal candidates for liposuction should already be at or near a stable, healthy weight before scheduling their procedure. The primary purpose of liposuction is to remove fat that has become resistant to diet and exercise, which can happen for a variety of reasons.

A maximum of about 5,000 ccs (10 – 11 pounds) of fat can be safely removed in a single liposuction procedure, though this may not always translate to the same amount of weight loss on the scale. However, many patients become highly motivated to maintain their liposuction results through a balanced diet and regular exercise, which often leads to further weight loss.

Should I lose weight before liposuction?

Reaching a healthy weight before liposuction is an essential part of the process. Some patients think that crash dieting before their procedure will help them achieve even more dramatic results, but this is a myth. In fact, the opposite may happen! A key component of realizing a gorgeous, long-lasting outcome after liposuction is to maintain a stable weight. Oftentimes, the weight that is quickly lost right before the procedure will return faster after surgery and can drastically compromise your results. Liposuction patients are encouraged to be at or near their goal weight, within about 10 – 20 pounds, and have maintained that steady weight for at least 6 – 12 months prior to surgery.

Is liposuction permanent?

The specific fat cells removed during liposuction will not return, meaning many patients consider the procedure to be permanent. It is crucial to understand that even though the removed fat is gone for good, new fat cells can be generated in the same area. Furthermore, neighboring fat cells can increase in size. The ideal way to maintain your liposuction results for as long as possible is to avoid weight gain and pregnancy, which can severely compromise your results.

Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?

In some cases, liposuction may improve the appearance of cellulite. If cellulite, stretch marks, or other problems are your main source of concern, be sure to discuss this with Dr. Huertas so he can recommend an alternative or complementary treatment to help address those issues.

Look trim, slim, and sexy with liposuction in Dallas, TX

If you have already reached your weight loss goals but still have stubborn fat that won’t seem to respond to your efforts, liposuction may be the solution you’ve been searching for. Don’t wait any longer to start showing off the trim, fit physique you’ve been working toward. Call the knowledgeable team at Dallas Cosmetic Center in Dallas, TX to schedule your private liposuction consultation with board-certified physician Dr. Otto Huertas today!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.