Summary: If you’re trying to lose weight, you know how hard it is. Your body is fighting you every step of the way. Losing weight with liposuction is something that used to happen quite a bit in the past, but not so much anymore. Even still, the massive liposuction benefits you gain from a well-done procedure can be appealing to anybody looking to shave a few pounds here or there. But how much liposuction is too much? Turns out, it’s all relatively, and much depends on your current weight and Body Mass Index.
Massive Liposuction Benefits
There are some procedures that have a well-earned reputation for being weight-loss options. That is not to say that they are good weight loss options, necessarily, but there is no denying that some patients use plastic surgery to try to erase some weight from their bodies. The chief procedure used for that purpose is called liposuction. Essentially, liposuction is a way to eliminate unwanted fat and fatty areas from the body. It used to be used as a “weight loss” solution much more widely, though today that is usually handled much more aptly by bariatric surgery.
Modern liposuction tends to focus on body sculpting: that is, eliminating certain, smaller areas of fat in order to create an overall impression of a more slender or more toned body. The idea is to keep the curves or lines you like but to get rid of the bulges you aren’t a huge fan of. This makes liposuction an incredibly effective procedure when it comes to body sculpting. That said, many people want to get rid of a large amount of fat very, very quickly. Liposuction is still often used as this kind of “instant diet,” and often to great effect. Patients who have had liposuction for this purpose often rave about the results.
How Much Liposuction is Too Much?
However, the question has always been something like this: how much liposuction is too much? It could seem like common sense that, the more fat that is removed during a liposuction procedure, the higher the risk of complications. This, however, turns out to not be entirely true according to research conducted by Dr. John Y.S. Kim of Northwestern University in Chicago. His results, published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery suggest that the threshold for riskier liposuction procedures is actually relative. That is, the higher the BMI, the more fat that can be safely removed.
By developing this tool, Dr. Kim hopes to help patients receive optimum care when it comes to their liposuction procedures. Because there are certainly patients who desire and who can benefit from a large amount of fat removal in short order. However, it should be noted that this isn’t necessarily the norm for most patients. Indeed, according to the website of the Ridgewood, New Jersey liposuction experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, most modern liposuction patients are seeking to remove areas of fat that diet and exercise simply can’t target.
Fighting Fat as We Age
As the human body ages, it seems to get better and better at storing fat. Of course, that isn’t scientifically proven (that I know of) – I’m simply relying on anecdotal evidence here. When you’re young, keeping those pounds off is incredibly easy, and that youthful metabolism just seems to make it even easier. However, as you age, you might find that some of those areas of fat are a little more persistent, even when you diet and even when you exercise regularly. This is just the way the human body is.
Previously, liposuction did not have the accuracy necessary to target those small areas of fat and make the final result blend in with the body. However, liposuction has come a long way in the past couple of decades. Whether it is using the assistance of heat or sound waves, liposuction is now able to carve out the fat that is unwanted in a very organic-looking way. This means that the results tend to blend with the rest of the body. In cases where liposuction was subtle, people will just comment on how great you look. In cases where the liposuction was more substantial, it will look more natural—as though you simply lost quite a bit of weight.
Liposuction and Liposculpting Yield Great Results
While liposuction certainly isn’t for everyone, it is one of those procedures that continues to be among the most popular plastic surgery procedures year over year. Massive liposuction benefits have been well documented—as, fairly enough, have been the risks. Liposuction continues to be incredibly popular. And it’s popular because it gets great results.
So if you’re trying to lose some weight and it just hasn’t been working—and, to be sure, our bodies often work against us in this regard—liposuction may be a good option. Likewise, if you’re trying to target your weight loss for a particular area, then liposuction may be the best way to get the results you’re after. So if you have weight loss concerns and you’ve thought about liposuction before, talk to your plastic surgeon about how liposuction might work for you.