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How Often Can You Get Liposuction: Limits of Liposuction

/ Dr. Aric Aghayan
How many times can you get liposuction

Plastic surgery can have remarkable benefits, but it’s essential to consider its limitations.

Liposuction Portland can provide you with a more desirable silhouette by eliminating annoying pockets of fat that resist diet and exercise. But what are the limits of liposuction, and how much excess fat can you remove in one procedure and how many times can you get liposuction?

First, there has been a consensus among plastic surgeons that five liters of fat removal and fluid are the most that should be removed in one liposuction procedure. However, some surgeons and scientists say that obese patients may have more than that safely removed. But how much depends on several factors, including your weight, health, genetics, and other factors.

If you are considering this popular procedure, it’s vital to understand what liposuction can and cannot do. Below is the information you need to know.

Doesn’t Reduce Weight

Liposuction is not intended for weight loss procedure, despite what you might think. The best candidate for this surgical procedure is someone who is close to their ideal body weight but cannot lose those last few pounds in the belly, sides, flanks, or back.

Most patients only lose one or two pounds when they have liposuction, but some don’t lose weight at all.

If you still have a lot of weight to lose, your board-certified plastic surgeon will likely recommend that you lose weight first. Getting close to your goal weight make it more likely that you will have the most benefits from liposuction.

Won’t Make Skin Tighter

One of the factors that affect the results of liposuction is how tight your skin is. People with relatively tight skin have the best results as the skin adheres to the new contours after liposuction.

If you have looser skin, you may have sagging skin in the area where fat was removed. Your surgeon will judge how much fat removal they can remove for ideal results based on your skin laxity. Some patients will often get a thigh lift in addition to liposuction for tighter results.

Loose skin after liposuction may be helping by nonsurgical skin tightening procedures. However, if that treatment doesn’t work, surgery with perhaps a Portland lower body lift may be the only option.

Cellulite Stays

Cellulite is usually due to fat cells pushing against your skin or fibers pulling down on it. Liposuction may reduce the amount of fat that is pressing against your skin.

However, it will not change fibers that pull on the skin and lead to dimples. As a result, some patients could get worse cellulite after liposuction if they have looser skin.

Doesn’t Change A Bad Diet

You can have fantastic liposuction results and undo it in a a few weeks or months of bad eating habits. The fat removed during liposuction is gone forever, but you can still gain weight in other parts of the body.

For instance, if your surgeon removes new fat cells from your abdomen, you could gain more weight in your hips if you start to overeat junk food.

As you are considering liposuction, remember to focus on eating fruits, vegetables, and lean meats to maintain your results after surgery. It would be a shame to have liposuction and a healthy weight then gain weight months after the procedure.

Not A Substitute For Bariatric Surgery

The purpose of liposuction is to contour the body into a more desirable shape; it will not help you if your body mass index is more than 29 or 30.

If you are obese, you may want to consider bariatric surgery in more extreme cases to limit how much you can eat at one time. However, liposuction will only remove a few pounds of fat removal and fluid in one surgery, so it won’t help you lose weight.

After you have lost weight with diet or bariatric surgery, liposuction can be helpful to remove stubborn fat pockets, such as the chin.

Doesn’t Replace Exercise

You should continue to work out so that you can maintain your liposuction results. Most people still need to exercise as they get older to keep weight off, even if they eat a healthy diet.

After your liposuction recovery, you should stay active with cardiovascular exercise so you can keep your new look.

Stretch Marks Will Remain

If you lost a lot of weight or were pregnant, you may have stretch marks on your abdomen. Unfortunately, liposuction doesn’t do anything about that. Your stretch marks may fade with time, but they will still be there.

Also, if you were pregnant and had sagging skin on the belly, liposuction won’t change that. So instead, many people opt for a Portland tummy tuck that cuts away extra skin and tightens the abdominal muscles after pregnancy.

You also can have liposuction and a tummy tuck in a Portland mommy makeover.

Questions and Answers about Liposuction surgery

How often can you get liposuction

How often can you get liposuction?

While some patients opt for multiple liposuction sessions in the same area, the initial procedure typically yields the most noticeable results. Revisions may be necessary at times, but it’s crucial to wait at least six months post-liposuction before contemplating additional treatments.

Is it bad to get liposuction?

Liposuction carries potential risks such as: Cannula breakage, long-lasting changes in skin sensation, harm to underlying structures like nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as the risk of deep vein thrombosis and cardiac or pulmonary complications.

Request A Liposuction Consultation

Thinking about ?  Dr. Aric Aghayan is proud to serve Portland area patients traditional liposuction at his practice, Après Plastic Surgery. He’ll go over the options, goals, and more to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for plastic surgery procedures like liposuction.


 How Much Liposuction Is Safe? (n.d.). Accessed at https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/how-much-liposuction-is-safe-the-answer-varies-by-body-weight

 How Many Areas Of Fat Can Be Treated At Once? (n.d.). Accessed at https://www.smartbeautyguide.com/planning-toolkit/ask-question/11575/

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