How Much Fat Can Liposuction Remove?

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and Nearby Nevada

May 14, 2020

Liposuction is a great way to slim and sculpt different areas of the body. But to ensure patient safety and minimize complications, there’s a limit to the amount of fat that can be removed in a single session.

Leading guidelines set the maximum extraction limit at approximately 11 pounds of fat and fluid. This does not mean that you will lose 11 pounds during your liposuction procedure. It means that the combined fat, fluids, and blood removed during a session will not exceed 11 pounds.

While liposuction is a safe and trusted surgery, there are risks that come with removing too much fat. For example, it’s possible to experience adverse cosmetic effects such as lumps or dimpling.

More importantly, the potential for serious health consequences increases with the amount of fat taken off. This is partly because removing a larger amount of fat requires a lengthier and more involved surgery.

Be aware that your BMI can also play a role in how much fat extraction is safe. For example, removing 11 pounds of fat from someone with a relatively low BMI may be inadvisable.

If your goal is to lose weight, liposuction may not be right for you at this time. The procedure is intended to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that persist despite a healthy lifestyle. If you’re near your target weight, you may be surprised at how little fat needs to be removed to achieve your desired result.

Eliminating just a few pounds of unwanted fat can create a dramatic improvement. In many cases, removing a smaller amount of fat delivers a more natural-looking outcome. It also requires a shorter recovery compared to large volume liposuction.

You can learn how much fat removal is appropriate in your situation during a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller. During your visit, he will examine your physical condition and discuss your cosmetic goals. Then he will create a surgical plan that is as unique as you are.


If you live in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, or a nearby area of Nevada, call 702-369-1001 today to schedule your complimentary liposuction consultation.

Category: Body Contouring, Liposuction


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