Liposuction removes stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. In many cases, these problem spots are the result of genetics, age, and other factors outside of your control. If you’re near your ideal, healthy weight and are interested in sculpting your body, liposuction is probably right for you.
So, what does this mean if you fall outside the range of a healthy BMI? You may need to lose weight to be a good liposuction candidate. Reaching a lower weight will help you achieve better results and provide a higher level of safety.
How Much Weight Can You Lose with Liposuction?
It’s important to understand that liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. There’s a limit to the amount of fat that liposuction, even large volume liposuction, can remove.
Most people only lose a few pounds in total. And liposuction doesn’t target harmful visceral fat under the muscle and around the internal organs, only subcutaneous fat below the skin.
Losing Weight After Liposuction
Patients who are relatively happy with their weight before liposuction are likely to be satisfied with their results. If you do want to lose a few pounds after liposuction, you should know that the procedure won’t make this goal any easier — with one exception. It can help put you in the right state of mind.
You may feel more motivated to commit to a healthy lifestyle after liposuction. That’s because you will finally see an improvement in your shape that you haven’t been able to see before. Seeing the results of all your hard work is a powerful thing.
Maintaining Your Results
There’s one last thing you should keep in mind if you are considering liposuction: It won’t stop you from gaining weight in the future. If you don’t eat well and stay active, the remaining fat cells can expand and diminish your cosmetic results. That’s why it is so important to go into the procedure with healthy habits and realistic expectations in place.
Find Out if You’re Ready for Liposuction in Las Vegas
The best way to learn if liposuction can achieve your goals is to meet with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Miller. Schedule your free initial consultation by calling 702-369-1001. Our office serves men and women in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and other nearby Nevada communities.