If a little bit of lipo gets you slim and trim, then a whole lot of lipo will get you even slimmer, right? Unfortunately, that’s not quite how liposuction works. This popular body contouring treatment does have its limitations and like most good things, it is possible to have too much liposuction. Here’s why.
Liposuction Isn’t for Weight Loss
Liposuction can work wonders for stubborn pockets of fat that don’t seem to budge, even with a healthy diet and exercise regimen. But if you’re trying to lose a significant amount of weight, lipo isn’t an effective solution.
Liposuction is able to remove areas of subcutaneous, or “pinchable” fat that is located just beneath your skin. Deeper visceral fat cannot be addressed through liposuction and will require diet and exercise and/or bariatric surgery to remove. Thus, the best candidates for this procedure will already be close to their target weight.
Some of the most popular areas to get lipo are the love handles, waist, abdomen and thighs.
You Could Get Less Than Perfect Results
The amount of fat that you can safely and effectively remove through liposuction will depend on your specific body type, BMI and goals. However, getting too much lipo could create a rippled appearance on your skin, which can be difficult to fix without surgery or a skin tightening procedure.
Make sure you work with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon for your liposuction procedure. He or she can provide guidance on how much liposuction might be too much and how to get the best possible results.