December 19, 2023

How much weight can you lose with liposuction?

If you’re not satisfied with how your body looks and you seem to have a problem losing fat in specific areas, no matter how hard you exercise or how rigorously you follow your diet, liposuction may be an excellent option for you! This revolutionary technology allows for the removal of stubborn fat in areas of the body that seem unresponsive to diet or exercise. If you’re interested in undergoing this procedure and are wondering how much weight you can lose with liposuction, read on!

Image illustrating weight loss with liposuction in Albania

How much weight can you typically lose with liposuction?

Although most patients experience weight loss of five to eleven pounds on average following liposuction, losing weight is not the main objective. In order to achieve the desired body contour, liposuction aims to remove stubborn fat from parts of the body that don’t seem to respond to diet or exercise.

Losing five pounds of fat through liposuction will reshape the areas of your body that have been bothering you, shaving off inches and improving your comfort level in your own skin. This is especially important when considering the fact that losing five pounds through diet and exercise might not seem to make a significant difference in your shape because it is evenly distributed.

Your body mass index, or BMI, will be determined by your surgeon prior to liposuction approval. By knowing your BMI, you and your healthcare physician can set reasonable treatment goals and decide how much fat can be safely reduced. Patients who are underweight prior to surgery or who will be underweight following it will not be approved by surgeons.

What you should know about excess fat and vital fat?

Even though some fat in your body may be unnecessary, your body also stores fat that is extremely useful for your vital functions. Fat cells play a crucial role in your general well-being. They act as a source of energy, support healthy cell growth, serve as a protective layer for your organs and keep your cholesterol and blood pressure down. Moreover, vital fat facilitates the absorption of essential nutrients.

On the other hand, liposuction is designed to eliminate excessive fat that is stored in problem areas. A qualified surgeon will only remove stubborn fat while preserving healthy fat cells. Keep in mind that everyone needs a certain amount of fat, thus expecting to remove all fat from your body is unrealistic. Trust that your surgeon will only target unwanted fat without risking your long-term health and well-being. 

Image illustrating a doctor measuring a patient's fat percentage before liposuction

Will fat cells regrow after undergoing liposuction?

The fat cells that have been removed through liposuction will not grow back. However, keep in mind that unless you maintain a healthy lifestyle and proper dietary regime, new fat cells can grow in the treated areas. This is the case with any cosmetic procedure designed to remove unwanted fat. Same as with a tummy tuck, we recommend that you make sure to take care of your body and maintain an active lifestyle.

In which areas of the body can liposuction be used?

The most common treatment area is the abdomen, but liposuction can treat almost all areas of the body. This marvelous procedure has been approved for use on the neck, face, hips, arms, abdomen, lower back, bra area, love handles, under the buttocks, breasts and thighs. If you opt for a complex liposuction procedure, your surgeon can treat multiple areas in one single session. You should talk to your doctor and determine the best possible treatment plan for your specific case. Most patients opt for a liposuction treatment that will target their love handles, abdomen and lower back, for example, to achieve a more ideal, hourglass shape with the shortest recovery time. 

Image illustrating fat loss with liposuction

The importance of your BMI

Your body mass index (BMI) is an important factor to consider before undergoing liposuction. Many use this scale to evaluate your overall health based on your weight. Doctors will take into consideration your BMI while assessing the state of your general health, especially when looking for risk factors related to complications due to being overweight or obese. Before proceeding with your treatment, your surgeon will take into consideration your BMI, health and goals. 

Studies show that individuals with a higher BMI usually have a better outcome after undergoing liposuction, compared to patients with a lower one. As we mentioned before, striving to achieve a very low fat percentage can be risky and unhealthy. People who start off with a high body fat percentage are ideal candidates for a liposuction procedure that will help them achieve a healthier fat percentage and better body composition. 

Liposuction vs. Diet & Exercise

More than a weight loss procedure, liposuction is considered a quick and efficient fat loss treatment. The main focus of liposuction is not losing extra pounds (although that does happen as a result of the fat loss). Instead, liposuction aims to remove excess fat, meaning that it is designed to remove stubborn fat in areas that seem to be unresponsive to diet or exercise. As such, liposuction works perfectly well as a body contouring method that can allow the patient to get rid of unwanted fat and achieve their ideal body shape. Overall weight loss can be achieved through diet or working. On the other hand, liposuction allows you to target specific areas in your body that you wish looked and felt different. Its results are permanent and extremely effective in helping you get the physique you’ve always dreamt of having. 

Image illustrating a suitable candidate for a liposuction procedure

Suitable candidates for liposuction

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will determine whether you are fit for undergoing liposuction. After performing a thorough physical examination, your doctor will review your medical history and discuss your goals and expectations. If he concludes that you are a suitable candidate for this procedure, he will present you with the best treatment plan for your case. He may advise that you undergo liposuction and treat several areas of your body, depending on what you hope the final outcome will be. Here are few guidelines that doctors use to determine who is a good candidate for liposuction:

You don’t smoke or you are willing to quit

As with most surgical interventions, smoking and nicotine are considered a risk factor for complications. Hence, if you are a smoker, doctors will not consider you eligible for cosmetic interventions unless you stop smoking for at least six weeks before the surgery. Surely, the best candidates for lipo are individuals who don’t smoke at all. Nevertheless, there are many ways to quit smoking for good and getting a liposuction may even act as a source of motivation. In the end, doing so will be in the best interest of your overall health and in the outcome of your surgery.

You are at a healthy weight

If you are currently severely overweight or obese, you should first try to lose the excess weight. Liposuction should be used as the final treatment that will help you lose stubborn fat in areas that can’t seem to be corrected through diet and/or exercise. Typically, the best candidates for liposuction are within 30% of their goal weight. So, while lipo may be an excellent way to lose those few extra pounds, it shouldn’t be considered as your primary method of weight loss. 

Moreover, your surgeon will take into consideration other factors such as skin elasticity and proper muscle tone before proceeding with your surgery. They might suggest other treatments better suited to your case, such as a tummy tuck or arm lift. If your goals and expectations align with the possible results of liposuction, your doctor will make sure to help you achieve these goals! Remember, liposuction is an extremely effective way to fine-tune your body and achieve the shape you’ve always wanted. 

You are determined to maintain your lipo results 

As we explained before, although liposuction results are permanent, you may grow new fat cells if you don’t follow a healthy dietary plan. Therefore, your doctor will make sure to talk to you about your plans of maintaining your results. Before you decide to proceed with your liposuction treatment, you should realize that the longevity of your results depend largely on your determination to maintain a proper lifestyle.  

You are in good health 

Before proceeding with any surgical procedure, your doctor will first evaluate whether you are in proper health. Make sure to inform your doctor if you have any illnesses or health conditions. If you’re been feeling ill within two weeks of your appointment, let your doctor know! He may decide to reschedule your intervention in order to allow your body to properly recover. During your initial consultation your surgeon will perform a thorough health screening in order to ensure that you are in optimal health and ready to proceed with your liposuction treatment. Good initial health makes for a speedy recovery!

Image illustrating the surgical procedure for a liposuction in Albania

How does the liposuction procedure work?

During a typical liposuction procedure, your surgeon will start by making some small and precise incisions in the treatment area. During the intervention you will be under anesthesia, which means that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. After the incisions are made, your doctor will insert a thin tube (otherwise known as a cannula) into the target area. The use of the cannula allows for the fat to be loosened. Then, your surgeon will suction the excess fat through this cannula. At the end of the procedure, he will carefully stitch the incisions. 

What is the recovery process like?

After the liposuction procedure, you will need some time to fully recover and see the final results. Your surgeon will provide you with a compression garment that promotes healing. You will be advised to allow your body to properly rest. During the first few days after the surgery you will notice some swelling and bruising, however, these effects will subside as you recover. Make sure to avoid any strenuous activity and follow your doctor’s post-op instructions.

We recommend that you plan ahead for a quick and healthy recovery. Make sure to have someone who can drive you back to your accommodation after your surgery. Take a few days off work to allow yourself to fully rest, since the first few days are the most crucial. Plan your meals or order takeout so that you don’t have to strain yourself with cooking once you get back to your place. Try to eat as healthy as possible and keep yourself hydrated. Always make sure to use the compression garment provided by your surgeon and wear comfortable clothing that won’t cause any additional discomfort or irritation. 

Talk to your doctor about any painkillers you can use to help manage any possible pain or discomfort. Make sure to use medicine prescribed by your doctor! Remember that the more time you dedicate to your healing stage, the quicker the recovery process will be. Faster recovery means that you’ll get to enjoy the results of your liposuction procedure much sooner! Don’t forget that results may start to show right after the surgery, however, the final outcome will be visible after you’ve fully recovered. 

Final Notes

If you’ve been thinking about undergoing liposuction, we recommend that you consider medical tourism in Albania. Our country is known for providing top-quality healthcare services. Our modern medical facilities are equipped with the latest technology, designed to ensure optimal results. Schedule a consultation with one of our experts and we will make sure to recommend the best possible treatment plan according to your needs, goals and expectations. 

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Meet Jessica, the compassionate website publisher with a passion for medical tourism, medical procedures, plastic surgery, and uncovering the wonders of Albania. Through her informative and eloquent writing, she guides and empowers readers to make informed decisions about healthcare and explore the beauty of this enchanting country. Let Jessica be your trusted source for all things related to health, travel, and self-discovery.

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