As a company that facilitates medical tourism for people who want to undergo liposuction, and other procedures, in Iran, we are often asked: “how much weight will I lose after liposuction?”
Although it quite makes if you are curious as to how many pounds you would lose if you undergo a liposuction procedure, your question implies that you might think of liposuction as a weight loss option. If this is the case, you are completely wrong. Liposuction isn’t a weight loss procedure but a body contouring one.
Liposuction is aimed at sculpting the body to give it a more toned appearance. It does this by removing fat pockets that have deformed the shape of the body. Liposuction is a purely aesthetic procedure.
While the amount of fat removed in a liposuction procedure depends on your body and the extent of fat accumulation, no more than a certain amount of fat can be safely removed, without putting the patient at risk.
Currently, the maximum amount of fat that can be extracted safely in one liposuction procedure is 11 pounds (approximately 5 kilos and 5 liters). Some surgeons recommend even smaller amounts (6-8 pounds)
Given that removing a greater amount of fat in a single session is risky and will likely cause complications, it is recommended that patients divide the treatment into two sessions, at least one month apart. Several small liposuction procedures are safer than an extensive one.
It is important to note that good liposuction candidates are people who are at or near normal weight. Therefore, extremely overweight or obese people are not eligible for this procedure.