How Much Fat Can Liposuction Remove Safely?

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The amount of fat you choose to eliminate with liposuction is likely to vary from person to person. Maybe you’re considering liposuction to slim down your waistline or combining it with a breast augmentation procedure. Someone else might decide to undergo liposuction surgery to fully transform their body shape.


According to a general guideline, the maximum amount of fat that can be safely removed from the body during plastic surgery is 5 liters per procedure. This limitation applies regardless of your weight, body fat percentage, or desired outcome. But does it make sense?

Is There a Connection Between BMI and Liposuction?


Doctors disagree, however, about how much fat can and should be eliminated while maintaining patient safety. According to a 2015 study, this recommendation should be replaced with a sliding scale depending on the patient’s BMI.


Patients with a higher BMI may have more fat safely removed by liposuction, according to the September 2020 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. During this study, the researchers followed over 4,500 liposuction patients.

Complications Associated with Removing Too Much Fat


The following are some of the risks associated with eliminating excessive amounts of fat:

  • Where areas have been over-suctioned, the skin develops an unattractive lumpiness or hollow dimpling.
  • Increased health risks such as anesthesia-related responses, infections, and edema.
  • As a result of more prolonged surgical procedures, blood clots, seromas, blood pressure drops, and toxicity may occur.
  • Seroma is known as a fluid build-up that may necessitate drainage.


* Most of the complications are due to an increase in seroma.

How Do We Perform Liposuction in Natural Clinic?


The surgeons at Natural Clinic use the BMI scale and take the patients’ ideal outcomes into account when determining the safest and most appropriate body contouring procedures.


We take into account each patient’s risk factors in addition to the BMI sliding scale approach. When assessing the liposuction risk, factors such as the duration of the operation, adjunct cosmetic procedures, and the patient’s general health prior to surgery should all be considered.


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