Center for Plastic Surgery
1945 Old Gallows Road, Suite 400
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 560-2850
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Center for Plastic Surgery
5550 Friendship Blvd, Suite 130
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 652-7700
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Does Liposuction Help You Lose Weight?

Woman in bigger sweatpants after significant weight loss

Body contouring procedures are more popular than ever and offer an easy way to get rid of unwanted fat. However, many misconceptions remain around liposuction, fat removal, and weight loss. Can liposuction actually help Washington, DC, patients lose weight?

Liposuction is a versatile treatment that has helped countless men and women obtain the body they’ve always wanted. In this blog post, we’ll answer several commonly asked questions regarding liposuction and weight loss. 

Can you lose weight with liposuction?

The short answer is, unfortunately, no. The focus of liposuction isn’t weight loss but to remove pockets of fat that diet and exercise alone won’t fix. Your surgeon will tell you the weight of the fat removed. We suggest you aim to lost that amount of weight within 3 to 4 months, losing more than that will produce even better results.

However, depending on the patient, liposuction may involve removing a large amount of fatty tissue. Some cases may require removing up to 5 liters of fat, but surgeons stay below this limit to avoid potential risks and complications. 

What areas can liposuction slim down?

Liposuction can be used on many areas of the body, including the arms, belly, thighs, and more. The procedure uses a thin tube or cannula to suction out unwanted fat, allowing it to target specific trouble spots with ease. Fat cells suctioned out during liposuction are permanently removed and will not “grow back.” A healthy lifestyle prevents the remaining fat cells from growing in size and helps you maintain your ideal results. 

Can liposuction help you live a healthier life?

Unwanted fat can make you feel self-conscious and hold you back in some areas of life. You may feel uneasy wearing tight-fitting clothes or working out at the local gym. Many liposuction patients report a renewed sense of confidence after their body contouring procedure. After sculpting their body, they are more comfortable in their clothes and find going to the gym much more enjoyable. 

Liposuction may not be a weight loss procedure, but it can inspire healthy choices and long-term change. When combined with an active lifestyle, liposuction can create a positive effect on both body and mind.

How do I know if liposuction is right for me?

Liposuction is a trusted procedure that can shrink belly bulges, love handles, and more. You may be a good candidate for the procedure if you are:

  • At a stable weight
  • Want to reduce isolated areas of fat
  • Have reasonably elastic skin tone

During your one-on-one consultation, our staff will analyze your body and help you determine if liposuction is right for you. To get an idea of the type of results you can expect, browse our before-and-after gallery.

If you’re interested in liposuction surgery and in Chevy Chase or the greater Washington, DC, area, please request a consultation online. You can also contact our offices by phone at (703) 560-2850 (Annandale, VA) or (301) 652-7700 (Chevy Chase, MD).

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