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How Much Weight Can You Lose From Liposuction?

Are you sick and tired of eating right, exercising regularly, and feeling dissatisfied with your contours? Are you at or near your ideal weight and worried that you’ll never have a body that you can feel confident in? If so, you may be considered a good candidate for liposuction at DFW Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery in Southlake, TX.

Many people believe that liposuction, sometimes referred to as lipo, is right for them. However, it is important to understand that this procedure is not right for everyone. It is an excellent tool for fat loss, but it may or may not be the ideal solution for you if your goal is weight loss. To help you decide whether this procedure is right for you, keep reading to find out how much weight you can lose from this procedure, who is usually considered a good candidate, and more.

How Much Weight Can You Lose From Liposuction?

You can generally expect to lose around 11 pounds from a single liposuction session. However, it is important to understand that several factors affect how much weight you will actually lose. For example, the amount of weight you can expect to lose in a single session is affected by the amount of excess subcutaneous fat you have to lose.

The amount of weight you can expect to lose post-lipo is also affected by your body mass index. The higher your BMI is, the more fat can be removed safely at once. During your initial consultation, we will evaluate the amount of subcutaneous fat you have in your areas of concern to determine how much fat loss you can realistically expect. If you have a lot of excess fat, it could be 10 or 11 pounds. If you are at your goal weight already, it could only be two or three pounds.

Am I a Good Candidate for This Procedure?

The only way to determine whether you are a good candidate for lipo is to attend an initial evaluation. It is important to understand that you need to have enough excess fat in your areas of concern for this procedure to be effective. Usually, we consider an inch of pinchable fat to be sufficient. However, if you have a smaller area of concern, like your chin, your underarms, or the backs of your knees, it may suffice to have only half an inch of pinchable fat.

It is also important that you do not have too much fat in an area of concern. If you have too much fat in a particular area, you may be dissatisfied with the results of your procedure. For this reason, it is important that you are not more than 30 pounds heavier than your goal weight. It is also important to note that you will not qualify for this procedure if you are obese. It is also important to not be obese because you must be healthy to qualify for this procedure.

What Other Medical Conditions Will Preclude Me From Qualifying?

There are several medical conditions in addition to obesity that will preclude you from qualifying for this procedure. For example, you will be considered a poor lipo candidate if you suffer from renal failure, pancreatic cancer, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or uncontrolled diabetes. You will also be considered a poor candidate for this procedure if you have any heart, lung, or blood problems.

Will  I Qualify for This Procedure if I Was Pregnant Recently?

You probably won’t be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you were recently pregnant. You will definitely not be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Similarly, you will not be considered a good candidate for this procedure if you are actively attempting to conceive or you have nursed within the past six months. If you have been pregnant but are not nursing, you may qualify.

Do I Have to Be Able to Fast to Qualify for This Procedure?

A number of factors affect whether you need to be able to fast prior to your lipo session. The bottom line is that you will only need to fast before your procedure if you are administered general anesthesia rather than a local anesthetic and sedation. One factor that affects whether you will be administered general anesthesia is the amount of excess fat that needs to be removed from your problem area or areas.

The more excess fat you have to lose, the more likely it is that you will be administered a general anesthetic rather than a local anesthetic. It is also more likely that you will be given a general anesthetic if you have numerous areas of concern. However, the most important factor affecting whether you will get general anesthesia is the health of your heart and lungs. If your heart and lungs aren’t healthy enough, you’ll be given a local anesthetic.

What Can I Expect After My Procedure?

You can expect to feel extremely tired after your procedure. Drowsiness is a natural effect of sedation and general anesthesia. We will observe you for a while after your procedure to ensure that you wake up enough from the administered medication that you can understand your post-op instructions clearly. However, you should know that it is not safe to drive within 24 hours of receiving a sedative due to the drowsiness that is to be expected.

You should also anticipate feeling exhausted for another couple of days after this. Recovering from surgery requires a lot of energy, so you should plan to take it easy for several days. To reiterate, we will review your post-op recovery guidelines after your procedure is complete. One of the most important recovery steps you must take is to get plenty of rest.

How Much Should I Sleep After My Procedure?

It is highly advisable to sleep as much as you can after your procedure. Ideally, you should get at least nine hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, take the time to consider why. If you wake up in the middle of the night to urinate, stop drinking a couple of hours before bed. If you wake up because sunlight is streaming through your windows, buy blackout curtains to help you sleep soundly.

It is important to note that you must sleep on your back for two weeks if lipo is used to remove fat from your chest, stomach, or upper thighs. If fat is removed from your buttocks or back, you must sleep on your stomach.

How Much Should I Drink After My Procedure?

It is essential that you remain hydrated throughout your recovery process. Water is an essential component in collagen production, and collagen production is essential for your recovery. Collagen is a special type of protein that plays a number of roles: one of those roles is helping your skin heal itself. The more hydrated you are, the faster your skin will be able to heal itself from the incisions made to accommodate the cannula and suction device.

What Should I Eat After My Procedure?

In addition to a sufficient amount of water, your body needs three essential amino acids and vitamin C to produce collagen. Many people like to incorporate foods into their post-op diet that are high in both protein and vitamin C. Some great examples include spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale. Vitamin C can also be found in abundance in citrus fruits and tropical fruits, like mangoes and oranges.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that liposuction can usually help people lose between 10 and 11 pounds. However, it is your body mass and the amount of excess fat you have near the surface of your skin in your areas of concern that determines how much fat you can expect to lose. You may only be able to lose a few pounds of excess fat if you are already at your goal weight.

The only way to find out for sure whether liposuction is right for you is to come in for an initial consultation. If you are ready to change your contours for the better permanently, we’re here for you. Contact us today at DFW Aesthetics and Cosmetic Surgery in Southlake, TX. We can’t wait to help you achieve the body of your dreams. You deserve to feel confident in your own skin, and we’d love the opportunity to help you achieve that.

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