How Much Fat Can Be Removed in Liposuction?

When looking to have liposuction, one of the first questions they have is how much fat can be safely removed. But how much fat can be removed in a single session? And what are the potential side effects of the liposuction procedure?


What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, or lipo for short, is a cosmetic surgery procedure used to remove excess fat from specific body areas. Lipo can be used to improve body contours and proportions or simply to reduce fat in targeted areas.  

Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes one to two hours. A small incision is made in the skin during the surgery, and a thin tube called a cannula is inserted. The cannula is used to dislodge and suction out the fat. 

Liposuction is a safe and effective procedure with a low risk of complications. Most people are happy with lipo results and find that it helps them achieve a more proportionate and flattering body shape.

The Amount of Fat Removed in a Single Liposuction Session

Many people are curious about how much fat can be removed during a single liposuction session. The total amount of removable fat in a patient depends on their body’s composition. Most people can have up to 9 pounds of fat removed in a single session. 

However, it’s important to note that not everyone will have 9 pounds of fat removed. It all depends on the individual’s body composition and how much fat is available for removal.   

Most people can have a significant amount of fat removed in a single session, but it’s important to remember that everyone is different. If you’re considering liposuction, be sure to talk to a qualified surgeon like Dr Mark Duncan-Smith to find out how much fat can be removed in a single session.

The Aspects Affecting Removal of Fat

  • Area for treatment
  • The patient’s overall weight
  • The shape of the body
  • Whether or not the patient is having liposuction in conjunction with another surgery procedure


Liposuction is not a weight-loss operation and is only recommended for persons close to their ideal weight and want to get the body.

It is only suitable for removing stubborn fat in certain areas. As such, it should not be used as a means to lose weight. It is advisable to discuss with a qualified cosmetic surgeon before embarking on the surgery. They will fill you in on what to do and answer any serious questions about the surgery and its result.

You can contact us now to contact one of our cosmetic surgeons. You can also book an appointment for a consulting session.


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