Frequently Asked Questions
1. How much weight can you lose with liposuction?
The aim of liposuction is to remove unwanted fat deposits from the body to contour it. Liposuction sculpts the body to give a nice contour and shape to that particular area. While not the aim, weight loss does happen when you undergo liposuction. Generally speaking, maximum fat that can safely be sucked out in one sitting can be 4-5L, weighing approx. 5-8 pounds. Removal of more fat than this in one go can invite complications.
If your goal is weight loss, or if you are grossly overweight, bariatric surgery may be the right procedure for you.
2. How much does liposuction cost for the stomach?
Liposuction cost for stomach or abdomen varies depending on how much fat is to be removed, which type of liposuction technique is being used, surgeon, facility and the city where the procedure is being done.
On an average, liposuction cost for stomach ranges from $ 2200 to 2900 in India.
3. Does the fat come back after liposuction?
The areas that are treated with liposuction do not see fat coming back. This is because most fat cells are removed from that area. However, if you put on a large amount of weight after liposuction, there are chances the fat will accumulate in liposuctioned / other parts of the body and that will look disproportionate. It is thus advisable to have a healthy lifestyle after liposuction.
4. How painful is liposuction?
Liposuction is not very painful. The procedure is done either under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. You will have mild to moderate pain or discomfort after the procedure which can be managed with medication. You will have swelling, bruising and redness which will settle fast.
5. How long do liposuction results last?
Liposuction results are generally long lasting. Your skin may lose some firmness with aging, but as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not gain weight, liposuction results will last long. Even if you gain weight, fat distribution will change- fat will deposit in other areas and not in the areas where liposuction was done.
6. Does liposuction leave scars?
Scarring after liposuction is rare. A trained plastic surgeon knows where to make the incisions and what to do while performing the procedure to make the scars as inconspicuous as possible.
7. Does liposuction ruin your body?
Liposuction is one of the most successful and trusted procedures to remove unwanted fat from the body. It is quite safe if done by a trained surgeon in a well equipped facility and rather than ruining the body, it helps one achieve a more proportionate and in shape body.
However, like any surgical procedure, liposuction too has risks associated. Candidate selection is very important, people who are grossly overweight are not good candidates and may have complications during recovery. If you already have loose skin, liposuction can make your skin hang even more. It is possible for temporary pockets of fluid, called seromas, to form under the skin. These look unsightly, feel uncomfortable, and need to be drained - something which is done using a needle.
It is thus important to choose a well qualified, experienced surgeon who gives you honest advice.
8. Will liposuction flatten my stomach?
It is important to note here that you have 2 types of body fat- visceral and subcutaneous.
If the fat in your abdomen is inside the visceral cavity (this fat surrounds your organs), liposuction cannot remove that fat. The only way to get rid of that fat is weight loss.
If you have subcutaneous fat, the fat that is below your skin, that can be removed with liposuction. Liposuction in this case can go a long way in giving you a flat stomach.