How Many Areas Can Be Treated in One Liposuction Session?


Though fat is dispersed throughout much of the body, there are multiple areas where it can be particularly concentrated. Some of these areas of fat deposits include the abdomen, waistline, hips, back, chest, and thighs and there are site differences between men and women. Liposuction can usually be an excellent surgical solution for eliminating excess fat in each of these problematic regions.

Is there a limit as to how many areas can be treated with liposuction during one surgical procedure?

The answer to this is that the number of areas treated at one time with liposuction is not directly as important as is the total amount of fat to be removed. That is, one can have many areas of relatively small fat deposits and yet remove less compared to someone who has far fewer areas each of which are substantially much larger.

Based on clinical research for the purpose of patient safety, general guidelines have been established by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommending that no more than five liters of fat should be removed at a single liposuction session. That is not to say that one will have a problem if a greater amount of fat is removed. However, risks for medical and other issues do increase with far larger amounts removed in one setting.

Because of each person’s unique body structure and fat deposition characteristics, the exact number of areas that can be addressed in one liposuction treatment would need to be determined on an individual basis. If you are considering this body sculpting option in the Phoenix area, our Scottsdale plastic surgeon—Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub—will be happy to meet with you in a consultation at our practice. Following a thorough personal history and examination, he will be able to specify how many of the areas you would like reduced in size can be treated in order for you to achieve your aesthetic desires.

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