Liposuction: It is Not “What is Removed” but “What is Left” That is Important

A very common question that I am asked by my patients regarding liposuction in Scottsdale is “How much fat do you think I need to have removed?”. There are also variations on this including “My friend had 600cc’s removed from her abdomen and flanks. Is that a lot?” Another one is “Dr. Blah Blah stated that I needed 750cc’s removed from my abdomen and hips. What do you think?”

It’s all well and good to cite numbers in order to quantify the fat removed but liposuction is more than just suctioning a specific amount of fat. In fact, many patients and even physicians look at this surgery in a backwards manner. Of ultimate importance is what has been achieved with the liposuction:

The result. Your appearance.

The volume of fat suctioned out is only of secondary relevance – it is not the “result” but the consequence of the result. In other words, just the right amount of fat should be removed in order to obtain the desired body sculpting result and whatever that number is – so be it!

Did anyone care or ask how much stone Michelangelo removed when he created his masterpieces: the “David” or the “Pieta” statues?

Of course not!

It was the final results that mattered.

Because of this, I don’t “promise” my patients that a specific quantity of fat will be removed. What I do state is that I will do my best to help them obtain the look that they have desired given their particular situation. After surgery, they can be provided with the specific amounts of fat that were removed.

Liposuction is an art – it is human sculpturing. When performed well and with the right situation, desirable improvements can be obtained.

If you have any questions regarding liposuction in Scottsdale or any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform or to schedule a complimentary consultation with me, please call my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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