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Am I too large for liposuction?

Q:

I have large midsection (I am about 300 lbs) and I have been trying to find someone who will take my midsection down to normal proportions. Can this be done?

A:

Dear Diana,

Liposuction in large BMI patients is rewarding for the patient and can improve their self image. There's a limit how much fat can be removed safely in a clinic setting. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons set a safe limit to be about 5,000cc (about 6 quarts) in one surgery. You might need further surgery to improve your results. If you are healthy, otherwise, it is best to make an in person consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon experienced in large volume liposuction.

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I have cared for many patients who need removal of tissue as well as liposuction. I would recommend a consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to evaluate you and give you options.

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Too Large for Liposuction – If one has excessive weight especially in the mid-section then liposuction is not optimal for this. One must diet and exercise to maintain weight loss. Liposuction is not for weight loss, but rather for improved shaping and contouring.

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