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Am I too large for liposuction?


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?


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.


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.


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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