Most know that liposuction is not a tool for weight loss. It’s common knowledge nowadays that while it works well for body contouring, it’s not a way to generally shed pounds.
However, the role of liposuction is still not clear to everyone. If you browse popular question and answer sites such as Yahoo! Answers, Real Self and others, you’ll see questions like these about liposuction:
* How much weight can I expect to lose?
* How many pounds will lipo remove from my abdomen?
* What is the maximum volume of fat that can be suctioned?
Unfortunately, the world of Internet marketing, being what it is today, articles on cosmetic surgery procedures like liposuction sometimes get published simply as a vehicle for broadcasting links to a cosmetic surgeon’s site. Occasionally misinformation will be carelessly spread by such articles, like this tidbit that appeared in an Internet article on the last day of July:
Another form of weightloss surgery is liposuction…
Let’s refer to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) to set the record straight:
Liposuction surgery is not a treatment for obesity and is not a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits. People with stubborn areas of fat who exercise regularly are the best candidates for this procedure(ASPS 1).
Some cosmetic surgeons offer what’s known as “high volume liposuction,” in which more than 4 liters (think of those large soda bottles) is removed. Many argue that the procedure is safe when extra safety measures are observed (Gabriel and de la Torre 1). There are, however, numerous potential risks associated with performing the procedure on a significantly overweight patient, such as excess bleeding and blood pressure issues. Many plastic surgeons do not favor high volume liposuction for these reasons (Placik et al 1).
Even if a patient could safely eliminate dozens of pounds through liposuction, improved health might not be the result.