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Hello Dr, thanks again for your replies on my pictures. I have been for my consultation and everything and have my date. The maximum the surgeon said he could take out is 3 litres. Is that enough? how much do you think it would take to get me looking more proportionate, if you can tell from my photo's. I just hear on the boards about people getting 5000cc's taken out... and i did think i would be a large amount like that. Do you think the surgeon is just being cautious? should i ask him to be more aggressive?
thank you so much for your time and thoughts.
Yes it is true that the maximum amount of fat to be removed safely with liposuction during one procedure whether it is under local or general anesthesia has been fairly well established at five liters. But it is not common that a patient truly needs five liters of fat removed, this is 12.5 lbs of potentially pure fat and it is much more than just losing 12 lbs of weight as you are removing the fat from localized areas. An important point that I keep trying to drive home in answering these questions as well as when I discuss things with my personal patients, is to not focus on exactly how much fat is removed. The important part of liposuction is to balance a person’s body out and to create a proper natural looking shape. One of the worst mistakes is to be overly aggressive with liposuction and to remove too much fat. This can either throw a person out of balance and proportion or possibly cause permanent irregularities of the skin. So, once again, do not be so focused on exactly how much a surgeon tells you that he thinks he will remove. It is also a mistake to choose a surgeon who tells you he will remove more fat. So what I am trying to get across is do not be so focused exactly on how much fat is removed – three liters is quite a bit of fat to remove from one or two areas and I would not just ask your surgeon to be more aggressive. But you must trust and find a surgeon who has good judgment and good technique to give you a beautiful lasting result. Once again, one of the worst and unfortunately common mistakes is to be overly aggressive with liposuction. If you read the answers on this Web site regularly, you will see that I unfortunately have to answer questions for patients who have had liposuction too aggressively done.
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