Can You Lose Weight With Liposuction?


How Much Weight Can You Lose from Liposuction?

02 Apr 2024

Understanding Liposuction and Weight Loss

This blog explores the frequently asked question: ‘How much weight can you lose through liposuction?'” It aims to clarify misconceptions and provide a clearer understanding of the procedure, drawing upon the knowledge and insights from Dr. Murray (MED0001196978).

Liposuction emerges as a topic of frequent discussion, particularly regarding its association with weight loss. It is essential to understand that liposuction is primarily aimed at refining and enhancing the body’s contours, focusing on specific areas rather than serving as a conventional weight loss method. The procedure is designed to sculpt the body, and the degree of weight change is subject to individual variability.

Note: This content is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Outcomes from liposuction can differ widely among individuals, and all surgical interventions carry inherent risks. It is imperative to seek guidance from a qualified healthcare provider for recommendations tailored to your specific health circumstances.

Exploring Vaser Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction employs ultrasound technology as part of its approach to fat removal. This method focuses on liquefying the fat before its removal, which may facilitate a more effective process. It’s crucial for individuals to have comprehensive discussions with their healthcare providers to understand how this method works and its potential applicability to their unique situations.

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Liposuction After Weight Loss

Queries regarding the suitability of liposuction following weight loss are common, particularly in light of recent advancements in weight loss medications.

Many individuals find that despite significant weight loss achieved through changes in diet, exercise, weight loss drugs, or medical procedures, certain areas of fat can persist stubbornly. This persistence is especially noticeable in external areas, distinct from the internal fat reduction observed around organs.

Patients often express concerns about areas that have remained resistant to change despite notable progress. Specifically, while internal fat deposits, such as those around the liver and organs, have diminished, external fat deposits—extending beyond muscle and visible on the body’s surface—persist. Hence, the objective of liposuction in such cases is to selectively target these areas, refining contours and aiming to enhance overall aesthetic appearance.

It is imperative for individuals considering these options to engage in discussions with healthcare providers to gain a comprehensive understanding of what these procedures entail. These conversations are essential for setting realistic expectations and ensuring that every patient is fully aware of potential risks and complications.

Can You Lose Weight With Liposuction

How Much Fat Can Be Removed with Liposuction?

Generally, with Vaser Liposuction, around 0.8 kilograms per litre of fat can be targeted, though individual results may vary. Vaser Liposuction works by liquefying fat, resulting in a more condensed extraction process.

To illustrate, imagine two buckets of grapes, each containing 5 litres. By applying pressure and liquefying the contents of one bucket, it’s possible to reduce its volume to around 3 litres, despite its original size of 5 litres.

To recap, Vaser Liposuction can effectively liquefy fat, resulting in a higher volume of fat removal than anticipated.

Vaser Liposuction VS Traditional Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction is noted for its approach, which utilises ultrasound technology to assist in the gentle breaking down of fat cells before removal. This method is associated with reduced discomfort and a more targeted process, potentially leading to less physiological impact often associated with surgical procedures, aiming to provide a more manageable recovery experience compared to traditional liposuction.

The procedure aims to minimise blood loss, especially compared to traditional liposuction, making the process potentially more comfortable for patients.

While the volume of fat removed can vary, with an average of approximately 0.8 kilograms per litre of fat, the efficiency of Vaser Liposuction in liquefying fat may facilitate the removal of a more significant amount in some cases.

Note: This overview is provided for educational purposes and should not replace professional medical advice. Results and experiences with Vaser Liposuction can vary among individuals, and it’s important to discuss all aspects of the procedure, including potential risks, with a healthcare professional to ensure it aligns with your specific health needs and expectations.

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Metabolism Boost and Psychological Effects

Post-Liposuction, some individuals have shared experiences of noticing a change in their metabolic rate alongside an uplift in psychological well-being. While these observations are not guaranteed or universally experienced, they highlight the personal and varied nature of post-procedure journeys. Some report feeling a surge in motivation, possibly influenced by their investment in the procedure and a renewed sense of self-confidence, which in turn may encourage a more active lifestyle. Alongside these physical sensations, there’s an observable shift in psychological well-being for some, where increased self-confidence encourages a more active lifestyle. This boost in motivation and activity is particularly noteworthy, considering the procedure’s primary aim is to refine body contours rather than serve as a method for weight reduction. It’s this combination of potential physical and psychological shifts that contributes to a holistic view of well-being post-procedure, emphasising the importance of a balanced approach to health and lifestyle change.

It’s important to note that such procedures are not designed for weight loss but rather to sculpt and refine the body’s shape. The personal stories shared by some post-procedure highlight a complex interplay between physical changes and psychological responses, underscoring the importance of setting realistic expectations and understanding the multifaceted nature of these experiences. Having in-depth conversations with healthcare professionals can offer valuable insights into what one might expect, helping to ensure decisions are made with a well-rounded perspective.

Treating The Ankles and Calves with Liposuction

Many individuals express dissatisfaction with the appearance of their lower legs, particularly when it comes to the accumulation of fat in areas like the ankles and calves, commonly referred to as “cankles.”

Liposuction procedures aim to redefine the shape of the ankle and calf areas, creating a more defined separation between the two.

Lipedema and Liposuction

Lipedema is a condition characterised by an abnormal accumulation of fat, particularly noticeable in the lower legs, leading to swelling and fluid retention. This condition, often genetic, can significantly impact an individual’s mobility and quality of life due to the discomfort and physical limitations it presents. Those experiencing lipedema may find the appearance of their ankles and calves particularly distressing, as these areas tend to exhibit pronounced swelling, often referred to as ‘cuffing.’

In addressing the physical manifestations of lipedema, some individuals consider liposuction as an option to alleviate the discomfort and improve the contour of affected areas, such as the ankles and calves. It’s important to note that while this procedure can assist in contouring the body and may reduce the appearance of swelling in these areas, it is not intended as a weight loss solution. The primary aim is to provide relief from the symptoms associated with lipoedema and to enhance the overall shape of the legs, potentially offering a more balanced and proportional appearance.

When exploring liposuction for lipedema, it is crucial to have comprehensive discussions with healthcare professionals. These conversations should cover the potential risks/complications, expected outcomes, the nature of the procedure, and how it may fit into the broader management plan for lipedema. Such an informed approach ensures that individuals understand the potential benefits and limitations, allowing them to make decisions that align with their health and well-being objectives.


Maintaining Results After Liposuction with Diet and Exercise

Following Liposuction, patients often seek ways to support and maintain their wellbeing. An integral part of this post-procedure phase involves adopting a balanced approach to nutrition and, where feasible, incorporating physical activity.

Highlighting the importance of nutrition, a considered diet plays a pivotal role in supporting an individual’s health post-procedure. Making mindful dietary choices can significantly contribute to overall wellbeing and assist in maintaining the body’s condition post-procedure.

Where physical activity is achievable, it can complement dietary efforts and contribute to an individual’s overall health. Recognising that each person’s capacity for physical activity varies, finding a balance that aligns with one’s personal health and capabilities is encouraged.

Consulting with healthcare professionals for personalised advice can provide individuals with guidance tailored to their specific health needs and post-procedure journey, underscoring the significance of informed decisions for long-term wellbeing.

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Non-Surgical Alternatives to Liposuction

In the realm of body contouring, there are alternatives to surgical procedures that individuals may consider. These non-surgical options offer a different approach to refining and shaping the body’s appearance. Among these, CoolSculpting, Ultraformer MPT and treatments aimed at reducing fat deposits, stand out as potential options that have garnered attention for their approach to addressing stubborn fat areas and aimed at enhancing body contours.

CoolSculpting aims to target and reduce fat cells in specific areas, offering a non-invasive option for those looking to address pockets of stubborn fat.

Ultraformer MPT, a newer addition to the array of non-surgical options, employs ultrasound technology to target tissue layers beneath the skin, promoting tightening and contouring.


This content provided is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or be used as a basis for making medical decisions. All surgical procedures involve risks, and results may vary from person to person.

Individuals considering any medical procedure, including liposuction, are strongly encouraged to consult directly with a qualified healthcare professional to obtain advice and recommendations based on their unique health profile and medical history. Surgical procedures, such as liposuction, involve risks and the possibility of complications. The outcomes of such procedures can significantly vary among individuals due to numerous factors, including but not limited to, genetic predispositions, lifestyle choices, and adherence to post-procedure care guidelines.

For a comprehensive understanding of the potential risks and recovery details associated with any surgical procedure, it is essential to review the relevant treatment information provided by your healthcare provider.

All surgical procedures referenced in this article have been conducted by Dr. Glenn Murray (AHPRA Registration MED0001196978), registered medical practitioner, Perth.


Operating out of five clinics across Perth, ABSOLUTE COSMETIC is a testament to the dedication and experience of Medical Director Dr. Glenn Murray and Director of Nursing Stephanie Murray. With over 20 years of full-time experience in aesthetic medicine under their belt, a holistic approach to aesthetic care includes a range of treatments, including non-surgical options to surgical procedures performed in our Class B Day Hospital, licensed by the WA Department of Health.

We regularly visit Bunbury, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, and Mandurah. If you are not located near one of our clinics, we can offer Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp consultations to help you start your journey with ABSOLUTE COSMETIC.

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Dr. Glenn Murray (AHPRA Registration MED0001196978) Registered Medical Practitioner. General disclaimer: Patient outcomes can vary due to factors such as... genetics, diet, age, exercise, lifestyle, weight, and overall health. It’s essential to understand that all invasive surgeries come with inherent risks and require a recovery period and specific care regimen. Detailed information regarding surgical risks and complications is available here, but it is advisable to conduct thorough research and obtain a second opinion to ensure you are able to make an informed decision. Please note that the information provided is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice or establish a doctor-patient relationship. For real patient images, please visit our Before and After page. Please be advised that surgical outcomes vary, from patient to patient, and comprehensive research is crucial before making any decisions. This website contains imagery which is only suitable for audiences 18+.

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