How Many Areas Can Be Treated at Once with Liposuction?
People rarely accumulate fat in just one area of the body. In fact, some of the most common regions in which fat tends to build up for both women and men include the abdomen, back, legs, hips, chest, neck, and face. Fortunately, liposuction can be utilized to remove excess fat from these areas, helping patients to achieve a slimmer, more toned figure. But just how many regions can be treated during a single liposuction procedure? The answer to this question has more to do with the total quantity of fat removed than the number of places from which it is extracted.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the combined quantity of fat removed during one liposuction session should not surpass five liters, no matter how many areas of the body are treated. With this in mind, a patient may be able to have all of their problem areas addressed during a single procedure if the total amount of fat extracted is less than five liters, whereas someone who needs more than five liters of fat removed to achieve their goals may require multiple liposuction sessions. The reasoning for this guideline is not that extracting over five liters of fat is inevitably dangerous for all individuals, but rather that removing quantities greater than five liters in one session can often increase the risk for potential complications.
Based on this information, the exact number of areas that can be treated at once with liposuction will depend on the unique needs and goals of the patient. If you are interested in liposuction, one of our experience plastic surgeons can provide a personalized answer to all of your questions based on a physical examination and thorough discussion of your aesthetic desires. To schedule a consultation, contact the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery today.