How Much Weight Can Liposuction Remove?

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2023-12-06 05:30 AM | By Tamira scientific Committee
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As per a survey published by Bijoy Methil in the Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery (2015), the lipo technique was the most common surgery performed by Indian plastic surgeons back then. After six years, in 2021, the procedure was still found to top the list (source: And even today, in 2023, we can witness at least a 20% market contribution every year. So, one thing you can make clear is how beneficial it could be for people in terms of fat removal and weight loss. And that’s what these statistics show. 


However, now comes the next set of doubts. Will the procedure remove all the fat cells from the body and thus help you lose weight? Is it only the fat cells that get removed? And importantly, how much weight can liposuction remove from your body? 


Alright, here’s what our experts say!


What fat cells account for weight loss in your body?

Irrespective of whether it is a laser, tumescent, ultrasound, or other advanced liposuction techniques, the surgery removes only the subcutaneous fat cells that are underneath your skin. This does not remove other fat cells found deep inside and those that help in your metabolism.   


What all gets removed through a lipo surgery?

Subcutaneous fat cells and cellulite are removed through liposuction technology. Other body cells are pretty safe and untouched during the treatment.   


More Q&As about the technique are here. These are curated by one of the most reputed and board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Jayanthy Ravindran.


What is the approximate amount of weight that can be removed? 

In a single liposuction surgery or sitting, doctors can extract fat cells up to ten percent of your total weight. For example, if you weigh 65 kg, around 5 to 6 liters or kilograms of fat could be removed. As a standard, doctors prefer extracting only up to five liters of fat cells.

Extracting more than 10% of your body weight (that is, more than 10–11 pounds) is quite risky. However, if the doctor is well experienced and uses advanced equipment, facilities, etc., the procedure can remove more than ten percent of the body weight. Looking for instant (and mild) weight loss? Undergo liposuction in Chennai at India’s No. 1 aesthetic healthcare center—TamiraLife!



Besides the industry standards and the 10% calculations, first consult your doctor and get clarified if you’re eligible. Second, allow for a physical and medical examination of your body, weight, and fat depositions. Third, understand from your doctor how much weight can liposuction remove from your body. Because no procedure can give the same results to all patients, as simple as that. 


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