Liposuction is among the most popular cosmetic body contouring procedures available to both men and women who desire a toned appearance. Unless you’re genetically blessed and disciplined enough to stick to a rigorous exercise routine and follow a healthy diet, chances are you have some stubborn fat pockets, especially if you’ve had multiple pregnancies or lost a lot of weight. These could extend across your abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, flanks, back, below your chin, and chest, and make you feel self-conscious.
Liposuction can be an effective procedure at reducing your trouble spots. You may be wondering if you could have multiple areas of the body treated during a single visit to Dr. Tim Sayed at his state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery practice in San Diego, CA. Keep reading. What you find out might surprise you!
How Much Fat Can You Have Removed?
Deciding whether he can safely administer liposuction across several areas in one procedure requires Dr. Sayed to consider multiple factors. Perhaps the most crucial of these is the amount of fat he can safely remove at once.
It’s worth remembering that, when talking about liposuction, we don’t measure fat in pounds, but in volume – typically cubic centimeters or liters. For your safety, the upper limit of fat Dr. Sayed can remove during liposuction surgery is five liters (or five quarts) of fat during a single outpatient visit. If you require more than this amount, Dr. Sayed might recommend breaking down the procedure into multiple stages and sessions.
With liposuction, your goal should always be fat removal as part of a body contouring procedure and not to help you lose weight.
Since Dr. Sayed customizes liposuction on a patient-by-patient basis, the actual limit to the number of areas he can treat in one visit depends on several factors, including:
- Desired amount of fat removal.
- Your physical size and anatomy.
- Location of each targeted area.
- Your unique needs and goals.
- How close you are to your ideal goal weight.
If you’re contemplating liposuction for one or many areas, Dr. Sayed, an expert in this body contouring technique, would be happy to create a safe and effective treatment plan to satisfy your specific cosmetic goals.
Fat in One Region
If you want to have fat removed from parts of the body that are close to each other, such as the thighs, hips, and buttocks, it may be possible to treat these areas during a single outpatient visit.
Fat in Multiple Regions
Unfortunately, for some people, stubborn body fat doesn’t always accumulate in only one area of the body. Having multiple problem areas may prompt you to inquire about how many areas a single liposuction outpatient visit can help you address.
As you’ll discover during your consultation with Dr. Sayed, the amount of fatty tissue he can remove depends on your anatomy and the size and number of areas you want to address. For example, a relatively small person may be able to have all their desired regions addressed during a single liposuction session. However, someone with a larger build might require multiple treatments over several visits to safely extract the necessary amount of fat.
If your desired fat removal is greater than the amount appropriate for your body, or if the procedure will take longer than the time deemed safe while under general anesthesia, Dr. Sayed typically recommends staged procedures.
Remember, the more areas of the body you opt to target with liposuction, the more discomfort and swelling you will experience after surgery. Once Dr. Sayed has completed the liposuction procedure, he will apply a compression garment to limit swelling in these areas.
Since fat removal with liposuction is such a personalized procedure, Dr. Sayed will determine the number of sessions necessary to treat all desired areas after talking with you about your unique goals and any aspects of your health history that might lead to complications with healing.
Learn More About Liposuction in San Diego, CA
Deciding on liposuction across several areas is a significant decision. The entire team at Tim Sayed MD’s state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery practice is here to help you feel confident in your choice, and we’ll help answer any questions and concerns you might have. Your next step is to schedule an in-person consultation at our San Diego, CA, offices by calling 858-24SAYED or contacting us online today.