Large Volume Liposuction: An Introduction

by Marisa Amorasak

Large Volume Liposuction: An Introduction

Large volume liposuction is an ideal procedure for people who have a significant amount of excess body fat. It’s a worthwhile alternative to other major weight loss methods, like gastric bypass surgery or unhealthy fad diets. But because of its degree of invasiveness, large volume liposuction carries potentially more risks than the average plastic surgery procedure. Read on to learn more about the ins and outs of large volume liposuction, and to find out if you’re a candidate.

What is Large Volume Liposuction?

Large volume liposuction uses the same tools and methods as traditional liposuction. But while most liposuction surgeries target trouble spots on relatively fit people, large volume liposuction is designated for obese or severely overweight people. The definition of what officially constitutes as large volume liposuction is debated, and varies from surgeon to surgeon. With that being said, most plastic surgeons refer to large volume liposuction as any liposuction procedure that removes over 5 liters of fat. However, it’s important to note that during any liposuction surgery, the vacuous tool removes more than just pure fat from the body. It also sucks out surgical wetting solution and plenty of blood. The 5 liters or more from large volume liposuction is only indicative of the fat, meaning that much more than 5 liters of total fluid were removed.

Large Volume Liposuction Risks

There are a number of risks associated with large volume liposuction. Fluid balance and shifting is closely monitored throughout all liposuction procedures, but it’s particularly important during a large volume surgery. If the body doesn’t have enough liquid in it, it can throw off the vitals (heartbeat, breathing, etc) in a major way. For this reason, even if a person has much more than 5 liters of fat to remove, it can be dangerous to go far beyond that number.

Candidates for large volume liposuction are generally quite heavy. Thus, the clinical or hospital setting where the surgery is performed should be fully equipped and ready to handle large patients. That means sturdy operating tables and other large-scale tools.

Benefits of Large Volume Liposuction

  • A kick-start to any major weight loss program
  • Reduction in overall body mass makes it easier to exercise
  • Ability to target trouble spots like the lower stomach, inner thighs, and arms
  • Weight loss due to liposuction may decrease the risk of obesity-related dangers like heart attacks and high blood pressure

Am I a Candidate for Large Volume Liposuction?

Ideally, candidates for large volume liposuction are in overall good health with no heart or blood problems. Since so much fluid is being removed from the body, it’s extremely important that all patients meet with a plastic surgeon beforehand to discuss their health history and condition. Certain medications, supplements, and lifestyle choices may interfere with the large volume liposuction.

Scheduling Your Large Volume Liposuction Consultation

Plastic Surgery Portal is devoted to connecting potential patients with board-certified plastic surgeons. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a reputable plastic surgeon in your area . During the consultation, you’ll be able to further discuss the details of the procedure and find out if you’re a candidate for large volume liposuction.

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