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Is Liposuction a Weight Loss Surgery?

Saturday, July 15, 2023

LiposuctionLiposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery that removes stubborn fat from areas of the body where it is difficult to lose fat. However, there is a common misconception that liposuction is a form of weight loss surgery. Let’s explore if liposuction is a weight loss surgery and who is a good candidate.

Liposuction Is Not a Weight Loss Surgery

Contrary to the popular misconception, liposuction is not a weight loss surgery in the traditional sense. However, you do technically lose weight from the liposuction process. Liposuction is designed to remove small and stubborn pockets of fat that are difficult to target from traditional exercise and diet. Liposuction uses a small device that resembles a hollow knitting needle to remove fat from underneath the skin. Multiple tiny incisions are made, and the device removes the fat. The maximum amount of fat removed is around five to 10 pounds. While this is technically weight loss, liposuction is not a viable option for weight loss, and results will be far from optimal.

Who Should Get Liposuction?

Liposuction is mainly designed for people who are relatively healthy and are close to their goal weight. Certain parts of the body can be resistant to weight loss, and it is impossible to target a specific part of the body to burn fat. It can be frustrating to be a healthy and fit individual but struggle with excess fat in a place like your neck. That’s where liposuction is incredibly useful at targeting small pockets of fat on the body. If you’re struggling with stubborn fat or are five to 10 pounds away from your weight goal, liposuction could be a good option for you.

Seeking Treatment

Even though liposuction isn’t a weight loss surgery, it can still help you remove stubborn fat that is in the way of your aesthetic goals. Thankfully, Dr. John Bershof provides many cosmetic treatments, including liposuction. Dr. Bershof is proud to be one of the few plastic surgeons in the United States double-boarded in plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Bershof has been in private practice for over three decades and brings expertise, care, and efficiency to every procedure. If you’re considering liposuction, then contact Dr. Bershof’s office at 303-399-7662 today.