What Types of Body Fat Can Liposuction Remove?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that is used to remove body fat. It’s one of the most frequently performed plastic surgeries for both men and women. The procedure can help to refine your figure, by removing stubborn areas of fat that may otherwise not respond to diet and exercise alone.

Those who are interested in seeing a reduction in body fat with liposuction should note that liposuction should not be seen as a replacement for healthy weight loss. It is not a treatment for obesity.

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that can help to enhance your already in-shape physique.

Body fat liposuction can address

There are two types of body fat, subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat is the type of body fat that can be seen beneath the skin. For most of us, about 80% of our body fat is this type of fat. Those who want to know how to get rid of body fat with liposuction will learn that subcutaneous fat can be treated with the liposuction procedure.

Visceral fat, on the other hand, is the fat that surrounds the organs. It can lead to several types of health concerns, including obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Only an improved diet and a good exercise routine can help to target the visceral fat.

Who is the best candidate for liposuction?

The ideal candidate for the liposuction procedure is the adult man or woman who is in good overall physical shape. As liposuction cannot be used as a substitute for healthy weight loss, it’s important that you be as close to your ideal weight as possible. We recommend that you be within 20-30% of your ideal weight prior to undergoing the liposuction procedure. As with most plastic surgeries, it’s also suggested that your weight be stable for several months, as any weight fluctuations can potentially alter the results of your procedure.

Patients who undergo liposuction should be non-smokers who don’t have any medical conditions that could potentially result in complications during surgery and the healing process.

Where can liposuction be used?

Liposuction can be used on any area of the body where you have stubborn fat pockets that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Both men and women can benefit from the contouring process, in areas that include the following:

  • Chest, particularly for breast reduction procedures
  • Stomach, and often combined with a tummy tuck
  • Thighs, hips and inside knees
  • Ankles and calves
  • Upper arms and underarms
  • Back, particularly around the bra areas
  • Buttocks

Liposuction can’t be used as a replacement for weight loss or as a treatment for obesity. Only eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise can help you to lose weight and to address obesity concerns. This healthy lifestyle can also help to address the unhealthy visceral fat that can potentially lead to a number of health problems.

Book a consultation with Dr Perron to find out how liposuction can help you sculpt your healthy body. You’ll be able to maintain your healthy lifestyle and get the results that you’ve been working so hard to achieve.


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