While it is technically true that you can “lose weight” through liposuction, I don’t consider it a weight loss method; it is more of a cosmetic surgery. Surgeons use liposuction to literally suck out pounds of fat in a localized area. They focus on one small area at a time in order to make sure it looks as even and symmetrical as possible. Some surgeons are braver than others, and if you have a lot of subcutaneous fat to lose, they might remove anywhere from 5 to 40 percent. For severely obese patients, up to 10 pounds can be removed in one procedure session. Additional sessions are usually necessary for other specific areas you wish to target for fat removal.
Liposuction is a procedure that requires super specialized surgeons—plastic surgeons—who have gone through five years of general surgery training and an additional two to three years of plastic surgery residency training. This kind of expertise doesn’t come cheap!
I don’t recommend liposuction to my patients as a weight loss method because it doesn’t address any of the underlying behavioral issues nor does it stop the remaining fat cells from secreting substances to recruit more fat cells. But it can be useful in patients who have used other weight loss methods to lose the weight but are having trouble with a particular small problem area that just won’t go away no ma er what (for example, that pad between the knees, love handles, the C-section bulge, etc.).