How much fat can liposuction remove?

Dr. Luke Cusimano, FACS

How much fat can liposuction remove?

May 10, 2023 | Blog

Looking to get rid of unwanted fat and reshape specific areas of your body? Liposuction is the procedure of choice! It is important – however – to understand that this treatment is not a weight loss solution. Your liposuction in Baton Rouge also is limited in terms of the amount of fat that it can remove from the body. This article gives you some insights so you know what to expect during your fat removal surgery. 

Are you a candidate?

Before you even think about the volume of fat that can be removed, the first step is to determine your candidacy for this treatment. Dr. Cusimano recommends that good candidates for a lipo are individuals who are in good overall health, wish to address localized areas of stubborn fat that aren’t responding to diet and exercise, and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of this procedure. 

What are the limitations?

Liposuction is a safe and proven procedure. However, there are limits to the amount of fat that Dr. Cusimano can extract during your lipo in Baton Rouge LA. Plastic surgeons are very keen to follow these guidelines in order to ensure the patient’s safety as well as minimize any potential risks associated with excessive removal of fat during a single session. 

How much fat can you remove?

The collective volume of fat that is removed during your liposuction plastic surgery will vary based on factors such as your overall health, your body mass index (BMI), and the specific treatment areas being targeted. Generally, Dr. Cusimano aims to remove anywhere between 2 and 5 liters (4.4 – 11 lbs) of fat. 

How many areas can be targeted at once?

Dr. Cusimano can target multiple parts of the body at once (e.g. the abdomen, thighs, hips, arms, neck, etc). It all depends on the specific goals of your surgery. During your pre-op consultation visit, Dr. Cusimano will discuss the modalities of your treatment while also taking steps to maintain proportionality and your well-being.  

How to select a good plastic surgeon for liposuction?

Selecting a highly qualified plastic surgeon is one of the most important considerations for patients who are looking to undergo a lipo. Below are some steps that you can follow to make sure that you make the right decision:

  • Start by researching the surgeon’s credentials, qualifications, and board certifications.
  • Read patient reviews and testimonials to assess the surgeon’s track record and patient satisfaction.
  • Schedule a consultation to personally assess the plastic surgeon’s communication style and approach to patient care.
  • Ask relevant questions during the consultation so you can address any concerns or doubts.
  • Select a surgeon who is willing and able to listen to your goals, as well as display empathy and provide realistic expectations.
  • Assess to see if you have confidence and comfort in the surgeon so you ensure your comfort throughout the liposuction experience. 


Liposuction is a gold-standard plastic surgery procedure to remove stubborn fat deposits and improve body contours. However, you must keep in mind that this is not a weight loss procedure. More so, there are limits in terms of the specific amount of fat that plastic surgeons can remove during the surgery. Get in touch with Dr. Luke Cusimano at Cusimano Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a consultation or learn more about this treatment.