Is Liposuction the Best Way to Achieve Your Fat Loss Resolution?

by | Jan 20, 2021 | Body, Body Contouring

It’s the beginning of another crazy year, but one thing is still the same. Hundreds of thousands of people are evaluating what steps they can take to better their health and their appearance, and fat loss is a common goal among these. Perhaps you’re asking yourself, is this the year for liposuction? Is liposuction the best way to achieve your fat loss resolution? 

Here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, one of our main goals is to create an informed community of would-be patients who have the opportunity to study every aspect of a procedure before making a decision. For that reason, today’s blog will be focusing on the liposuction technique and how it can help you achieve your fat loss resolution!

What Makes Someone a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is potentially an option for anyone struggling with particularly stubborn problem areas that are not responding as desired to diet and exercise. Simply put, liposuction “sucks up” pockets of stubborn fat through a cannula, slimming down your figure, and allowing you to achieve your goal silhouette. Liposuction is most effective for patients who are close to their goal weight and have healthy skin but can also be combined with other procedures to achieve superior results. 

Healthy skin is essential to a successful lipo. Skin is naturally flexible and elastic, and as the treated area takes on a different shape, you want the skin to be able to adapt well so that you do not experience unwanted loose skin. Healthy, tight skin is the key to a successful liposuction outcome. 

As with any other cosmetic procedure, you should plan for a comprehensive consultation with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, who will review what goals are best for you and what procedures best achieve those goals. 

Tummy tuck

Slim down and tighten your skin

Is There Any Limit on How Much Fat Can Be Removed?

There’s no simple way to approach this issue. Several factors have to be weighed in before deciding how much fat can be removed. First of all, state legislation – some states might be more or less restrictive than others on the fat removal limit. Second of all, and this is something that differs from patient to patient – how much fat you actually want to keep. Regardless of how much fat you want to lose, one thing is certain – no balance means a less appealing look.  

Taking these things into consideration, here at the Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery, as a point of reference, we can remove as much as three to five liters of fatty tissue, depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals.

What about How Much Weight Can Be Lost?

Approaching the argument from the weight loss point of view can be a bit misleading. Many patients are still seeing liposuction as a miracle-worker that delivers the perfect body contour in the twinkling of an eye. 

However, nothing is further from the truth. Plastic surgeons are focusing not on how many pounds they can help you lose, but on delivering a superior body contour while keeping a watchful eye on patient safety. 

Always remember that sudden weight loss is not natural and can seriously affect the patient’s health. For that reason, losing weight has to be a long-term process, based on exercise and a healthy diet.

During your complimentary consultation, Dr. WIlliam J. Vinyard, MD, FACS, will assess your medical history and, based on your aesthetic goals, will discuss how he can achieve the best body contour during your liposuction procedure.


Reshape and improve body contour

What Other Procedures Supplement Liposuction Well?


Liposuction works well if you’re looking to reduce fat. However, if your skin has begun to lose elasticity and you fear you may not be the best candidate for liposuction, a BODYtite procedure can help address those concerns. As BODYtite works by contracting and tightening the targeted area, it helps tighten the skin, optimizing a lipo procedure. Discuss with your Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon the possibility of including a BODYtite procedure in your liposuction treatment.

Body Lift

Particularly after a dramatic weight loss, many individuals are left with loose, hanging skin, which can be very discouraging to someone hoping to have achieved a certain silhouette. Pairing a body lift procedure, such as a lower body lift procedure, with liposuction can allow patients to make progress toward their desired results.

Liposuction Procedure

Are you ready for a liposuction?

Talk to Dr. Vinyard if lipo is right for you! Talking with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon about your unique situation is the best way to determine if lipo is right for you. Ask if combining different procedures will help you achieve your best results for 2021!

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