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How much fat can liposuction remove, and how does this translate to weight loss?

Plastic Surgery

I would like to do liposuction on my tummy area. I want to lose 5 kg of weight, but I'm not sure how many litres this is. How much fat can liposuction safely remove, and how does this translate to weight loss?

DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

I actually advise my patients against liposuction for the purpose of weight loss.

I believe dietary and lifestyle modifications will give you more joy in the long term. Addressing this usually takes up a lot of time in the consultation but I find it worth the while.

Large volumes can be removed safely with the right preparation and medical care during and after the surgery, but as a guide liposuctioning  more than 2 litres of supernatant fat requires a stay in hospital.

Hope this is useful.

Best wishes


Dr Evan Woo
MRCSC (Edinburgh), M Med (Surgery), FAMS (Plastic Surgery)

Evan Woo Breast & Plastic Surgery

Evan Woo Breast & Plastic Surgery 

38 Irrawaddy Road #07-21
Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
Singapore 329563


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