Liposuction for Weight Loss

At St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center, we are often asked if liposuction is an option for weight loss. The answer is no. Liposuction is often mistakenly considered a quick fix for weight loss. This often leads to patients coming to liposuction clinics searching for a fast way to lose the pounds.

The truth is that today’s modern liposuction is a remedy for stubborn fat deposits that are not responding to any amount of diet and exercise—not weight loss. To truly explore this, it is important to understand the different types of fat deposits, and which one liposuction can affect.

Types of Fat

Visceral fat is located in the abdominal cavity and actually surrounds the organs. This is the type of fat that can be affected through diet and exercise.

Subcutaneous fat is located just below the epidermis layer of the skin, and this is the fat that is most resistant to diet and/or exercise.

Liposuction is not an option that should be considered for those seeking to lose large amounts of weight. For those who are overweight, there are other options, such as medical diets, and in some cases, bariatric surgery.

When Liposuction is an Option

Liposuction is a great option for treating those stubborn fat bulges and deposits. It is best performed on those who are about 30 percent of their ideal weight goals. Additionally, good candidates should be in good health.

As you may understand, if you are considering liposuction, you should have a realistic set of expectations. If you undergo liposuction without these realistic goals, it is probable that you will be disappointed. This is one of the main reasons our team at St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center always discuss the entire liposuction procedure and the end results with each and every one of our clients. We will also work with clients who may need to lose a bit of weight before liposuction.

Says Dr. Thomas Wright, “We want to make sure that all of our patients have a realistic expectation of what their liposuction results will be. There is nothing more disappointing than expecting one result and receiving another. We make sure all our patients understand that liposuction is a contouring and smoothing procedure, and not a weight loss option. “

Call us today for your complimentary consultation to discuss our liposuction options and how they can benefit you!