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How Much Fat Can Be Removed During Outpatient Liposuction?

Are you frustrated by pockets of resistant fat that keep you from achieving your aesthetic goals? Outpatient Liposuction can eliminate fat to slim and sculpt your problem areas. Many people wonder whether liposuction can help them lose weight. While liposuction is not a weight loss tool, it will remove fat. The amount of fat depends on many individual factors and if the patient is having outpatient liposuction with local tumescent anesthesia, or surgery center liposuction under general anesthesia. 

What is Liposuction?

Almost all of us have a few areas of stubborn fat that bother us. Whether you need a bit of help sculpting your figure or want more significant fat removal, liposuction can help. Triple board-certified surgeon Dr. Craig Schwartz offers outpatient liposuction in the comfort and convenience of his Kansas City cosmetic practice using local tumescent anesthesia, allowing patients to avoid costly and potentially dangerous general anesthesia.  He offers a few different liposuction “modalities”, but most frequently performs Tickle Lipo. This procedure uses various methods to break up unwanted fat and remove it from the body through a few tiny incisions. 

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How Much Fat Can Be Removed During Liposuction?

Dr. Schwartz customizes each liposuction procedure to target your problem areas and help you achieve your goals. His ultimate goal is to provide a slimmer, more contoured appearance. The amount of fat removed during liposuction varies based on the following factors:

  • The area being treated
  • Your amount of body fat
  • The type of liposuction used
  • Your treatment goals
  • Your safety and well-being

Although outpatient liposuction offers many advantages over “conventional liposuction” (which uses large cannulae under general anesthesia) including safety, lack of need for hospital admission, and rapid postoperative recovery time, Dr. Schwartz is limited to the amount of fat he can remove in his office setting; 5-6 liters is a safe estimate.  “Mega-liposuction” (8-10 liters) must be performed with the larger cannulae under general anesthesia in a surgery center or hospital. An experienced surgeon like Dr. Schwartz can make a recommendation after assessing your unique situation and will explain if his procedure can help you achieve your fat loss goals. You may find that a small amount of targeted fat removal can give you a noticeably more sculpted shape in particular areas. 

How Does Liposuction Work for Fat Removal? 

Liposuction usually uses a tiny cannula inserted through a small incision to break up and remove stubborn fat. The liquefied fat is then drained from the body by being gently sucked away. No stitches are needed. 

Types of Liposuction

Dr. Schwartz uses several types of what is known as tumescent liposuction, depending on your treatment plan. With tumescent liposuction, the area surrounding the fat layers is filled with a combination of sterile saline and local anesthestic. The fluid protects  your tissues while minimizing swelling and bleeding. He will choose the procedure that works best for your goals and lifestyle. Available types of liposuction include:

Tickle Lipo (Vibration-Assisted Liposuction)

Dr. Schwartz prefers this type of liposuction in many situations. It uses high-speed vibrations to break up fat cells gently and can be used in small, delicate areas such as the knees, male breasts, etc.. Lipomatic® also works for people with a higher amount of body fat than other types of liposuction. Its gentle energy preserves skin elasticity and stimulates collagen, so your skin naturally tightens as it bounces back. Vibration-Assisted Liposuction uses gentle infrasonic vibration-assisted energy to break down fat while keeping the connective tissue intact. The liquefied fat is then drained from the body by being gently sucked away. As this form of liposuction does not use any type of heat as its energy source, there is no chance of skin burn or injury, as there can be with laser and ultrasound technology. Because this procedure assists in the stimulation of collagen in the treated area for up to six months post-treatment, excessive skin folds with large volumes of fat evacuated often tighten during this period. With PAL, patients that did not previously qualify for outpatient lipo procedures (those within thirty pounds of ideal body weight) now can have larger volumes of fat evacuated.


VASERlipo® (Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction) uses ultrasound energy pulses that disrupts and “melts” the fat cell membranes into a liquefied fat before it is evacuated. The cannula easily removes damaged cells and fluid with minimal tissue trauma, resulting in a gentle procedure. It is a perfect form of liposuction for hard-to-treat areas such as the chin, neck, cheeks, knees, calves, and ankles, as well as denser pockets or larger volumes of fat. Because a large amount of heat is created during ultrasonic liposuction, there is a much greater risk for burns, blistering or scarring, thus making it absolutely necessary for special precautions, and that your procedure is being performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Schwartz.

ProLipo™ Laser Lipo

This type of liposuction uses thermal energy to heat and break apart fat cells, making them easy to remove. As an added benefit, this thermal energy causes collagen fibers in the skin to contract and triggers the production of new collagen. Laser lipo can leave the treated area looking firmer and more toned. 

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at (913) 451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

Who Makes a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Good candidates for liposuction want to address targeted areas of problem fat. Liposuction is highly effective for these stubborn areas. Liposuction is not intended for weight loss, but only a consultation with Dr. Schwartz can determine whether liposuction will achieve your desired results. 

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The cost of liposuction varies widely based on several factors. When looking for a surgeon to perform your liposuction, consider the following:

  • Your surgeon’s skill and experience
  • Your location
  • How many areas you want to treat
  • The size of the treated areas
  • The type of liposuction

An average outpatient liposuction procedure can cost about $3,600, but this varies greatly depending on the number of areas treated/amount of fat removed. This also does not include the transfer of fat to your buttocks, breasts, hands, etc, or Renuvion Skin Tightening, both of which are very popular “add-ons” with our lipo patients. 

What is Recovery Like After Liposuction?

Each person’s recovery differs depending on the details of their procedure. Dr. Schwartz will recommend that you pace yourself and resume activities as you feel comfortable. Most people with sedentary jobs return to work within a few days. Bruising and swelling may occur but will fade quickly over a few weeks. You may feel sore for the first week or two, although some people feel much better within days. 

What Results Will I See With Liposuction? 

You will see changes in the treated area immediately after your procedure. You can enjoy your full results as the swelling resolves over the course of a few weeks with continued results up to several months post-procedure as swelling subsides. New collagen development takes time, so treatments that tighten skin by stimulating collagen development can take several months to make a noticeable difference. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about liposuction, call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you and showing you how Kansas City’s premier aesthetic treatment center can help you!

Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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