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Large Volume Liposuction for the Obese

Dating back to 2004, large volume liposuction became the topic of discussion among plastic surgeons. In 2005, a study was released to better define the improvements that can be accomplished through large volume liposuction for bariatric, post bariatric and excessive weight loss patients.

Large volume liposuction is defined by the removal of more than 5 liters of aspiration. The aspiration of fat occurs in liposuction when a cannula is inserted into the treatment area and an aspirator is used to remove fat cells that have been broken up during the procedure.

The advance of large volume liposuction has been a breakthrough for the estimated 40 million obese and 3 million of which are morbidly obese. Obesity is defined by a body mass index of 30 or more, the number 35 equates to morbid obesity. Obesity is associated with a greater risk for numerous medical conditions and diseases.

Obese people are often candidates for weight loss surgery that can be performed by bariatric surgeons to create massive weight loss within a year's time. Weight loss surgery contributes to the improvement or lack of medical conditions that obese victims suffer from, including: type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular risk factors. Yet, following massive weight loss surgery, the body most often appears deformed and that's when plastic surgery steps in. Post bariatric patients can improve the appearance of people that have experienced massive weight loss in the following cases:

  • Massive weight loss does not usually result in equal weight loss throughout all areas of the body. Large volume liposuction can be an adjunct to treatment for these people's trouble areas. A pannectomy procedure may also be used to help improve the abdomen.
  • Massive weight loss often produces excess skin that can be excised through plastic surgery body lift procedures, creating a refined normal appearance.
  • Certain obese people may not be candidates for massive weight loss surgery. Liposuction can assist these people.
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