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How Much Fat Can Be Removed During Liposuction?

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How Much Fat Can Be Removed During Liposuction?

It’s understandable to be frustrated by stubborn fat areas that don’t respond to a healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, liposuction is an effective way to remove excess fat and gain the contoured body you’ve worked for.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical fat removal procedure that removes stubborn fat deposits for a more contoured appearance. Dr. Tenley Lawton can expertly perform liposuction on almost any part of the body, such as the abdomen, arms, thighs, under the chin, and the back.

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*Individual Results May Vary

How Does Liposuction Work?

During a liposuction procedure, Dr. Lawton makes small incisions in the treatment area to insert cannulas that break apart fat and suction it out. This process can take one to four hours, depending on what part of the body is being treated and how much fat is removed.

Liposuction is an effective treatment for stubborn fat deposits that are disproportionate to the rest of the body and don’t respond to dieting and exercise. Depending on the treatment area, liposuction can remove up to 10 pounds of fat cells. Liposuction is not a weight-loss treatment but can reduce stubborn fat pockets for a more contoured appearance.

Dr. Lawton is skilled at using a range of liposuction techniques to help you achieve your aesthetic goals, including laser, power, or ultrasound-assisted liposuction, as well as standard liposuction.

Liposuction Results

Removing persistent fat pockets that haven’t responded to a healthy lifestyle can give you the toned, defined body shape you’ve been working so hard for. After a liposuction procedure, you’ll start seeing improvements in a few weeks as the swelling subsides.

Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, meaning your results will last as long as you maintain a stable weight. This makes it essential to practice healthy habits and good weight management to keep a contoured appearance.

Liposuction can sculpt and define your body shape, but it won’t treat loose skin. Dr. Lawton may recommend combining liposuction with Renuvion® to tighten your skin and improve its elasticity. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Recovery After Liposuction

Recovery time after liposuction will depend on your unique procedure. Swelling and bruising are normal for a while, and Dr. Lawton will instruct you on managing discomfort with pain medication and ice packs. You may need to wear a compression garment after the procedure to minimize swelling. Most people can return to work within one or two weeks.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction cannot replace a healthy lifestyle and isn’t a weight-loss procedure. Ideal candidates for liposuction are within 30 percent of their body weight goal, exercise regularly, eat well, can maintain a steady weight, and are nonsmokers.


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about liposuction? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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