Liposuction for Weight Loss or Treating Obesity


Weight Gain – Some Basic Facts


People who wear plus size clothing are broadly categorized as over weight. In medical terms, more than 100 pounds overweight is called morbid obesity. The Body Mass Index (BMI) determines if a person of a particular height has a reasonable weight. The BMI formula is:

BMI = mass of the person (lb) X 703 / (height of the person (inches))

Overweight stomach

Each height measurement has an ‘ideal’ weight range affected by bone structure. The result of the BMI formula indicates if the person’s weight is desirable, underweight or overweight and by how much.


Lifestyle (diet and exercise) and genetics contribute to weight gain. We have some fat pockets allocated in our body right from birth. Abdomen, thighs, hips, and chin are certain body parts holding such pockets. After the age of 30, these pockets start acquiring fat if we do not control our diet and/or stay sedentary. Once the fat reaches these pockets, even  lifestyle changes may not reduce it. It is better to be proactive in our lifestyle than to attempt to find an easy solution once we have gained excess weight.


Liposuction and Weight Loss


Most of the population erroneously connects obesity and liposuction. Even obese people wrongly perceive liposuction as a method of quick weight loss. It is medically incorrect to consider liposuction as treatment for obesity. Liposculpture is simply a body contouring procedure for eliminating just a limited quantity of stubborn fat.


The ideal method of weight loss begins with the right diet and exercise. If the weight gained persists then simpler surgical techniques like gastric banding or gastric ballooning may be good to start with. A bariatric surgeon should examine the patient before proceeding with such treatments. Eventually, as the surplus body weight is gradually lost, liposuction can help with the further shaping. Thus, liposuction is not an instant excess weight reduction surgery –rather it ensures an equitable distribution of fat through the body for a proportional figure.


Some obese people are treated for weight loss through large volume liposuction. The process has always been controversial, as it involves serious health risks, including death.