LVL: Large Volume Liposuction:
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A little history about Lipo and removing large amounts of excess fat
A French surgeon, Dr. Illouv is the creator of the procedure known today as Liposuction. The earliest liposuctions were performed in a dry manner, with no added fluids. This was found to be unsatisfactory as there was heavy blood loss during surgery when removing the fat.
Nowadays liposuction is performed using a wet technique (Tumescent or super humid), which means the introduction of a solution with adrenalin, prior to suction, sufficient to reduce the bleeding during the procedure. Liposuction is now the number one aesthetic surgical procedure performed in the world.
As the population has gotten larger and as plastic surgery is increasingly turned to as a means to correct weight issues, plastic surgeons have been taking ever increasing percentages of body weight from their clients. There are several schools of thought about how many liters of fat, liquid and blood can be taken without causing harm to a patient.
How much fat is safe to remove?
The American Society of plastic surgery and The Brazilian Society of plastic surgery opinions differ on this issue, but the average opinion is between 7 to 10 % of the total body weight. For the average patient that means around a gallon of fat, liquid and blood which equals generally less than 6 pounds total weight loss realized 2-3 months after surgery.
This is an average, but as you can see it is not a weight loss fix but a way to sculpt the body into a better shape.
LVL, large volume liposuction
For patients that want to have more than 7 to 10% of their body weight liposuctioned are categorized as Large Volume Liposuction (LVL). Large Volume Liposuction is a liposuction performed over the 7 to 10% limits, but with an increased risk to the patient. This is still Liposuction, but with a completely different set of safety requirements.