Can you get plastic surgery to remove body fat?

Many inquire as to whether you can get plastic surgery to remove body fat. The short answer is yes. While it’s common to struggle with weight loss, stubborn body fat can stick around despite a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. In recent years, plastic surgery techniques in New York have proven successful in removing excess fat cells and sculpting a slimmer body. These include non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments but ultimately it depends on the weight and amount of fat deposits present in the patient, in addition to the desired outcome. Although plastic surgery is not considered the optimal method for weight loss, you can get plastic surgery to remove body fat.

Do I need surgery to remove body fat?

Whether you’ve undergone extreme weight loss or have always struggled to lose fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise, it’s not impossible to look and feel your best. Know that you’re not alone and that certain areas of the body are predisposed to store fat. Factors like gender, genetics, physical activity, and caloric intake also play a part. Through body sculpting and contouring procedures, you can attain the figure you’ve always wanted.

Can You Get Plastic Surgery to remove body fat men
body fat removal in New York City with liposuction

Body fat removal with plastic surgery is not an option for everyone, and typically should only be sought after by adults in good health and who are within 30% of their ideal weight. Whenever considering an aesthetic procedure, it is important that you be assessed in person by a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands your needs and anatomy.

How to use plastic surgery to remove body fat

According to Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, there are a few effective methods to remove body fat. Here are three plastic surgery procedures that he offers at his practice:


Liposuction is repeatedly the most requested aesthetic procedure among men in the US. A common misconception is that people consider liposuction to be a weight loss procedure. In reality, it is only able to remove small, localized fat—10 pounds or less. It’s a technique that helps to shape and contour the body by removing unwanted fat from the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, and more. It’s an effective treatment for ensuring that these aforementioned areas do not accumulate fatty deposits in the future.

Some of the limitations associated with liposuction include:

  • It will not remove or reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks
  • It won’t tighten loose, hanging or sagging skin
  • Body liposuction will make you look slimmer, but not necessarily change your weight


CoolSculpting is a non-surgical alternative to removing body fat for patients who are averse to anesthesia, needles, or incisions. The procedure itself uses a unique device to naturally destroy fat cells by freezing them away. There is no downtime following a CoolSculpting session, but typically it is required to undergo additional treatments over several weeks to see complete results. After just one session, however, CoolSculpting studies have noted a 25% fat reduction.

If you’re interested in fat freezing, know that some of the limitations include:

  • The results are contingent on a healthy diet and exercise routine
  • The results from CoolSculpting are identified between a three and four-month period
  • The procedure likely requires multiple sessions


Dr. Steinbrech developed a plastic surgery procedure known as BodyBanking®, which allows the transfer of fat from one part of the body to another. This is commonly performed while a patient undergoes liposuction by removing a patient’s own body fat from unwanted parts of the body and injecting it into the desired areas of the body. These areas can include the pecs, glutes, biceps, triceps, shoulders, and even calves.

A few things to consider about BodyBanking® are:

    • The results are not permanent and require maintenance
    • Often performed in conjunction with liposuction



Dr-Douglas-SteinbrechDouglas S. Steinbrech, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon that specializes in male aesthetics. Dr. Steinbrech is certified by the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Learn More seals


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