Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat that you have been unable to get rid of through diet and exercise. Sometimes stubborn pockets of fat persist, even if you are at your ideal weight.  Liposuction is an effective cosmetic procedure that can eliminate obstinate fat and achieve a more proportionate body.

Liposuction can be performed on thighs, hips, buttocks, stomach, upper arms, cheeks, chin, neck, calves, and ankles.

Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Reasons to Consider Liposuction

  • Eliminate “trouble” spots
  • Reshape your body
  • Reduce fat production

Areas of Your Body that Can Be Treated with Liposuction

  • Chin and Neckline
  • Back
  • Upper Arms
  • Stomach and Waistline
  • Hips and Buttocks
  • Calves and Ankles
  • Thighs and Knees

What to Expect at the Liposuction Consultation

Be prepared with the following information:

  • Your reasons for wanting liposuction and the outcomes you desire.
  • Your medical history and allergies.
  • A list of current prescriptions and use of any over-the-counter medications, supplements, and vitamins.

During the consultation, your plastic surgeon will:

  • Evaluate your general health.
  • Determine whether you are within 30% of your ideal weight.
  • Examine the firmness and elasticity of your skin.
  • Discuss your options.
  • Discuss outcomes and risks of breast reduction surgery.

What to expect the day of surgery.

  • You will receive medications and anesthesia so you will be comfortable and asleep during the procedure.
  • The surgeon will mark the parts of your body where the incisions will be made.
  • After the procedure, a compression bandage will be applied that will support the areas of your body that were treated.
  • You should be able to return home after the procedure.
  • Expect some bruising.  The bruises should fade over a period of two to three weeks.

What to expect during recovery.

  • If your job is not physically demanding, it may be possible to return to work the day after the procedure. 
  • You may experience mild discomfort the first few days.
  • Bruising and swelling on and around the breasts, but this will be temporary
  • You should limit unnecessary activity for a few days.

Potential risks of Liposuction

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks. Although the risks are unlikely, they could include:

  • Fluid accumulation
  • Numbness
  • Infection