Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough to help you achieve the look you want. That’s where liposuction can help. This trusted and popular procedure targets specific areas on the body where fat has settled — seemingly for good — despite diet and exercise. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, allowing the overlying skin to mold more closely to the muscle underneath for a smoother and more toned appearance.
Areas that can be targeted for liposuction include:
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Thighs, hips and buttocks
- Inner knee
- Calves and ankles
Depending on the areas to be worked on, liposuction can be performed as part of or at the same time as other body contouring procedures, including a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), thigh lift, breast reduction, or during a face or neck lift.
Our surgeons have performed many liposuction procedures and work closely with patients to deliver safe, effective and aesthetically pleasing results.
During liposuction, your surgeon makes a short incision and inserts a long, thin tube (cannula) to loosen fat cells. The cannula is removed and fitted with either a syringe or vacuum that aspirates the loosened fat cells.
The operation can be performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the area being worked on. Procedures take about 30 minutes to complete. Liposuction is a safe procedure, and our skilled and experienced surgeons will ensure the results you want while making you feel comfortable throughout the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the fat removal permanent? Yes. During liposuction fat cells in the targeted areas are permanently removed and fat can no longer grow there. If you gain weight after the surgery, the fat will settle on different areas of the body.
What is recovery like? Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, and you leave the surgery center the same day of your surgery. Following surgery you’ll wear a compression garment over the treated area. Bruising and swelling should disappear within the first two weeks, but it can take several weeks for the final results to appear. Within two to three days, you can resume non-strenuous daily activities, and within two to four weeks, you can usually resume vigorous exercise. Everyone experiences different recovery times, of course, and you should consult your doctor before increasing your workout.
Is liposuction an alternative to diet and exercise? No. While liposuction often targets fat in a way that diet and exercise cannot, you should not abandon your diet and exercise plan. After the recovery process is complete, you are almost always free to resume your traditional routine — and should. The procedure cannot permanently prevent weight gain, and with a poor diet and exercise routine, fat can gather in other areas.