5/22/202310 min read

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person in white medical scrub suit


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, arms, chin, and neck. A doctor uses a suction device to remove the excess fat.

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but rather a cosmetic procedure to improve the appearance of certain body areas by removing excess fat. It is typically used for individuals who have stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise.

Like all surgical procedures, liposuction has risks, and it is essential to speak to a healthcare provider to evaluate the risks and benefits before deciding to undergo the procedure.


There are several types of liposuction, including:

1. Tumescent liposuction:

This is the most common type of liposuction used today. A large amount of fluid is injected into the target area before the fat is removed. This fluid helps to reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding during the procedure.

2. Power-assisted liposuction:

This technique uses a special cannula that vibrates back and forth. This makes it easier for the surgeon to break up and remove fat.

3. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction:

This method uses a small ultrasound probe that emits energy to break up the fat before it is suctioned out. It is particularly useful for removing fat from areas that are difficult to reach with traditional liposuction.

4. Laser-assisted liposuction:

This technique uses a laser to liquefy fat cells before they are removed. This can result in less damage to surrounding tissue and a shorter recovery time.

5. Invasive vs. non-invasive liposuction:

Invasive liposuction procedures involve making incisions in the skin and then removing fat cells with a suction device. Non-invasive liposuction procedures use lasers or other technologies to break down fat cells without making any incisions. These treatments are typically less effective than invasive procedures and require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results.


The cost of liposuction varies depending on several factors such as the type of liposuction, the area of the body being treated, the surgeon's experience and reputation, the geographic location, and the complexity of the procedure. On average, the cost of liposuction ranges between $2,000 and $8,000. However, the cost can be as high as $10,000 or more for a more extensive procedure. It's important to note that the cost of liposuction does not include additional expenses such as anesthesia, hospital or surgical facility fees, medical tests, or prescription medications. It's important to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the total cost of the procedure and possible financing options.

The cost of liposuction can also vary depending on the area of the body being treated. Generally, smaller areas such as the chin or the neck tend to cost less than larger areas like the stomach, hips, or thighs. Additionally, areas that are more difficult to treat, such as around the neck or chin, can be more expensive due to the complexity of the procedure. Here are some approximate costs of liposuction based on the area:

- Chin and neck: $2,500 to $4,500

- Arms: $2,000 to $5,000

- Abdomen: $3,000 to $7,500

- Hips and thighs: $4,000 to $10,000

- Back: $2,500 to $8,000

Again, these are approximate costs and may vary depending on the factors mentioned before. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the best way to obtain an accurate quote for your desired procedure.


Liposuction is generally a safe and effective procedure, but not everyone is a good candidate for the surgery. Here are some eligibility criteria for liposuction:

1. Good overall health: Individuals with certain medical conditions or illnesses may not be good candidates for liposuction. It's important to be in good general health before undergoing the procedure.

2. Stable weight: Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Good candidates for liposuction are those who are at a healthy weight and have excess fat in certain areas that are resistant to diet and exercise.

3. Realistic expectations: Patients should have realistic expectations of what liposuction can achieve. The procedure can improve the appearance of select areas of the body, but it cannot remove excess skin, tighten loose skin, or correct cellulite.

4. Non-smokers: Smoking can increase the risk of complications during surgery. Those undergoing liposuction should be non-smokers or should quit smoking for several weeks before and after the surgery.

5. Positive attitude and motivation: Patients should have a positive attitude and be motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure.

Before undergoing liposuction, it's important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine your eligibility for the procedure. The surgeon will evaluate your medical history and current state of health to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction.


1. Anesthesia: The surgeon will administer anesthesia, either local or general anesthesia depending on the extent and the area undergoing the operation.

2. Incision: Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon will make a small incision in the skin to insert a narrow tube called a cannula.

3. Fat removal: The surgeon will infiltrate the targeted fat deposits with a sterile solution of saline, anesthetic, and vasoconstrictor. Then, the cannula is inserted through the incision, and the surgeon will move it back and forth within the fat layer to suction out excess fat cells.

4. Closure: Once the fat has been removed, the incisions are closed with sutures or adhesive strips.


The duration of the procedure depends on the area being treated, the amount of fat to be removed and the extent of the surgery. Typically, the procedure takes 1 to 2 hours. However, more extensive or multiple areas of liposuction can take several hours. After the procedure, patients are advised to take it easy for a few days to a week, though most can resume normal activities within a week or two after the surgery. The recovery time and the result of the liposuction procedure will vary from person to person.


Like any surgical procedure, there are both pros and cons associated with liposuction. Here are some of the potential benefits and drawbacks of undergoing liposuction:


1. Improved body shape: Liposuction can help to remove stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise, thus improving the overall shape and contour of the body.

2. Boost in confidence: Many patients report feeling more confident and satisfied with their appearance after undergoing liposuction.

3. Reduced health risks: Excess fat in certain areas of the body such as the abdomen can increase health risks, liposuction can help to reduce these risks.


1. Risks associated with surgery: As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with liposuction, such as bleeding, infection and problems with anesthesia.

2. Scarring: While incisions made for liposuction are small, there is still a chance for visible scarring around the treatment area.

3. Possible uneven results: Depending on the surgeon's experience, compliance with post-operative instructions and healing process, some patients may experience uneven results or require additional procedures.

4. Weight gain: Liposuction doesn't prevent weight gain in the future. Fat still can accumulate in treated and untreated areas if a patient doesn't follow a healthy diet and exercise plan.

It is recommended that individuals carefully consider both the pros and cons of liposuction before making the decision to undergo the procedure. A board-certified plastic surgeon can help to evaluate a patient’s candidacy and discuss the possible risks, benefits, and alternatives to liposuction.


Liposuction may not be the best option for everyone. Here are some alternative procedures that may be considered depending on the individual's needs and goals:

1. Non-surgical fat reduction treatments:

Non-surgical options include CoolSculpting, SculpSure and cryolipolysis. They use special technology to destroy fat cells without surgery.

2. Tummy tuck:

Also referred to as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen, tightening the abdominal muscles, and improving the contour of the abdomen.

3. Body lift:

For those who have lost a significant amount of weight, a body lift may be more appropriate. It is a more extensive surgery where excess skin and fat are removed from the entire midsection.

4. Smart Lipo:

This is a type of laser-assisted liposuction that uses a laser to melt and liquefy the fat before it is suctioned out. The procedure is less invasive compared to traditional liposuction, and typically involves a shorter recovery period.

5. Lipolysis injections:

This procedure involves injecting a solution directly into the fat cells to dissolve them. This is a non-surgical approach to fat reduction and is sometimes referred to as 'lipodissolve.'


Here are some precautions to take pre and post liposuction:

Precautions Pre-Liposuction:

1. Stop smoking: Smoking can increase the risk of complications during the surgery. It is recommended to quit smoking completely at least two weeks before the surgery.

2. Avoid certain medications and supplements: Certain medications and supplements can increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Your surgeon may advise you to stop taking them for a specific amount of time before the procedure.

3. Arrange for transportation and someone to look after you: You may require transportation home from the hospital and assistance with daily activities once you return home.

4. Eat healthy and maintain a healthy weight: Eating a healthy, balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight can help prepare your body for surgery.

Precautions Post-Liposuction:

1. Follow the surgeon's instructions: Follow all post-operative instructions carefully, including taking any prescribed medications and avoiding certain activities or foods.

2. Wear compression garments: Compression garments help to minimize swelling and minimize the risk of fluid buildup.

3. Get enough rest: Avoid overly exerting yourself or overexerting the treatment area.

4. Massage: Regular light massage around the treatment area can help reduce swelling, encourage lymphatic drainage, and promote healing.

5. Attend all follow-up appointments: Attending all follow-up appointments is essential for monitoring the healing process and ensuring a smooth recovery.

6. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle through eating healthy, regular exercise, and avoiding smoking and drinking.

It's important to speak to your surgeon about any questions or concerns you may have about precautions pre and post-liposuction.


Q: What is liposuction?

A: Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat from the body using a suction technique.

Q: Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

A: Good candidates for liposuction are individuals who are close to their ideal weight, have firm, elastic skin and are in good health, but have isolated pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Q: What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?

A: Liposuction can be performed on various areas of the body, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, back, arms, and neck.

Q. Does Liposuction last a lifetime?

A. Liposuction is a safe, effective body sculpting procedure that can provide results that last a lifetime. However, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help maintain the results.

Q. What is Tumescent liposuction?

A. Tumescent liposuction is a surgical technique used to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body. The procedure involves injecting a large amount of a solution (called tumescent solution) into the targeted area before suctioning out the fat cells. The solution typically contains a combination of local anesthesia, adrenaline, and saline, which help to minimize pain, swelling, and bleeding during the procedure. Tumescent liposuction is considered one of the safest and most effective methods of liposuction and is commonly used to contour areas such as the abdomen, thighs, arms, and face.

Q. Can Liposuction reduce breast size?

Breast reduction and breast lift can be attained through tumescent liposuction. Liposuction reduces the breast size in direct proportion to the volume of fat removed. Liposuction reduces the weight of the breast and allows the natural elastic tissue in the breast to retract and produce a visible breast lift.

Q: How long does the procedure take?

A: The procedure duration depends on the number of areas being treated. Typically, the procedure can be completed in 1-4 hours.

Q: What type of anesthesia is used for liposuction?

A: Liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia, but local or regional anesthesia with sedation may also be used.

Q: What is the recovery time for liposuction?

A: Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual's overall health. Most people can return to light activities within a few days and resume their normal activities within several weeks.

Q: What are the potential risks and complications associated with liposuction?

A: The potential risks and complications of liposuction include bleeding, infection, uneven results, scarring, nerve damage, fluid accumulation, and blood clots.

Q: How long do the results of liposuction last?

A: The results of liposuction are generally long-lasting. However, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly can help maintain the results.

Q: Will liposuction help me lose weight?

A: Liposuction is not intended as a weight-loss procedure but rather as a body contouring technique. It can remove small amounts of fat to improve the body shape and contour.

Q: What are the alternatives to liposuction?

A: Non-surgical alternatives include CoolSculpting, SculpSure and cryolipolysis, while surgical alternatives include tummy tuck and body lift procedures.

Q. What is VASER Liposuction?

A. Vaser Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that uses ultrasound technology (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance), to selectively target and remove unwanted fatty deposits from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, and buttocks. The ultrasound waves liquefy the fat cells, which are then suctioned out through small incisions. Vaser liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia or sometimes under general anesthesia, depending on the size and number of areas being treated. The procedure is less invasive than traditional liposuction, and has a faster recovery time. It can provide a smoother and more precise body contour than traditional liposuction, and is particularly effective for removing fat in tighter areas where traditional liposuction may not be effective. The ideal candidate for Vaser Liposuction is someone who has good skin elasticity, is in overall good health, and is at or close to their ideal body weight, but has areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to exercise and diet. It is important to speak to a qualified plastic surgeon about the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of the procedure before deciding to undergo Vaser Liposuction.

Q. What is the duration of Vaser Liposuction?

A. The duration of the Vaser Liposuction procedure depends on the extent of the treatment area. It can typically take anywhere from one to several hours to complete. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis, which means that patients can go home on the same day.

Q. How Long does it take to show results?

A. Vaser liposuction results can vary from patient to patient, and the timeline for results can depend on various factors such as the extent of the procedure, the area treated, and the individual's body's healing and recovery process. Some patients may start to see results within a few weeks after the surgery, but it can take three to six months to see the final results. It's important to note that Vaser Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure, and the best results are achieved when combined with a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Patients should follow their surgeon's post-operative instructions and attend all follow-up visits for optimal results.

Q. What is the cost of Vaser Liposuction?

A. The cost of Vaser Liposuction can vary depending on a variety of factors, including the extent of the procedure, the surgeon's experience and expertise, the location of the clinic, and other associated costs such as facility fees and anesthesia. In general, Vaser Liposuction can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 or more. However, it's important to note that the cost of Vaser Liposuction should not be the only factor to consider when deciding to undergo the procedure. Other important factors such as the surgeon's qualifications, the quality of care, and the potential risks and benefits should also be thoroughly evaluated. It's recommended to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon to discuss the specific details of the procedure and receive an accurate cost estimate.