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Liposuction FAQ

What is liposuction?

Liposuction, also referred to as lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy, is a surgical procedure that recontours the body by removing excess fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, chin, and neck.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people who have isolated pockets of fat that do not respond well to diet or exercise . Liposuction can be done at any age, but those with firm, elastic skin achieve the best results since elasticity lends itself to smoother contouring after the fat removal.

What are the risks associated with liposuction surgery?

All surgery involves some risk. Potential complications may include infection, bleeding, asymmetry or poor healing, skin pigmentation changes, and/or reaction to anesthesia.

What technique will the surgeon use to perform the liposuction?

There is one basic technique used in all patients undergoing liposuction surgery. This technique involves the insertion of a hollow tube, or cannula, through a tiny incision into the layers of fat that lie deep beneath the skin . The cannula is connected to a suction device that literally vacuums the fat out as the surgeon breaks up the cells with a push/pull motion.

How long is the recovery period?

The recovery period usually lasts from four weeks to six months , depending on the patient and the extent of the procedure . Swelling typically subsides after a week while bruising may last three weeks or longer. Usually patients can return to work after a week or two and resume more strenuous physical activity after two to four weeks.

Are the results of liposuction permanent?

The results of liposuction are usually permanent with a sensible diet and exercise. If the patient gains weight post-liposuction, the fat is usually distributed to other areas of the body.

How much does liposuction surgery cost?

The cost of a liposuction procedure depends on a number of factors including the surgeon, the geographic region, and the size and number of body areas targeted.