Liposuction is intended to remove fat below the skin in problematic areas of the body.   In general, women tend to store fat in the lower abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and occasionally arms. Men, on the other hand, store fat in the abdomen and flank area. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and should not be viewed as such. However, removing fat from these problematic areas can dramatically improve one’s shape and appearance. One limitation of liposuction is that it cannot improve changes in the skin such as cellulite and stretch marks. Liposuction has dramatically improved in recent years with the advent of the tumescent technique where a numbing solution containing adrenaline is injected before liposuction, which limits pain and bruising. In addition, fat can be “melted” with ultrasound or laser to make it easier to remove. After liposuction, one must wear conforming garments to avoid lumpiness or contour irregularities. Properly done liposuction will address discrete problematic areas of the body to yield a smooth, natural result. After liposuction, patients should work with their surgeon to maintain the result with diet and exercise. 

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Patient Focus 1

Procedures: Abdomen, Flank (Love Handles), Inner Thighs

*All patients are unique and results may vary

Patient Focus 2

Procedures: Liposuction:  Abdomen, Flanks (Love Handles), Limited Thighs

*All patients are unique and results may vary 

Patient Focus 3

Procedures: Liposuction:  Abdomen, Flanks (Love Handles), Limited Thighs

*All patients are unique and results may vary



Length: 1- 3 hours (depending on the extent of the procedure and number of areas treated)

Anesthesia: General or Local with Sedation

In/Outpatient: Outpatient

Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

Risks: Pain, bleeding, infection, incomplete improvement, contour irregularity

Recovery: Back to work: 1 week.  More strenuous activity: 2 - 3 weeks

Final Appearance: 1-2 months for swelling to resolve

Duration of Results: Permanent if stable weight maintained

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Body Contouring Plastic Surgery and Your BMI

Peer reviewed plastic surgery research indicates that the complication rates from breast and body contouring plastic surgery are much lower if your Body Mass Index is in the normal range.  For obese or morbidly patients, complication rates such as deep venous thrombosis, wound healing problems, and infection are much higher.  We encourage all of our patient to know their BMI and if at all possible achieve a normal BMI or at least < 30 before embarking on elective cosmetic surgery.  

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