Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure to removes stubborn fat deposits from the body that are resistant to diet and exercise with a tube and vacuum device. Liposuction can be performed either using the technique or through ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL). Some of these specific techniques are also commonly referred to as “Liposculpture“. Common locations for liposuction include the chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, above breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles.

Duration of the surgery:

1 to 2 hours, or more. The UAL type liposuction (see below in “Technology”) can take 40 percent longer than regular liposuction procedures

Hospital/clinic admission:

Outpatient – Usually outpatient in the surgeon’s office. However, liposuction of several areas may require a short hospital stay.

Anesthesia used:

Local,General, Epidural

Side Effects:

Temporary soreness, swelling and bruising. Tumescent: Temporary fluid drainage from incision sites. UAL: Larger incisions for cannula

Recovery period:

Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. May take 6 months or more to fully recover from swelling and bruising. The use of tumescent technique or UAL may decrease post-operative swelling and bruising.

Our experience also has shown that taking a regimen of all-natural supplements will not only lessen the discomfort but also help the skin reshape successfully to its new contour. The supplements should be taken daily both before and after the procedure.

Risks and possible complications:

Asymmetry. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Other risks include pigmentation changes, skin injury, infection, and fluid retention. Excessive fluid loss may lead to shock. UAL: heat from the ultrasound device may cause thermal burn injury.

Surgery results:

Permanent, sensitive to diet and exercise.