- Expect numbness and swelling on the treated areas for up to 2-3 weeks
- Avoid rigorous exercise for at least 2 weeks
How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction can improve contours and enhance how you and others see your body. It is a minimally invasive procedure that removes unwanted fat and can be used to help shape and sculpt the body.
Areas commonly treated with liposuction include:
- The abdomen
- The flanks
- The back
- Lateral breast
- The arms
- Under the chin
- The hips
- The thighs
- The upper arms
Liposuction requires small incisions to safely remove unwanted fat. Dr. Butz will hide these incisions carefully to minimize scarring. Our doctors will discuss the details of the procedure with you during the consultation.
By removing unwanted fat and sculpting your body you can achieve a firmer and leaner silhouette. Removed fat from liposuction can also be processed and placed in areas that may need it! The most common areas for fat transfer are the breast, buttocks and face.
Liposuction is frequently combined with the following procedures:
Keep in mind, liposuction alone is not an effective means for weight loss. A stable diet and exercise regimen is recommended to be in place prior to having any liposuction performed. It is best to be at a stable healthy weight.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Liposuction?
Ideal candidates are healthy men and women who desire improvements in the following:
- Excess abdominal fat
- Improved abdominal contour
While patients don’t need to weigh a certain amount in order to be a good candidate for liposuction, he or she should be no more than 20-30 pounds above their ideal weight for best results.
Which Liposuction Treatment Is Best?
Submental Liposuction for Chin & Jowls
Neck fullness and double chins related to extra fat under the chin can be a troublesome area for many people. It is commonly related to genetics and resistant to diet and exercise.
Fortunately, chin and jowl fat can be easily removed with the submental liposuction technique. With this technique, patients can expect the following:
- Dramatically improved profile view and jawline
- Skin redraping that leads to a longer-lasting result
If there is severe skin laxity or redundancy, a neck lift may be more appropriate to give you the results you’re looking for.
Newer injectable products, such as Kybella, can be effective for minor fat deposits but liposuction is still the gold standard and produces a more dramatic effect.
Micro Liposuction for Upper Torso
For high definition body sculpting, an advanced micro liposuction technique is used to remove a small quantity of fat and provide muscle definition in precise areas of the body.
Micro liposuction patients can expect satisfactory results including:
- Firm skin and contouring in treated area
- Focused fat removal in the body’s most stubborn areas
This liposuction technique is best performed circumferentially on the upper torso to shape the chest, abdomen, arms and back muscles.
What makes this liposuction technique distinct from others is that it is performed in the office with only the use of local anesthesia to reduce pain and overall risk during surgery. Traditional liposuction uses tumescent fluid but also utilizes general anesthesia.
Aside from great results, key benefits of tumescent liposuction include:
- No general anesthesia
- Typically less invasive
Our board-certified surgeons will help you determine which liposuction technique is best suited to achieve your desired results.
hOW LONG iS rECOVERY FOR lIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction recovery can vary depending on the treatment area and the type of liposuction technique we choose to use.
For most patients, a compression garment will be in place for the first 6-8 weeks after the procedure. You may have some numbness and swelling in the treatment area for several weeks to months. This is normal and will improve with time.
You should avoid vigorous exercise for at least 2 weeks and avoid lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk. We always encourage you to be up and walking several times throughout the day.
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BEFORE AND AFTER
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Should I get liposuction or CoolSculpting?
Both treatments offer permanent fat cell reduction, but the best option for you depends on your body sculpting goals and how close you are to your ideal weight. If you are more than 20 pounds over your ideal weight, then liposuction may be the better solution for you.Learn more about CoolSculpting vs. liposuction
Should I get liposuction or a tummy tuck?
If you have good skin but excess pockets of fat, liposuction will likely be your recommended surgical option for removing fat. Patients with loose skin and stretch marks in the abdomen might see better results with a tummy tuck or a combination procedure.Learn more about tummy tuck vs. liposuction
Can you liposuction jowls?
Yes, but consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon first to determine if liposuction is the best approach for treating your jowl fat. Since the majority of jowl fat is caused by laxity of the midfacial structures over time, we sometimes recommend more surgical alternatives for best results.Learn more about jowl liposuction
How much does liposuction cost?
The cost of your liposuction will vary depending on what specific areas of the body are being treated and how extensive the surgery will be. In some cases, your physician may offer a discount if multiple locations are being treated, but never choose an option just because it’s the cheapest. See a board-certified for a consultation first.Learn more about how much liposuction costs
Does liposuction work on thighs?
Yes, but fat deposits are distributed differently on a patient-by-patient basis. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon will help determine the best liposuction technique for removing fat from your inner or outer thighs.Learn more about thigh liposuction
What happens to your body after liposuction?
It can take 6-8 weeks for the majority of the swelling to resolve then an additional 2-4 months to see the final result. As you increase your activity, it’s normal to experience swelling fluctuations. Gentle massages and wearing the compression garment provided by your surgeon can help this process.Learn more about liposuction recovery