Liposuction Surgery

If you have been frustrated by stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise, you are not alone.

Types of Liposuction

Laser Assisted/Smartlipo, AquaShape/Body Jet, and Traditional Suction Assisted Liposuction

Liposuction Surgery Patient Before


Liposuction Surgery Patient After


Liposuction – Stubborn fat that refuses to yield to diet and exercise does not stand a chance against liposuction, no matter what.  Liposuction will rid areas of your body of unwanted fat deposits on your thighs, your abdomen, your love handles, your back, your upper arms, your knees, your cankles, and even your neck.  During the liposuction procedure, a cannula is inserted under the skin through a small incision, the area is infiltrated with a special liposuction solution, and the fat is removed with suction.  The procedure differs depending on the type of liposuction.

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Am I a good candidate?

Since liposuction is not a weight loss method, a good candidate for liposuction is within 20 pounds of his or her ideal weight and has good skin elasticity so that the skin does not end up sagging in the areas treated with liposuction.   As with any plastic surgery, a good candidate must have realistic expectations.

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The Procedure by Type

Laser Assisted/Smartlipo is the most state-of-the-art technique in today’s cosmetic surgery industry.  With Smartlipo, the doctor makes a tiny incision (about the size of a pen tip) in which he first injects tumescent solution to numb the area and to facilitate the removal of fat.  Next, he inserts a cannula with a laser tip.  Energy at varying wavelengths literally melts the fat allowing for efficient removal.  The skin from inside is heated to safe temperature which helps shrink collagen fibers thus helping to tighten the skin.  This also aids in the production of new collagen as the tissues mature.  After all, who wants loose skin? The beauty of Smartlipo is that you can opt to have it under local anesthesia with some oral sedation.  You will experience minimal bruising and swelling, and you should have only a few days of down time.  For patients who do not want to feel or perceive any of the procedure you can always opt to have Smartlipo done under IV sedation, and still have minimal bruising, swelling, and little down time.

AquaShape® /Body Jet is the go to choice for fat transfer procedures because your fat is removed gently, not destroyed by energy or disrupted by force, so that it can be transferred to other areas of your body such as your face, hands, lips, breasts or buttocks.  This method of liposuction uses cannulas that inject a constant flow of water to dislodge your fat.  As your fat is dislodged, it is removed with aspiration.  Once your fat has been removed with minimal damage to the fat cells, it can be re-injected into selected areas of your body.

Traditional Suction Assisted Liposuction involves using tumescent fluid to facilitate fat removal.  This is first infiltrated into the fatty tissues in the areas that are to be suctioned. The solution allows the fat to be suctioned facilitating removal and minimal bleeding through small suction tubes.

What You Can Expect

The recovery for each type of liposuction is quite similar.  You can expect to come home wearing a compression garment on the treated areas.  This garment is vital to your recovery.  Think of it this way; you just had fat removed from an area, leaving space between your tissues.  The objective is to wear the garment so that it can compress the area, and promote healing and proper contouring of the tissue.  Another reason to wear your garment is to reduce swelling associated with your liposuction.  The swelling and bruising will last a week or so, and it is completely unique to each patient.  Some hardly swell and bruise, while others are not so lucky.  It is important to take it easy right after having liposuction.  You can resume your daily activities within a few days, but do not do anything that will increase your heart rate or blood pressure as this can increase the amount of swelling and bruising. Keep in mind, when your heart rate goes up, you swell; the recovery objective is to reduce swelling, not encourage it.  Other than that, you will continue to take your antibiotic that is given to all surgery patients and to take your pain medication as needed.  You can ease more and more back into your workout routine with each passing week.

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Terms to Know

Tumescent Solution – local anesthesia made up of a large volume of very dilute lidocaine and epinephrine, which causes the targeted tissue to become swollen and firm, or tumescent, and permits procedures to be performed on patients without the need for general anesthesia or IV sedation.  Additionally, the use of tumescent solution results in less bruising and less down time.

Cannula – a small tube/instrument that is inserted into the body to administer medication, to drain fluid or suction fat.

Lidocaine – a common local anesthetic

Epinephrine – adrenaline used to reduce blood loss during procedures involving tumescence

Liposuction Surgery Cost

The fees associated with liposuction tend to vary greatly due to a number of factors: region, plastic surgeon, and location on the body. For instance, if you require liposuction on your hips, the cost would be, on average, around $3,400. For the buttocks, which is a favorite procedure for many, the cost is around $2,000. This does not include the non-surgical fee, which most plastic surgeons require. This fee amounts to around $1,600, on average. Again, these prices may change greatly depending on the region where you are located.

It is entirely possible to save yourself some money and find a cheaper option, however it would be highly inadvisable to do so. If you decide to choose a lower cost plastic surgeon, the future costs may be much higher to deal with. Should the surgery go wrong, an unnatural appearance could be the outcome or an incomplete procedure may take place. You can avoid this from happening by calling North Shore Aesthetics and scheduling an appointment with an experienced, skilled plastic surgeon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who decides which type of liposuction I will have?

Depending on your desired expectations and if you are going to transfer your fat to another area of your body, your doctor will advise you as to which method of liposuction is best for you.

If I gain weight, will my fat come back?

First off, you had fat cells removed from your body, so you cannot gain weight as readily where there is a decreased number fat cells.  With that said, if you gain weight, your remaining fat cells will increase volume; ergo those areas will become larger.  The areas treated may fill out, but not to the degree if the area had not been treated.

What is the highest amount of fat that can be removed during liposuction?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends limiting fat removal to five liters, which is about 10 pounds.  This is done to maintain safety with the procedure.

Who is a good liposuction candidate?

Many people assume that, should they be overweight or obese, liposuction is the cure to all of their weight problems. In fact, this is actually completely wrong. The best candidate for a liposuction procedure are those who are relatively fit and have fat deposits in unwanted places that need to be removed. When this fat is removed from a fit individual, their body begins to take on a better shape. Liposuction can generally be paired with another surgery, such as thigh lifts, tummy tucks, or even breast reductions, to remove unwanted fat bulges in problematic spots around the body.

For overweight people looking for instant weight loss procedures, liposuction is generally not considered the correct option. While it is true that liposuction can be a wonderful motivation tool to lose weight and get fit, liposuction was not actually designed for weight loss. Instead, the procedure was designed to redistribute fat throughout the body to provide a more even tone and appearance. If you continue eating unhealthy, the fat will simply return.