Liposuction creates a slimmer appearance and is ideal for those who are at a healthy weight, but still have stubborn areas of fat resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is not an alternative to a weight loss plan, nor is it a surgery to treat obesity. Also known as liposculpture, surgical liposuction removes fat from the body. Dr. Tsujimura, our board certified surgeon, will make a small puncture in the skin, then using a tube-like device known as a cannula, which helps to loosen fat cells and suction them out. Common areas for fat removal include the abdomen, hips, back, thighs, upper arms, chin and chest (in men). For best results, liposuction can be combined with another procedure such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift or arm lift. Consultations and liposuction procedures are both offered at our office in North Scottsdale, AZ.
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Liposuction Surgical Technique
Tumescent liposuction is a common approach used by surgeons. The first step is to inject a liquid agent into the area that is to be treated. A cannula is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. The fat removal can be as great as a few pounds or as little as several ounces.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (known as “ultrasonic”) is a technique used on areas where a greater amount of dense fat resides. It’s a dual process using ultrasound and suction. First, ultrasound waves transmit energy through a special device aimed to help loosen and melt the fat. This liquid is then suctioned out using a cannula. UAL liposuction is commonly used on men seeking a higher level of muscular definition. You may hear this type of liposuction referred to as hi-def liposuction or VASER® Lipo, or simply Vaser hi-def.
Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology to introduce a burst of energy to the specified area of fat. The laser loosens and melts the fat for removal. This particular type of liposuction includes brand names such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.
Liposuction During/After Surgery
Liposuction is performed under monitored anesthesia care (MAC) sedation in our surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. On average, each body part (i.e. tummy, thighs, etc.) will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment on the treated areas. It takes about 1 to 2 weeks for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and can take several months for the final results to appear. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are usually small and will fade over time.
Liposuction Expected Cost
The price for liposuction will vary depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. The average cost of liposuction in the U.S. for the most common body parts are outlined below:
- Abdomen (upper/lower): $4,500-$7,000
- Arms: $4,500-$5,400
- Buttocks: $4,500-$5,400
- Chin: $4,500-$5,400
- Inner Thigh: $4,500-$5,400
- Outer Thigh: $4,500-$5,400
- Hips/Waist: $4,500-$5,400
Plan Your Procedure
How Safe is Lipo?
The media sometimes tells stories of liposuction patients who have endured bad results at the hands of inexperienced surgeons. Today’s liposuction techniques are much safer and more predictable than ever before, but surgeon skill still remains the number one factor when researching this procedure. The goal is to attain a natural and smooth result. An experienced surgeon will be able to provide this outcome.
Is it Permanent?
Fat cells that are removed during liposuction do not come back. Unfortunately, patients can still gain weight after surgery because the remaining cells can expand and become larger. However, patients who adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after surgery.
How Much Fat?
The amount of fat removed really depends on the size of the patient and their aesthetic goals. American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends roughly 5 liters of fat or less. It is advised to get down to your ideal weight before undergoing a liposuction procedure. If not at an ideal body weight, liposuction can create better proportions.
Skin Tautness (Laxity)?
Liposuction is a surgery that removes fat and enhances the actual shape of the body. It does not address skin imperfections cause by skin laxity or cellulite. During your consultation, a discussion can be had regarding the available procedures, which address and improve skin texture and tightening. Some procedures recommended to correct skin laxity include abdominoplasty, thigh lift, neck lift, and butt lift surgeries.