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Technical name: Liposuction
Body Parts: Buttock, hips, belly, interior part of thighs, interior part of knees, arms, double-chin, among other regions of the body
Recommended Age: After adolescence
Anesthesia: Local (in most cases) or epidural
Surgery time: On average, 1-2 hours
Clinic stay: Between 8 and 24 hours
Scar: Due to the small cut (less than one centimeter), the scar usually stays hidden under a natural fold
Pre-operative: Routine lab exams
Post-operative: The bandage that protects the scar should be worn for the 24 hrs. Depending on the case it may necessary to use a special garment
Recuperation period: 5 days rest; a return to light physical exercise in 30 days
Results Duration: Usually permanent when combined with exercise and a healthy diet

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is surgery to improve the contour of your body by removing pockets of excess fat from specific areas of the body. "Lipo" comes from the Greek word "lipos," meaning fat. Other names for liposuction are lipoplasty and suction lipectomy.

Who is the best candidate for Liposuction?

The Liposuction procedure is recommended if you have excess subcutaneous fat, which is resistant to diet and exercise.

Liposuction procedure is also recommended if you wish to change the contours of your body. Commonly involved areas of the Liposcution procedure are the anterior part of the neck (under the chin), upper arms and armpits, male chest/breasts, body, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves and ankles.

Most patients who request the Liposuction procedure are near normal weight and desire permanent contour changes.

Improved techniques of Liposuction now allow larger amounts of fat removal. Liposculpture can be useful to heavier persons as well.


Liposuction is usually performed under local Anesthesia with sedation. In some specific cases, epidural anesthesia is used.

Intended Results of Liposuction

Liposuction can result in a permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas.

Liposuction can produce a more flattering figure or physique, in or out of clothing.

Liposuction procedure Description

The liposuction is done on an outpatient basis. General anesthesia is usually used for safety and comfort.

Small suction tubes (cannulas) are inserted through very short incisions placed in inconspicuous locations near the fat deposits, and excess fat is removed.

If very large volumes of fat are to be removed during the Liposuction procedure, we will probably ask you to donate one or two units of blood and take supplemental iron before surgery. Your own blood will be used as a transfusion at the end of the Liposuction surgery.

Recovery and Healing After Liposuction

After the Liposuction procedure the patient goes home with a compression garment (or tape) covering the treated areas. Compression is advised for about a month as it helps reduce swelling and helps you achieve the final results of the Liposuction procedure more quickly. Once pain and soreness decrease, it is frequently more comfortable to wear lycra or spandex exercise pants.

Initial discomfort from the Liposuction procedure is easily controlled with oral medication.

Bruising and swelling usually subside in 2 to 4 weeks after the Liposuction Surgery. The final result takes shape over 2 to 3 months.

Complimentary procedures

Additional procedures that may enhance the result are Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, Thigh Lift or Buttock Lift.

Notes on Liposuction

The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.

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