About Liposuction

Liposuction is performed to remove fat cells from isolated areas such as the neck, waist, hips, arms, and thighs.  We have a constant number of fat cells and once a certain percentage is removed with liposuction, they will never come back.   In order for liposuction to be successful, patients must have good skin tone so the skin will shrink smoothly after the fat is removed.  Isolated areas can be performed under local anesthesia whereas multiple areas usually require a general anesthesia. 


                                                    Reasons for Considering Liposuction:

Eliminate fat from any of the following areas:

-Chin and Neckline


-Upper Arms

-Stomach and Waistline

-Hips and Buttocks

-Thighs and Knees

-Creates a more proportioned figure

Liposuction is not a replacement for proper exercise and diet.  Instead, liposuction is a reduction procedure for stubborn areas where fat accumulates.  Used in combination with several areas of the body, liposuction can provide a well-proportioned body appearance.  Ideal surgical candidates are those already in good physical condition but have stubborn areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. 

General Procedure

Liposuction is done under both general and local anesthesia. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or “cannula” is inserted and used to vacuum out the fatty tissue beneath the skin.  The surgeon determines the amount of fat to be removed by massaging the skin and squeezing the tissue.  After eliminating the excess fat, the incisions are closed with a suture and by applying a compression dressing or bandage to the area in order to prevent bleeding, reduce swelling, and support the affected area. Liposuction surgery can last from one to several hours depending upon the amount of fat to be removed.  Liposuction surgery is an excellent procedure that can benefit those who want to remove unattractive fatty deposits.  



Recovery Process

After surgery, you will most likely experience some fluid drainage from the incision sites. A support garment may need to be worn for several weeks after surgery, depending upon which area(s) are selected to utilize the liposuction procedure.  Patients sometimes report minor pain, burning, swelling & temporary numbness associated with surgery which can be treated effectively with oral pain medication.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the directions given after surgery.






The Andochick Center for Cosmetic Surgery