Liposuction/ Liposculpture

Suction assisted lipectomy, also called liposuction or liposculpture, is a procedure done to remove localized collections of excess fat, almost anywhere on the body. Liposuction is done for contouring and not as a weight reduction procedure. Liposuction is done usually as an outpatient with a relatively quick recovery. It can be done on any area of the body, but usually on the hips, thighs and abdomen are the common locations.


  • You have localized areas of fat deposits, which will not go away with diet and exercise.
  • You are at or slightly over your ideal body weight.
  • It is not a weight loss procedure.
  • Skin tonicity over the areas to be suctioned is good.
  • Common areas include: abdomen, trunk, thighs, hips, but many other areas can be done.


  • Usually done under general anesthesia as an outpatient. Small areas can be done under sedation.
  • First, the areas to be treated are injected with a saline and adrenaline mixture to distend the fat and decrease bleeding.
  • Small incisions are made in various areas and a cannula is inserted to suction the fat away.


  • Pain is well controlled by oral medications.
  • Ice is optional for the first 24 hours.
  • A compression garment will be worn one to two weeks.
  • Bruising can be expected and may take two to three weeks on average, or longer, to completely resolve.
  • Return to normal activity is rather quick, usually back to full normal activity in one to two weeks

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