Liposuction FAQs

What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves the vacuuming of fat from beneath the surface of the skin. It is used to reduce excess fat from various areas of the body. It can be an effective method to contour specific body areas, but is not an effective way to lose weight.

How much does liposuction cost?
The cost for liposuction varies depending on the number of areas of the body being treated and the market where you are having the procedure. Many physicians offer financing to make liposuction and other cosmetic surgery procedures more affordable for their patients.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
A good liposuction candidate has realistic expectations and is at or near his or her ideal body weight with specific localized areas of protruding fat. Patients should be at least 18 years old and should not have significant medical problems such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes. Liposuction is a surgical procedure and involves certain risks including the possibility of infection, bleeding, blood clots and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Please discuss these risks with your surgeon.

What is the difference between the tumescent technique and ultrasonic liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction involves the injection of salt water containing lidocaine and small amounts of adrenaline. This numbs the affected area and shrinks the blood vessels. This also has the effect of expanding the fat layer for easier removal. Then the plastic surgeon suctions out both the water and the excess fat. Ultrasonic liposuction is more properly referred to as Ultrasound Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL) . UAL is a new technique in which a specialized liposuction cannula emits high frequency sound waves to liquefy the fat before it is removed.

Which areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?
Liposuction can be used to remove unwanted fat from many areas of the body including: hips, thighs, flanks, legs, abdomen, buttocks, arms, neck, face and back.