Liposuction is a popular fat removal surgery that has been around for many years. It is used to help men and women achieve a slimmer look in areas where diet and exercise have failed to work. Liposuction removes excess fat with the use of a device that suctions fat from beneath the skin. It is commonly used on the hips, thighs, abdomen, flanks, inner knees, arms, and beneath the chin. Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, offers traditional liposuction, as well as a laser approach for those seeking a nonsurgical alternative. The results of liposuction can be seen for many years if the patient follows a healthy lifestyle. Fat cells that are removed do not come back, but patients can still gain weight if the remaining fat cells grow. This will be discussed during the initial consultation with Dr. Stephenson.
Surgical liposuction is reserved for patients who are near or at their ideal weight. It is not a solution for weight loss and should not be looked at as a weight loss method. Good candidates for liposuction are men or women who demonstrate:
- A healthy skin tone with minimal to no excess or sagging skin
- A reasonable and stable weight
- Localized excess fatty deposits that diet and exercise cannot improve
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Dr. Stephenson will evaluate the areas of fat that the patient wishes to improve upon. He will tailor an individualized treatment plan that lists the areas to address, as well as the desired amount of fat to be removed. During surgery, a device known as a cannula is inserted through the skin and gently removes fat cells. A solution containing local anesthetic and tumescent fluid is introduced beneath the area of concern to help minimize bleeding, bruising and overall patient discomfort. Controlled removal of fluid and fat is accomplished in layers to produce an improved contour. During liposuction, a motor helps control how much fat is removed and at what speed. Fat removal can range from several ounces to a few pounds.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. The results will not be evident for several weeks as there will be some swelling after surgery. Compression garments will be required to control the swelling and to help the overlying tissues adapt to the new contour. Patients can return to light activities within 1-2 weeks and can expect a full recovery within about 4-6 weeks. Liposuction does leave a small scar where the cannula was inserted, but it is not noticeable once it fades over time.
The average cost for liposuction in the U.S. can range anywhere from $1,500 to $7,000. This cost varies depending on the location for fat removal and how much fat was removed. Because this surgery is considered cosmetic, medical insurance does not apply.
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Liposuction is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted fat from the body. If you are battling pesky bulges and areas of fat and are ready for a little assistance to help achieve the look you want, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stephenson to learn how liposuction can benefit you. He will discuss the various options and create a tailored approach specific to your aesthetic goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,500 - $7,500
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Procedure Recovery Location