Over the past twenty-five years, liposuction has come to mean the removal of fat deposits with a hollow cannula, or tube. Liposuction is a generic term that does not take into account the many improvements that have made the removal of fat through tiny incisions the most popular aesthetic procedure done today.

How do I know if liposuction is right for me?

Ideally, these procedures achieve their best results in people who are within 10 to 15 percent of the ideal weight for their height. This is because liposuction best addresses regions that contain blocked fat, such as “saddle bags” and “love handles.” These areas cannot be well controlled by diet and exercise, as the fat cells they contain are highly resistant to being broken down for energy and are therefore referred to as “blocked.” A person has to lose six pounds of normal fat in order to lose one pound of blocked fat, so often, no matter how hard they try, abnormal bulges remain prominent. When attempts at controlling fat by diet have failed, it is best to address problem areas with liposuction as soon as possible.The longer skin remains stretched out, the less able it will be to tighten spontaneously following liposuction.

The incisions of liposuction are usually less than a quarter of an inch long and disappear over time. Recent advances in liposuction technology, including the evolution of very thin cannulas and minimally invasive methods, allow the surgeon to sculpt and contour abnormal fat deposits without leaving telltale grooves. This technique is referred to as liposculpture . Tiny instruments permit close contouring of the skin immediately below its surface, so the surgeon can create an ideal figure.

Will the skin shrink after liposuction?

When liposuction is done as a stand-alone procedure, it relies on the elastic properties of the skin to contract and conform to the reduced volume. During a pre-operative examination of the patient while she’s standing, the surgeon can determine how much the skin is likely to tighten post-operatively and whether or not an additional skin-tightening procedure might be necessary.

It takes up to two to twelve weeks for the skin to shrink completely and the liposuctioned area to reach its final form. In younger women who are neither extremely overweight nor post-partum, the results are generally very good. The skin overlying the liposuctioned area can be recontoured to achieve a near-perfect shape. However, if the skin is very lax or the cellulite is severe, some surface irregularities may remain after liposuction. Non-invasive treatments likeEndermologie , along with diet and exercise, can help deal with the problem. Older patients or others with significant extra skin might need an additional skin-tightening procedure, or lift.This can be done at the same time the fat is suctioned.

While not a substitute for liposuction in dealing with larger fat deposits,Endermologie can be very effective pre-and post-operatively in enhancing the results.


Liposuction is not for weight loss. Ideally, the patient contemplating the procedure should be within ten to fifteen percent of the ideal weight for their height. The operation works best for patients who have problem areas such as “love handles” or “saddlebags” that are highly resistant to control by diet and exercise. In these patients the results of liposuction can be spectacular.


Up to two weeks of recovery before you can return to normal daily activities. Athletics may be resumed after four to six weeks.

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