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Procedure Overview

Liposuction is a surgical technique that utilizes small cannulas and a suction source to remove excess fat via small access incisions. Liposuction obtains the best results for persons who are at or near their baseline or goal weight and have localized fullness.

Several methods of liposuction are available including the Brazilian (syringe) technique, power assisted liposuction (PAL), and ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL). At the Center for Plastic Surgery all of these methods are available. Each has certain advantages and disadvantages. The choice of methods depends upon patient desires and body characteristics.

In conjunction with the various methods the tumescent technique is utilized. In this technique the areas to be treated are first injected with a dilute solution of local anesthetic and vasoconstrictor (reduces bleeding). Potential advantages include less bleeding, less post-operative pain, less bruising, and smoother results.

Operative Time

30 min to 3 hours (depending upon areas to be treated)


Usually local with IV sedation


Infection, bleeding, irregularities, and need for touch-up procedures have been reported


Immediate return to non- aerobic activities, one-two weeks for aerobic type activities

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