Liposuction FAQ

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that surgically removes unwanted fat from certain areas of the body. SAFE Liposuction (Separation, Aspiration, Fat Equalization=SAFE) is a 3 part process that removes fat smoothly and evenly while sparing blood vessels that aid in healing.

How long will liposuction results last?

Liposuction results can last forever. Once the fat cells are removed, your body will likely not gain as much weight to this area, meaning that this may no longer be your “problem area.” The fat cells that do remain, however, may expand in other areas if your diet and exercise should change in the future. Maintaining your weight, diet, and exercise routine is recommended following liposuction surgery.

Am I a candidate for liposuction?

There are 2 kinds of fat present in the body: subcutaneous and visceral. Subcutaneous soft tissue is able to be removed through liposuction because it is fat that sits above the muscle layer. This is the fat that can be “pinched” upon physical exam. Visceral fat cannot be removed because it protects your organs and muscles and is deeper in the abdomen. The integrity and elasticity of the skin in these areas is also a factor in determining candidacy. We recommend an in-office consultation with your surgeon to determine if liposuction is the right procedure for you.

Will I gain the fat back somewhere else after liposuction?

Every individual has different “problem” areas that accumulate fat more readily when they gain weight. For example, the abdomen may be the area that tends to gain weight first in some people. Liposuction may be used to treat the abdomen in such a patient. After liposuction, the excess fat cells in this area will be gone and cannot regenerate. If the patient goes on to gain a significant amount of weight, one of two things may happen. If enough fat was removed from the problem area, it may no longer be the area of the body that gains weight most easily. In this case, it is possible for another area of the body to develop more noticeable weight gain because the fat is not returning to the original “problem” area. However, it’s also possible that because we do not completely remove all fat cells from the original problem area, weight gain may continue to affect that region more readily because those remaining fat cells are still the most sensitive to weight gain. We recommend trying to maintain a stable weight to avoid any major fluctuations in weight change to achieve the best results.

What is the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck?

Liposuction is a procedure where we remove fat from areas of the body where it is unwanted. There are no large incisions made with liposuction, but the areas may be bruised and swollen for a few weeks following the procedure. A tummy tuck procedure involves removing skin and abdominal fat, tightening of the abdominal muscles, and repositioning of the belly button. This creates a cosmetically appealing contour and smoothing of the abdomen. A tummy tuck incision extends from hip to hip and is normally low enough that it can be covered by a bathing suit or undergarments. Neither liposuction nor a tummy tuck are considered to be weight loss procedures but are completed to help achieve a more aesthetically pleasing body contour.