Liposuction can be performed in a number of areas on the body, through small incisions. Ankles, knees, thighs, back, chest, arms, chin and face are all areas where liposuction can be done.

The length of the procedure depends on what the patient would like done as well as what the doctor decides. Consultation with a plastic surgeon is the first step for a patient who is interested in having the procedure done. The surgeon needs to understand the patient’s expectations from the surgery and explain its limitations. Additionally, the doctor will discuss the anesthesia and possible complications and risks of the surgery.

Liposuction is not an alternative to losing weight through dieting and healthy eating habits. It is also not a solution for obesity.

During the procedure, the surgeon will create a number of small incisions, one centimeter long. Through these incisions, the surgeon will insert a tube, connected to a machine which sucks out the fat. The incisions are sewn up, and these stitches are removed a few days after the surgery. Any scars that remain afterwards are miniscule. After the surgery, the surgeon will also wrap the area in pressure bandages.

Any accompanying pain can be treated with pain reliever medication.

The bandages can be removed within a week, but it is recommended to wear them a special belt for around two-three months in order to allow the skin to heal nicely.

Sometimes, patients will lose feeling or feel uncomfortable in the operated area. This can range from person to person. There is also the possibility of swelling or change in skin tone, or loose skin. Loose skin will occur when the amount of fat taken out is bigger than the capacity of the skin to shrink as needed. Overweight people should know in advance that there is a large possibility that their skin will not be smooth. Sometimes patients need to undergo a procedure to remove excess skin after liposuction, in order to achieve the best results.

There are five phases in recovery:

  • Up to 7 days after – bandages
  • 7 to 15 days after – tiredness
  • 15 to 25 days after – unsatisfactory results
  • 25 to 42 days after – relief
  • 6 weeks after - satisfaction