As one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, liposuction can be performed on specific areas of the body, face, and neck with great success. Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. John Williams, performs this procedure by removing excess fat to slim the hips and thighs, flatten the abdomen, shape the arms, or eliminate a double chin. Ideal patients are men and women of normal weight who want to improve their body contour. While liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, it can sometimes be the only way to eliminate fat deposits that do not respond to diet or exercise.
Individuals of nearly any age may undergo liposuction, but those with good skin elasticity will achieve the smoothest contour after the fat has been removed. Liposuction can be performed on several areas of the body at the same time and in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures. Every patient has different needs and aesthetic goals, and a private consultation with Dr. Williams will help gain clarity on the best possible approach to meet your beauty objectives.
"I had liposuction done 11 years ago. When it was done, there was an area on my stomach that did not have a good result, I was left with a lumpy area and a concave area. This is something that was not major but bothered me for years. I had visited a few plastic surgeons over the years to try to get it addressed. One told me he didn't want to do it because he didn't want to book the surgery room for something so minor. Another one told me he couldn't fix it. I went to Dr. Williams and he took my concern seriously and said he could fix it. Further he indicated he could take care of it using local anesthesia and a small incision in my belly button, which is what I was always hoping to do. I had the surgery a week ago and the results are exactly what I'd hoped for! I had no pain after and minimal bruising which is already gone. The professionalism of Dr. Williams, his staff and the staff at the surgery location were all exceptional. I would highly recommend Dr. Williams and I will be using him for any future cosmetic concerns I might have."- L.W. / Google / Mar 20, 2016
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
What to Expect?
Our acclaimed doctor will evaluate the areas of fat that the patient wishes to improve upon. Our team 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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $2,400 - $5,640
- Recovery Time
- 2 days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-3 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 6 months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Remove Pesky Fat
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 our surgeon to learn how liposuction can benefit you. Our talented staff will discuss the various options and create a tailored approach specific to your aesthetic goals.