Liposuction – Facts and Figures

Plastic Surgery


Liposuction is designed to sculpt and re-contour the body for a more youthful appearance.

Liposuction – Inpatient/Outpatient Surgery
Description: Body sculpting through removal of fat from localized areas of the body.  Techniques include ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), power-assisted lipoplasty (PAL), superwet and tumescent techniques.
Average Cost: $1,500 – $5,000 per area
Length of Surgery: Varies according to number of sites, technique, amount of fat to be removed, and type of anesthesia.
Anesthesia: Local, local with intravenous sedation, regional (e.g. epidural block), or general.
Recovery Time: Depending on the areas treated and the extent of liposuction, back to work within 3-21 days and resume strenuous activity in 3-8 weeks.
Treatment Frequency: Once, as long as weight is maintained.
Risks: Infection, fat or blood clots, excessive fluid loss, friction burns, nerve damage, adverse reaction to the anesthetic and epinephrine used in tumescence, numbness, asymmetry, contour irregularities or dimpling, pigmentation changes, sagging skin, irregular scar formation, complications related to anesthesia.
Duration of Results: Noticeable improvement in the first few days through four weeks, but continued improvement for 6 months post-surgery as swelling decreases.  Results must be maintained with proper diet and exercise.

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