Liposuction FAQs

Liposuction is a fat-reducing procedure that can help men and women achieve a sleeker, fitter figure when diet and exercise fall short. If you’re interested in the benefits of liposuction, you most likely have some questions about the procedure and what you can expect. Below, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lee B. Daniel answers some of the most frequently asked questions about liposuction at his Eugene, Oregon practice.

If you have a question about liposuction that isn’t answered here, feel free to contact our office at your convenience for a complimentary consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve the look you’ve always wanted.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are men and women who are at or near their target weight, but find that certain problem spots still have fatty bulges that won’t disappear. It’s important to understand that liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss. Many liposuction candidates have achieved major or minor weight loss, have been pregnant or simply struggle with persistent bulges due to age or genetics. Candidates should be in good overall physical and mental health and have realistic expectations about their results.

What are the most common target spots for liposuction?

Liposuction can be used virtually anywhere on the body. Some of the most common treatment areas include the love handles, double chin, stomach, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, back, ankles and waist. Many of these areas are common places for the body to store fat reserves, making them difficult to target with exercise and other traditional weight loss methods.

Can I combine liposuction with a tummy tuck?

Yes. In fact, combining liposuction with tummy tuck surgery can be an excellent option, particularly for women who have been pregnant or for anyone who has achieved dramatic weight loss. Liposuction can remove excess fat surrounding the abdomen, waist and hips, while a tummy tuck tightens the abdominal muscles and removes baggy stomach skin, resulting in a slimmer, more youthful midsection.

Are there any nonsurgical alternatives to liposuction?

Yes. For men and women with less extensive needs, CoolSculpting® can be a good nonsurgical alternative to traditional liposuction. CoolSculpting® uses a process called cryolipolysis that freezes fat cells to destroy them. The cells are then gradually disposed of through the body’s natural elimination system. Most CoolSculpting® candidates see the best results after a series of treatments. The treatment can also be used to fine-tune your liposuction results.

When will I see my final results?

Immediately following your surgery, your body will experience some degree of swelling, which can take several weeks or longer to subside. You should notice improvements in your figure after only a couple of weeks, with your final results developing within 3 to 6 months. It’s important to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle to ensure that you achieve long-lasting results.

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