The Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction is the ideal procedure for patients looking to effectively and permanently reduce areas of stubborn fat. While there are many non-surgical procedures that say they improve fat deposits, liposuction is the only consistently proven technique to provide patients with the body contouring results they desire. Liposuction removes fat from the body via gentle suction. As long as a healthy lifestyle is maintained following your procedure, you should achieve long-lasting results that help you feel more confident in your appearance.
Dr. Ip’s liposuction procedure creates and enhances body definition. Many patients seeking liposuction wish to highlight their abdominal definition or create a more toned arm or thigh appearance. Your fat-removal process will focus on eliminating fat in a way that complements the curvature of your body. For most patients, it is the enhancing of body contours that sets liposuction apart from other fat-removal procedures.
Patients with poor skin elasticity should consider a body lift procedure to restore their smooth, firm skin tone. Excess skin accumulation is often the result of weight loss or aging. Liposuction can be combined with body lift procedures to improve the results. Combining a body lift with liposuction can provide you with a slimmer and sleeker appearance.

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Liposuction Techniques

Tumescent Liposuction
  • A tumescent fluid, consisting of an anesthetic and salt solution, is injected into the fatty tissue of the treatment area
  • The fluid helps loosen fat cells, which makes the removal process easier
  • A cannula is used to remove the fluid and fatty tissue
  • Helps minimize excess bleeding and provides a gentle removal process

Power-Assisted Liposuction
  • A powered cannula is used in a sweeping back-and-forth motion that breaks up fatty tissue and removes it
  • Ideal for smaller treatment areas and achieves more precise results
  • Generally results in minimal swelling and discomfort during the healing process

Ultrasonic Liposuction
  • Ultrasound energy is delivered into the fatty tissue in the treatment area
  • The ultrasonic energy helps emulsify the fat, breaking it down and making it easier to remove
  • A cannula is used to remove the fatty tissue
  • Beneficial for patients looking to treat larger areas such as the abdomen or thighs

Laser-Assisted Liposuction
  • Laser energy is directed into the stored fat cells
  • The heat causes the fat to liquefy for easier fat removal
  • A cannula is used to remove the fluid and fatty tissue
  • Beneficial for patients looking to treat large areas with fibrous tissue

Upper Body Liposuction

  • Fat accumulation along the arms typically occurs from the armpits to the elbows
  • Liposuction of the arms can improve the appearance of “bat wings”
  • Incisions are placed discreetly along the back of the arm to conceal their appearance

  • Men with a fatty chest appearance and women with cumbersome breasts can benefit from liposuction of the chest
  • Helps restore masculine chest contours for men
  • Reduces the size of breasts in women to relieve back and neck pain
  • Incisions are placed within the armpits or around the outer area of the breasts

  • Liposuction of the neck helps restore a slimmer, more graceful facial appearance
  • Improves the appearance of an unsightly “double chin”
  • Provides improvement for aging patients or patients following weight fluctuations

Upper Back
  • Helps improve the contours and definition of the back
  • Ideal for women who struggle with fat accumulation along their bra band
  • Restores a more toned back aesthetic for men and women in order to achieve an athletic appearance

Lower Body Liposuction

  • The abdomen is one of the most common liposuction treatment areas
  • Excess belly fat can cause a flabby, unattractive silhouette
  • Men and women can both achieve enhanced abdominal definition through liposuction
  • Incisions are placed lower in the bikini line to hide their presence

  • Fat accumulation along the hips may be causing painful or unsightly muffin tops
  • Many women use liposuction along the flanks to create or enhance the curves of their body
  • Liposuction along the flanks helps reduce the size of the waist, improving the fit of clothing

  • Unwanted fat along the thighs can lead to painful irritation and chafing
  • Many patients use liposuction to achieve a slimmer, more toned thigh appearance
  • Liposuction can help create a defined thigh gap for a more slender appearance

  • Poorly shaped or flabby buttocks can be improved using liposuction
  • The definition of the buttocks can be enhanced through fat removal
  • Incisions are created along the natural creases of the buttocks to hide their location

When to Undergo Liposuction

Post-Weight Loss


Liposuction is not designed to be a weight-loss procedure; rather, it should be utilized following weight loss to enhance your results. Patients considering liposuction should be healthy and within 15 pounds of their weight-loss goal to achieve the best results. Liposuction after weight loss can target specific areas that have been resistant to diet and exercise.



Women often find that they have accumulated stubborn areas of fat following their pregnancy. While gaining weight and adding fat stores is normal during pregnancy, many women can find it more difficult to eliminate them following childbirth. Liposuction helps women regain their pre-baby bodies in order to feel more confident and comfortable with their appearance.

Fat Accumulation


As the metabolism slows with age, it is more likely that you will store unwanted fat. Eliminating this excess fat through diet and exercise can become more difficult because you lack the youthful energy and physical processes to effectively burn fat. Liposuction can help people achieve a more youthful and toned contour as they age.


Immediately following your surgery, you will experience bruising and swelling in your treatment area(s). A specialty compression garment should be worn to help minimize excess swelling. It is important to carefully follow your postoperative instructions to ensure quality healing and the best results possible.

Diet is an important factor in your healing process. It is necessary that you provide your body with the essential vitamins and nutrients it needs to heal following your surgery. Your diet should consist of protein, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits. However, a diet of soft foods may be best immediately following your surgery because of the side effects of the general anesthesia. A detailed list of healthy, nutrient-packed foods will be provided for you before your surgery.
Patients will be required to limit their physical activities following their procedure. You will need to rest for several days after surgery. Most patients return to work within one week of their procedure. You can resume your regular exercise routine four weeks post-surgery. You shouldn’t smoke for at least six weeks following your procedure.
You will be prescribed medications to take for a period of time following your surgery. KEFLEX® and CIPRO® (ciprofloxacin) are antibiotics used to prevent infection. Flexeril™ and Valium® are muscle relaxers used to reduce discomfort. Pain medication may also be used to relieve any additional discomfort you may feel during your recovery. medication

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Patients preparing for a liposuction procedure should quit smoking six weeks prior to their surgery. You shouldn’t take any blood-thinning medications for two weeks prior to your procedure. Eat a healthy diet with plenty of nutrients leading up to your surgery, but do not eat after midnight the day of your surgery.
A: Most patients will utilize a general anesthetic during their liposuction. However, patients that require only a mild correction may be able to use local anesthesia.
A: The length of your liposuction procedure will vary depending on the size and number of treatment locations.
A: Patients considering liposuction who have skin laxity should consider combining their procedure with a body lift. Body lift procedures, such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or arm lift, are designed to treat excess skin accumulation. Combined with liposuction, you can achieve firmer, sleeker body contours.
A: Many plastic surgeons and practices tout their non-surgical fat removal procedures because they eliminate fat without requiring incisions. However, these non-surgical fat removal procedures provide inconsistent results at best and can only remove a limited amount of fat. Fat eliminated through non-surgical procedures is also more likely to return within a few months. Liposuction on the other hand, precisely and permanently removes fat.
A: Patients are able to achieve long-term liposuction results as long as they maintain a stable body weight. However, patients that do accumulate new fat will find that it is more evenly spread throughout their body.
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