Liposuction

What Is Liposuction?


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Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to help individuals achieve a slimmer appearance by reducing unwanted deposits of fat in one or more regions of the body (depending on your individual goals). However, it is not a weight loss treatment—liposuction patients are usually at or near their goal weight.

Even with a strict diet and exercise routine, some women and men discover certain areas of the body that seem to be resistant to change. To help reduce these stubborn pockets of fat and create a more toned silhouette, liposuction has been an excellent option for many of our patients at Advanced Aesthetic Surgery.

What Areas of the Body Can Liposuction Treat?

Liposuction is ideal for reducing fat in areas of the body such as the abdomen, flanks, (muffin top), thighs, back, and arms. It can also be used in the chin and jowl area to create a more defined jawline.

With liposuction, many of our patients have been able to reduce or eliminate fat in problem areas. Some additional benefits of liposuction can include:

  • Highlighting weight loss efforts by improving definition
  • Long-lasting results
  • More toned, athletic appearance
  • Can be combined with other procedures, like abdominoplasty, for improved results

To find out if liposuction is right for you, please contact us today to learn more, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lintner.

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

Ideal liposuction candidates should be in good overall health and close to their desired weight. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure—rather, it is intended to help individuals supplement their diet and exercise efforts. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the procedure is important, as well, since it is possible for patients to gain weight again after the procedure. If you are not a candidate for this procedure, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Lintner will work with you to help you find an appropriate alternative treatment, such as non-surgical SculpSure®. Helping each patient achieve the best possible results while avoiding any unnecessary procedures is extremely important to Dr. Lintner, so if he feels liposuction is not the best way to accomplish your unique aesthetic goals, he will advise against it. In some cases, patients who have lost a significant amount of weight may also benefit from an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or other body contouring procedures to help remove excess skin that can occur after weight loss.


I had found Dr. Lintner online and met with several other surgeons. As soon as I met him, I knew he was the right doctor. He really cares about his patients…I absolutely love my results.
H.M. Liposuction Patient, Atlanta GA

How Is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?

Performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, liposuction is frequently done as an outpatient procedure, although certain cases require an overnight stay in the hospital for monitoring. Dr. Lintner customizes treatment for each of his patients, so the duration of the procedure can vary, depending on your individual treatment plan.

In a typical liposuction procedure, a small cannula is inserted into targeted regions of the body through very small incisions. The cannula is attached to a suction device, enabling it to carefully and strategically remove localized pockets of fat. During the procedure, a tumescent fluid (saline solution) is administered, helping to disrupt fat, as well as reduce bleeding and/or bruising. Use of tumescent fluid can also potentially limit discomfort during recovery.

What Is Liposuction Recovery Like?

After liposuction, patients may experience a small amount of swelling and/or bruising in the targeted areas, but this should fade over time. Dr. Lintner provides each patient with personalized aftercare instructions to ensure they achieve the best possible results. Any discomfort after surgery can typically be managed with medication, when used as instructed by Dr. Lintner. Most liposuction patients are able to return to their daily routines approximately one week after surgery, although strenuous activities should usually be avoided for about two weeks.

How Long Do Liposuction Results Last?

Body contouring results from liposuction are often noticeable immediately following the procedure, but final results should become more apparent over time as swelling goes down. Fat cells removed during the procedure are permanently eliminated from the body; however, future weight gain is still possible. Following liposuction, patients who continue living a healthy lifestyle should be able to retain their results.

How Noticeable Are Liposuction Scars?

Since liposuction typically requires very small incisions, the visibility of scarring from this procedure is often minimal. In fact, for many patients, liposuction scars are barely noticeable. Dr. Lintner also strives to place the incisions necessary for liposuction in areas that are generally inconspicuous. The noticeability of scarring will largely depend on which particular areas are being treated; however, this procedure is well known for its ability to create effective body contouring results with little indication that major surgery has been performed.

Does Liposuction Have Any Risks or Side Effects?

Although there are some common temporary side effects of liposuction, such as swelling, redness, or bruising, some more serious risks are associated with the procedure, as well. Most of these concerns are similar to various other surgical procedures, such as infection, blood clots, fluid accumulation, irregular contours, and more. However, the chances of encountering complications like these can be minimized substantially when liposuction is performed by a skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Lintner.

Dr. Lintner can discuss these risks in more detail during your consultation. Additionally, he will assess your overall health prior to the procedure, and advise against it if he believes it is unsafe for any reason.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The average cost of a liposuction procedure can vary* depending on the size and location of the treatment areas, as well as the volume of fat to be removed during the procedure. Other considerations that affect the overall price of liposuction include medications, anesthesia, pre- and post-operative testing, the surgeon’s fee, and more. To obtain a personalized price quote, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lintner. In your consultation, we can provide you with a more precise estimate, and can help you explore our plastic surgery financing options, if needed.

*Unlike many prices listed online, which only quote the surgeon’s fee, these average prices are inclusive of a multitude of expenses that are typically included in the final cost of liposuction.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction

How Much Fat Can Be Removed with Liposuction?

Liposuction is capable of removing varying levels of excess fat. The treatment can be performed on areas affected by rather small quantities of excess fat or moderate to large volumes of fat. This procedure can often extract up to 70 percent of isolated fat in a particular body region; however, the surgical risks of treatment tend to increase when larger amounts of excess fat are targeted for removal. In order to minimize those risks, Dr. Lintner may advise patients who desire larger volumes of excess fat removal in a specific area to have their liposuction procedure staged over a series of treatments.

While liposuction can be an extraordinarily effective option to enhance body shape and contour, it is very important to remember that it is not designed to be a tool for weight loss. In fact, the best candidates for this treatment are typically those who are generally at the average weight for their body size, but need some help eliminating excess fat deposits that have proven to be quite stubborn when subjected to traditional diet and exercise regimens.

What Age is Ideal for Getting Liposuction?

All patients must be 18 years of age or older to undergo liposuction procedures. Beyond that stipulation, there is not necessarily an “ideal” age to have the treatment. Dr. Lintner has performed liposuction for patients across a broad spectrum of ages, and the main criteria he will evaluate to determine candidacy for this procedure will focus more on an individual’s current state of general health and whether liposuction is a suitable option for one’s goals.

Is Liposuction Painful?

Since liposuction is typically performed under a general or IV anesthetic, patients should not experience pain during the procedure. Following treatment, some degree of soreness in the treatment areas should be expected as the area heals during the recovery process. Dr. Lintner will advise each patient on post-operative pain medications that can help control discomfort.

How Can I Tighten Loose Skin After Liposuction?

Liposuction can remove excess fat, but it is not designed to give the skin a tighter or firmer appearance. Depending on the size of the area and the extent of treatment, patients with good skin elasticity may experience a certain degree of natural skin tightening after liposuction. However, others who have excessive amounts of loose, inelastic skin—such as patients in their 40s or older—may require a procedure specifically designed to lift and tighten the skin in order to achieve their ultimate goals.

Our plastic surgeon offers a variety of body lift procedures, including tummy tuck surgery, arm lift, thigh lift, and buttock lift options. These treatments can be performed as stand-alone procedures, or they can often be combined with liposuction in a single operation. Our practice also offers non-surgical options such as the Exilis™ technique for skin tightening and body contouring, which may be an ideal treatment for some individuals. BodyTite is another minimally invasive option that can be performed in conjunction with liposuction to help tighten skin.

During your initial consultation with Dr. Lintner, he will evaluate your needs and talk with you about your goals to determine whether an additional enhancement procedure may be necessary to meet your expectations.

How Can I Reduce Swelling After Liposuction?

Swelling is a common side effect of liposuction. While the majority of swelling should subside on its own within the first few weeks after surgery, there are some steps that can be taken to help the process along. In some cases, Dr. Lintner will prescribe a compression garment to be worn in the treatment area. This garment can aid the healing process and control residual swelling. Limiting your intake of salt and alcohol during recovery can also help reduce inflammation and swelling. Dr. Lintner will provide you with post-operative instructions that include tips on how you can keep swelling under control and experience a smooth and effective recovery following liposuction surgery.

Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation

If you are interested in liposuction for a more contoured silhouette, contact Advanced Aesthetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lintner or to learn more about the procedure. In a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Lintner can address any questions or concerns you may have, and can help you determine if liposuction is the best procedure for your individual concerns.

*Individual Results May Vary