Liposuction can treat areas like the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, waist, upper arms, back, chest, inner knee, and calves/ankles. Liposuction is not a replacement for proper diet and exercise. It is not an effective treatment for cellulite or loose saggy skin. Liposuction can be performed alone or with other procedures such as a breast reduction or a tummy tuck.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Patients who have specific areas that are diet and exercise resistant may be good candidates for liposuction.  Also it is important to be a non-smokers, have a positive outlook, good skin elasticity and  at their long term, stable weight.

Types of Liposuction

Tumescent Liposuction is the most common type of liposuction. The surgeon will make small cuts into your skin and insert a thin tube (cannula) under the skin. The excess fat is then loosened by a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula.

Ultrasound- assisted liposuction (UAL)is sometime used with traditional liposuction. During UAL the surgeon inserts a medal rod that emits ultrasonic energy under the skin. This helps rupture the fat-cell walls and break down the fat for easier removal.

Laser-assisted Liposuction (LAL) uses a high-intensity laser light to break down fat. The surgeon inserts a laser fiber through a small incision in the skin and softens fat deposits for removal through the cannula.

Power-assisted Liposuction (PAL) uses a cannula that has a rapid back and forth motion. The vibration allows the surgeon to pull out fat easier and faster. This technique is often used when large volumes of fat need to be removed.

How is the recovery after liposuction?

During recovery a compression garment covers the treated area. This helps control swelling and compress the skin.  Swelling could take several moths to fully dissipate. 

The results of liposuction can be long lasting as long as the patient maintains a stable weight.


Like any procedure liposuction has its risks and rewards. Each patient will need to weigh the options of both and make the right decision for them.

Tom Pousti MD

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