Doctors of USF Health

Plastic Surgery

Liposuction (Lipoplasty)

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a way to slim and reshape specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving contour through the use of suction. Although one may be reasonably fit and healthy, genetics may cause disproportionate contours and fat deposits. Liposuction can be used to treat fat deposits in many parts of the body including the thighs, arms, neck, hips, waist, back, inner knee, chest, cheeks, chin, calves and ankles.

Who is a good candidate for Liposuction?

Adults who are in good heath without any pre-existing medical conditions or risk factors for surgery. Patients should understand that liposuction is used to improve body contour and is not a cure for obesity or cellulite. Patients should have a healthy diet and exercise routine prior to surgery, abstain from smoking and have realistic expectations for the procedure. Anatomically good candidates are within 30% of their ideal weight and have firm, elastic skin with good muscle tone.

How is the procedure performed?

The first step is anesthesia, which includes IV sedation or general anesthesia. Liposuction is then performed through small incisions made near the areas to be suctioned. The procedure begins with infusion of a sterile liquid solution to reduce bleeding. Then through a cannula hooked up to a suction device the excess fat is broken up and removed. You may have a small stitch at each incision site. Final results of liposuction will not be seen until all of the swelling and bruising has resolved.