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Liposuction is the process of surgically eliminating extra, unwanted fat deposits that have built up over time. Oftentimes, these fat deposits have proved tricky for individuals to burn or reduce through traditional exercise and dieting. There are many reasons why someone may consider liposuction as a viable option for cosmetic enhancement. Each individual has their own unique challenge when it comes to fighting off extra weight gain and their own struggle with body image. Some may seek to change their body shape due to excess fat pockets in one singular area or a variety of places on the body. Individuals may be experiencing the development of isolated pockets of excess fat due to the natural aging process, weight fluctuations over time, a recent pregnancy, or other factors. Liposuction can target a wide range of areas to help you enhance your body contours with beautiful results. 

What Are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Liposuction can target specific locations of excess fat deposits and remove fat cells from the region, ultimately creating new contours in the area. The treatment has significantly evolved since its inception and surgeons now have the ability to apply it to almost every area of your body. Common targets for liposuction include:

  • Arms 
  • Back
  • Flanks/Love handles
  • Hips 
  • Abdomen 
  • Neck 
  • Thighs 
  • Knees
  • Calves 
  • Ankles 
  • Breasts 
During your first consultation, you and our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dana Coberly, MD, will discuss your needs and goals and decide what areas of your body you want to target with the liposuction procedure. Once all your questions have been answered, Dr. Coberly will create a comprehensive treatment plan based on your input and desires for the final results. 

“Dr. Coberly and her staff are extremely professional and responsive. She does fantastic work and would gladly recommend her to others. She listens to you and doesn’t over sell anything.”


Liposuction vs CoolSculpting®

Many patients have two distinct options when seeking to eliminate excess fat deposits: liposuction and CoolSculpting®. Traditional liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses strategic incisions to remove targeted areas of fat cells, while CoolSculpting® is a non-surgical procedure. With CoolSculpting®, the goal of reducing unwanted, extra fat remains the same, but the treatment does not require surgical incisions or general anesthesia to accomplish that. Isolated fat groups in the abdominal region and various regions throughout the body can be targeted with this method. Using a special applicator, fat cells can be “frozen” via a controlled cooling process, causing them to slowly break down. The body naturally filters out the designated fat cells through the metabolic process. CoolSculpting® may be recommended for individuals with mild to moderate cases of excess fat. It is not often the best solution for patients who would like to address larger or more severe cases of excess fat in isolated body areas. While liposuction is a surgical procedure and will require a period of recovery, this treatment offers more immediate results and can be significantly more effective for certain concerns. 

During your initial consultation, Dr. Coberly will evaluate your needs to determine whether surgical liposuction or non-surgical CoolSculpting® is the more ideal option. 

What Does the Liposuction Procedure Involve? 

The process of liposuction begins before the operation. It is recommended that you make efforts to reach your ideal weight (or close to the average healthy weight for your body type) before surgery as liposuction is not a substitute for traditional weight loss efforts. Instead, the procedure is designed to target specific areas of the body where there is an unwanted buildup of fat deposits. 

There are a variety of techniques Dr. Coberly can utilize for liposuction. The best technique for your needs will be determined during your consultation and incorporated into the customized treatment plan. Generally, the liposuction procedure involves the insertion of thin cannulas through very small incisions to gently suction out the excess fat cells. The length of the treatment will depend on the size and number of areas being targeted; however, liposuction is typically performed on an outpatient basis and should not require an overnight hospital stay. General anesthesia or sedation is usually required for this treatment. 

What is the Recovery Time for Liposuction?

The recovery time following a liposuction procedure will depend on how much excess fat was removed and how many areas were targeted. In many cases, those who have rather small amounts removed can return to work and regular life in a few days. With larger amounts being removed, the recovery time is often a week or longer. Medication can often be prescribed to ease patients through recovery and help manage discomfort. Immediately after surgery, many patients are required to wear recovery compression garments that assist with healing and help the area maintain its new contour immediately following the procedure. Usually, it is recommended that patients who have had liposuction wear their garments for six to eight weeks.

Will I Have Scars from Liposuction?

As with any surgical procedure involving incisions, there will be scarring to some degree. However, Dr. Coberly is a board-certified plastic surgeon surrounded by a high-level team who have years of experience administering liposuction procedures. Dr. Coberly is strategic with where incisions are made in order to reduce the visibility of residual scarring. The incisions themselves are generally small in size regardless of how much excess fat is being removed, which allows for less noticeable scarring. Additionally, certain areas allow for less visible scars. Your post-operative lifestyle is always kept in mind when the treatment plan is being developed. 

What is the Cost of Liposuction?

The cost of liposuction at our practice usually ranges between approximately ​​$2,300 and $5,500, depending on the area. However, because liposuction procedures are custom-tailored for each patient, the cost will vary from one individual to another. After you have developed a treatment plan with Dr. Coberly during your initial consultation, you will have a better idea of what the cost of your liposuction procedure will be. Contributing factors such as how many areas are being targeted and how much fat buildup is being removed can impact the overall price of the treatment. We’re more than happy to answer any and all questions about the cost of liposuction and help you determine the best method of payment for your budget. Our practice accepts a range of convenient payment methods, and we work with plastic surgery financing companies such as PatientFi™ and CareCredit®. These reputable agencies offer numerous financing plans for patients who qualify. 

If you have additional questions about liposuction, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation with Dr. Coberly, please contact us today.