For many people, a healthy diet and regular exercise are simply not enough to eliminate localized deposits of fat and cellulite. Pockets of fat around the thighs, buttocks, lower abdomen, upper arms, face, and neck can be especially stubborn, and people may be hard-pressed to find a diet and exercise regimen that targets those specific areas. However, liposuction can be used to remove excess fat from targeted parts of the body. Our New Orleans cosmetic surgeons use power-assisted liposuction by using a tube-like device called a cannula to loosen fat cells, and remove them from the body. This procedure is extremely popular among our patients and helps them achieve a slimmer contour. Individuals considering liposuction should be at or near a stabilized weight.
"I had my recalled, textured, implants removed (they were put in by a different doctor in 2013) and had liposuction with fat grafting. Dr. Khoobehi and his staff were so kind. They understood my anxiety about the surgery due to my multiple sclerosis and they were very kind and patient with me. My follow up appointments and endermology have been wonderful. I couldn't be happier and highly recommend Dr. Khoobehi."- B.H. / Google / Dec 01, 2019
"360 Lipo and Fat Transfer to Hips - Dr Eagan is the best! I went to multiple doctor consults and decided to go with Dr Eagan. I’m about 2 weeks after surgery and LOVE my results so far. Can’t wait after full recovery. She took so much time with me and basically gave me two consults I had so many questions. The staff was also very helpful and responsive when I had more questions for them. I have one child, 3 years old. Was definitely sore the first few days after the surgery, but didn’t need any pain meds (including Tylenol) at all after the first 7 days. She did lipo on my entire midsection, top of my thighs and inner thighs. Also fat transfer to my hips to give me a better shape. Sooooo happy with the fat transfer and my hubby loves my new booty! I took arnica for 2 weeks prior to surgery, pretty much stopped drinking alcohol completely a month before and just tried to stay generally healthy. I workout 3-4 times a week but just didn’t have the same body after baby. My legs bruised quite a bit, but the pain felt like I went for a run after not running for a while. I was really worried about leg pain after reading so many leg lipo reviews on here. Not that bad in real life though. So I had to wear my compression garment 24/7 for the first 7 days. Showered in it and everything. Honestly I think that was best so I didn’t have to deal with squeezing back into it every time I showered. I’ll also be doing 10 endermologie treatments. Had my first one yesterday and it actually felt good as my lower back area is pretty tender still.Pics are before surgery and only 8 days after! Thank you thank you thank you Dr Eagan!"- N. / RealSelf / Jan 22, 2020
"Tumescent liposuction of circumferential thighs, calves, and mons. Fat transfer to hip dip. - I am having tumescent liposuction Monday under general anesthesia for my thighs, calves, and mons. My legs have always been disproportionate and they bothered me, specifically my knee area. At my consultation, Dr. Khoobehi recommended Lipo of the mons pubis and a fat transfer to my "hip dip" for the best result. I am anxious, excited, and ready to begin the process!Updated on 28 May 2019:I thought I had fully prepared myself for recovery but when I woke up from the procedure yesterday I was in a good bit of pain. Yesterday was rough. They sent me home with a machine to squeeze my legs when I am resting (and I can't for the life of me remember what it's called) and it seems to help with the pain. Today is a little better but I'm still resting a lot and not positive if I'm getting up and moving enough. I know weighing is a big no no at this point, but I couldn't help myself. The scale says I'm up 1lb. I also randomly started my period today and it wasn't due for over a week. The recovery nurse told me they removed 3300cc.Updated on 28 May 2019:Edited to say- I was told the pain would be like I had overdone it at the gym, but It is more of a burning sensation in my opinion. It is also hard to straighten out my feet when I walk and I'm inclined to walk on my toes.Updated on 1 Jun 2019:Today is day 5 and I haven't had any pain meds since day 3. I have to wear the compression garment 24/7 until Monday (7 days post op) and I am really looking forward to a moment of relief! I feel like I could pop out at any minute. My legs feel tight, tingly, achy, and swollen. I can't tell that my legs are smaller at all but I understand that I am early in the process and I am looking forward to seeing results. Updated on 2 Jun 2019:Tomorrow is my one week post op appointment and I finally get a brief break from the compression garment and a look at my legs. Also stitches out. I am feeling swollen, itchy, and bulky today. I am not seeing the reduction in my knee area that I really hoped for- but I realize it is early on and I am trying not to get discouraged. I can tell the biggest difference in the side view of my thighs. My doctor will start me on a diuretic tomorrow (which I can tell has mixed reviews in this community) and I am really looking forward to it, as I have a tendency to retain fluid on a normal basis.Updated on 4 Jun 2019:I get to take my garment off to bathe but I am supposed to wear it the rest of the day and night for the next 3 weeks. I am still moving slow and feeling drained, but I'm getting optimistic about my results! I started lasix and potassium today. Updated on 13 Jun 2019:Updated on 18 Jun 2019:Updated on 29 Jan 2020:I got pregnant the month after my treatment. (Surprise! It took me 2 years and fertility meds the first go around, so very happy surprise!) I am currently 36 weeks pregnant and have had no swelling in my legs! My first pregnancy I was in compression stocking in my second trimester. I am excited/hopeful to see my results after giving birth and losing the baby weight. I will need scar revision near my left knee- and it seems like my left knee/thigh held on to more fat than my right."- N. / RealSelf / Sep 25, 2019
"The results of my abdominoplasty, liposuction and fat transfer are far beyond by expectations - Dr. Khoobehi and his staff are amazing to work with. He is very talented and precise in recommending and performing his procedures. The results of my abdominoplasty, liposuction and fat transfer are far beyond by expectations and the results will only continue to get better. All aspects of the procedure and its costs were clearly and precisely explained to me prior to my procedure.His staff is highly competent and efficient. They continually put me at ease and confidently assisted me through my procedure from the day of surgery through the healing and rehabilitation process. I highly recommend Dr. Khoobehi and I would utilize his expertise and services in the future.Truly an exceptional plastic surgeon."- A. / RealSelf / Sep 16, 2021
"Khoobehi & Associates: 10 of 10 recommend. Exceeds Expectations. Dr. Khoobehi is without a doubt an extremely talented surgeon, and the proof is in the product I received. His eye is precise, and he was very honest and conservative about which services from his menu would be right for me. Every suggestion made by Dr. Khoobehi was dead on. The results of my abdominoplasty, fat transfer, and liposuction are beyond amazing. Dr. Khoobehi’s talent is surrounded by an amazing support staff of nurses, consultants, aestheticians, administrative staff, and others that were extremely helpful throughout my process. My husband and I were more then impressed with the all-inclusive plan provided for my services. There is no stone left unturned and no fiscal surprises after surgery. The surgery booklet answers ALL the questions, even the soft ones that may come through the emotional part of plastic surgery. The post surgery plan ensures the best recovery. It’s amazing how quickly I have been able to get back to the new normal. Thanks to Dr. Khoobehi and his team, my 40 is my new 20!"- AA / Office Visit / Jul 15, 2021
Tumescent liposuction, known as the “Super-Wet” approach, is a suction-assisted (SAL) technique that uses a solution and power-aided motor to help remove stubborn fat. The surgeon injects the solution, made of saline, lidocaine and epinephrine (to control bleeding), into the problem areas. The surgeon then inserts the cannula attached to the motor to remove fat cells from the body at a controlled speed. The motor helps surgeons remove anywhere from several ounces to a few pounds of fat.
Another surgical technique commonly used is the ultrasound-assisted (UAL), or ultrasonic, approach. Surgeons perform this dual process on denser areas of fat, such as in the thighs and stomach. During this technique, ultrasound waves loosen and melt fat into a liquid. Surgeons then use the cannula to extract the solution. This surgical method is more popular among men wanting more defined and contoured muscles.
Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology on specified areas of fat to burst energy that will loosen and liquefy the fat for removal. LAL liposuction includes brands such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at a hospital or surgery center. The procedure lasts about 30 minutes for each body part. It can be a stand-alone surgery, or combined with other procedures. However, the surgeon may suggest performing the surgery over a period of time for the safety of the patient. After surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment to help the body adjust to its new shape. Bruising and swelling will subside within 1 week, but patients will not see final results for several months. Liposuction does leave a small scar, but it fades over time.
The average cost for liposuction depends on the technique and scope of the surgery. Most patients in the U.S. can pay anywhere from $1,500 to $7,000 for one procedure. If combined with other procedures, the cost of the surgery can increase significantly.
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- Average Cost
- $4,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
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Is it Safe?
While today’s surgical techniques are safe, patients can experience poor results from inexperienced surgeons. It is important for patients to do their research, and find an experienced surgeon that can help them achieve the best, most natural-looking results.
The results of liposuction can be seen for many years following surgery if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercise program. Removed fat cells do not come back, but patients can still gain weight if their remaining fat cells grow.
Too Much Fat?
Yes, there can be too much fat. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons does not recommend removing more than 10 pounds of fat for the safety of the patient. Removing more than 10 pounds is considered high-volume liposuction, which increases the chances of complications from the surgery. Patients are advised to be near or at their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction.
While liposuction removes fat and improves contour and shape, it does not address sagging or drooping skin. If skin laxity is a concern, patients can talk to the surgeon during the consultation to discuss their options for improving skin texture, such as a tummy tuck, thigh, neck, arm or butt lift.