Liposuction basics

Liposuction, also known as lipo, is one of the most effective procedures to help sculpt and shape the body by removing stubborn fat. Although liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, it can help define and enhance certain parts of the figure in areas with excess fat tissue.  The most common areas for liposuction are the abdomen, hips, thighs and arms. Other areas include under the chin, armpits, male breasts (gynecomastia), knees, calves and buttock. 

Liposuction benefits

  • Overall balance of the body
  • Contoured areas of the body
  • A flat or tightened appearance of the skin
  • Enhanced confidence

Is Liposuction Right for Me?

If you have stubborn deposits of fat that have been exercise or diet resistant, then Liposuction might be a good choice for you. It is important to remember Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but rather a procedure to target difficult fat deposits in certain problem areas.

Patients choosing liposuction are usually around their normal weight or slightly above. Significantly overweight patients or patients with a significant amount of loose skin, are generally not good candidates for liposuction alone.

Quality of skin is another important factor in determining if Liposuction is right for you. Patients with  thin, large amount of excess skin or damaged by stretch marks can make it difficult for the skin to contract after fat tissue is removed. This can leave the area looking more deflated than tight and contoured. Other body contouring procedure in addition to Liposuction may be more beneficial to reach the desired result. During your consultation, Dr. Stiller can help you determine what procedure are best suited for you and your goals. 

Liposuction is typically performed in these areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Flanks
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Inner knees
  • Bra line
  • Chest
  • Jowls
  • Calves
  • Ankles

The Procedure

Dr. Stiller uses the tumescent technique, where a saline solution containing a local anesthetic is injected into the targeted fat cells before liposuction to numb the area, loosen fatty tissue and minimize bruising. Small incisions, usually around 1/4 inch, are made in the areas being treated. Dr. Stiller attempts to place the incisions in areas that are not noticeable. For example, natural body creases, the belly button, pubic area, or under the chin. A tube called a cannula, connected to a suction device, is then inserted to suction out the fat and liquid. After Dr. Stiller feels the area is properly contoured and defined, bandages are put in place for natural healing. The incisions are often left open to help excess fluid drain. 


When you awake, you will be in a compression garment which we advise to wear the first 2 weeks all the time followed by 2 more weeks during times of activity. You can expect bruising and swelling for about 2-3 weeks.

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, so after a short period of recovery time, you will go home the same day. You will need a person 18 years old or greater with you the day of surgery.

Most patients can return to work in two or three days unless they have had multiple areas treated. In those cases, you may need one or two weeks off. Light exercise can be resumed around 4 weeks and heavier exercise can usually be resumed around 6 weeks. It can take up to 3 months for a majority of swelling to subside. 


Swelling can last from 1-3 months, depending on the areas you had treated. As the swelling improves, you’ll be able to fully see your more defined shape. Results will continue to improve as your skin tightens down to its new contour. 

The most important thing is how you feel. If your goals have been met, then your Liposuction was a success. Continuing a healthy diet and exercise plan is important to maintain your results.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you're interested in learning more about liposuction please contact us for a consultation at 509-747-5773 or fill out our contact us form below. We will discuss your needs and concerns, and determine your best course of action.

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