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Conventional Liposuction (Lipectomy)
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Conventional liposuction

Length of Surgery

1-2 hours





Back to work in...

1-2 weeks

Back to the gym in...

10-14 days

Treatment Frequency

Once, unless you want further areas of the body treated


Infection , allergic reaction to medication or anesthesia, fat or blood, excessive fluid loss, fluid, friction burns, damage to the skin or nerves, damage to vital organs

Duration of results

Results of liposuction are permanent if combined with a healthy diet, moderate exercise and weight management program.

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Conventional liposuction Costs*

Conventional liposuction costs vary, depending on the surgeons fees and other factors. Most plastic surgeons and surgical clinics offer flexible liposuction finance and payment options, some of which allow staggered payments or loans from VARIOUS FINANCING COMPANIES.

Conventional liposuction is one of the most difficult procedures for estimating cost because the procedure may be performed on different areas of the body, by different machines, with different types of anesthesia, by surgeons of varying experience and skill levels. Fully consulting a surgeon and deciding on a surgical plan for your liposuction procedure will give you an accurate individual estimate of your liposuction costs.

With all types of plastic surgery procedures, the cost of the liposuction operation has more than one aspect. As well as the surgeons fees, you will have to pay anesthesia fees and facility fees.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for Conventional Liposuction is approximately $2868. However,  in three areas $6,000 to $8,000 and in five areas $8,000 to $11,000. Liposuction prices are higher for larger body areas.

If you are considering having conventional liposuction but want to explore more about the financing options available before you make your decision, PLEASE CLICK HERE. You can discuss your financial options with your surgeon, and find out if there are any loans of flexi-payment plans that will allow you to achieve the contoured body shape you have always desired. To find out more about financing options available please click here.

Am I a candidate for conventional liposuction?

If you are considering surgical liposuction, it is important that you have realistic expectations. Although dramatic results can be achieved, they may not be as immediate or obvious as you would like. The success of liposuction surgery, as with all plastic procedures, depends on a number of individual factors, such as age, skin elasticity, weight, and overall health.

The ideal liposuction candidate is someone within two to three stone of their ideal body weight with localized problem areas of fat. Your BMI (body mass index), which is a measurement of your total fat content in relation to your size, will be assessed. This gives a base line for the liposuction surgeon to use to determine your suitability for the procedure. Liposuction can be used to treat multiple areas.

There are questions that you should ask yourself before you decide to undergo conventional liposuction :

  1. Have you tried diet and exercise?
  2. Are you of normal weight for yourheight?
  3. Are you in generally good health?
  4. Is your excess fat in specific areas?
  5. Does your skin tone have reasonably good elasticity?
Liposuction is not suitable for people with:
  1. A weakened immune system
  2. Diabetes
  3. Heart or artery problems
  4. A history of blood clots or restricted blood flow

It should be noted that conventional liposuction is most successful in people with normal body weight, good skin tone, and those who have isolated fatty deposits that they would like to be rid of. Liposuction surgery cannot be used to treat obesity, and will also not necessarily eliminate cellulite. The procedure helps to improve a patients body contour, and will not make you lose weight. Suitability for this type of treatment, as with any other, will be assessed by the surgeon at consultation.

What is conventional liposuction Procedure?

Conventional liposuction (also referred to as lipoplasty, contouring liposuction or body sculpting liposuction), is the surgical removal of fatty tissue from localized problem areas of the body. It is a very popular method of fat reduction that uses a suction technique to remove pockets of fat from troublesome areas such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, and upper arms. Candidates for liposuction are those who have too much body fat in specific spots, but who otherwise have a stable body weight. Liposuction is also appropriate for women who are considering breast reduction, and for men who suffer from gynecomastia (male breast development). A liposuction procedure will give your body a more slender, sculpted and well-proportioned look.

Conventional liposuction helps both men and women to improve the contours of their bodies, through a relatively simple and safe surgical procedure. The liposuction process involves the insertion of a cannula (a slender, hollow metal tube) through a small incision concealed in a skin fold near the site to be reduced, and scars are virtually undetectable. Through repeated movements of the cannula under the skin, fat globules are separated and removed by vacuum suction through the cannula. Usually only one small incision will be needed for each area being treated with conventional liposuction. The area concerned is injected with various solutions prior to insertion of the cannula, in order to reduce bleeding and to assist the breakdown and loosening of the fat globules.

Liposuction sculpts or recontours the body, but does not necessarily result in weight loss. The aim of conventional liposuction surgery is to lose inches rather than weight, and to alter the patients shape. It is very effective in removing of unwanted bumps and bulges and in improving the bodys silhouette.

Areas of the body that benefit the most from conventional liposuction are:

  1. Cheeks, jowls, and neck
  2. Upper arms
  3. Breast or chest areas
  4. Back
  5. Abdomen and waistline (love handles in men)
  6. Hips and buttocks
  7. Inner and outer thighs
  8. Knees, calves and ankles


Liposuction surgery can be combined with other plastic surgery techniques and may be carried out in a number of areas at the same time.

The amount of fat removed varies but between one and two liters is considered safe. Fat cells removed by conventional liposuction are permanently removed and fat cannot be laid down in the area that has been treated. You will still however gain weight if you over-eat, though the fat will show in other areas.

Different types of liposuction

  1. Tumescent liposuction-- involves the injection if a large amount of fluid (a mixture of salt solution, lidocaine, and epinephrine) into the area being treated. The amount of fluid is usually measured at three times that of the fat being removed. This provides local anesthetic, helps to prevent fluid and blood loss, and makes the removal of the fat easier.
  2. Ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL) an ultrasonic cannula uses sound waves to liquefy the fat cells and remove them without the traditional suctioning. This technique is usually used as a secondary procedure when more precision is required.
  3. Power assisted liposuction (PAL) -employs a motor-powered cannula that moves back and forth about 5,000 times per minute. This allows the lipoplasty surgeon to use smaller movements and means less pain during surgery and less bruising afterward.
  4. Super-wet liposuctionis a variation of the tumescent technique that uses less fluid injection. The patient will be under general anesthetic for this liposuction technique.

You will be asked by your liposuction surgeon to point out the areas that you would like to be treated. The consultation with your surgeon will enable you to make an informed decision about whether the procedure is right for you, as it is important to have realistic expectations about your conventional liposuction surgery.

Factors such as a patients physical condition, genetic make up, diet, exercise, smoking alcohol and skin elasticity can affect the results of the procedure. Your liposuction doctor will also consider your general state of health, any underlying conditions which may affect the results of the conventional liposuction procedure, and any medications you are taking. Your liposuction surgeon will estimate the amount of fat that should be removed from each area to achieve your desired body shape.

The liposuction operation may be carried out under general or twilight anesthesia (where the patient is sedated, but not unconscious). This depends on the individual case. The length of the conventional liposuction procedure depends on the number and extent of areas treated, though is normally around 1-2 hours. The duration of your stay in hospital will also depend on the same factors, and you may be able to leave the same day, or need to stay in overnight.

Pressure bandages or a corset will normally be applied immediately after your surgical liposuction to control swelling and prevent any accumulation of blood or serum under the skin. This encourages the skin to attach to the muscle wall. Bruising, swelling and discomfort after the liposuction operation is a normal, but temporary condition, the degree depending upon the extent and location of the area treated.

Preparing for Conventional Liposuction

During the first appointment you will have with your conventional liposuction surgeon it is important that you discuss your expectations and concerns. Remember that liposuction will improve your body shape, but you will not achieve physical perfection.

After examining you, your surgeon will discuss treatment choices and recommend his or her best option to achieve your goals. During the consultation, the surgeon will explain: the conventional liposuction procedure steps, benefits, risks and costs, and liposuction recovery time.

You need to know that if you have large-volume liposuction, take special precautions. Large-volume liposuction removes more than 5 liters (over 10 pounds) of fat and fluid. Make sure your surgeon has a high level of expertise in this risky procedure and that the surgical staff will carefully monitor you after surgery. It is generally recommended that you stay in the hospital overnight.

Follow your Surgeons advice. Your surgeon is the best one to tell you how to prepare for surgery. He or she may advise the following precautions:

If you are on the birth control pill, stop taking it and use another birth control method until after surgery. This is necessary to reduce the risk of blood clots in your legs after surgery.

Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for seven to ten days before surgery. These drugs may contribute to bleeding during and after surgery. Some vitamins and herbs also affect bleeding, so ask your doctor which nutritional supplements to avoid.

If you smoke, stop smoking before surgery and don't resume after surgery.Smokers risk chest infections after anesthesia. Smoking also reduces blood flow to the skin, which can increase the risk of circulation problems after surgery.

You will probably be told not to eat or drink after midnight (or some other timeframe) the day before the operation.

If you lose weight before your liposuction, lose only as much weight as you can honestly keep off later. A large weight gain soon after surgery could negatively affect your results.

  1. Make Special Arrangements

Liposuction usually takes place on an outpatient basis, allowing you to go home the same day of surgery. However, you may need to plan for a hospital stay if a large amount of fat is to be removed or other procedures are to be done at the same time.

Make sure you have someone who can drive you home after the surgery and stay with you for the first day.

Arrange beforehand for special care or help for the first day or two after surgery.

Conventional liposuction Procedure Steps

Step 1 - Anesthesia
  1. The liposuction procedure is performed under a general or twilight (where you are sedated but not unconscious) anesthetic, depending on the type and number of liposuction procedures you undergo. The liposuction operation is often performed as a day case, taking approximately one to two, though you may need to stay in the hospital overnight.
  2. The surgical liposuction process often involves the injection of a numbing solution With a local anesthesia, your doctor will only numb the area of your body being treated, and you will be conscious during the liposuction surgery. General anesthesia can be administered either as a gas or through a needle injection, and will put you to sleep for the operation. Once you awaken, you will still be numb in the area of the body that has been treated, and will feel little or no pain.
Step 2 - The incisions
  1. After administering the anesthesia and, if needed, injecting fluids, the next step in liposuction surgery is to create tiny incisions in the area of the body where fat deposits will be removed. These incisions are usually quite small, a third of an inch at the most. These incisions are then used to insert the cannula, a thin vacuum tube, which will extract the fat.
Step 3 - Fat removal
  1. The surgeon will insert the cannula, through the incision (or incisions), into the deep fat layer beneath your skin. Using back and forth movements, the liposuction surgeon uses the cannula to break up and suction away the unwanted fat deposits beneath the skin. A significant amount of blood and other bodily fluids are removed along with the fat, so you will be given replacement fluids intravenously during and after the liposuction procedure. Lipoplasty is a complex process, and choosing a board-certified and skilled lipoplasty surgeon well trained in all aspects of the liposuction procedure, who will be able to explain the process to you in as much detail as you need, is essential.
Step 4 - Closing the Incisions
  1. When the fat removal part of the liposuction procedure is complete, the incisions can either be closed with a few stitches or left open. This normally depends on your surgeons preference, though leaving the incisions open can reduce the amount of bruising and swelling that can take place after a liposuction operation.

Conventional liposuction Recovery and Healing Steps

When you wake up from your liposuction procedure the results will be immediately recognizable. There is often some bruising and swelling to the areas treated, however this should subside after one to two weeks. It is advisable to take one to two weeks off work, depending on the nature of your job. The areas affected by the surgery will be swollen, sore and tender to the touch for up to three months after surgery. You will be required to wear a support garment for up to six weeks after your liposuction operation. The appearance of the treated areas will continue to improve once swelling subsides, and your unwanted fat will be gone, resulting in a slimmer, smoother body contour.

Liposuction recovery times vary from procedure to procedure. For instance, if you are having lipoplasty surgery on your face, the recovery time will be a lot longer than it would be if you were having surgery on your limbs. Recovery times are also dependent on how much fat has been removed, and how large the area is.

After liposuction surgery, there is always some fluid left beneath the skin. If the incisions are stitched shut, the fluid drains less easily and can lead to bruising or swelling. You will need to wear compression bandages or a compression suit for about a month after your liposuction surgery. Compression bandages and suits are necessary to compress the areas that have been treated, encourage proper draining of fluid, and make it easier for your body to heal into its new shape. Fluid buildup is a common after effect of liposuction surgery. Drains, inserted just beneath the skin, may sometimes be temporarily used to drain any excess blood or fluid. These can be uncomfortable, but are essential to ensure that you heal properly after your liposuction procedure. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics after the liposuction operation to prevent infection.

Try to take things as easy as possible, as your liposuction recovery time will be much speedier if you do. Your lipo surgeon will probably recommend that you walk around as soon as possible after your surgery to help reduce swelling and lower the chances of developing blood clots forming in the legs, which can be extremely dangerous.

Make sure that you know all about how and when to change your dressings, and be sure to go to your follow-up exams. If in doubt, ask your lipoplasty doctor about the best time for you to return to work and physical activity. Follow all of his instructions to keep your liposuction recovery time short. You can expect to really see your new body shape about three months after your liposuction surgery, and it is important that you continue to eat healthily and exercise to maintain your new figure.

Conventional liposuction Side Effects and Risks

As with all major surgery, liposuction carries risks, such as bleeding, infection and an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. Complications vary depending on how large the procedure, though bruising and swelling are normal. Talk to your doctor about how the risks involved in your particular liposuction operation. In order to minimize surgical complications and the side effects of overexposure to anesthesia, if you are planning on having multiple liposuction procedures, these should be scheduled at least several days apart.

Liposuction side effects vary from patient to patient, and these are the most common:

  1. Bruising
  2. Swelling
  3. Discomfort
  4. Infection
  5. Numbness which may be temporary or permanent
  6. Extended healing time
  7. Blood clots - clots can migrate to the lungs and lead to death
  8. Irregularities in the skin - skin may appear bumpy, or withered due to uneven fat removal, poor skin elasticity and incorrect healing
  9. An allergic reaction to the medication or anesthesia
  10. Scarring
  11. Excessive fluid loss - fluid loss can lead to shock and, in some cases, death
  12. Accumulation of fluid
  13. Nerve damage
  14. Damage to vital organs

With today's modern techniques, potential liposuction side effects have been greatly reduced. Bruising usually disappears within a few weeks of having a liposuction procedure, and swelling will improve gradually over a few months. To reduce your chances of suffering from some of the more serious liposuction side effects, choose an experienced, qualified liposuction surgeon to perform the operation who will explain all of the possible liposuction side effects to you before you undergo the surgery. Make sure you fully understand the procedures you wish to have done, and discuss your expectations and concerns with your doctor. Severe complications can be minimized by disclosing your entire medical history to your doctor and discussing all prescription and other medication that you take on a regular basis. In most cases the side effects associated with liposuction surgery are minimal. Do your home work so that you understand all the risks, problems, and complications associated with the liposuction procedure.

Questions to Ask a Surgeon about a conventional liposuction procedure

Knowledge is power so arm yourself with the facts before making any decision about conventional liposuction. Here is an essential check list to help you find the right Perfect Yourself Surgeon.

  1. Am I a good candidate for conventional liposuction surgery?
  2. Are my described expectations realistic?
  3. Where is the surgery performed?
  4. How long will the procedure take?
  5. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  6. What is your experience in performing conventional liposuction surgery?
  7. Can I see your qualifications?
  8. Ask to see any liposuction before and after photographs of recent surgeries
  9. What percentages of your conventional liposuction patients have had significant post-surgical complications? (surgeons should disclose this information to you)
  10. Who will be assisting my surgery? Can I see their qualifications?
  11. How much will my liposuction surgery cost?
  12. Do you offer patient financing? (Flexible payment schemes for your surgery)
  13. Will you repeat/correct procedures if the agreed goals are not met? If this is the case, will I be charged again?
  14. Ask to observe the exact procedure you are considering before you decided to have surgery if you are unsure (this could be on videotape or in real life).
  15. What is the recovery and healing period for conventional liposuction? When can I resume full normal activity?
  16. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended
  17. Ask for and follow up on patient references (these can be invaluable to finding out what your surgeon is really like and the level of customer satisfaction he/she has received in the past)

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