What exactly is liposuction and how is it performed?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes moderate amounts of fat from specific areas of the body to restore shape and contour. To do this, a small incision is made through which a thin hollow tube called a cannula is inserted into fatty deposits. The cannula is connected to a vacuum that removes the fat. The surgeon shapes the fat deposits creating a new contour to your silhouette. The incisions are hidden in skin folds that are imperceptible when healed. After the procedure you will wear a compression garment to minimize the swelling and bruising. Remember, liposuction is not a substitute for overall weight loss, exercise and a healthy diet. Fat cells do remain in the surgical sites and will re-accumulate bulk with weight gain. The rule I use: weight loss improves results from liposuction and the converse, weight gain significantly detracts from the results.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction can be performed at almost any age; the best results occur when the skin still has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth, even contour after fat removal. Areas containing stretch marks have lost their elasticity and are not the best areas for liposuction. The best candidate is an individual of normal weight and stature. The fat deposits are usually localized to several areas that distort contour and silhouette. The most common areas are the hips, thighs, and abdomen. These are the areas that often sluggishly respond to diet and exercise and may require surgery to enhance your best efforts at the gym.

What other areas respond to liposuction?

Double chins and necks
Upper arms


Calves and ankles

Is Liposuction painful?

Pain and discomfort vary greatly between individuals and procedure. Smaller volumes of fat removal involve less pain and recovery time while removal of larger amounts of fat hurts more. Most of my patients experience the greatest discomfort for the first four days after surgery. Thereafter the pain diminishes greatly.

In what facility is the surgery done? What is involved?
Most liposuction procedures are done in an office surgical suite on an outpatient basis. This means that you go home after the procedure. The anesthesia is either twilight sedation or general anesthesia. We required that your are driven home and have a friend or family member stay with you for the first day or so.

Is liposuction safe? What are the most common problems with this procedure?

The press has been replete with well publicized injuries and deaths from liposuction. Regrettably these have been performed by well trained surgeons in accredited facilities. The common identifying risk factor has been combined cosmetic procedures or massive amounts of fat removal. Lesser procedures of shorter duration will prevent this horrific complication. Other described problems with liposuction are wrinkling, unevenness, bruising and asymmetry. Infections have been described but are exceedingly rare. Overall, liposuction is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States and is safe when performed by well trained surgeons who exercise good judgment.

Liposuction by Dr. Michael K. Kim


About Dr. Kim

Dr. Michael K. Kim offers a full-range of cosmetic surgery procedures. If you are seeking a more youthful face or shapely figure, the solution to a problem area or method to help beautify and rejuvenate your skin, our practice can make your dreams a reality!

Dr. Kim is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

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