Liposuction (“Lipo”) is a surgery that removes fat from the body. During this procedure, a small puncture is made in the skin using a tube-like device known as a “cannula”, which helps to loosen fat cells and suction them out. Common areas for fat removal include the stomach, hips, lower back, thighs, arms, chin and chest. Liposuction creates a slimmer appearance and is ideal for those who are at a healthy weight, but still have stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is not an alternative to a weight loss plan, nor is it a surgery to “treat” being overweight. Las Vegas plastic surgeon, Dr. Marvin Spann, offers several liposuction techniques, including AquaShape™ by body-jet®, which allows patients to get rid of unwanted fat to reveal a fit, youthful appearance.
"Saline Implants Deflated; Removal and Lift Pending - Las Vegas, NV - I'm 39 years old and I've had my 420 cc saline implants for 18 years. I've never been comfortable/happy with them from day 1. I thought bigger breasts would make me feel more confident, and make my husband more attracted to me. Fast forward 18 years later, 2 kids later, and still married to the same guy, whom I thought needed a big-boobed woman. Getting a BA was about MY insecurities, and not what I believed my husband wanted in a woman- he wanted me for me, and not my big boobs. I found/know a great PS who deflated ("liposuctioned") my saline implants 6 days ago. The original plan was to let my tissue contract naturally, with eventual removal of the old implant, and smaller implants put in their place. However, for the first time, I'm enjoying my small breasts. Since my deflation, I have not had any upper back pain, especially when I take a deep breath. I can't remember the last time I didn't have upper back pain. Chiropractors and deep-tissue massages never took the pain away. Now I'm considering having the implants removed and my breast lifted. It's been so nice being able to wear regular tops again without looking matronly. Since my breasts are now "empty", I'm quickly getting used to them. Yes, they sag and yes, my skin is loose from being stretched for 18 years, but I'm sleeping better and my back doesn't hurt. I'm looking forward to the next few months and having my breasts back to what I was born with."- B. / RealSelf / Dec 27, 2014
"You can tell you are in exceptional hands the moment you walk through the door. The office is beautifully appointed! The staff was friendly and helpful, especially Ashley, who along with Dr. Spann, answered all of my questions, before, during and after my surgery. Dr. Spann explained the procedures and even why he was making certain choices for me! There is no arguing with the results! LOVE my body! http://www.couturemedical.com/photo-gallery/breast-lift-with-augmentation/ http://www.couturemedical.com/photo-gallery/liposuction/page/2/ http://www.couturemedical.com/photo-gallery/liposuction/page/2/"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Sep 30, 2014
"Dr. Spann did my liposuction on stubborn, exercise and diet-resistant areas on my stomach and flanks. I'm so happy with my new body. After years of struggling, now in my mid 40's and after 3 pregnancies, I have the body I always knew was possible."- Anonymous / Vitals / Feb 22, 2016
AquaShape by body-jet is an advanced liposuction procedure that uses a gentle stream of water to loosen and permanently remove unwanted fat deposits from the hips, thighs, abdomen, and other areas of the body. AquaShape’s minimally invasive liposuction technique is so mild that most patients can forgo general anesthesia. Bruising and swelling are also reduced, which means that the visible results will appear sooner. In addition, less downtime means patients can return to an active lifestyle more quickly. During the AquaShape liposuction procedure, Dr. Spann uses the body-jet liposuction machine to dislodge fat from troublesome areas such as the hips, thighs, and abdomen, restoring a smooth, natural-looking contour to the body. The gentle stream of water simultaneously removes and purifies the fat cells, allowing Dr. Spann to preserve the excess fat for transfer into the face, hands, or buttocks for patients that desire a fat transfer procedure.
Tumescent "Super-Wet" Lipo@headingTag>
Tumescent liposuction is a common approach used by surgeons. It is a suction-assisted (SAL) form of lipo that first injects a liquid agent into the area that is to be treated. The liquid agent includes saline, Lidocaine (a numbing agent) and Epinephrine (a medication that controls bleeding). A cannula is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. An attached power-aided motor allows the surgeon to control the speed of the fat removal, which can be as great as a few pounds or as little as several ounces.
Ultrasound-Assisted Lipo (UAL)@headingTag>
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (known as “ultrasonic”) is a technique used on areas where a greater amount of dense fat resides. It’s a dual process using ultrasound and suction. First, ultrasound waves transmit energy through a special device aimed to help loosen and melt the fat. This liquid is then suctioned out using a cannula. UAL liposuction is commonly used on men seeking a higher level of muscular definition. You may hear this type of liposuction referred to as hi-def liposuction or VASER® Lipo, or simply Vaser hi-def.
Laser-Assisted Lipo (LAL)@headingTag>
Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology to introduce a burst of energy to the specified area of fat. The laser loosens and melts the fat for removal. This particular type of liposuction includes brand names such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. On average, each body part (i.e. tummy, thighs, etc.) will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment on the treated areas. It takes about a full week for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and can take several months for the final results to appear. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are usually small and will fade over time.
The price for liposuction will vary depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. The average cost of liposuction in the U.S. for the most common body parts are outlined below:
- Abdomen: $3,000-$7,000
- Arms: $2,500-$5,000
- Buttocks: $2,500-$4,000
- Chin: $2,500-$4,500
- Inner Thigh: $2,500-$5000
- Outer Thigh: $2,500-$5,000
- Hips/Waist: $2,500-$5,000
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,000 - $8,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1.5-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
How Safe is Lipo?@headingTag>
The media sometimes tells stories of liposuction patients who have endured bad results at the hands of inexperienced surgeons. Today’s liposuction techniques are much safer and more predictable than ever before, but surgeon skill still remains the number one factor when researching this procedure. The goal is to attain a natural and smooth result. An experienced surgeon will be able to provide this outcome.
Is Lipo Permanent?@headingTag>
Fat cells that are removed during liposuction do not come back. Unfortunately, patients can still gain weight after surgery because the remaining cells can expand and become larger. However, patients who adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after surgery.
How Much Fat?@headingTag>
The amount of fat removed really depends on the size of the patient and their aesthetic goals. From a safety standpoint, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends roughly 10 pounds of fat or less. Otherwise it is considered a high-volume liposuction, which does present an increased set of risks. It’s advised to get down to your ideal weight before undergoing a liposuction procedure.
Skin Tautness (Laxity)?@headingTag>
Liposuction is a surgery that removes fat and enhances the actual shape of the body. It does not address skin imperfections caused by sagging skin or cellulite under the skin. During your consultation, a discussion can be had regarding the available procedures, which address and improve skin texture. Some procedures recommended to correct skin laxity include abdominoplasty, thigh lift, neck lift, and butt lift surgeries.