It’s easy to assume that liposuction is the answer to all your body woes. But the truth is that liposuction isn’t for everyone. In order to determine if you’re a good candidate for liposuction, you’ll need to understand what the procedure can and can’t do for you.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that suctions fat from specific areas of the body. The goal is to slim and contour the area of the body where the fat is being removed. Liposuction is often performed on the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and face.

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. In 2018, there were over 250,000 liposuction procedures performed in the United States.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

If you’re an adult in good health with realistic expectations of what liposuction can do for you, you may be a good candidate. If you’re a woman, you may need to have a pregnancy test before your procedure.

You should not be pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are, your doctor may recommend waiting a few months to a year after you’re done breastfeeding to have the procedure.

Is liposuction a good weight loss solution?

In short, no. Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment. In fact, most surgeons will only agree to perform the procedure if the patient is within 30% of their ideal body weight. Liposuction is a body contouring treatment, not a weight loss treatment.

Liposuction is best for those who are already relatively fit and healthy and have stubborn pockets of fat that they can’t seem to lose, even with diet and exercise. If you are looking for a treatment to help you lose a significant amount of weight, you will need to look into other options, such as diet and exercise or bariatric surgery.

What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?

Liposuction is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. It can be customized to fit your specific needs. There are many areas of the body that can be treated with liposuction. Some of the most common areas include the:

• Abdomen

• Upper arms

• Back

• Buttocks

• Chest

• Chin

• Flanks (love handles)

• Hips

• Thighs

• Knees

• Waist

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

Most people are able to return to work and other normal activities within a few days after surgery. You may need to take a few days off if you have a physically demanding job.

You should also avoid strenuous activity for at least the first few weeks after surgery. This helps to speed up your recovery and reduce your risk of complications.

You may need to wear a compression garment for several weeks after surgery to help reduce swelling and encourage proper healing. Your doctor will let you know how long you should wear the garment and give you other care instructions before you’re discharged.

It can take several months for the swelling to fully subside. In the meantime, you should begin to see improvements in the shape of your body.

Will I have to take time off work?

Most patients will require one to two weeks of downtime. During this time, you will be limited in your activity and will have to wear a special compression garment to help control swelling.

You may have to take more time off work if you have a physically demanding job. If you are getting a large area treated, you may need more time to recover.

It’s important to note that the amount of time you will need to take off work will vary depending on the type of liposuction you are getting.

Speak with your doctor to get a better idea of how much time you will need to take off.

How long will the results of liposuction last?

Liposuction is a permanent procedure. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if you gain weight after liposuction, the fat will likely be stored in other areas of your body.

How much does liposuction cost?

Liposuction costs can vary greatly depending on the area of the body you are targeting, the amount of fat you want removed, and the type of liposuction procedure you choose.

In general, a liposuction procedure can range from $2,000 to $5,000. This cost is generally not covered by insurance, and you may also need to factor in costs for anesthesia, the surgeon’s fee, and the facility fee.

It’s important to note that the most expensive procedure may not necessarily be the best procedure for you. There are many other factors to consider when choosing a plastic surgeon and a liposuction procedure.


It is a common misconception that liposuction is a weight loss surgery. This is not true. It is important to remember that lipo is a body contouring procedure. It is not an alternative to a healthy diet and exercise, nor is it a weight loss solution.

To learn more about liposuction, reach out to our office to schedule a consultation. We can address any questions or concerns you have and help you determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction.