What Is Liposuction

No matter how much you diet and exercise, you may still see stubborn pockets of fat that keep you from being completely confident in your body. Dr. Sweeney offers the most advanced treatments to effectively remove excess fat. Liposuction surgery is a body contouring treatment that reduces pockets of fat from the flanks, tummy, buttocks, and thighs to create a trimmer appearance.

This cosmetic procedure can be performed on multiple body parts during the same session. When we see you for your consultation, Dr. Sweeney will assess areas of concern so you can attain your aesthetic goals. We want you to feel and look your absolute best.

The Procedure

Liposuction is completed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia.

A small incision is placed through the skin so a cannula can be inserted. A cannula is a tool that allows the fatty tissue to be precisely removed using suction. 

After the fat deposits have been removed, Dr. Sweeney will close the small incision. Based on the number of sections treated, your procedure may take up to several hours.


In the separate area for recovery, a nurse will assist you in managing your pain and look after your treated areas until you are discharged. You may be in recovery at home from liposuction for several weeks based on the number of treatments performed and the amount of fat removed.

It’s typical to have bruising and swelling for one or two weeks. Your stitches will be removed seven days after surgery.

The most important thing to do following liposuction is to give your body time to heal and recover. Once you go back to your job after your surgery, you should do your best to take it easy. To increase your strength and stamina, try light workouts and go for walks as approved by Dr. Sweeney.

Remember, you may notice some improvements soon after your surgery, but it will take around six to ten months until your new body contour and shape is complete.


There are several nonsurgical procedures that can effectively reduce body fat. Some of the most popular are CoolSculpting and Kybella. Although some of these nonsurgical procedures can help some patients reduce mild to moderate fat pockets, surgical liposuction produces more dramatic and consistent results. Ask Dr. Sweeney about non-surgical liposuction in your consultation. He can explain the benefits of all your options and help you choose which is best for you.

Liposuction surgery only corrects excess fat. For loose skin, Dr. Sweeney may recommend combining liposuction with a lift surgery. Liposuction is often done along with a skin-tightening surgery, like a tummy tuck, thighplasty, or an arm lift to give you your best results. To correct cellulite, there are many minimally-invasive and non-surgical treatments. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Sweeney about all your concerns, like cellulite and loose skin, so your best treatment plan is created.

Since liposuction is an invasive surgery, incisions will need to be made and sutured. This will leave scars; however, Dr. Sweeney does his best to reduce their appearance. This starts with making small, thin incisions in less visible areas or the natural folds of your body. After your surgery, Dr. Sweeney or a member of his team will go over how to care for your incisions so they heal properly and fade.

Before liposuction, it is important to be prepared to maintain your results. Although liposuction reduces the amount of fat cells in an area, you can still lose and gain weight. Dr. Sweeney suggests that you be at or close to a healthy weight prior to liposuction. Afterward, it’s best to remain within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Getting pregnant after liposuction will also affect your results; however, another surgery, like a mommy makeover, may be done to refresh your body.

Fat removal surgery is a great treatment for both women and men who are at an ideal weight but have stubborn pockets of fat that cannot be lost with diet alone. Those considering liposuction should have good skin laxity because liposuction is not a treatment for loose skin. It’s also important to understand that liposuction is not a treatment for weight loss. At the time of your consultation for surgery, Dr. Sweeney will set realistic expectations.


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