Liposuction Surgery

Dr. Brooke R. Seckel – Treating Those Seeking Liposuction in Boston

What is liposuction or lipo?

Liposuction or Suction Assisted Lipoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to remove or get rid of body fat. A small tube called a cannula is inserted beneath the skin and sucks out body fat. Liposuction techniques also use laser and ultrasound to melt fat before removal. We try to provide the best liposuction in Boston.

What is tumescent liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction is the technique of injecting a fluid into the fat before liposuction. Tumescent fluid contains medications that provide local anesthesia, stop bleeding, help dissolve fat and make liposuction safer.

What is power assisted lipo or PAL?

Power assisted liposuction uses mechanical pulsating cannulae. The movement of the cannula improves fat removal and reduces surgeon fatigue.

What is laser liposuction, also called Slim Lipo, Smart Lipo and Cool Lipo?

Laser assisted liposuction, uses heat generated by a laser fiber to melt fat before liposuction for easier removal and to cause skin tightening.

What is body jet or water liposuction?

Body jet or water jet lipo uses pulsating jets of water to break up and liquefy fat.

What is tickle lipo?

Tickle lipo uses vibration to assist in breaking up the fat. Tickle liposuction does not tickle.

Why do people have liposuction?

People have liposuction to:

  • Get rid of fat
  • Improve body shape
  • Remove diet resistant fat
  • To fit clothes better
  • To look and feel better

Is liposuction painful?

You will have discomfort the first few days after liposuction. It is a skin discomfort often described as aching. Pain medications are effective.

What is recovery like after liposuction?

It can take 3 weeks for bruising to go away, 4-6 weeks for swelling. You will also be wearing a compression garment for a week and at bedtime for a few weeks.

Before and after laser liposuction recovery at 12 days

Before and after laser liposuction recovery at 12 days (Individual Results May Vary)

When will I see my final result of liposuction?

Final results take 3-4 months. Laser tightening continues for 6 months.

Abdominal liposuction or tummy lipo or stomach lipo

Abdominal liposuction is the most common liposuction procedure and is designed to get rid of belly fat. The suction tubes are inserted through hidden sites in the belly button, near the pubic hair and in the flank.

Before and after laser liposuction of the abdomen

Before and after laser liposuction of the abdomen (Individual Results May Vary)

Flank Liposuction

Liposuction of the flanks or waist area is usually done with the abdomen and with tummy tuck.

Before and after lipo sculpture of the tummy, flanks and mini tummy tuck to reveal a 6 pack

Before and after lipo sculpture of the tummy, flanks and mini tummy tuck to reveal a 6 pack (Individual Results May Vary)

Neck Liposuction or Chin Lipo

Liposuction is an excellent way to get rid of neck fat or chin fat. Laser liposuction of the neck removes fat and also tightens neck skin.

Before and after neck and chin laser liposuction in female

Before and after neck and chin laser liposuction in female (Individual Results May Vary)

Neck before and after neck or chin laser liposuction in male

Neck before and after neck or chin laser liposuction in male (Individual Results May Vary)

Thigh Liposuction

Lipo of thighs is fat removal from the inside of the thigh. Laser liposuction can help tighten thigh skin after liposuction.

Thighs and hips before and after liposuction

Thighs and hips before and after liposuction (Individual Results May Vary)

Before and after laser liposuction thighs and hips

Before and after laser liposuction thighs and hips (Individual Results May Vary)

Liposuction of the Hips

Liposuction of the hips is used to treat fat hips and buttocks called steatopygia or saddle. Hip liposuction results are usually excellent.

Hips before and after laser liposuction of hips, buttocks and medial thighs

Hips before and after laser liposuction of hips, buttocks and medial thighs (Individual Results May Vary)

Arm liposuction

Many patients develop fat deposits on the back of the upper arm which causes a hanging or jiggling arm flaps or bat wings. Laser liposuction of the arm can produce excellent results.

Before and after arm laser liposuction to remove jiggly arm fat

Before and after arm laser liposuction to remove jiggly arm fat (Individual Results May Vary)

Knee Liposuction

Knee liposuction is often done during the course of medial thigh liposuction.

Non-surgical lipo or liposuction

These are non surgical devices but they do not perform liposuction. Some work but many do not. They best achieve 25% reduction of fat.

The following are types of non surgical liposuction that have been proven to work:

  • Cryolipolysis, Zeltique® or Coolsculpting®
  • Cryolipolysis works by cooling the surface of the skin. Fat cells are damaged by cold, thus cooling the skin kills fat cells.

  • Focused ultrasound
  • Ultrashape® and Liposonix® are focused ultrasound applied on the skin. Focused ultrasound kills fat cells by heat or sonic vibration.

The following non-surgical fat removal devices have not yet been proven to work:

  • Zerona
  • Eleme Smoothshapes
  • Erconia
  • Alma Accent
  • Velashape
  • Exilis
  • Venus
  • Endymed
  • Vasershape
  • Triactive
  • Bella Contour

Schedule a Liposuction Consultation

Dr. Brooke Seckel is pleased to offer a number of liposuction techniques at his Boston, MA, plastic surgery practice and has helped many men and women achieve the trim, toned body they desire. If you would like to learn more about liposuction surgery, or another body contouring procedure such as tummy tuck or mommy makeover surgery, call 617-455-2859 to schedule a consultation at Boston Plastic Surgery Specialists.


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