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Liposuction is a suitable option for frustrated patients that just can’t lose excess weight and want to feel comfortable in their body again. It is used to permanently rid the body of the types of fatty tissue that are resistant to diet and exercise. The  procedure is designed to reshape the contours of your neck, arms, back, breasts, hips, or thighs. This common operation is a safe way to  improve your appearance, health, and self-esteem. Treatment, however, is not a quick solution to weight loss. The best results occur for patients who lead a healthy lifestyle.

How it works

Liposuction is commonly done in conjunction with other procedures. Complementary treatments include tummy tuck, breast reduction, arm lift, etc.  Scheduling a consultation with a trusted and qualified plastic surgeon is the best way to discover what’s best for you and your body.

Typically, liposuction is done under sedation, or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.  Depending on the scale of the procedure or the size of the area involved, the operation may take about two hours.

What to expect

Recovery is relatively easy; however, it is not completely pain-free. Swelling and bruising are common in the first two weeks following the operation. Special garments will be provided to apply pressure and minimize swelling.  Results are noticeable almost instantly and will only improve with time. Office work can be resumed less than a week after the procedure, while more strenuous and active work should be avoided for one to two weeks post-surgery.

While rare, possible complications could occur including contour irregularities, skin discolorations, scar tissue, and blood or fluid buildup. Maintain a lasting relationship with your board-certified plastic surgeon following your procedure to ensure a safe and healthy recovery.



Price Range: $4,500 - $6,500

Typical Age Range: 20s30s40s

Complementary Procedures: Thigh Lift, Tummy Tuck


Rick J. Smith, MD
1504 E. Grand River Ave, Suite 100
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 517-225-2051
Fax: (517) 908-3057

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