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10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction Answered

Posted on: May 4, 2023

At Infini Cosmetic Associates, our goal is to provide the safest, most contemporary, and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to the residents of the Southwest. Our team of experts led by Dr. William Hall specialize in liposuction and Brazilian Butt Lift. If you have any questions about these procedures or would like to schedule a free consultation, please fill out our contact form or give us a call at 480-800-4501.

Question 1: Does liposuction reduce cellulite?

Cellulite, also known as “orange peel,” is a multi-factorial process that affects the deepest layer of the skin or hypodermis. It is not a treatment for skin flaccidity and can even worsen it in patients with lack of elasticity in the skin. So, does liposuction reduce cellulite?

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is an irregularity in the more superficial fat deposits that causes dimpling of the skin, commonly referred to as “orange peel” or “cottage cheese” texture. It is caused by a combination of genetics, hormones, lifestyle, and body fat distribution.

How does liposuction help with cellulite?

liposuction helps reduce the underlying fat accumulations that can contribute to cellulite formation. It can help prevent new cellulite from forming or existing cellulite from increasing if it is caused by excess fat deposits. However, it would not be effective for preventing them if they were due to traction due to rapid growth.

Is it the right treatment for skin laxity?

No, liposuction is not an appropriate treatment for skin laxity as it may even worsen it in patients with lack of elasticity in the skin. When fat deposits are removed from certain areas of the body, the skin that covers them must retract to achieve an optimal result and this can cause sagging in those with low elasticity in their skin.

Question 2: Does Liposuction Remove Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks are dermal scars that appear when the skin is stretched beyond its natural elasticity. They often form when the body grows rapidly, such as during pregnancy or puberty. Liposuction can help prevent stretch marks from forming or increasing by reducing underlying fat accumulations, but it is not effective in treating existing stretch marks.

What are Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks, also known as striae distensae, are visible lines on the skin that form when the skin is stretched beyond its natural elasticity. They are most commonly found on the abdomen, thighs, arms, and breasts.

Can Liposuction Help Prevent Stretch Marks?

Yes, liposuction can help prevent stretch marks from forming or increasing by reducing underlying fat accumulations. If the stretch marks are caused by rapid growth, liposuction will not be effective in preventing them.

How Effective is it in Treating Existing Stretch Marks?

Liposuction is not effective in treating existing stretch marks. The treatment of fat accumulations under the skin will not make these dermal scars disappear. However, it can be useful to prevent them from increasing or new ones from appearing.

Question 3: What type of anesthesia is needed for a liposuction procedure?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that requires the use of anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used will depend on the patient and the complexity of the procedure. Generally, local or regional anesthesia is used, although general anesthesia may be necessary in some cases.

Where is the procedure performed?

The liposuction procedure is usually performed in an operating room, under sterile conditions. It is important to ensure that the operating room meets all the necessary requirements and standards for a safe and successful procedure.

What is the process of liposuction?

The process of liposuction involves inserting a thin, hollow tube (cannula) into the fatty tissue beneath the skin. This cannula is then connected to a vacuum device which suctions out excess fat from the treated area. This process can be done with either a traditional vacuum machine or with a special syringe.

Is it painful or incapacitating?

Liposuction is not a particularly painful or incapacitating procedure, but there may be some post-operative discomfort experienced by patients during recovery. Pain medications can be taken to help reduce any discomfort experienced during this time.

Question 4: Are there any circumstances that can make it difficult to get a good result from liposuction?

Liposuction is a technique used to remove fat deposits from certain areas of the body, but there are certain factors that can affect the outcome of the procedure. Rapid weight fluctuations, smoking, and not following the postoperative instructions given by your doctor can all make it difficult to obtain an optimal result.

Rapid Weight Fluctuations

Rapid weight fluctuations can have an impact on the outcome of liposuction as they can cause excess fat to develop in the areas that have been treated. This can lead to an uneven appearance and reduce the effectiveness of the liposuction procedure. Therefore, it is important to maintain a steady weight before and after the procedure.


Smoking has been known to negatively affect the healing process after liposuction and can also lead to poor results. Smoking reduces blood flow and oxygenation to the area, which can slow down healing and prevent optimal results from being achieved. Therefore, it is recommended that you quit smoking at least 2 weeks before surgery and for at least 2 weeks after surgery.

Postoperative Instructions

It is also important to follow all of your doctor’s postoperative instructions in order to ensure optimal results. These instructions may include wearing compression garments, avoiding strenuous activities, avoiding sun exposure, and taking medications as prescribed. Following these instructions will help ensure that you get the best possible results from your liposuction procedure.

Question 5: How long will it take to recover after a liposuction procedure?

Recovery time after a liposuction procedure can vary from one person to another, depending on the area treated and the amount of fat removed. Generally, patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days. However, it is important to follow post-operative instructions to ensure the best results.

Accompaniment during recovery period and possible post-operative discomfort

During the first days after surgery, it is advisable that a family member or friend accompany the patient as they may feel some discomfort or fatigue due to the anesthetics used during the procedure. In addition, pain and swelling in the treated area may occur, which can be managed with medications prescribed by the doctor.

Expectations for appearance after surgery

It is important to note that patients should not expect an optimal appearance right after surgery. The skin that covers the fat deposits must retract in order to achieve an optimal result, and in cases of lack of elasticity in the skin, sagging can be seen. During recovery, patients may also experience numbness or sensitivity in the area due to nerve damage from the cannula used during liposuction. It is important to follow all post-operative instructions given by your doctor in order to ensure proper healing and best results.

Recovery Time
Post-operative Discomfort
Appearance After Surgery
Few Days
Pain & Swelling
Not Optimal

At Infini Cosmetic Associates, we understand the importance of getting the best results from liposuction. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are dedicated to providing our patients with the safest and most minimally invasive procedures available. We provide a free consultation to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure and will work with you to ensure you get the best outcome possible. Contact us today to set up your appointment!