Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly are crucial to enjoying a toned, fit figure. However, these efforts can only do so much. Our bodies are genetically predisposed to store fat in certain locations, and often these are the last places where you want the fat to go. If you have struggled to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat that do not seem to respond to your best efforts, then liposuction may be a way to achieve your ideal figure.

Why Choose Liposuction?

Liposuction can be a life-changing experience for many of our patients.

Some common reasons patients opt for this procedure include:

  • Improved body contour
  • A more toned, fit figure
  • Improved health associated with fat loss
  • Motivation to maintain your new figure with a healthy lifestyle
  • Improved self-image and increased self-confidence

Additionally, liposuction is a highly versatile procedure that can be performed on many different areas of the body and be combined with other surgical procedures. Liposuction has a long history of safety and effective results, making it one of the best minimally invasive options for body contouring.

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Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery has been providing a comprehensive range of plastic surgery services to men and women in the Phoenix area since 1996. Dr. Ali Mosharrafa and Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa were born in the Twin Cities, completed their training in Texas, and have been practicing in the Phoenix area ever since.

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Am I a Candidate?

Ideal liposuction candidates are in good overall health, near their target weight, and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure.

Liposuction can be used to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat in most areas of your body, including your:

Often, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will recommend liposuction as part of a mommy makeover procedure in order to help you restore your figure to its pre-pregnancy form. Additionally, liposuction can sometimes be used during a breast reduction procedure.

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Your Customized Liposuction Procedure

We offer two liposuction technologies, and our plastic surgeons can recommend the right option for you during a consultation.

Tumescent Liposuction

This type of liposuction is sometimes called ‘traditional’ liposuction. It uses a special tumescent solution which is injected into the treatment area to numb the area and help break up fat. It also causes the nearby blood vessels to constrict, reducing bleeding and bruising during the procedure. Then, a small incision is made and a cannula is inserted to break up fat and suction it out with a gentle sweeping motion.

Ultrasonic Liposuction

Ultrasonic liposuction offers the benefits of effective skin tightening along with fat reduction. This is achieved by a specialized cannula which emits ultrasonic vibrations to break up fat deposits for easier removal. The liquefied fat is then removed through suction.

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Liposuction Recovery

Once your procedure is complete, Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will review your post-surgical aftercare instructions so you know what to expect from your recovery. Due to the use of anesthesia with your procedure, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the remainder of the day. It is important to get plenty of rest immediately following surgery, and make sure to drink plenty of fluids.

Make sure you take all medications as directed to manage any soreness or discomfort and to help prevent infection. You will also need to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks of recovery to control swelling and reduce your recovery time.

You will return to our Phoenix plastic surgery office for a follow-up visit in 2-3 days. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will let you know whether it is safe to return to work after this visit. In most instances, resuming work after a week is fine, but the exact timetable will depend on the specifics of your recovery. Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir will also give you detailed instructions regarding when you can resume exercise. It is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing.

Your initial results should be visible within one or two weeks. However, these results will gradually continue to improve as your swelling subsides during the healing process. It may take several months before the final results are visible.

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Are you put to sleep for liposuction?

While there are some surgeons that perform awake tumescent liposuction, at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, we believe the experience is better and outcomes are improved when liposuction is performed with patients asleep. We work with only the top anesthesiologists to ensure that the anesthetic experience is safe and comfortable.

Can I get liposuction if I am overweight?

Yes. You do not have to be at your ideal weight to be a candidate for liposuction. Liposuction treats a condition called lipodystrophy, which is a disproportionate distribution of fatty tissue in one or more areas that does not fluctuate much with weight changes. Many patients who are overweight do have areas of lipodystrophy, and thus may be good candidates for liposuction in those areas.

Can visceral fat be removed?

No. Intra-abdominal fat can not be removed by liposuction. However, it will typically respond to weight loss.

Does a tummy tuck remove fat?

Yes. A tummy tuck addresses muscle laxity, excess skin and excess subcutaneous fat of the abdomen. It is frequently performed in combination with liposuction to achieve the best possible contour of the trunk.

Does fat come back after lipo?

While the fat cells removed by liposuction never return, the remaining cells can get larger if a patient gains weight following liposuction. A common myth is that the fat comes back in other areas. The reason for this perception is that if liposuction is properly applied to areas of lipodystrophy that do not respond much to weight changes, then weight gain may be seen more noticeably in other non-treated areas that do respond. Liposuction results should be well maintained in the absence of significant weight gain.

Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?

No. Cellulite is a difficult problem that involves more than just fat. While liposuction can significantly improve contour, it does not generally improve the appearance of cellulite.

Does liposuction really work?

Yes. Liposuction is the most effective and reliable means of fat removal available today.

How can I avoid weight gain after surgery?

Weight gain after surgery can be avoided by maintaining your pre-operative lifestyle including a healthy and sustainable diet as well as regular exercise.

How can I lose tummy fat fast?

While the fat in our bodies may vary from site to site in terms of how it responds to weight loss, for most patients, tummy fat does go away with diet and exercise. If there are stubborn areas that dont seem to change, then liposuction is an excellent option.

How can I reduce my stomach fat?

Healthy weight loss is the best way to lose abdominal fat. In the event that weight loss does not result in a reduction of abdominal fat, then liposuction is an excellent option.

How dangerous is liposuction?

Liposuction if very safe when performed properly. Very high volume liposuction in a single operation should be avoided. In general, up to 5 liters of removal can be safely performed in a single outpatient setting.

How do I prepare for liposuction?

We recommend that patients achieve and maintain their goal weight prior to undergoing liposuction in most cases. Avoid non-sustainable fad diets. Also, you should avoid taking any blood thinners if you can safely do so. Please check with your primary care doctor before making any changes to your medications.

How do you shower after liposuction?

Many patients will be placed in a compressive garment following liposuction, and thus may need to keep the garment clean and dry following liposuction. Your surgeon will let you know when you are able to remove the garment and shower.

How does fat transfer work?

Fat grafting is a procedure in which fat is harvested from one area of the body by liposuction and then injected into another area in the same individual in order to add volume and/or improve contour at the recipient site.

How does Lipo work?

Liposuction works by removing fat from an area where the excess fat compromises the desired contour. The removal is performed using small tubes called cannulae through very small incisions, leaving minimal scarring.

How long do you drain after lipo?

While some drainage following liposuction is normal, it usually stops within 24 hours.

How long do you need off work after liposuction?

Depending on the demands of your job, most patients can return to work in a few days to 2 weeks following liposuction.

How much does it cost to get liposuction on your stomach?

Approximate cost of liposuction of your stomach is $4,000 to $6,000.

How much does liposuction cost without insurance?

The cost of liposuction varies on the site or sites being treated, but ranges from $3,000 to $10,000.

How much fat can lipo remove?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) does not specify a maximum amount of liposuction that can be performed as there is no clear data that liposuction becomes unsafe at any specified volume. However, fluid management does get more difficult with very high volumes and may place patients at increased risk. The ASPS does state that any liposuction in which the total aspirate exceeds 5 L should be performed in an inpatient hospital setting.

How painful is liposuction recovery?

In general, liposuction is not a terribly painful procedure. Patients may require prescription pain medication for only a few days.

Is it easier to lose weight after liposuction?

In some cases, yes. Liposuction of problem areas may make exercise easier, thus facilitating weight loss.

Is Lipo permanent?

Provided the patient does not gain weight following liposuction, the contour achieved by liposuction should last a very long time.

Is liposuction an outpatient procedure?

Yes. As long as the total amount of aspirate removed is less than 5 L, liposuction can be safely performed as an outpatient procedures. Higher volume liposuction requires an overnight stay.

Is there a weight requirement for liposuction?

No. However, liposuction may not be indicated in morbidly obese patients.

What can you eat after lipo surgery?

Consult with your surgeon regarding post-operative dietary restrictions. Most patients can resume a normal diet following liposuction.

What do they do with liposuction fat?

Like any tissues removed in surgery, it is properly disposed of. In rare circumstances, it may be used for investigative or therapeutic purposes.

What is AirSculpt Lipo?

AirSculpt liposuction is a proprietary technique for liposuction performed by a plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA.

What is Lipo Laser?

Laser assisted liposuction combines traditional liposuction with laser energy. The potential benefits include more skin tightening and better fat removal.

What is the best type of liposuction?

This depends on a few factors including the anatomic area being treated, gender and any history of prior liposuction. Talk to your surgeon about which type of liposuction may be best for you.

What is ultrasonic liposuction?

Ultrasonic liposuction or (UAL) adds ultrasound energy to the liposuction cannula. It may be beneficial in areas of more fibrous fat (flanks, male patients or areas previously treated with liposuction). It also may be produce more skin tightening following fat removal.

What types of liposuction are there?

There are several different types of liposuction meant to enhance results in certain circumstances. The most commonly performed types are standard tumescent liposuction (SAL), ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL), and laser-assisted liposuction.

Who is good candidate for liposuction?

Anyone with areas of disproportionate fatty deposits that do not respond fully to weight changes may be a good candidate for liposuction.

What areas of the body are commonly treated with liposuction?

The areas that are most commonly treated with liposuction include the abdomen, waist, flanks, back, thighs, buttocks, hips, and arms.

How much fat can be safely removed during a single liposuction session?

Eleven pounds is the limit for how much fat can be removed safely with a single liposuction procedure.

Is liposuction an effective solution for weight loss, or is it more for body contouring?

Liposuction is not meant to be a weight loss procedure. While you will lose weight after the fat is removed, it will not provide the significant health benefits you can achieve with weight loss with diet and exercise or bariatric surgery. Liposuction is more effective as a body contouring procedure.

What is the typical recovery process like after liposuction?

As you recover from liposuction, you will need someone to drive you home from the office and watch over you for the first 24 hours. You will want to get plenty of rest and fluids, wear your compression garment, and take any prescription medications as directed. You can resume work after a week, and your final results will appear a few months after the procedure.

Are there any long-term health effects or considerations associated with liposuction?

Infection, poor wound healing, change in skin sensation, and damage to the nerves, blood vessels, lungs, and abdominal organs are a few of the long-term health effects and risks that are associated with liposuction. Additionally, while the fat removed will never come back, your fat levels may change if you gain weight.

What is the difference between traditional liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction?

The big difference between traditional liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction is the way they are performed. Where traditional liposuction uses a special fluid to break up the fat in the treatment area, laser-assisted liposuction uses a laser to break up the fat to make it easier to remove.

How long does it take to see the final results after liposuction?

It typically takes several months before you see the final results of liposuction.

Are the results of liposuction permanent?

Yes, the results of liposuction are considered permanent. The fat will not return to the treatment area, but if you do gain weight, it can show in the surrounding areas and affect your results.

What are the potential risks and complications associated with liposuction?

Some possible risks associated with liposuction include bruising, numbness, infection, itching or skin irritation, swelling, and loose skin.

How does liposuction differ from non-invasive fat reduction procedures?

Liposuction offers much more significant results than some non-invasive fat reduction procedures. Liposuction also requires incisions, while non-invasive procedures typically do not require incisions, anesthesia, or downtime.

Can liposuction help with skin tightening, or will I need an additional procedure?

Traditional liposuction can’t help with skin tightening, but ultrasound liposuction can. The ultrasonic vibrations help heat up the tissues and skin to firm and tighten the skin while also breaking up the unwanted fat.

What kind of anesthesia is used for liposuction?

General anesthesia is typically used for liposuction to ensure you’re completely comfortable throughout the procedure.

How should I care for the liposuction incisions after the procedure?

You’ll want to gently wash your incisions with soap and water. You’ll also want to change your dressing and bandages regularly.

How soon can I resume exercise and other physical activities after liposuction?

It typically takes about six weeks before you’re healed and recovered enough to exercise and perform other strenuous activities.

What should I expect in terms of bruising and swelling after liposuction?

You will likely have bruising and swelling a week or more after your liposuction procedure. Both side effects will gradually disappear as you heal.

Why Choose Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Ali and Dr. Tamir are both board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They have undergone extensive training and performed thousands of liposuction procedures during their careers of over 20 years. This ensures they have the background and experience to provide you with flattering results and the safest possible conditions during your procedure.

If you are interested in liposuction, please contact Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery using our online form or by calling our office to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley, Arizona. We also specialize in caring for patients who travel from out of the area.

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