Liposuction

Even with healthy eating and consistent exercise, stubborn fat deposits can build up. These unflattering bulges around the midsection, thighs, or upper arms are frustrating for many men and women. If you want to lose a few inches and contour your body, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Wright has the tools you need. He performs liposuction in Little Rock, AR, to help patients from Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Conway, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, and throughout greater Arkansas remove areas of unwanted fat and smooth out trouble spots, helping our patients achieve the slim, toned look they’ve always wanted.

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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that removes areas of unwanted fat. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure; it is a spot treatment that refines contours in areas that don’t slim down with weight loss and exercise.

What areas can liposuction treat?

Liposuction reduces unwanted fat deposits that resist diet and exercise. The procedure can treat multiple areas of the body, including the following:

  • Lower abdomen
  • Upper arms
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Knees
  • Chin

Many patients prefer to treat more than one area during the same procedure. Dr. Wright will assess your target areas at your personal consultation and explain which spots would benefit most from liposuction. He can use the fat removed during liposuction to enhance other areas such as the face, breasts, and buttocks Brazilian butt lift.

Renuvion® for Smooth Lipo Results

Whether combined with liposuction or performed to smooth out unsatisfactory results, this innovative, minimally invasive treatment tightens and rejuvenates the skin from the inside out.

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Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Liposuction is an excellent option for men or women who have rolls and bulges that won’t go away via healthy lifestyle choices. Good candidates are those who:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Are at a stable weight
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Want to target specific areas of fat

Patients should be within 30% of their ideal weight, as the procedure isn’t a weight loss tool. While liposuction permanently removes unwanted fat, it won’t dramatically change the number on the scale.

What is VASERlipo®?

VASERlipo is a liposuction enhancement that uses ultrasound energy to break up and liquefy the fat, making it easier to suction away. This procedure can be gentler than liposuction on its own because ultrasound damages fat cells and leaves surrounding nerves, blood vessels, and tissues unharmed. 

Does liposuction tighten the skin?

Liposuction is not a skin-tightening treatment. Dr. Wright can perform minimally invasive Renuvion® skin tightening along with liposuction for patients with inadequate skin elasticity. If the skin is moderately to significantly lax, Dr. Wright may combine liposuction with a surgical procedure such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or an arm lift to remove excess, lax skin and tighten the area.

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About Dr. Wright

An Arkansas native, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Wright has spent over a decade helping Little Rock women and men look and feel their best with both reconstructive and plastic surgery options.

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What happens during the liposuction procedure?

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. During surgery, Dr. Wright makes small incisions near the target areas, inserting a narrow tube (called a cannula). He moves the cannula around to help break up fat cells and suction out the fatty tissue. The length of the procedure depends on the number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed. You will need a loved one or trusted friend to drive you home after your surgery.

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Can liposuction be combined with other procedures?

Yes, liposuction easily combines with other body contouring procedures. It frequently complements a tummy tuck, a specialized procedure that slims and sculpts the midsection. When performed with a tummy tuck and a breast enhancement procedure, liposuction can be part of a mommy makeover. It is also sometimes used in procedures such as breast reduction. Dr. Wright will guide you toward the best combination of procedures for your particular needs.

What is recovery like after liposuction?

It typically takes around 2 weeks to recover from liposuction, although smaller treatment areas will have a faster recovery time. While experiences vary, most patients experience the following milestones during recovery:

  • Swelling and soreness: can last a few days to several weeks depending on areas treated
  • Return to work & nonstrenuous activities: 10 to 12 days
  • Wear compression wrap: at least 3 to 4 weeks
  • Resume strenuous exercise: 2 to 4 weeks
  • Reach final results: 3 to 6 months

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Liposuction FAQ

Are liposuction results permanent?

Lipo results last indefinitely when patients maintain their weight, eat right, and exercise consistently.

Does liposuction hurt?

The tumescent solution used to prep the treatment area prevents discomfort during liposuction surgery. Afterward, treated areas will be sore and swollen. Wearing the compression garment as directed can minimize these side effects.

How do I know if I need liposuction or tummy tuck?

Liposuction is used to remove fat. A tummy tuck tightens lax abdominal skin and muscles. If you would like to reduce belly fat and do not have excess skin or diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles), liposuction could be a good choice. Many patients benefit from a combination of these procedures.

Does liposuction address cellulite?  

While liposuction is an effective solution for removing unwanted fat, it is not recommended for treating cellulite. Instead, we recommend a targeted cellulite reduction solution such as Avéli™ cellulite treatment for patients who want to address unsightly cellulite dimples on their buttocks and thighs. We may sometimes recommend combining these procedures to help you achieve optimal results. 

Is liposuction surgery better than nonsurgical body sculpting options?

Compared to nonsurgical options, liposuction is more precise and effective and provides more dramatic results because the targeted fat is physically removed. Patients typically don’t need follow-up liposuction, as is often the case with nonsurgical fat reduction. Liposuction results are immediate, although downtime is required.

Is the procedure safe?

Liposuction is considered safe when performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who will make sure you are a good candidate and will be cautious about the amount of fat removed during a single surgery.

Request Your Consultation

If you want to learn more about body contouring and liposuction, request a private consultation with Dr. Wright. You can also talk with our helpful staff by calling our Little Rock practice at (501) 575-0088.

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