Overview: Liposuction

Liposuction with Seattle cosmetic surgeon Dr. Craig Jonov can offer an improved body contour. This surgery is used to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including include the neck, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs, as well as the knees, calves and ankles. Liposuction involves the insertion of a diluted local anesthetic solution into the deposits, followed by their removal through suction. We offer the latest liposuction techniques, including tumescent, ultrasonic, and the SmartLipo system. Liposuction is not intended as a weight reduction treatment, but as a method for removing localized fat, resistant to diet and exercise.

Surgical Technique

Tumescent “Super-Wet” Lipo
Tumescent liposuction is a common approach used by surgeons. It is a suction-assisted (SAL) form of lipo that first injects a liquid agent into the area that is to be treated. The liquid agent includes saline, Lidocaine (a numbing agent) and Epinephrine (a medication that controls bleeding). A cannula is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. An attached power-aided motor allows the surgeon to control the speed of the fat removal, which can be as great as a few pounds or as little as several ounces.

Ultrasound-Assisted Lipo (UAL)
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (known as “ultrasonic”) is a technique used on areas where a greater amount of dense fat resides. It’s a dual process using ultrasound and suction. First, ultrasound waves transmit energy through a special device aimed to help loosen and melt the fat. This liquid is then suctioned out using a cannula. UAL liposuction is commonly used on men seeking a higher level of muscular definition. You may hear this type of liposuction referred to as hi-def liposuction or VASER® Lipo, or simply Vaser hi-def.

Laser-Assisted Lipo (LAL)
Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology to introduce a burst of energy to the specified area of fat. The laser loosens and liquefies the fat for removal. This particular type of liposuction includes brand names such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.



Questions about Liposuction

How Safe is Lipo?
The media sometimes tells stories of liposuction patients who have endured bad results at the hands of inexperienced surgeons. Today’s liposuction techniques are much safer and more predictable than ever before, but surgeon skill still remains the number one factor when researching this procedure. The goal is to attain a natural and smooth result. An experienced surgeon will be able to provide this outcome.

Is Lipo Permanent?
The good news is, fat cells that are removed during liposuction do not come back. Unfortunately, patients can still gain weight after surgery because the remaining cells can expand and become larger. However, patients who adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after surgery.

How Much Fat?
The amount of fat removed really depends on the size of the patient and their aesthetic goals. From a safety standpoint, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends roughly 10 pounds of fat or less. Otherwise it is considered a high-volume liposuction, which does present an increased set of risks. It’s advised to get down to your ideal weight before undergoing a liposuction procedure.

Skin Tautness (Laxity)?
Liposuction is a surgery that removes fat and enhances the actual shape of the body. It does not address skin imperfections caused by sagging skin or cellulite under the skin. During your consultation, a discussion can be had regarding the available procedures, which address and improve skin texture. Some procedures recommended to correct skin laxity include abdominoplasty, thigh lift, neck lift, and butt lift surgeries.

During/After Liposuction

Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. On average, each body part (i.e. tummy, thighs, etc.) will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment on the treated areas. It takes about a full week for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and can take several months for the final results to appear. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are usually small and will fade over time.

Expected Cost

The price for liposuction will vary depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. The average cost of liposuction in the U.S. for the most common body parts are outlined below:

Abdomen:       $3,000-$7,000
Arms:             $2,500-$5,000
Buttocks:        $2,500-$4,000
Chin:              $2,500-$4,500
Inner Thigh:    $2,500-$5000
Outer Thigh:   $2,500-$5,000
Hips/Waist:     $2,500-$5,000

Average Cost

$995 – $2,995

Recovery Time

1 Week

Average Procedure Time

1-5 Hours


Lynnwood, Kirkland & Bellevue, WA

Male age 62, smart lipo, from back to front including love handles and full abs. This was a great experience, Dr. Jonov does all types of cosmetic surgery, and even on men. I thought I might get some weird looks as being the only male there, but they assured me they do men, and are quite private on disclosure. The people are all great and would recommend them to anyone. I had been trying to get the fat off this area for over 13 years, as I work out 4-5 days a week, and finally just got frustrated, Smart lipo is the way to go, as minimal insicisions, and 1-2 day down time. Make sure you understand lipo does nothing for excess skin, So make sure you discuss your expectations with the Dr. VERY HAPPY, may go get ab definition surgery for the 6 pack look

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