5 Frequently Asked Lipo Questions

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2023-05-11 05:30 AM | By Tamira Scientific Committee
Frequently Asked Lipo Questions

Every year, just over 250,000 liposuction procedures are performed in the United States alone.

People who are sick and tired of feeling unhealthy and not loving the way they look, aren’t willing to sit around and wait for diet and exercise to show results.

Here are 5 most commonly asked questions about Liposuction

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  1. Is Liposuction dangerous?
  2. How much does Liposuction cost?
  3. How long does the recovery take?
  4. Weight Loss after Liposuction
  5. Which is better, Lipo or Tummy Tuck?

Is Liposuction dangerous?

Liposuction procedures today are far safer than they have ever been before, with new technologies, new tools, and new training available to help medical professionals provide liposuction in as non-invasive a way as humanly possible.

Cosmetic surgery (like any other surgical procedure) involves local anesthesia and numerous pre-procedure protocols that reduce the risks significantly.

Many cosmetic surgeons have more than a decade of experience doing exactly these kind of surgeries. Your doctor will be able to fill you in better about their track record for safely performing these procedures.

How much does liposuction cost?

There are a number of different factors that contribute to how much your liposuction surgery will cost, including (but not limited to):

  • The degree of complexity
  • The amount of fat to be removed
  • The number of individual body areas to be treated
  • Operating room fees and charges
  • Anesthesiologist fees and charges

You also have to consider any pre-op and post-op expenses that may be necessary to have a successful liposuction as well.


According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons the ballpark figure for an average liposuction in 2018 sits at just about $3518.

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

As a general rule, you will be able to begin "normal" everyday activities in just a few short days and should even be able to return to work in three or four days after liposuction surgery.

It’s a good idea to wait anywhere between two and four weeks before you start to exercise again, and you’ll want to make sure that you take things quite easy before you dive into really grueling training programs.

The most important thing you can do is follow your post-operative instructions to the letter. Understand that there’s going to be some discomfort as you recover, and that you want to do everything in your power to speed your recovery process along.

Get plenty of water every day, sleep at least eight hours every night, and really pay attention to the signals your body is giving off before you push yourself too hard or too fast.


Is it easier to lose weight after liposuction?

You may lose some weight during your liposuction procedure, since the fat cells that are being targeted during this process will be excised and will not immediately repopulate.

But liposuction should not be confused with weight loss. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat. Unhealthy habits can still make your body repopulate new fat cells even after Liposuction.

The best thing you can do to ensure the results stay the way they are is to practice as healthy a lifestyle as possible.

Eat well, exercise regularly, and get plenty of rest and you’ll never have to worry about putting back any of the fat you may have lost during liposuction.

Which is better liposuction or tummy tuck?

Liposuction and Tummy Tuck are completely different procedures, But it's not uncommon to consider a tummy tuck after certain cases of liposuction where the skin hangs loose near the abdominal area.

It can take a little bit of time for your skin to "snapback". So your doctor might recommend you to wait and see what the final liposuction results look like 3 to 4 months post-op.

If after 3 to 4 months of recovery you are unhappy with the loose skin then you could consider a potential tummy tuck procedure and talk to your surgeon about it.

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