BODY - Liposuction

Sometimes, even with a healthy diet and regular exercise, your body can still retain fat. Fat deposits can cause localized bulges in the face and neck, upper arms, upper and lower abdomen, flank areas (love handles), inner thighs, outer thighs, buttocks, and knee areas and calves. After trying various measures to control your weight, you should be rewarded with beautiful body contours. Our practice in Grand Rapids offers liposuction to women and men in the area looking to improve their appearance.

Our plastic surgeons understand that every case is different and strive to give you exceptional personal care. We have extensive experience with this procedure, have board-certified anesthesiologists on staff, and perform surgeries in our fully accredited facility.

Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction removes excess fat deposits that cause localized bulges in various areas of the body. It is one of the more popular body contouring procedures performed at UBA. We also perform tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for women and men with loose skin, loose muscle, and excess fat tissue in their abdominal area, as well as body lifts for more extensive contouring.
This procedure is performed by making tiny incisions in concealed areas and inserting a small tube (cannula) to break up and suction away the fat deposits. The cannula is passed back and forth until an appropriate amount of fat has been removed. The entire area is treated in this fashion, carefully removing small amounts at a time, while constantly checking fat thickness and contour as suctioning proceeds.
After suctioning is complete in one area, the opposite side is treated in the same way. The two sides are compared and contours are adjusted for the best match. Finally, the incisions are carefully closed and an elastic garment or dressing is placed on the skin to give gentle pressure and prevent fluid accumulation in the suctioned area. Because liposuction is an outpatient surgery, you'll be in and out of our surgery center the same day. Bruising and swelling typically lessens in 4 to 5 weeks. Patients often return to work and social activity in 1 to 2 weeks, but need about 4 weeks to resume aerobic or strenuous exercise.