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A 33-year-old member asked:

how long does liposuction usually take?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andre Berger
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
1 - 4 hours average: The length of time will depending on the number of treatment areas, the type of anesthesia and liposuction technique(s) used for the case, and the skill and experience of the surgeon.
Dr. Adam Bodian
Dermatology 35 years experience
1-to 4 hours: It truly depends on the size of the area being treated. Most cases from start to finish, including prep, anesthesia and recovery time is 3 1/2 hours. I don't let my patients drive home but they do walk out of the office pretty comfortable.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Depends : It depends on how many areas you are having it in. Usually an hour minimum.
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Average 1-2 hours: It depends upon the location and number of areas treated, but the average case takes 1-2 hours.
Dr. Vincent Marin
Plastic Surgery 12 years experience
It depends: This largely depends on how many areas that the patient needs treated and how much fat is being removed. This surgery can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Frequently, this surgery is combined with other procedures that can make the surgery even longer as well.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Are there big risks to liposuction?

8 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Timothy King
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: It depends on your overall health, and how much liposuction is being done. In general, if you are healthy and do not undergo large volume liposuction, it is a relatively safe procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. I recommend discussing your personal situation with a board certified plastic surgeon who could explain the risks and come up with the best treatment plan for you.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there liposuction complications that happen often?

9 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Perlman
Plastic Surgery 48 years experience
Not if done properly: Complications from liposuction are very rare if patient and doctor selection are made carefully. For example a patient with loose skin after weight loss is not a very good candidate for lipo whereas someone with good skin elasticity and localized extra fat is. An unskilled surgeon or a poor candidate for the procedure can cause bad results and even complications. Choose wisely!
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can liposuction leave you disfigured?

13 doctor answers31 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Chen
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends: If improperly done by someone who is not a board certified plastic surgeon, then yes.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What happens to the fat after liposuction?

9 doctor answers23 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Klink
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Permanent removal: The fat that is removed is permanently gone. The remaining fat cells (not all are removed in any area) may still get larger with weight gain, but the proportions should be much better.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the earliest stage to have liposuction?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Age 18, if needed: If you are at or close to ideal weight, have localized excess fatty tissues, and have good overlying skin tone, you are a good candidate to see an abps-certified plastic surgeon experienced in the various liposuction techniques that might be appropriate for you. Liposuction is not a weight-loss technique.

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