Angelina Cooper is pleased to provide you with an abundant amount of insight and information on LIPOSUCTION cosmetic surgery – including tips, suggestions, prices and recovery. With the following 100 Q&A’s, you will gain an indepth knowledge and thorough grasp of LIPOSUCTION in order to decide whether a LIPO is right for you.

61) Any other important information I should know about buttock Liposuction?

Since the normal aging process affects the firmness and elasticity of the skin, older patients may not achieve quite the same results as younger patients. Buttocks Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with a buttocks lift, thigh Liposuction or even a lower body lift.

62) Any risks and limitations for buttock Liposuction?

Although Liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in the United States, and the majority of these operations are successful, there are risks and limitations to the procedure, as with any surgery.

After surgery, some patients experience dimpling, lumpiness, numbness, scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin in the treated area. Follow-up surgery may be needed to correct these problems.

Ultrasonic Liposuction (UAL) may cause friction burns to the skin or to the internal organs.

More serious complications include blood clots, infection, excessive fluid loss leading to shock, fluid build-up in the lungs, and drug overdose. A combination of the following factors is associated with an increased risk of serious complications:

the removal of large amounts of fat; more than one procedure being performed at the same time; and the use of general anesthesia.

In order to minimize these risks, it is important that you follow all of your surgeon’s instructions, both before and after surgery.


63) What is Arm Liposuction used for?

Arm Liposuction is designed to allow a woman to feel more attractive in short sleeve clothing. Many women hide their upper arms, even in the warmest days, because they are unwilling to wear sleeveless or short-sleeved shirts. They feel their upper arms are too big or bulky compared to their body, or that their skin hangs are too loose, which gives their arms an unflattering profile. Thus, the goal of arm Liposuction should be to:

improve a disproportionate appearance of the arm, compared to the rest of the body; allow the patient to feel more comfortable and less self-conscious while wearing a sleeveless or short sleeved blouse; and achieve a thinner appearance of the arms when the arms are in a relaxed position.

The goal is not to remove the maximum possible amount of fat. Arms that are disproportionately skinny with an otherwise obese body, might appear deformed rather than attractive.

64) Most common benefits of Arm Liposuction?

Firm, trim arms create a more youthful look and can provide an incentive to exercise regularly to maintain fitness. After Liposuction, patients who have been self-conscious about their heavy arms often feel more comfortable wearing a range of clothing styles, and they also find that clothes tend to fit them better.

65) How is Arm Liposuction performed?

During the procedure, the Plastic Surgeon makes a tiny incision in the skin, typically near the elbow or in the armpit crease, and inserts a thin tube called a cannula into the fatty area. The cannula is used to break up the fat deposits and sculpt the area to the desired proportions. Unwanted fat is suctioned out with a high pressure vacuum, leaving the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels intact. There are many Liposuction techniques and each doctor may specialize in a particular technique or may recommend a particular Liposuction technique for your procedure. Ask your doctor about the technique he/she will use for your procedure.

66) How much pain is there in Arm Liposuction?

Arm Liposuction is most often performed with a local anesthetic. In this case, the pain is minimal, although you may feel pressure, movement, or a vibrating sensation.

67) What is the recovery period like after Arm Liposuction?

Most of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks. You should be able to return to work within a week, or within a few days if your work is fairly sedentary. Remember that you must wear the compression bands for several weeks after your surgery to ensure that your arms stay firmly shaped.

68) What is the long-term outcome like for most people?

Most people are pleased with the new contour of their arms. They often report a boost in energy and self-confidence. Although Liposuction cannot alter skin quality or muscle tone, and should not be a substitute for regular exercise and a balanced diet, your arms will always be slimmer than they would be if you hadn’t had this procedure.

Even though the arm size has been reduced, there may be extra skin once the fat has been removed. Although wearing the compression bands will help to firm the area, this extra skin may sag, especially if your skin was not particularly elastic to begin with. It may be necessary to perform an arm lift to correct this problem.


69) How can I be helped by neck Liposuction?

As we age, certain areas of the body can accumulate fat that is hard to lose, in spite of a healthy diet and vigorous exercise. The neck is one such area. Fat deposits in the neck can detract from the appearance of the entire body, making a younger person seem older, or a fit person seems out of shape. Neck Liposuction can give this area a new streamlined contour, enhancing the effect of facial features and improving the profile. Neck Liposuction produces consistently good results, and has a particularly high satisfaction rate.

70) What are some of the most common benefits of neck Liposuction?

The face and neck are usually the first features we notice when we meet someone new, so improvements in this area can create a dramatic change. A firm, trim neck gives the face a more youthful look. Sometimes just having this neck Liposuction done provides an incentive to make healthier lifestyle choices, and maintain fitness in the rest of the body. Patients who have been self-conscious about their bulging necklines often feel more comfortable wearing a range of clothing and jewelry styles after Liposuction.

71) What is the long-term outcome like for most people?

The fat cells are permanently removed by Liposuction, so you will not regain weight in that area as quickly as in other areas.


72) Briefly could you tell me how Leg and Ankle Liposuction is done?

Fatty deposits on the inner and outer thighs are especially resistant to diet and exercise. Many patients become discouraged at having lost unwanted pounds without seeing a significant change in the lower body. The overall proportions of the body may be unbalanced. In these cases, Liposuction can successfully trim the excess fat in the thighs to achieve a more attractive balance and symmetry to the body. In fact, this is the most common area of the body for Liposuction.

Predetermined Women who have a “fat ankles or legs” often find that this fat is resistant to diet and exercise. The fat on the legs and ankles is composed mainly of relatively superficial fat. There are no deep compartments of fat on the leg and ankles. Therefore, Liposuction of the legs is necessarily done rather superficially and has an increased the risk injury to the sub dermal vascular plexus. Because of the effects of gravity, the veins in the legs and ankles are especially susceptible to the long-term effects of vascular injury. For more detailed information on this procedure, please ask your plastic surgeon.

A newly trim lower body can provide a psychological lift and an extra incentive to exercise regularly to maintain fitness. Many patients express relief at not being bothered by chafing (rubbing or scratching) in the thigh area, and they also find that clothes tend to fit them better.

During the leg Liposuction procedure, the surgeon makes a tiny incision in the skin, typically in or near the buttock crease or at the site of a previous scar, and inserts a thin tube called a cannula into the fatty area. The cannula is used to break up the fat deposits and sculpt the area to the desired proportions. The unwanted fat is removed with a high pressure vacuum, leaving the skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels intact.

73) What results should I expect after a leg Liposuction?

For a day or two, you can expect to feel tired, as though your body has been through a workout – and it has! Your legs will be stiff and sore, and you may experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding or temporary numbness. Your doctor can prescribe medication to relieve this initial discomfort.

Sometimes a small drainage tube is inserted under the skin to drain excess fluid. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection at the incision sites. Your stitches will be removed in a week to 10 days, unless they dissolve on their own.

You will be fitted with a tight compression garment to be worn for up to six weeks after your surgery. This specially designed garment will help reduce pain and swelling, and help your body settle into its new shape.

74) Can Liposuction be done on more than one area at the same time?

Liposuction can be done on more than one area at the same time, as noted above, if the amount of fat removed does not exceed the recommended amount within the limits of safety. The US safety limit is 5 liters, in Colombia the limit is 10 liter. Something most plastic surgeons won’t tell you is that 50% of those liters are filled with the liquid needed to easily and safely remove the fat deposits from your body. In another words, if you live in the US, you are better off going abroad for Liposuction. As additional information, it’s the insurance companies in the US that identify the safety limit of 5 liters. In Latin America, however, most people don’t have the luxury (money) to do numerous Liposuction and insurance companies know this. On average, US plastic surgeons perform 10 surgeries per week, while in Colombia the average is 15 surgeries.

75) How Is the cost of Liposuction determined?

The cost of Liposuction is determined by several factors: the geographic area you live in; anesthesiologist and plastic surgeons fees; location of your surgery (i.e. hospital, surgery center, or office); and the number of areas requiring Liposuction. The costs of Liposuction ranges from $2,200 to $10,000 depending on the circumstances stated above. An exact quote will be given at your consultation with a plastic surgeon following examination and evaluation of your medical exams, etc. You may also contact Cosmetic Harmony to receive a free quote at


76) How many types of Liposuctions procedures are available?

Though the basics of Liposuction remain the same, there are different techniques that can be used during Liposuction. There are several types of Liposuction procedures available, as detailed below – all of which use a wand-like instrument called a cannula to remove unwanted fat.

Tumescent Liposuction involves the injection of a large amount of anesthetic into the area being treated; the wet and super-wet techniques are variations of this type of Liposuction. In Ultrasonic assisted Liposuction (UAL), sound waves are used to liquefy the fat before it is removed. LipoSelection® uses the same concept without disturbing the surrounding tissue. Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) employs a motor-powered cannula, which allows the surgeon to use smaller movements and make the experience more comfortable for the patient.


77) What is Tumescent Liposuction?

Tumescent Liposuction is a surgical sculpting fat removal technique that limits bleeding with anesthesia fluid pushed into the tissues. This technique has become the method of choice for Liposuction surgery. The adrenaline in the solution helps limit the blood loss seen with traditional Liposuction increasing the safety in reasonable volume operations. The Lidocaine anesthetic numbs the tissues for several hours. The Tumescent Liposuction technique requires additional skills of the surgeon since the final sculpture shape is hidden by the extra fluid.

78) Who is a candidate for Tumescent Liposuction surgery?

Generally the best candidate is someone with localized areas of protruding fat. These focused deformities have the most dramatic results. Patients who are slightly overweight can benefit from suction lipectomy. It is best to be at or near your normal weight. Liposuction is better as a fine refining tool after weight loss or for those areas that just will not go away. Good skin elasticity permits the tissue to shrink easily to your new contour. There are no absolute age limits for Liposculpture.

79) How Tumescent Liposuction Procedure is done?

Tumescent Liposuction has gained a tremendous amount of popularity in recent years, primarily because it has eliminated some of the unpleasant side effects previously associated with Liposuction. The procedure itself is similar to the traditional method, but with a few differences.

Anesthetic Injections

In the first step of Tumescent Liposuction, a large dose of liquid (composed primarily of lidocaine, a local anesthetic, and epinephrine, which helps to shrink blood vessels) is injected into the part of the body being treated. The added fluid forces the compartments of fat to swell and firm up, which lets the doctor extract the unwanted fat more smoothly and with minimal bleeding.

Variations on the Tumescent Liposuction Procedure

Tumescent Liposuction and the “wet” and “super-wet” techniques are now used by plastic surgeons in place of the dry technique, which fell from favor due to the excessive blood loss that resulted, as well as the fact that the procedure required hospitalization. The super-wet technique is currently used more often than the wet technique, and Tumescent Liposuction continues to be a popular choice. Whether you chose wet, super-wet, or Tumescent Liposuction will depend on a number of factors, including how many areas you wish to have treated.

Wet Technique

Wet Liposuction simply refers to the use of fluid injection prior to Liposuction treatment. To prepare for wet Liposuction, the surgeon administers approximately 100 milliliters of local anesthesia containing epinephrine directly into the tissue. This result in less blood loss during the procedure and reduces patient discomfort after surgery.

The super wet technique is similar to Tumescent Liposuction, except that it uses a solution containing less of the anesthetics lidocaine and epinephrine. In their place, intravenous sedation or general anesthetic is used (because the area being treated does not become fully anesthetized by the solution alone). Not using an injected local anesthetic means that the doctor does not have to wait for any swelling to go down. The surgery usually takes no longer than two hours, and the patient can opt to have other procedures performed while the general anesthetic is in effect.

80) What kind of anesthesia is used for Tumescent Liposuction?

Tumescent Liposuction fluid numbs the entire operative area. This surgery can be done under general anesthesia or with just the local anesthetics of the Tumescent solution alone. General anesthesia permits you to be asleep during the entire operation. After waking up, the local anesthetic effect of the Tumescent fluid permits you to remain comfortable for several hours. Other patients prefer the simplicity of the local anesthesia alone. The addition of sedation with the local anesthesia can relieve anxiety and often leaves little memory of the operation.



Angelina Cooper is an independent consultant and also a Sales Representative for the cosmetic surgery industry, helping people to find the right answers about plastic surgeries, doctors and location. Working as a Consultant since 1998, Angelina Cooper has helped many women and men to get their self-esteem and confidence back while getting a new and better look. You can Contact Mrs.Cooper at: OR at: 305 726 0527

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