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Liposuction is the second most popular plastic surgery in the U.S. and has been for many years. This cosmetic procedure is an effective fat removal method that has helped millions of men and women achieve their ideal body contour for decades. 

What Is Liposuction? 

Liposuction is known by many names: lipo, lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, and lipectomy. It’s a fat removal surgery typically done under general anesthesia that removes fat deposits from various areas of your body with subcutaneous fat. The most common areas for liposuction include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms, double chin, back, buttocks, chest, and hips. 

This cosmetic procedure does not solve obesity and can’t address skin laxity, stretch marks, dimples, or cellulite. Men and women interested in liposuction need to be at a stable weight at or near their goal. 

Candidates for Liposuction 

Similar to other plastic surgeries, liposuction candidates must be in generally good health, be at least 18 years old, and have realistic expectations for what we can achieve through cosmetic surgery. It is essential that you have been at or close to your ideal weight.  

Liposuction Procedure 

Advanced Cosmetic Surgery offers tumescent liposuction, which provides a contoured figure. Liposuction is best for men and women who’ve tried diet and exercise but still have residual fat in stubborn areas where lifestyle changes didn’t help, such as the hips and love handles.  

Most liposuction surgeries require you to go under general anesthesia, which means you’ll be unconscious during the procedure. Liposuction performed on smaller areas may only need local anesthetic so you can stay awake during surgery. A cannula (tiny, hollow tube) is used to suction out the fat, or multiple “microcannulas” may be used. 

Tumescent liposuction involves a mixture of saline (salt water), lidocaine (local anesthetic), and epinephrine, which is pumped into your body under your skin in the area where fat is to be removed. That solution targets the fat cells and causes them to swell and firm up. The tumescent method reduces or eliminates the need for general anesthesia or sedation. The combination of saline and medication leads to less bleeding during and after liposuction surgery, as well as reduced bruising. 

There are other liposuction techniques, such as power-assisted liposuction, but the procedure results are the same. 

Liposuction Recovery and Results 

  • Low activity
  • 4-6 weeks

Liposuction is a permanent procedure. Once fat is eliminated from the body, it cannot simply return. New fat can accumulate, however, if steps aren’t taken to maintain your results. 

Choosing a healthy diet and committing to daily exercise will help ensure the longest-lasting results. Liposuction can be a springboard for a healthier, more active, and more rewarding life. We can discuss this in greater detail during your time in our care, empowering you to maximize your liposuction results. 

The extent of your recovery will depend on how much fat was removed and from which part of your body. You’ll experience varying levels of discomfort, which can typically be treated with over-the-counter medications. Dr. Young may prescribe additional pain medications to aid in your recovery. 

You’ll need at least one week off from work and must wear compression garments to reduce residual swelling for 4-6 weeks, depending on the treated body area. You’ll return to Advanced Cosmetic Surgery for several follow-up visits, including one week, six weeks, six months, and one year after your surgery. You won’t see the full results of your liposuction surgery for several months as your body heals and becomes accustomed to the new dimensions. 

Schedule a Consultation 

If you’re interested in liposuction, please get in touch with Dr. Young in Leawood, Kansas, today at 913-341-2188 to schedule your consultation. Advanced Cosmetic Surgery serves clients in Leawood and the greater Kansas City area. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why Choose Our Liposuction Surgeon?

    Advanced Cosmetic Surgery believes in individualized care and patient education. You’re not just a number to Dr. Young. While he’s performed thousands of liposuction procedures, each patient has specific goals for their body and the surgical outcome.

    Dr. Young listens to you to make sure you have the right surgery to reach your ideal body contour. His attention to detail, artistic ability, surgical skill, and years of experience gives you the advantage of a customized cosmetic plan to achieve a stunning figure.

  • Will Fat Return After My Liposuction Procedure?

    No. Once fat has been removed, it cannot return. New fat can develop, but old fat cannot come back.

    Diet and exercise are essential for maintaining results. If you struggle with making wise dietary choices, consider working with a nutritionist. If you struggle with finding exercise you enjoy, consider working with a personal trainer. The effort you put into maintaining your results will play a direct role in how your body looks and feels in the months and years to come.

  • How Many Sessions of Liposuction Can I Undergo?

    Liposuction should only need to be performed once. Dr. Young can treat multiple areas of the body during a single session, saving you time and reducing your overall recovery period.
    You can safely undergo liposuction multiple times over the course of several years, but you shouldn’t need to. During your initial consultation, Dr. Young will carefully assess your areas of concern and help you decide if a single treatment or a series of treatments will be best for your specific needs.

  • Will I Have Any Scars After Liposuction?

    The advanced techniques utilized by Dr. Young allow for very small incisions, but even the tiniest incision will leave a scar. Proper preparation and after-care will help your liposuction scars fade to all-but-unnoticeable over time. We will provide you with specific instructions to help ensure the most pleasing results and encourage you to ask questions if you are not clear on how to prevent thick or noticeable scars.

  • How Much Fat Can Be Removed with Lipo?

    The more fat removed during liposuction, the higher the risk of complications. Most men and women think of how many pounds are removed, but scientifically, the amount is measured in liters or cubic centimeters (cc).
    The amount of fat deposits that can be safely taken out during surgery depends on the current weight of the patient, but the accepted maximum amount for a one-time procedure seems to be five liters or 5,000 cc, which is approximately 10-11 pounds. Most plastic surgeons limit it to 6-8 pounds at once.
    If you have more than ten pounds to remove via lipo, you may need multiple procedures to reach your ideal weight safely, but we may also suggest trying to lose some of those pounds through diet and exercise first to avoid multiple surgeries.
    Our board-certified plastic surgeon performs lipo thousands of times each year and incorporates liposuction into other plastic surgeries such as a tummy tuck to transform your entire torso.

    If you struggle with stubborn areas of fat, please contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery in Leawood today at 913-341-2188 to see if liposuction is right for you. Dr. Levi Young offers consultations to discuss your goals and which procedures can help you reach them. We serve clients throughout the Kansas City, Kansas area.

  • What Are The Risks Of Liposuction?

    Liposuction is an invasive cosmetic surgery, and as with any procedure, there are risks for complications. One of the concerns we hear from patients is about contour abnormalities. Body contouring is the sole purpose of this surgery, and therefore, our plastic surgeon’s job to make sure your sculpted figure looks proportionate.

    Dr. Young’s eye for artistry helps him accomplish beautiful contours for our lipo patients because he’s taking your entire body shape into consideration. While contour abnormality is always a possibility, it is a rare one.

    Another concern our patients have is getting rid of cellulite, and unfortunately, liposuction can do little to nothing to address this dimpling of the skin. Cellulite lives within the superficial layers of your skin, and liposuction is performed below that. Liposuction is guaranteed to improve the contour of your body by removing fat, but cellulite, stretch marks, and other imperfections near the skin won’t be addressed.

Dr. Levi Young, MD

“I am an artist. My artistic ability is an asset in the operating room, enabling me to visualize and create the best aesthetic results.”

With years of expertise in cosmetic surgery, Dr. Young prioritizes patients’ well-being and satisfaction. Whether you are considering a subtle enhancement or a transformative procedure, you can trust Advanced Cosmetic Surgery to deliver exceptional care and results tailored to your personal needs and cosmetic goals.


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