Liposuction is one of the most popular palstic surgery procedures available. There is no doubt that it is an easy way to remove unwanted fat but it is not a weightloss program. It works best as a contouring procedure for the stubborn areas that are diet and excercise resistant. Most patients are unhappy with fatty irregularities of the midsection (abdomen/Flanks) and thighs. Occasionally, there is a need for liposuction of the back, arms and lower legs. 

There are many types of liposuction available these days. All versions of liposuction use some version of a "wet technique, which minimizes the blood loss. This is true for Body Jet (WAL), Laser Assisted Lipo(LAL), VASER, Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) and traditional liposuction. 

The Body Jet is a trade name for a Water Assisted Liposuction (WAL) device.  Using a spray of pressurized water (saline) with some local anesthetic, it loosen the fat to be removed by suction.   Advantages are the more gentle loosening of the fat, less trauma, and less blood loss.  This leads to less bruising and trauma to the tissues which leads to a faster, less painful recovery. Body Jet Liposuction has been termed the the Gentle Lipo. Other advantages include less dimpling and irregularities of the treated areas as it breaks down the tissue more evenly with the suction*. 

Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) uses smaller cannulas and a device that moves the cannula back and forth to quickly break up the fat. It is a highly utilized liposuction technique used along with WAL or on it's own. 


The primary risks of any type of liposuction are skin dimpling and irregularities. Bruising always occurs, but a larger blood collection (hematoma) or fluid collection (seroma) can present itself. Most patient will experience some sensation loss but this is usually temporary. Blood clots and pulmonary embolisms are also risks but are rare. Patients should discuss their health history with the doctor prior to any procedure. 

One or two areas can be done in the office operating suite but most procedures are done under general anesthesia in our operating room.


What is the recovery time?

This varies from patient to patient. Most will experience discomfort, bruising and swelling for the first few weeks. This is controlled with a compression garment that should be worn for up to 6 weeks post op. Most patients return to work within 3-5 days, depending on work activities and the areas treated.