Overview and Liposuction Video
Liposuction is a surgical procedure ideal for those who are healthy but have trouble contouring their body. As one of the most popular procedures throughout the United States, the results liposuction varies among patients and it is best to consult with one of our Atlanta area plastic surgeons here at Prima Center for Plastic Surgery. Our surgeons work carefully with each patient to educate them on the process as well as discuss the contouring of the body and outcome. The average cost for liposuction will vary depending on your needs and the targeted body areas. If you are someone who seeks to contour areas of the body and get rid of undesired fat deposits, contact our office and determine if liposuction is a viable option for you.
"Getting Back to Me After 3 Sweet Babies! - I’ve been wanting a tummy tuck ever since after I had my first c-section and my OBGYN looked at my stomach and said “the only way you’re going to loose your stomach is to have a tummy tuck.” I had three c-sections and with the first two weighing in at 9lbs 0.2 oz and 9lb 3oz. My last baby was the smallest at 8lb 9oz. Each baby was 28 months after the last.I had a breast reduction by a different surgeon two years ago and afterwards I only saw my belly. I researched several doctors, read countless reviews, searched the end of YouTube for videos and finally chose Dr. Song.My initial consult was April 27, 2021. I arrived alone at Prima Center for Plastic Surgery and was greeted by Stacy. I eventually was taken to the back by Adriana she explained everything that was going to happen during the consult, had me undress and she took photos.Dr Song came in shortly after and explained the procedure, asked questions, performed an assessment and told me what type of tummy tuck I was a candidate for. He was thorough and made it very clear he was not going to flip me over on the table and was not going to perform back lipo. He showed me a video of the process and showed the areas he is going to lipo (the flanks), answered my questions and that was basically it.After he left, Jessica came in and explained the pricing, provided the quote and advised me to call when I was ready to schedule. I paid $75 for the consultation and was told if I choose Dr. Song the $75 will go towards the overall cost of the surgery.I left feeling glad my questions were answered but a little uncertain at the same time. I questioned do I want lipo of my back rolls? Why wouldn’t he flip me over? After giving it much thought, my expectation was to have a natural looking tummy. I don’t want the “Instagram model” look. I don’t want to look overly liposuctioned if that makes sense. I came back to Real Self, reviewed his reviews and photos again, discussed it my husband, my best friend and a few others close to me and then decided I’m going to go for it!I called on May 4, 2021 to schedule the surgery. Cindy was very nice and helpful. It was $500 to schedule the appointment and that will also go towards the cost of the surgery. I’m super happy I took the step, super happy about choosing Dr. Song and look forward to the surgery day this month in September!"- S. / RealSelf / Sep 07, 2021
"I had abdominal plastic surgery December 3,2021 by Dr. Song. And in this procedure my flanks was liposuction out along with my upper and lower abdomen. And the repairing of my muscles. Dr. Song and his staff was so patient and kind. They made sure all my questions was answered and my needs were met. When I tell you this man went above and beyond to make sure I was satisfied with my procedure!! OMG!!! He snatched my waist and got my stomach flat flat..I’m beyond please at my results. I can’t stop smiling. I’m overjoyed. I truly thank God for this man. So I’m telling anyone that will listen. This man is the real GOAT!! He’s definitely the truth. I promise you won’t go wrong by choosing him to be your surgeon. He’s a man of integrity and he’s going to make sure everything is good with his patients. Thank you Dr. Song for being an all around great man. 🐐"- B.R. / Facebook / Jan 01, 2022
"Happy repeat patient - Happy for the 3rd time - This is my 3rd procedure performed by Dr. Song, and I'm happy for the 3rd time. I just got my breast reduction/lift with implants exchange (smaller). This has been a very easy recovery, with little pain. The only pain was from the liposuction to the underarms. My scar looks really good considering I have keloid skin."- S.I. / RealSelf / May 18, 2022
"For years I struggled with mid section weight gain in the lower belly. No matter how many diets, exercise, healthy eating, counting carbs/macros I couldn’t even make a dent in the lower belly. It was depressing to say the least. I decided to look into a Tummy Tuck. Had several consultations with different surgeons. My concern was safety #1. I didn’t want a doctor to cut corners or a doctor that was all about IG likes and followers. When I met Dr Song I knew I would be safe. He also told me no diet or exercise would free me of the bottom belly area that it would need to be surgically removed. I didn’t really set any expectations because in my mind ANYTHING would be better than what I was currently living with. Now 6 weeks post op from TT/MR/Lipo to flanks and under chin and I not only look AMAZING but I feel even better than I look. My midsection speaks for its self. I followed every instruction and I healed great. Even the incision line looks great! Swelling sucks but even on my now worst days is better than my previous best days. The words thank you just aren’t enough. Dr Song you gave me my confidence back and I will forever be grateful."- D.W. / Google / Jan 18, 2022
"Pick Dr. Song!!! Will not disappoint - TT with MR, BR with lift, and lipo to flanks. 3weeks post-op and 95% healed! Little swelling! I love my results. The staff is awesome and very attentive. Dr. Song is very attentive and has great beside manners, as do ALL of his staff. I'm an RN and know what to expect and he, as well as his staff exceeded all of my expectations."- L. / RealSelf / May 10, 2021
All liposuction procedures, no matter the method actually used, first begin with the injection of a tumescent solution into the fatty layer to be treated. The tumescent solution is typically composed of either a saline solution or a Ringer's lactate solution mixed with epinephrine (to reduce bleeding. If the procedure is to be performed under local anesthesia then lidocaine is added to the mixture. Tumescent solution does two things for us. Fisrt the epinephrine in the solution helps to control bleeding. Second the solution helps to widen the fatty layer space giving the surgeon greater control over removal of fat. With all liposuction procedure it is not about how much fat is removed it is about how much fat remains because you need a certain thickness of fat to have the proper contour. After the tumescent solution is infiltrated into the fatty layer a small hollow tube called a cannula is inserted to suction out the fat. During a standard liposuction procedure a vacuum pump is attached to the cannula and the fat is aspirated This is known as Suction Assisted Lipectomy or SAL. The fat is basically removed in cores and once enough cores are created the layer compresses. Our plastic surgeons at Prima Center for Plastic Surgery are skilled at all forms of liposuction and body contouring. By removing the appropriate amount of fat from each area you can expect to see a nice improvement in your body shape and contour. We are often asked, how much does fat weigh. Fat weighs 2.2 pounds per liter so if 3 liters of fat is removed you can expect your weight to decrease by approximately 6.6 pounds.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction, also know as "ultrasonic liposuction" is a technique used on areas where there is a greater amount of dense or fibrous fat (such as the upper back). It is a dual process using ultrasonic energy to destroy the fat cells and suction to remove these destroyed fat cells. First, ultrasound waves are transmitted down a solid titanium rod. This causes the end of the rod to vibrate back and forth. Since the energy is tuned only to fat the other tissues remain unharmed. This transmitted energy helps to loosen and melt the fat. This liquid fat is then suctioned out using a cannula. The plastic surgeons at Prima Center for Plastic Surgeon are skilled in using UAL and will recommend this method to patients who require it. It is important to understand that UAL is just a tool and will be used when necessary. Our patients should not have to worry about what instruments are used to get rid of the fat. The job remains the same to contour the body and remove the appropriate amount of fat using the appropriately selected devices.
SmartLipo - Laser-assisted
Smartlipo™ is laser assisted liposuction. The plastic surgeons at Prima Center for Plastic Surgery are skilled an using many different forms of liposuction. These included standard suction assisted liposuction, Smartlipo and Ultrasonic assisted liposuction. After your evaluation your plastic surgeon will determine the best method to be used in your particular case. No matter what you may hear there is no one form of liposuction that is absolutely superior to any other form. They all have there place in body contouring. While the majority of patients will do will with the traditional suction assisted liposuction works well for most patients some areas will respond better to Smartlipo or Ultrasonic assisted liposuction. Typically these are areas of fat that are more fibrous and these devices help to break up this resistant fat. It is not unusual for us to combine two of the technologies together to achieve the best result. SmartLipo™ is also referred to as laserlipolysis and used laser energy to essentially melt the fat cells then this melted fat must be aspirated using the traditional liposuction cannulas.
Liposuction is generally performed under general anesthesia in either our AAAASF accredited Office Operating Suite or in the outpatient area of the hospital. When the procedure is performed in our office operating room suite we have a fully equipped operating room and use only board certified anesthesiologists. Liposuction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. On average, each body part (i.e. abdomen, thighs, hips, etc.) will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After surgery patients will wear a compression garment on the treated area. It takes about a full week for the bruising and swelling to subside. It can take several months for you to see the final result. In general you will be 50% of the way there at 6 weeks and 80% of the way at 3 months. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are usually small (3 - 4 mm) and will fade over time. Every attempt is made to strategically place the access points in areas that are easily covered by your clothing or bathing suit. The scars wil typically fade by 6 to 12 months.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-5 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 5-7 days
- Procedure Recovery Location
How Safe is Liposuction?
While today’s surgical techniques are safe, patients can experience poor results from inexperienced surgeons. It is important for patients to do their research, and find an experienced surgeon that can help them achieve the best, most natural-looking results. Liposuction is a tool that a skilled plastic surgeon uses to contour the body. It is important that your plastic surgeon is skilled not only in liposuction but in all methods of body contouring such as tummy tucks and body lifts. During your consultation we will discuss the procedure in detail and you will be examined in order to understand if you are a good candidate for liposuction or if you would be better served by some other method of body contouring. The key to liposuction is skin elasticity. If you have poor skin elasticity you will typically not achieve as good of a result as a person with good skin elasticity. Today's liposuction techniques are safer and more predicable than ever before, but the surgeons experience and skill remains the number one factor to achieving a great result. The goal is to create a beautiful contoured body profile.
The results of liposuction can be seen for many years following surgery if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercise program. If your weight was stable prior to liposuction surgery and remains stable after surgery you should have long lasting result. The good news is that fat cells do not reduplicate and do not reform after liposuction, but it is important to understand that the fat cells that remain behind can and will get fatter if you return to poor habits and gain weight following surgery. Liposuction is never intended as a weight loss procedure. It is intended to contour areas of the body where the fat is diet and exercise resistant.
How Much Fat?
The amount of fat removed really depends on the size of the patient and their aesthetic goals. From a safety standpoint, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that liposuction should be limited to approximately 5 liters (11 pounds) if the procedure is performed as an outpatient. When large volumes of fat are removed there is a risk of excessive blood loss. Patients are advised to be near or at their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction. As with any procedure the risks vs. the benefits will always be considered. During your consultation you will be thoroughly examined to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction. At this time we can generally estimate the amount of fat that will be removed during the surgical procedure. Remember the goal is to contour your body not just remove fat.
While liposuction removes fat and improves contour and shape, it does not address sagging or drooping skin. If skin laxity is a concern, patients can talk to the surgeon during the consultation to discuss their options for improving skin texture, such as a tummy tuck, thigh, neck, arm or butt lift.