Liposuction

With liposuction, our surgeons make a small incision to eliminate excess fat and reshape parts of the body. We can target most areas including the breasts, arms, abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, and legs, as well as the neck and chin. When performing liposuction, our surgeons work with you to optimize both the immediate and long-term results of this procedure.

New & Noteworthy

Jeffery M. Kenkel, M.D., Vice Chair of Plastic Surgery, is an expert and leading authority in ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL). He is co-author of Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction, the first textbook and video on the subject.

Improved understanding of technology and its relationship to how our bodies work is changing medicine every day and influencing procedures like liposuction. In North Texas, UT Southwestern Medical Center’s board-certified plastic surgeons are at the forefront of providing the newest techniques for body contouring that are safe and effective. Because we investigate new technology before it is available to the general public, patients can rely on us for a comprehensive range of leading-edge solutions to meet their objectives.

Before having liposuction, our plastic surgeons talk with patients to help set realistic goals about what liposuction can achieve. Results are permanent for patients that maintain a healthy weight. We strongly recommend that you maintain a healthy diet and exercise to optimize long-term impact of liposuction. We can provide guidance if needed.

Below are some of the liposuction techniques available:

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
A cannula-like device delivers sound waves to targeted areas. Fat is “melted” and then suctioned from the body. This is among the more recent liposuction techniques.
Traditional liposuction (or suction-assisted liposuction/SAL)
Saline is injected into the body. A vacuum-like cannula then removes fat.
Power-assisted liposuction devices
Use electric power to help surgeons remove fat cells.
Laser-assisted liposuction
Works by first inserting a laser probe. The heat from the laser melts the fat, which is then suctioned away with the attached cannula.

If You Are Considering Liposuction

  • It is important to be within a healthy weight range for your height.
  • Typically, patients are within 15 to 20 pounds of their targeted healthy body weight.
  • This is not a treatment for obesity or being overweight. 
  • Liposuction is a surgical procedure and can be combined with other surgeries and treatments ranging from mommy makeovers to arm lifts to breast surgery.
  • The procedure generally takes three to four hours to perform.
  • Liposuction is not a cure for cellulite. It can, however, smooth fat in targeted areas.
  • It is important to receive care from a board-certified plastic surgeon experienced in liposuction at an accredited medical facility.