Aesthetic Surgery of Virginia: Enrique Silberblatt, MD
3505 Brambleton Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24018
Phone: (540) 776-1600
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Liposuction 101: Answering Your Most-Asked Questions

Woman in Roanoke, VA touching her stomach and considering liposuction

Liposuction is famous for its ability to slim and sculpt the body. Many patients are excited to eliminate stubborn areas of fat and achieve the toned look they’ve always wanted. However, liposuction isn’t very widely understood. We often hear a few common liposuction questions at our plastic surgery practice in Roanoke, VA: What exactly is liposuction? How is it used? When can you expect to start seeing results?

We want all our patients to feel informed and confident when considering body contouring treatments. So to dispel any mystery and clear up common misconceptions, here are the answers to some of our patients’ most frequently asked liposuction questions. 

What is liposuction? Where can it be used?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that remove unwanted fat. It works best on bumps and bulges that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction can be used in many different areas of the body, but popular spots include:

  • Lower belly
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Flanks
  • Buttocks
  • Knees

During a one-on-one consultation with your doctor, you’ll be able to decide which target areas would work best for your personal goals.

Does liposuction permanently remove fat?

Yes, liposuction permanently removes any fat cells suctioned out during treatment. The body doesn’t regenerate fat cells, so your target areas can stay slimmer for years to come. However, remaining fat cells still store fat and expand, so it is important to continue eating well and exercising often. A healthy lifestyle is the best way to maintain your final liposuction results.

Is liposuction painful?

No, liposuction is not a very painful procedure. It is usually performed under general anesthesia for the most comfortable experience. Like any surgery, there is a mild amount of discomfort after the procedure, but it is easily treated with medications provided by your doctor. Most patients feel well enough to return to work or school about 1 week after the procedure.

Can you lose weight with liposuction?

No, liposuction should not be used as a weight loss procedure. While treatment removes unwanted fat and slims the body, this trimming down doesn’t result in major changes on the scale. Liposuction is best suited for patients who are at or near their goal weight. Your doctor will analyze your current body shape to determine if liposuction is a good fit for you or if another body contouring procedure like tummy tuck surgery would be more effective.

How long does it take to see results after liposuction?

Liposuction immediately removes unwanted fat, so you can see some contouring after the procedure. However, the body will take time to settle into a new shape. Swelling around the target area will fade over the course of a few weeks. Final results are typically seen around 3 months after the procedure.

Knowing what to expect from your liposuction treatment helps you head into your first liposuction consultation with confidence. Browse our before-and-after gallery to see real examples of real past patients.

If you would like to learn more about liposuction in Roanoke, VA, request a consultation online or contact our office by phone at (540) 776-1600.

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