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Liposuction in Philadelphia

Improve body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits with a tube and vacuum device.

Done using the tumescent technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling.

Common locations for liposuction include chin, neck, upper arms, abdomen, trunk, hips. For larger volumes of fat or for fibrous body areas, ​VASER LIPOSUCTION​ may be used. Vaser is a new technique in which an ultrasound probe is inserted beneath the skin to “liquify” the fat before it is suctioned.

What happens during Liposuction?

Small incisions of about 1/4-inch each is made in the areas to be treated. Dr. Subbio will make every effort to place the incisions in discreet locations where the scars can be easily covered with clothing. These might include natural body creases, the area low on the abdomen above the groin, the belly button, or under the chin, for example.

A tube called a cannula is inserted into the incisions and attached to a suction device that removes the fat. Dr. Subbio uses the tumescent technique, which is the preferred Liposuction method in which tumescent fluid is used to numb the area, reduce bleeding, and loosen the fatty tissue. He then moves the cannula in and out of the incision to break down the excess fat as it is suctioned out. The incisions are either closed with sutures or bandaged for natural healing.

  • Length: 1 to 2 hours or more.
  • Anesthesia: Depending on the type of liposuction. It can be local or general.
  • In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Extensive procedures may require a short in-patient stay.
  • Results: Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise.

Why should I choose Dr. Subbio for Liposuction?

We think there are several reasons! Here are just a few:

He gives all his patients his cell phone number. He’ll call you the night after your surgery to check on you, as well as the next morning. And he’ll make sure your recovery is as comfortable as possible. He’s a trained artist, and you’re his canvas. It’s the perfect marriage of science and artistry. In fact, he’ll hand-draw his projected results right in front of you during your consultation.

He’s fun! He likes to joke with his patients and put them at ease. Plus, we maintain a small office where we treat our patients like a part of the family. He won’t try to convince you to have a procedure that isn’t best for you. He’d rather lose your business than sign you up for a procedure he isn’t 100% behind. And if he thinks you need a procedure he doesn’t offer, he’ll recommend a different surgeon for you.

What other procedures complement Liposuction?

More and more patients are opting to have Facial Fat Grafting after Liposuction, using some of the fat harvested from the lower body to restore lost volume in the face. This can be much like a natural facelift without the need for incisions in the face. The fat from the Liposuction surgery is purified and then injected into the areas of the face that have lost volume due to the aging process.

How do I know if I need Liposuction?

If you have stubborn deposits of fat, but no loose skin, in any of these areas that have not responded to diet or exercise efforts, Liposuction might be a good choice for you:

  • Abdomen
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Calves
  • Knees
  • Back
  • Upper arms
  • Neck
  • Chin

How long does it take to recover from Liposuction?

You will be able to walk the next day, but please do take it easy.You can expect some swelling, bruising, and a feeling of tightness for about two weeks. Sutures will either dissolve on their own, or we’ll remove them about a week after your surgery.

If you have extensive Liposuction, drains may be placed in some of the incisions to catch fluids. We will remove these within a week after your surgery. Depending on the area and extent of your Liposuction, you may need to wear a compression garment for 2-4 weeks to keep swelling to a minimum.

Down Time Chart

Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks
More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks
Full recovery from swelling and bruising: 1 to 6 months or more
Compression garment Must be worn daily for 6-8 weeks

Liposuction FAQs

Absolutely! During your consultation, Dr. Subbio will ask you what bothers you about the way you look. Then, he’ll tell you exactly which procedure will give you the results you’re after, and he’ll explain what you can expect.

No. Liposuction does not affect the appearance of stretch marks.

No. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, so after a short period of recovery time, you can go home the same day, provided you have someone available to drive you home.

SmartLipo is a particular Liposuction technique that is also sometimes called laser liposuction or laser lipolysis. A laser is used to liquefy the fat before it is removed with the cannula and suction device. This method isn’t as invasive as traditional Liposuction because it causes less trauma to the nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue.

SmartLipo also has the ability to tighten the skin slightly and promote natural collagen production, which may further tighten the skin over the months following the procedure and improve the appearance of cellulite.

You’ll be anesthetized during your surgery, so you’ll feel no pain. All surgeries involve some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, though. Most people find that the discomfort after Liposuction is less than they expected, and we’ll give you pain medication to help you get through your recovery as easy as possible. Plus, you can text or call Dr. Subbio at any time with your questions!

Definitely! Dr. Subbio is dedicated to making sure you recover as easily as possible with excellent results.

You can expect some bruising after Liposuction, but it usually goes away quickly.

There are scars, but Dr. Subbio will make the incisions in discreet areas whenever possible that can usually be covered by clothes. Over time, whatever scars are present will flatten, fade, and become less noticeable.

For the most part, yes, but it may take 6 or more months for 100% of the swelling to fully resolve. Only then will you be able to see the final resorts of your surgery.

Yes. While this is not a weight loss surgery or a substitute for weight loss, you will lose inches and look slimmer after Liposuction. Candidates for this surgery should be near their ideal weight and have good skin elasticity. If you have loose skin in any of the areas where you’d like to have Liposuction, you may need a different procedure such as a Tummy Tuck or Arm Lift in order to reduce both excess fat and skin.

Sometimes, it can improve the appearance of cellulite if the cellulite is in the area to be treated. SmartLipo (see below for more information) is a technique that can tighten the skin and improve cellulite.

In most cases, Liposuction can be done using local anesthesia and sedation. Dr. Subbio may suggest a general anesthesia for some patients, however.

The surgery usually takes 1-2 hours.

If the amount of Liposuction you receive is minimal, you may be able to return to work within 3 days. If you have had more extensive Liposuction, you might require 7-14 days off from work.

We ask that you refrain from strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for 3-6 weeks depending upon the extent of your Liposuction.

You should be able to sleep lying down, but you may need to alter your usual position depending on where you received Liposuction. For example, if you receive it on your buttocks, you may not be able to sleep on your back for the first week or so.

Liposuction results are permanent, but new fat deposits can develop. If you maintain a steady weight and exercise regularly, you will be less likely to need Liposuction again.

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In our office, you will be treated like a part of our family. It’s a relaxing, pressure-free haven where you can feel comfortable to ask all of your questions. We think you’ll sense immediately that we care as much about your safety and your beautiful results as you do. Contact us today for a consultation, and find out why Dr. Subbio has earned a reputation as one of Philadelphia’s most trusted and skilled plastic surgeons.