Daniela Rodriguez, MD
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery in Michigan
Enhancing the Natural You


Liposuction (or lipoplasty) is a body-sculpting procedure to remove fat that is unresponsive to dieting and exercising.  This procedure can be applied to nearly any area of the body and is commonly used on multiple areas during an operation.  Liposuction results in a slimmer and better proportioned figure.  Liposuction is used effectively to reduce love handles, saddlebags, thighs, a double-chin, abdomen, breasts or other unsightly fatty deposits in order to develop a better shape and create a more beautiful body.

Reasons for Considering Liposuction in St Clair Shores Michigan:

  • Eliminate fat from any of the following areas:
    • Chin and Neckline
    • Back
    • Upper Arms
    • Stomach and Waistline
    • Hips and Buttocks
    • Thighs and Knees
    • Calves and Ankles
  • Create a more proportioned figure

Liposuction is not a replacement for proper exercise and diet.  Instead, liposuction is a reduction procedure for stubborn areas where fat accumulates.  Used in combination with several areas of the body, liposuction can provide a well proportioned body appearance.  Ideal surgical candidates are those already in good physical condition but having stubborn areas that do not respond to diet and exercise.

liposuction before and after photo

General Procedure

Liposuction can be done under general anesthesia with the patient asleep or under local anesthesia where the area is numbed and the patient remains awake.  Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or “cannula” is inserted and used to vacuum out the fatty tissue beneath the skin.  Michigan plastic surgeon Dr. Rodriguez determines the amount of fat to be removed by massaging the skin and squeezing the tissue.  After eliminating the excess fat, the tiny incisions are closed and a compression garment will be placed on to reduce swelling, and support the affected area.

There are several different types of liposuction procedures, such as tumescent or ultrasound liposuction, that have developed as a result of recent advancements in new technologies that offer better results and quicker recovery. Together the patient and Dr. Rodriguez can discuss which method(s) are best during the initial consultation visit.  Liposuction can last from thirty minutes to several hours depending upon the amount of fat to be removed.  Liposuction surgery is an excellent procedure that can benefit those who want to remove unattractive fatty deposits.


Lipo Recovery Process

New techniques allow for faster recovery from liposuction procedures.  The length of the recovery will depend on how extensive of a procedure the patient undergoes.  Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest for a few days in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time.  The support garment will need to be worn a few weeks after the surgery. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated effectively with oral medication.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the directions given after surgery.

Liposuction Questions and Answers

How much fat can be removed during liposuction in Michigan?

Between six and eight pounds of fat can be safely eliminated with liposuction (three to four liters). The risk of problems increases as the volume of fat removed increases.

Is liposuction worth the money?

Some individuals ask if liposuction is worth the money, but statistics show that the vast majority of people who undergo the procedure are very pleased with the outcomes. On RealSelf.com, lipo has a 91 percent "worth it" rating. .

Does liposuction ruin your body?

Liposuction, like any major operation, has risks such as bleeding and anesthetic reaction. The following are some of the potential risks associated with liposuction: Inconsistencies in the contour Due to irregular fat removal, poor skin elasticity, and atypical healing, your skin may appear bumpy, wavy, or withered.

What is better lipo or tummy tuck?

The results of a belly tuck will be undone if you gain a lot of weight. Tummy tucks require more time and effort than liposuction. A stomach tuck reconstructs the muscles of the abdomen and eliminates superfluous skin, whereas lipo merely removes excess fat.

Does the fat come back after lipo?

If the patient maintains their "post-lipo weight," fat will not return (and the best results will be preserved). For instance, if a patient weighed 130 pounds before liposuction and lost 6 pounds as a result of the treatment, the fat will stay away if the patient stays at or below 124 pounds.

Can you liposuction 100 pounds?

Before having liposuction, you should be within 30 pounds of your target weight for the greatest outcomes. Depending on your body shape, this figure may vary, but 30 pounds is an acceptable weight loss goal. If you need to shed more than 100 pounds, natural weight loss is the way to go.

Does insurance cover liposuction?

The answer is usually no; insurance companies will not cover the operation for patients in St Clair Shores, Michigan. Liposuction is classified as a cosmetic, elective procedure, which means you won't be able to claim the charges via your health insurance.

Does liposuction work on belly fat?

Liposuction is very good in getting rid of fat in the legs, abdomen, back, arms, face, and neck. It produces more dramatic results than other noninvasive fat reduction procedures, but it requires a longer recovery period (up to six weeks) and is often more expensive than nonsurgical alternatives.

What does your BMI need to be for liposuction?

You will not be disqualified from undergoing liposuction if you weigh more than a certain amount. Most plastic surgeons, however, will not perform liposuction if your BMI is greater than 30. This is because performing elective surgery such as liposuction becomes more risky after you reach an obese state.

How painful is a liposuction?

Because the area will be numbed and/or you will be sleeping during the process, the surgery will be painless. Most patients are not in pain after liposuction, but they do feel very sore, as if they've just done a strenuous workout in the treated area.

Why You Should not Get liposuction?

Although lipo is generally well accepted and successful, there is a potential that you will encounter some negative effects. Bruising, swelling, infection, deep vein thrombosis, and uneven pigmentation are some of the symptoms.

Is CoolSculpting better than liposuction?

Liposuction is more effective at removing huge amounts of fat. CoolSculpting is best for slimming down small regions of fat. CoolSculpting is most commonly used to remove fat from the belly and flanks.

How soon after lipo will I see results?

Within one to three months after surgery, most patients will see 90% of their final liposuction outcomes. There is postoperative edema during the first few weeks after surgery. The speed with which this swelling goes down is determined on the surgeon's surgical technique and after care strategy.

What is a 360 Lipo?

Lipo 360 is a 360-degree circumference liposuction technique that targets all parts of the midriff. The upper and lower abdominals, the obliques, and the mid-to-lower back are among the areas that can be treated.

When is the best time to get liposuction?

If a larger area or numerous locations need to be treated, it's a good idea to leave ample time for healing before taking any vacations or other trips. Patients have traditionally chosen to have lipo done a few months before summer or during the holidays, when they are able to take time off work.

Can liposuction remove 40 pounds?

A maximum of 4000-5000cc of fat can be eliminated during each liposuction procedure. Following liposuction, it is fairly uncommon for some individuals to drop 20-30 pounds provided they maintain a healthy lifestyle.

How many sizes do you lose with liposuction?

In the end, the most you may drop with liposuction is probably two dress sizes, which is a huge difference. This is why so many people in The Woodlands opt for liposuction to help them slim down.

How do you qualify for liposuction?

  • If you are physically fit and have a stable weight, liposuction may be a good option for you.
  • You set realistic goals for yourself.
  • You don't smoke or have given up smoking.
  • Despite a good diet and regular exercise, you have bulges.

Who is good candidate for liposuction?

Adults who are within 30% of their optimum weight, have firm, elastic skin, and adequate muscular tone are often suitable candidates for liposuction. Individuals who are in good health and do not have any life-threatening illnesses or medical disorders that may interfere with healing. Nonsmokers.

Does Lipo leave scars?

Is liposuction likely to leave scars? After liposuction, significant scarring is unusual. To minimize scarring after liposuction, an expert plastic surgeon knows what to do and what to avoid. In the ideal world, your surgeon will make your incisions as small as possible and place them in the most inconspicuous places feasible.

Should you lose weight before lipo?

As a result, patients undergoing liposuction surgery should be close to their ideal body weight. In other words, while increasing or decreasing a few pounds before liposuction is acceptable, it is preferable if you enter the operation at a steady weight that you believe you will be able to maintain afterward.

Does skin tighten after liposuction?

Although the quantity of fatty tissue in the treated area will be reduced, the skin that remains will often only tighten marginally, if at all. Excess skin is not treated with liposuction. Only surgery (tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, etc.) can remove extra skin.

How long do you drain after lipo?

Tumescent drainage normally stops in 24 to 72 hours with open drainage and heavy compression. Drainage may last for several days after liposuction of an extremely big abdomen or thigh. External compression is no longer required once all drainage has stopped.

How safe is liposuction 2021?

Liposuction is a technique that is generally quite safe and has a quick recovery time. However, some people are not suitable candidates for liposuction. Liposuction, as safe as it is, is still surgery.

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Daniela Rodriguez, MD, PLC
21727 Mack Avenue
St Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 777-726


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