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Liposuction FAQ

Posted August 20, 2014 in Liposuction

woman in bathing suitLiposuction has become a very popular procedure in the last few years, with almost 200,000 procedures performed in the United States last year alone, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. With so many people enjoying the benefits of this procedure, we thought it fitting to write an article about the questions we hear most often here at Dr. Taleisnik’s practice.

What is the main advantage of liposuction?

Of all the cosmetic procedures available, liposuction is likely the most versatile. All trouble zones, including the flanks, hips, thighs, abdomen, and arms, can be contoured with this procedure. Even the smaller areas of the body like the cheeks, neck, knees, and ankles can be sculpted into a more aesthetically pleasing silhouette. It is the perfect procedure for those who cannot reduce fat in a particular area using other methods.

Why isn’t liposuction considered a weight loss procedure?

Most people are surprised to hear that the average amount of weight lost from even a major liposuction procedure is only about five pounds. Significant weight loss is not something patients should expect from the procedure, but what the patient will experience is more attractive body contours, clothing that fits better, and often a decrease in dress size.

Is abdominal liposuction better than a tummy tuck?

Abdominal liposuction and abdominoplasty are two very different procedures. Liposuction removes fat from the body and enhances the contours with minimal scarring. Tummy tuck, also called “abdominoplasty,” removes excess skin in addition to fat in the abdomen. A tummy tuck tightens and flattens the abdominal muscles in addition to tightening the skin. Although a tummy tuck involves a relatively long scar, the scar typically fades with time and is easily covered by most bikinis or underwear. Typically, patients who have excess skin or very lax skin will experience better results with a tummy tuck. Dr. Taleisnik will help you determine the procedure that will best meet your needs during your consultation.

How much does liposuction cost?

The cost of liposuction varies significantly depending on the size of the area, the liposuction technique you choose, and the geographic location of your surgeon. The cost for liposuction typically ranges from $3,500 to $6,000 at Dr. Taleisnik’s practice.

How can I reduce the cost of liposuction?

Liposuction can be made more affordable with the financing Dr. Taleisnik offers. With CareCredit, patients can pay off their loan quickly without interest, or they have the option to spread out payments over several months. Typically, interest rates with CareCredit are less than those of most credit cards. Patients can also get more for their money with liposuction when they combine it with other cosmetic procedures, such as tummy tuck or breast augmentation, or when they choose multiple areas of the body for liposuction. Dr. Taleisnik also offers a ten to twenty percent discount for military personnel. If you would like to learn more about the liposuction procedure, please schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andres Taleisnik by calling (714) 538-8549 today. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form.