Liposuction Overview

Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, performs liposuction by making small incisions in a selected area with a high-powered vacuum to remove fat cells. After the fat is removed, Dr. Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale will stitch (suture) the areas treated, and apply a bandage or compression garment to help reestablish the skin and contain the swelling. Men and women most commonly remove fat from the stomach, hips, lower back, thighs, arms, neck, chin, and chest. We can achieve a sculptured, proportionate body for you, and eliminate your hard-to-lose fat through TICKLE and SAFE liposuction techniques for a faster, safer recovery.

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Revision Surgery

Unfortunately when it comes to cosmetic surgery, sometimes you don't know you chose the wrong surgeon until you see your results. If you are unhappy with your liposuction results from another surgeon, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mata to learn about your options for revision liposuction surgery. With years of skill and experience, Dr. Mata performs many techniques and procedures to even out lumps and other concerns.

Surgical Technique

Tumescent "Super-Wet"

Tumescent liposuction, known as the “Super-Wet” approach, is a suction-assisted (SAL) technique that uses a solution and power-aided motor to help remove stubborn fat. The surgeon injects the solution, made of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine (to control bleeding), into the problem areas. The surgeon then inserts the cannula attached to the motor to remove fat cells from the body at a controlled speed. The motor helps surgeons remove anywhere from several ounces to a few pounds of fat.

Ultrasound-Assisted (UAL)

Another surgical technique commonly used is the ultrasound-assisted (UAL), or ultrasonic, approach. Surgeons perform this dual process on denser areas of fat, such as in the thighs and stomach. During this technique, ultrasound waves loosen and melt the fat into a liquid. Surgeons then use the cannula to extract the solution. This surgical method is more popular among men wanting more defined and contoured muscles.

Laser-Assisted (LAL)

Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology on specified areas of fat to bursting energy that will loosen and liquefy the fat for removal. LAL liposuction includes brands such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, polite, and ProLipo PLUS.

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During/After Surgery

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at a hospital or surgery center. The procedure lasts about 30 minutes for each body part. It may be a stand-alone surgery or combined with other procedures. However, the surgeon may suggest performing the surgery over a period of time for the safety of the patient. After surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment to help the body adjust to its new shape. Bruising and swelling will subside within 1 week, but pa

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Liposuction FAQs


Is it safe?

While today’s surgical techniques are safe, patients may experience poor results from inexperienced surgeons. It is important for patients to do their research, and find an experienced surgeon that may help them achieve the best, most natural-looking results.

Permanent Results?

The results of liposuction can be seen for many years following surgery if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercise program. Removed fat cells do not come back, but patients can still gain weight if their remaining fat cells grow.

Too much fat?

Yes, there can be too much fat. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons does not recommend removing more than 10 pounds of fat for the safety of the patient. Removing more than 10 pounds is considered high-volume liposuction, which increases the chances of complications from the surgery. Patients are advised to be near or at their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction.

Skin Tightening?

While liposuction removes fat and improves contour and shape, it does not address sagging or drooping skin. If skin laxity is a concern, patients can talk to the surgeon during the consultation to discuss their options for improving skin texture, such as a tummy tuck, thigh, neck, arm or butt lift.