Liposuction Overview

Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata aka Dr. Scottsdale®, performs liposuction by making small hidden incisions in a selected area. Liposuction by Dr. Scottsdale® is performed with Vaser, ultrasonic waves device that helps melt the fat cells, and a high-powered vacuum to remove them. Vaser Liposuction gives better and smoother results than traditional liposuction. Men and women most commonly remove fat from the stomach, hips, lower back, thighs, arms, neck, and chest.

Liposuction Surgical Technique

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under deep sedation in our surgical center in Scottsdale, AZ. The procedure can last from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the area(s) treated. It can be done alone or combined. The surgical technique used by Scottsdale Liposuction specialist, Dr. Carlos Mata always follows the three-step technique. This three-step technique allows liposuction to be performed safely with minimal scarring while giving smoother results, and a faster recovery.

  • Tumescent liposuction

Numbing the area of concern before starting the procedure is one of the most important steps for liposuction. Tumescent is a solution made of saline solution, lidocaine, and epinephrine. The tumescent solution is injected before starting the liposuction and helps control bleeding and reduces the pain afterward. It also allows Dr. Scottsdale® to perform the surgery under deep sedation (breathing on your own), preventing the patient from going under general anesthesia. Tumescent liposuction, known as the “Super-Wet”, also offers a faster and smoother way of removing fat for both men and women.

  • Vaser, Ultrasonic Liposuction

Vaser is an ultrasound device used right after the tumescent injections. It utilizes ultrasound energy (ultrasonic waves) to break down fat cells. This device helps improve liposuction results, reduce pain afterward, and downtime. Vaser helps with skin retraction and gives precise body contouring sculpting. Vaser offers smoother results for liposuction revision cases by allowing to breakdown the scar tissue.

  • Assisted Liposuction

Manual liposuction or assisted liposuction used both a thin tube, called a cannula, connected to a vacuum to suction the fat from your body. Manual liposuction is very slow and can take a few hours for one small area. Dr. Carlos Mata aka Dr. Scottsdale® used MicroAire: Power Assisted Liposuction System. This powerful and precise instrument helps remove the fat faster. It increases the control and accuracy of the cannula giving more precise results. Assisted liposuction will be faster than manual liposuction and the body contouring results will be better, more defined, and long-lasting.


Liposuction add-ons

  • High Definition Liposuction

Ab etching, muscle definition, or high definition liposuction is a technique used to highlights your muscles. High definition liposuction by Dr. Scottsdale® is a combination of Vaser and liposuction to enhance your muscles. It can be done on your arms, calves, legs, or more commonly on your abdominal muscles. The goal of high definition liposuction is to highlight your muscles. Dr. Scottsdale® is not creating muscle! He’s thinned out the layer of fat over the muscles to give you a more define athletic appearance.

  • Skin Tightening - Magic Tight

Liposuction removes fat and improves contour and shape, but it does not address sagging or drooping skin. Sometimes, liposuction of a large area can leave your skin loose. It’s important to discuss your expectations with Dr. Scottsdale® because solutions exist to help address saggy skin. Magic Tight is a technique developed by Dr. Carlos Mata to treat skin laxity. You will be able to achieve amazing results and contour your body. Learn more

Liposuction Recovery

After surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment to help the body adjust to its new shape. Drainage will occur for about 1 week. Lymphatic massages are recommended for a faster recovery. Usually, you can go back to work after 1 to 2 weeks depending on the area treated. Patients are advised to avoid exercising for at least 6 weeks. Final results usually can be seen within 6 — 8 weeks. For long-lasting results controlling your weight and exercising regularly is the key.

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, Dr. Scottsdale® can help. Depending on your results and goals, different approaches can be considered. Learn more about our options for revision liposuction surgery by contacting us.

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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.

Are there other liposuction techniques?

Other liposuction techniques exist like laser liposuction. This 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. Unfortunately, this technique creates a lot of scar tissue and uneven results.

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.