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Liposuction: What is Liposuction, Benefits, Costs and Types

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Liposuction is a procedure of cosmetic surgery to get rid of excess fat under the skin by suction. 

In other words, Liposuction surgery is a procedure to target disproportionate areas of fat Some people find it very hard to lose fat even when they are on a good diet and are doing exercises consistently. 

Liposuction also referred to as Lipoplasty or Lipo helps in slimming and reshaping the specific part of the body. 

According to an article on VeryWellHealth, Fat removal or Liposuction is the no.1 plastic surgeries that people have gone through in the United States. 

Asian people are not alone, just in South Korea, fat removal is the fourth often done surgeries after double eyelid surgeries, face and breast augmentation.

For people who are suffering from undesired fats on some of their body parts like thigh, arms, stomach liposuction is the way to look better and feel better by taking those fats outside.

“One thing to be taken care of is Lipo is not an overall weight loss procedure and is only applicable for fat removal from a specific part of the body.”

The procedure is normally taken out by a plastic or cosmetic surgeon on your belly, hips, thighs, buttocks, back, arms or face to improve the aesthetics.

Why do you need liposuction?

If you are getting somehow same results from your exercise or a healthy diet, then probably you don’t need to go for Lipoplasty.

But if lifestyle changes have not allowed any space for your aesthetics, Liposuction can be advised there to get back into shape and look better. 

At the time when an individual puts on weight, each fat cell increments in size and volume. Liposuction decreases the number of fat cells in disengaged zones.

Liposuction doesn’t remove cellulite (a condition in which the skin has a dimpled and lumpy appearance) so if you are after removing cellulite, Liposuction is not for you. 

Time to time Liposuction is also used to cure Gynecomastia (Male Boobs) and Breast reduction. 

Types of Liposuction

Depending on the requirement of your body, your surgeon will choose from the below Liposuction techniques.

  1. Tumescent liposuction
  2. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL)
  3. Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL)
  4. Power-assisted liposuction (PAL)

Tumescent Liposuction:

One of the most performed technique, Tumescent liposuction includes injecting local anaesthesia to large volumes of fat beneath your skin and thus permits liposuction. 

This is basically to eliminate the risk of general anaesthesia and any associated operational complexities. 

Because the risk of bleeding is also significantly reduced. Making this the safest form of liposuction available.

While performing tumescent liposuction, the most common type of liposuction, the surgeon uses a thin tube known as Cannula attached to a vacuum to extract fat under the skin.

In a few cases, the surgeon might insert the cannula through several points to treat an area from different angles. 

Previously the size of cannula used to suck the fat was way bigger than the cannula used by surgeons these days. The reason was to shift the efficiency of sucking fat to the safety of the patient by not damaging any skin part.

While there is an ongoing debate about performing surgeries on General Anaesthesia vs. surgeries on Local Anesthesia, doctors support more and recommend Tumescent Liposuction because of local anaesthesia

Bottom line liposuction pretty safe, regardless of the anaesthetic used.

Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction (UAL)

As the name suggests, Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction or UAL uses the sound waves to emulsify the fat cells and once melted the cannula with the suction takes all the liquids in the connected filler.

A new generation of UAL is called VASER-assisted liposuction that uses a device that may improve skin contouring and reduce the chance of skin injuries. UAL also helps in not breaking the blood tissues and results in very less or no blood loss.

Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL)

Laser-assisted liposuction utilizes a laser beam which burns and liquefies the fat under the skin and then the fat is sucked out of the body.

Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)

PAL or Power-assisted liposuction is performed using a special cannula which uses tiny, rapid vibrations to break up fat cells so that they can be suctioned out of the body. 

This helps the doctors to extract more fat in a shorter period of time, which leads to enhanced results, a safer procedure, and faster recovery.

PAL is performed using the tumescent liposuction technique, in which local anaesthetic liquid is injected into the treatment area for smooth fat transfer through the cannula and out of the body.

The tip of Cannula in PAL surgery vibrates consistently which results in breaking the fat cells and making the procedure of suction way easier. 

How much Liposuction Cost

Depending on the clinic and the surgeon, Liposuction can cost around USD 2000-5000*. It also depends on the which part of your body you wanted to have liposuction on. 

The above fees don’t include anaesthesia and other charges. 

For actual rates, post aa query on Charmfidence app and get quotes from the reputable and reliable Plastic Surgeons from Seoul Korea and free consultation as well!

Are you a good candidate for Liposuction

Liposuction could be right for you if you have a lot of undesired fat which even after exercise or a healthy diet don’t go away.

Ideal candidates are those who have stubborn fat under their skin, where fat stays within muscle and skin, and not visceral fat in which the layer of fat remains under the muscle layer around the abdominal organs.  

Below are a few points you may also consider while going for liposuction surgery:

  •  Adults whose weight has settled
  • Healthy people without any medical conditions that impair disable healing or increment danger of the medical procedure
  • Individuals with a positive viewpoint and practical objectives
  • Individuals that are focused on leading a healthy lifestyle with appropriate nourishment and wellness
  • Non-smokers

Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation, Boob job, or Breast Enlargement)

Women who are not happy with their breast sizes and have a considerable amount of fat in their other parts of the body, they can opt for Fat transfer Breast Augmentation or casually refer as a Boob Job.  Fat transfer breast augmentation uses the procedure of Liposuction to take out the undesirable fat from the body and transfer it to the breasts.

Does it have any risks associated with it?

Yes, Fat transfer Breast Augmentation does have some kind of risks associated.




Necrosis (death) of fat cells

Transferred cells might leave the breast area

Things you need to know before liposuction?

If you are willing to go for liposuction, you should be aware of which part of the body you wanted to remove fats on. Example are:

Double Chin

Back of Neck

Bottom of Upper Arms

Female Breasts

Outer Thighs or Saddlebags

Bra Strap Area

Abdomen or Belly Pooch

Muffin Top

Love Handles

Male Breasts (Gynecomastia or Male Boobs)


TL Plastic Surgery has shared a very good post on Thigh Liposuction:

Screenshot from Charmfidence app

Thighs are composed of hard and solid fat cells which are difficult to have slim down through exercise in a short period. 

So if you are wishing to have slim looking legs in the near future, I strongly recommend having thigh liposuction for immediate results! 

1. Inner Thighs: Inner thighs can brush off each other when walking and may cause skin infection or skin pigmentation 

2. Outer Thighs: Outer thighs are especially more easy to have fat accumulated. It may cause your legs to look shorter.

3. Back Thighs: Back thighs are prone to cellulite and wrinkles. When liposuction is performed on the back thighs, it makes the legs look longer and hips lifted. 

Thigh Liposuction takes out more fat compared to other parts of the body and it is important for the whole leg to look proportional and well-balanced.

Get on to a full one-one free consultation with TS Plastic Surgery. Download the app now. 

Liposuction can leave small-sized scars 

Liposuction is done using a small cannula which is inserted inside of your skin to suck the fat, in the process the surgeon might have to insert the cannula a number of times. This may result in scars after post-surgery. 

Consult with your surgeon for the best possible way to get fewer scars.

Liposuction may result in swelling 

There have been some complications where Liposuction may result in excessive swelling post-operation.   

What is Liposuction not about?

Licoplasty or Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. If you have been tricked or believing that Liposuction will help you for weight loss then be careful. 

Now you would be questioning, isn’t it a fat removal process? Even though it helps in removing the subcutaneous fat, the amount of the fat to be removed depends on your goal and to the point until you be healthy.

Side Effects of Liposuction

Source: NCBI

What happens during the procedure or how is fat removed from the body?

During the process of Liposuction, a cannula is inserted inside the skin which has the vacuum or laser or sound waves (depending on the procedure) assisting to break or emulsify the fat. Then the fat which is emulsified or turned into liquid state is sucked out into a bottle. 

In some cases, the fat removed is transferred into the other parts. In rest cases it’s carefully sealed in a non-contamination container and is sent out and then is burnt. 

So if you have been thinking your whole life that Soaps are made of human fat then, no, they are not. Fat removed from the body is highly contagious and is handled properly after the operation.

Post Surgery Experience

Generally who has gone through Liposuction can resume their normal life in 2-4 weeks post-op. While your surgeon will advise you particularly on the recovery depending on which part of the body Liposuction has done.

You might feel a little bit of discomfort but carefully listen to your surgeon and it will help you recover fastly.

Choosing a Surgeon for Liposuction

Before choosing the surgeon for your liposuction you may ask your surgeon a few questions for safety.

  1. Is the surgeon is certified for Liposuction?
  2. What kind of post-op results you can expect?
  3. How much experience your surgeon carries just for Liposuction?
  4. What will be the surgery time and how long it will take to recover?
  5. Scheduling time before surgery
  6. Can you have liposuction, body contour, fat transfer at the same time?
  7. What do you need to do or what will be the follow-ups after surgery?

What clinics are very famous for Liposuction?

Charmfidence has partnered up with the best plastic surgeons and clinics for Liposuction or fat removal in South Korea and we help you to get transparent quotes, no middle man or broker just you and the clinic. Ask for a quote on the Charmfidence app and you will be able to receive a number of quotes + free consultation from the best and very famous clinics for Liposuction. 

*NOTE: The article is for general information only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.