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LIPOSUCTION SURGERY by Guerra Plastic Surgery Center

Actual liposuction patient before and after photo

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that leads to the permanent removal of fat tissue using a suction technique. Liposuction can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Many people are unhappy about the fat they have in different parts of their body, and for that reason, liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States and one of the most popular procedures offered by liposuction surgeon Dr. Aldo Guerra.


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Patients should understand that liposuction, in its simplest terms, means removal of fatty tissues and does not necessarily imply any molding, shaping or contouring of the human body. This type of traditional liposuction is excellent for removing unwanted fatty deposits or bulges from individuals. Almost all of the tissue obtained using this technique is found in the deep fat layer, which is the farthest from the skin. While traditional liposuction can reduce these bulges, it does not always create skin shrinkage and contouring. However, most patients, by the mere fact that the fat volume is removed also enjoy some of the benefits of skin shrinkage; a reduction in size. When patients desire more contouring and wish to create more of an hour-glass appearance or perhaps wish to make the abdomen appear more muscular, we usually recommend a more sophisticated form of liposuction, called liposculpture.

Liposuction and its more refined versions share some common positive characteristics;

  1. Quite a lot of fat tissue can be removed in one setting, usually through tiny, hidden incisions;
  2. Because this procedure requires only tiny incisions to be effective, there is usually very little postoperative discomfort;
  3. Most patients return to almost normal functioning capacity within a few days.

These three positive qualities make liposuction an extremely attractive option for most individuals in a busy society like ours.

While this section discusses liposuction as it pertains to abdominal contouring, you should not forget that liposuction can help reduce and remove localized excess fat in the following areas:

  • cheeks, jowls and neck
  • upper arms
  • breast or chest areas
  • back
  • abdomen and waist
  • hips and buttocks
  • inner and outer thighs
  • inner knee
  • calves and ankles

Liposuction at a glance

Avg. Surgery Time

1 - 3 hours




Certified Outpatient Center or Specialty Hospoital


  • Back to work: less than 1 week
  • Full exercise: 4 weeks

Improving the Experience

Lymphatic massage therapy

Am I a Good Candidate?

  • Healthy
  • Non-smoker
  • No medical conditions that reduce wound healing
  • Unhappy with isolated fat pockets
  • Realistic goals and expectations
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Other variations of Liposuction


Liposculpture is ideally carried out in patients who are mildly obese but have great skin tone and wish to add greater definition to their bodies. Because the skin and muscles are in very good shape, this group of patients usually experiences the desired results. A second set of patients who have mildly excess fatty tissues, but whose skin demonstrates wrinkles, stretch marks and a slight excess of skin. Additionally, the underlying muscles are weak and displaced, usually from childbirth. In these patients, there is usually an excess of tissue, but not enough to counsel against liposuction.

liposuction of thighs and tummy diagram
Diagram: Fat pockets in thighs and tummy for liposuction.


A breakthrough technology used with liposuction involves the application of ultrasound waves which selectively target fat cells. LipoSelection™ involves use of a tiny device which is inserted and used to deliver ultrasound energy capable of emulsifying (melting) the fat tissues before any liposuction is performed. The ultrasound waves only target fat cells and allow total preservation of other structures, such as, nerves and blood vessels. Additionally, collagen fibers which support the fat cells and skin begin to contract leading to great skin shrinkage with this technique. Because other tissues are totally preserved, the amount of discomfort, swelling and bruising after LipoSelection™ is less than with any other liposuction technique currently available. Many patients are capable of achieving a smoother contour and with minimal discomfort and a gentler, quicker recovery. LipoSelection™ is truly a State-of-the-Art technique which is available through our office.

liposuction of back diagram
Diagram: Fat pockets in back for liposuction.


Lipo 360 is a comprehensive procedure that utilizes liposuction all around the torso, all at once. Generally, liposuction is performed in specific targets where stubborn fat can be removed. Lipo 360 allows the surgeon to work on all areas around the torso to create a more balanced appearance.

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