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Liposuction in Tucson, AZ with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao can give you the leg up you need in the struggle against persistent, unwanted fat. Liposuction enables you to finally conquer some of those resistant trouble spots. A very common, highly advanced treatment, liposuction comprises a variety of safe and effective methods for achieving a slimmer, trimmer you.

Request your complimentary consultation online or call (520) 209-2500 to learn how Dr. Rao can enhance your physique and confidence with liposuction.

Liposuction Before & After Photos

Tummy Tuck Before
Tummy Tuck After

This is a 32 year old woman and mother of three that had presented to our office in Tucson, Arizona. She was bothered by the appearance of her abdomen. Her job was very demanding and she felt like she was frequently developing a rash in the fold of her abdomen and did not like the way that her cl...Read On

Before Tummy Tuck with Liposuction Before
Before Tummy Tuck with Liposuction After

This woman is a 34 year old mother of three that had come to Rao Plastic Surgery interested in a tummy tuck surgery. She had put on weight during her pregnancies, and had a very hard time getting all the weight off. Through a strict diet and exercise program she started to lose weight. She reache...Read On

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Making an Informed Decision
Learn About Liposuction

Why liposuction may be right for me

With liposuction, also referred to as lipoplasty, suction lipectomy or liposculpture, Dr. Rao can improve the contours and proportions of a wide range of areas. Treatment sites include love handles, abdomen, upper and lower legs, buttocks, chin, neck, arms, chest and back. The best candidates for liposuction are those who exhibit all of the following:

  • Reasonably healthy eating and exercise habits
  • Good overall physical and mental health
  • Realistic expectations about the results
  • Trouble slimming problem areas through diet and exercise alone

The goal of liposuction is to improve body shape and esthetics through the removal of fat. Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise, nor is it a treatment for obesity.

My procedure

When you come to Dr. Rao's medical office in Tucson for liposuction, you will have an in-depth consultation with Dr. Rao. He will work with you to determine your treatment plan, including the area(s) to treat and the best technique for you.

At the start of your liposuction procedure, you will likely receive a local anesthetic. Dr. Rao will use additional methods to diminish pain, as well as reduce bleeding. Dr. Rao will insert a thin tube called a cannula through small incisions to carefully and gradually sculpt and remove fat from the treatment area. Dressings will be applied to the treatment site.

My recovery process

Recovery time from liposuction depends on many factors, including the number of areas treated, the method of treatment and if the liposuction treatment was combined with other procedures such as tummy tuck. Bruising, swelling and temporary numbness may occur; the degree of these is also dependent on the type and extent of liposuction treatment.

Time away from work is typically a week or less, depending on your job and the specifics of your procedure. You will be instructed to wear compression garments over the following few weeks to promote optimal healing. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least the first few days, but walking is encouraged during your recovery.

My results

Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from your body, but you can still gain weight after liposuction. With a balanced diet and exercise, you should enjoy long-lasting results.

Your results and how quickly they appear will vary based on your treatment and your body's ability to heal. As swelling subsides, your trimmer contours may become evident as soon as days or weeks following your procedure. After about 1 to 6 months, your final results will be visible, revealing your new, more slender self.

Related enhancements

Often times the slimming results of liposuction can be enhanced by another procedure such as tummy tuck, breast augmentation or breast lift for a full mommy makeover.

Patients who wish to avoid surgery may consider CoolSculpting®. This FDA-cleared procedure is completely nonsurgical and offers targeted reduction of many common areas of unwanted fat.

A Word from Your Liposuction Specialist

The average person has at least one trouble area, and many people have more than one area. My goal with liposuction is to safely and successfully help people eliminate stubborn fat from one or multiple areas to make them feel more attractive and confident. And with the techniques available today, I can make sure each patient receives the best treatment for their unique needs and optimal results.

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A Word from Your Liposuction Specialist

Arun Jay Rao, M.D.

Freeze away stubborn fat with no surgery or downtime.

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