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Fat Reduction

Trying to lose stubborn fat can be extremely frustrating for both men and women. Despite healthy diet and exercise habits, there are often one or two areas of the body where the fat just won’t come off. Men and women who would like to refine the shape and curves of their body may benefit from a liposuction procedure at Midsota Plastic Surgeons.

Liposuction at First Glance

Liposuction (Lipoplasty)

Ages: Age varies+

Surgery Time: 2-3 hours

Recovery Time: 3-5 days

Is liposuction for me?

Liposuction can be an effective fat reduction procedure for healthy men and women looking to treat specific areas of their bodies. It is not a weight loss procedure or an answer to obesity. Liposuction is best when paired with healthy lifestyle habits.

Stubborn fat can often linger around certain areas of the body, and it is different for everyone. While you can often burn fat and lose weight by exercising regularly and eating right, some areas of subcutaneous fat (fat just beneath the skin) may become resistant to your efforts.

Liposuction is effective in treating these areas of stubborn fat:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Bra area
  • Buttocks
  • Chest
  • Face, neck and chin
  • Hips, flanks or love handles
  • Thighs

During your consultation, your Midsota plastic surgeon will listen carefully to your expectations to determine the best liposuction procedure plan for achieving your desired outcome.

What are the benefits of liposuction surgery?

Liposuction provides patients with a beautiful slimming of the body’s contours that appears completely natural. Our plastic surgeons are trained in providing fat loss results for men and women that accentuate their own natural beauty. The positive results of liposuction often inspire patients to continue living a healthy lifestyle in order to maintain their new bodies.

How is liposuction performed?

The details of your liposuction procedure will be covered during your consultation with your Midsota plastic surgeon. This discussion will include the areas to be treated as well as how much fat will be removed.

Depending on the size and location of your treatment area, your liposuction procedure may be performed under local or general anesthesia. A small incision is made in the skin near the target area of stubborn fat. Your Midsota plastic surgeon will then insert a thin tube (cannula) through the skin and into the underlying layer of fat. This tube is connected to a surgical vacuum at the other end to help remove excess fat. Your surgeon will then carefully maneuver the cannula to break up the fat cells so they are easily eliminated from your body. Once your desired shape is achieved, your incisions are closed and any necessary dressings and garments will be placed.

How long does liposuction surgery take?

The duration of your liposuction procedure will vary greatly based on the location of your treatment and the amount of excess fat being removed. Most liposuction procedures at Midsota Plastic Surgeons are performed in 2-3 hours.

How long is liposuction recovery?

Your recovery period will also depend on the treatment site and the amount of excess fat that was removed. You may be provided with a special compression garment to help with initial healing and to minimize swelling. Most patients are able to return to work within a few days after their surgery.

When will I notice the results of my liposuction procedure?

You should notice a change in the shape and size of your treated area almost immediately. There may be some post-surgical bruising or swelling which may cause you to feel more bloated. However, as your body continues to heal, you will notice well-refined contours where your liposuction was performed. Incisions will fade away almost completely as they are smaller and generally located where they can be easily hidden.

How long will my liposuction results last?

Sticking to healthy diet and exercise habits can help you maintain the results of your liposuction procedure for many years to come. Fat will not return to the treated area if you take good care of your body.

Our patients are often thrilled with the changes to their bodies and can’t wait to try on new outfits. Liposuction can be a positive life-changing procedure and can provide men and women with a boost in self-confidence.

Read Midsota Liposuction Reviews

Want to know what past patients are saying about their liposuction procedures? Click here to read real reviews from men and women who reshaped their bodies with liposuction at Midsota Plastic Surgeons.


Our goal at Midsota Plastic Surgeons is for you to walk out our doors feeling refreshed and more confident than when you walked in. Our dedicated team of Minnesota plastic surgeons and caring staff put your safety first and will work closely with you on your journey to your new self. For more information on any of our procedures, or to schedule a private consultation, please give us a call at one of our locations in St. Cloud, Alexandria, Brainerd or Minnesota.


“I want to say Thank you to Dr. Heath and the staff at Midsota. Every time I came into the center I was welcomed. Dr. Heath made me feel very comfortable discussing my options for breast reduction. I was kept well informed and felt very safe and secure during the procedure and all of my office visits.”

Rita N.

“The beautiful job Dr. Houle did with my DIEP flap reconstruction surgery was the final chapter in my successful survivor story of breast cancer. Thank you for restoring my feeling like a “whole” woman again.”


“Dr. Yang did an absolutely amazing job on my lower eyelid surgery. I am so completely happy with the results. Thank you is all I can say! Recommending to anyone considering!”

Karen P.