Liposculpture or liposuction is the most popular method of body contouring surgery that allows eliminating fat deposits and modeling any part of the body. With only a few small incisions, the surgeon can focus on the deposits of stubborn fat and eliminate, in a permanent way, the adipose cells of areas such as: neck (double chin), armpits, arms, abdomen (belly), back, waist, hips, thighs, knees and/or calves.

Liposculpture requires hospitalization (a couple of days) and for recovery a couple of weeks.


The results are not immediate, because after the aspiration an edema (swelling) appears that must be treated with compressive garments (girdle or stockings), massages (lymphatic drainage) and exercise. The definitive result will begin to be visible after two or three months. The results of the Liposculpture will be permanent if the body weight is maintained.
liposucción mujer

As a body contouring technique, liposculpture eliminates localized fat deposits in specific areas such as the hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, arms, chin, and neck. The liposculpture, however, does not substitute diets and sports, but it allows the aspiration of those rebellious fat bags impossible to move and it is one of the most requested treatments in plastic surgery together with the mammary contouring.

Preparation for liposculpture

During the preoperative evaluation, the surgeon analyzes the quantity and location of the fat deposits and the elasticity of the skin, explaining the aesthetic objectives and the achievable results. The preoperative evaluation is a particularly key factor to exclude possible complications (arterial hypertension, bleeding or scarring problems) that could impair the surgical outcome. At the end of the evaluation, the surgeon will choose the most adequate contouring techniques, so it is important to follow the advice on diet, the use of medications, tobacco, and alcohol.

Liposculpture procedure

Liposculpture is performed under local anesthesia, with or without sedation, or under general anesthesia, depending on the area of ​​the body to be treated and the amount of fat to be removed. If the area with localized adiposity is delimited, the surgery is performed under local anesthesia on a day-surgery basis, while general anesthesia may require one or two nights of hospital stay. Using cannulas of different diameters, introduced through an incision, fat deposits are removed from the desired areas. This procedure includes two phases: a deep liposuction and a superficial one, through which the fat is suctioned out, taking advantage of the elasticity of the skin. The duration of the liposculpture surgery is very variable, depending on the extension and the number of areas to treat.

Postoperative care instructions

A compression garment must be worn for three weeks, while the slight local discomfort will subside in a few days. The recovery from liposuction and liposculpture is gradual and it is advisable to rest during the first 48 hours. Three days after the intervention, you can resume your normal daily activities avoiding strenuous activities, saunas, and Turkish baths. If it is not too strenuous, most patients can return to work about 4-5 days after surgery. At first, the treated area will appear swollen but, in 2-3 weeks, the edema and swelling will gradually disappear. The result, already noticeable after the first three weeks, when even a sober exercise routine can be resumed, is definitive after three months. The results after this procedure are long lasting, if the patients maintain a healthy diet and a regular exercise routine, since the fat cells do not reproduce after puberty.

Scars in liposculpture

The scars of liposculpture are minimal and barely perceptible since they are hidden within the natural contours.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who undergoes liposculpture?

The body contouring surgery is intended for patients with localized fat deposits in certain areas of their body that cannot be eliminated neither with diet nor with exercise.

Is there any age limit to undergo this type of aesthetic surgery?

There is no age limit to undergo liposculpture if the skin keeps its natural flexibility. In any case, the patients whose skin has lost elasticity (for example, the elderly) obtain poor quality results. The overweight patients must undergo a diet before this type of surgery to achieve optimal results.

Is it possible to combine liposculpture with other aesthetic procedures?

Liposculpture can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures (for example, abdominoplasty, thigh and arm lift, breast reduction or other aesthetic surgeries), except in exceptional cases in which the peculiar risk conditions lead to a less demanding approach.

The information provided on the website does not replace but rather complements the relationship between the health professional and their patient or visitor and in case of doubt you should consult your reference health professional.