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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a reliable body sculpting tool, effective at addressing fatty accumulations in almost any area of the body. It is most frequently used on the abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, arms, chest, and neck. People often get liposuction to smooth “love handles” on the waist, reduce “saddlebags” on the thighs, correct a double chin, or to create more definition in the jawline.

While liposuction provides a smoother contour and a slimmer appearance in the areas treated, it is not a weight-loss technique, nor does it remove excess skin or cellulite. The best candidates for liposuction are those who are close to the ideal weight for their height and build. If you have loose skin, a procedure that both removes the fatty deposits and trims the loose skin may be necessary. For this reason, liposuction is often performed in tandem with a tummy tuck, neck lift, arm lift, thigh lift, or lower body lift.

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Who makes an ideal candidate for liposuction?

The ideal candidate for liposuction is:

  • In relatively good health, with no major untreated conditions or diseases
  • Somewhat close to their ideal weight
  • Able to arrange family, friends, or caretakers who can drive them home after the procedure and help them through the recovery period
  • Realistic in their expectations for what liposuction can do
  • In possession of good skin elasticity
  • Fairly fit, but still wants to remove stubborn pockets of fat from their body that haven't budged with diet and exercise.
  • Eager to remove stubborn pockets of fat on the abdomen, flanks, waist, thighs, back, chest, arms, and neck
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How is liposuction performed?

While there are various types of liposuction, they all subscribe to the same basic process. First, tiny incisions (5-10 mm in size) are made near the target area. A “tumescent” solution is then injected through a small tube inserted under the skin, called a cannula. This solution contains numbing medication, as well as medication to control bleeding.

After the solution is allowed to take effect over a few minutes, cannulas attached to a suction machine are used to aspirate the fat from the targeted areas. The cannula is moved in and out, and the fat is removed until the appropriate body contour is achieved. The incision is then closed.

In addition to tumescent liposuction offered at his Dallas practice, Dr. Beale also offers the following:

  • Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) – This technique involves the use of an electric motor to manipulate the cannula.
  • Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) – This approach uses ultrasound technology to liquefy the fat.
  • SmartLipo – Here, laser energy is used in tandem with liposuction to emulsify the fat, making it easier to remove.

Why choose Dr Beale for liposuction in Dallas?

During every procedure, Dr. Beale’s goal is to provide his patients with natural results. He understands each patient has a unique anatomy, and this always needs to be considered. Because plastic surgery is so precise, there should never be a one-size-fits-all mentality. Dr. Beale’s common-sense approach leverages his advanced technical skill along with his artistic eye, ensuring your outcome is proportional and detailed.

In addition to providing beautiful results from his liposuction procedure in Dallas, Dr. Beale will help you feel as comfortable as possible both in his care and as you interact with his excellent staff. After a thorough evaluation at his Dallas office, Dr. Beale works in collaboration with you to create a plan that achieves optimal results in an uncompromisingly safe environment. He sets forth realistic expectations for outcomes and will not perform any procedure unless it is in your best interest.

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What is liposuction with fat grafting?

Dr. Beale performs fat grafting using the fat harvested from a donor area to enhance your contours. For example, you could remove pockets of fat from your abdomen and inject that purified fat into areas of the face that have lost volume. This anti-aging technique is used as an alternative to dermal fillers.

What are the benefits of liposuction with Dr. Beale in Dallas?

  • Helps achieve slimmer, more sculpted contours
  • Reduction in fatty bumps and bulges
  • Effective for multiple areas of the body
  • Can be well-paired with surgical body sculpting procedures
  • Improves clothing options
  • Enhances self-confidence
  • Long-lasting outcome

What can I expect from my liposuction recovery?


Most patients may resume normal activity within a week or less and can exercise fully at three to four weeks.

Pain, swelling, and bruising

Some pain, swelling, and bruising are to be expected, but most patients find that these symptoms are not severe. A compressive garment to reduce swelling is worn for three to four weeks but can be removed for showering. During the initial recovery, you will be given pain medication to keep you comfortable, but these meds are not usually necessary after a few days.

Follow-up appointments

Dr. Beale will see you during postoperative examinations to ensure that your body is healing well. Our patients are very happy with the results of liposuction with Dr. Beale.

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Can I lose weight with liposuction?

Although patients do tend to lose around 5-10 pounds due to the removal of fat, liposuction should never be considered a weight-loss procedure. Surgeons would need to remove so much fat from the body for substantial weight loss that it would put the patient’s health at risk. Ultimately, liposuction is for patients who simply want to remove isolated pockets of fat in the body that don’t respond to dieting or exercise.

Many surgeons actually recommend that patients be fairly close to their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction. When patients are in good shape and stay in good shape, they’re more likely to maintain their results. Maintaining your weight after your liposuction means preventing the possibility of another liposuction procedure in the future or the development of loose, excess skin.

What's the difference between liposuction and tummy tuck?

While both procedures produce amazing body contouring results, liposuction and a tummy tuck have completely different objectives. The tummy tuck is designed to give patients a sleek, more athletic abdomen. It primarily removes excess skin on the belly and tightens loosened abdominal muscles, leading to a slimmer waist and a stronger core.

Liposuction, however, works all over the body. It sculpts a patient’s figure by extracting stubborn pockets of fat through a metal tube called a cannula. Because it doesn’t specifically address loose skin, it’s highly recommended that only patients with excellent skin elasticity undergo liposuction.

While a tummy tuck leads to a scar of some length below the abdomen, liposuction only results in small, mole-sized scars.

Is liposuction painful?

Due to advancements in pain medication, many patients report that their liposuction is fairly tolerable and not painful. Patients will feel some discomfort, such as soreness and bruising in the treatment areas, but these side effects will dissipate as the patient heals. In fact, many patients tend to simply use over-the-counter pain medication during the first few days after their procedure.

How long do liposuction results last?

Liposuction is a major surgical procedure that extracts fatty tissue from the body. Once this fatty tissue has been removed, it can’t grow back or be replaced with new fatty tissue. Thus, the results of liposuction are long-lasting.

Of course, liposuction won’t remove all the fatty tissue in the treatment area, so if a patient gains weight, the areas treated by liposuction might also be affected. This is why it’s important for patients to maintain their weight after their liposuction.

What is scarring like after liposuction?

Liposuction is performed using small, metal tubes called cannulas. These cannulas are inserted through tiny incisions made throughout the target areas. Once these incisions have healed, they should resemble small moles. After your liposuction in Dallas, you should be able to enjoy a sleek, new figure with very minimal scarring.

What happens if I get pregnant after my liposuction?

Liposuction doesn’t pose any danger to pregnancies, but some women find that they develop new pockets of stubborn fat after pregnancy or gain additional weight that’s hard to keep off. It’s possible you may need an additional treatment of liposuction after pregnancy and childbirth. In fact, many women opt for a mommy makeover, a combination treatment that targets changes to the body after childbirth and utilizes liposuction in tandem with abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, and facial rejuvenation.

Can I undergo liposuction on multiple areas of the body at the same time?

It is possible to perform liposuction on multiple areas in the same session, but it depends upon the health of the patient and the amount of correction necessary. Minimizing operative time is essential for the patient’s safety, but if the patient is fit and healthy enough, it may be possible. Many surgeons will err on the side of caution and choose to stage liposuction procedures, so make sure to talk to your surgeon regarding your liposuction goals.

How do I find the right surgeon for my liposuction in Dallas?

The ideal surgeon to perform your liposuction procedure should be:

  • Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Extensively experienced with liposuction
  • Proven to be safe with liposuction
  • In possession of hospital privileges to perform liposuction
  • Willing to show extensive before and after results
  • Able to make you feel comfortable during the consultation
  • Working with a professional medical staff

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