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Liposuction in Phoenix, Arizona

Is Liposuction Right for Me?

Certain areas of the body can be resistant to diet and exercise, leaving unflattering fatty deposits. Liposuction can help eliminate those fatty deposits and give you the toned, sculpted body you desire. Located in Phoenix and serving Chandler, Ahwatukee, Glendale, Maricopa County, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Gilbert and surrounding areas, Dr. Leverett of Body By Leverett performs liposuction on patients who want a slimmer, more toned appearance.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is technically known as “lipoplasty” or “suction lipectomy.” It is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, back, chin, cheeks, and neck. Liposuction is ideal for targeting areas of stubborn fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. This treatment can help patients achieve a slimmer physique and enhance the contours of the body.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

The main benefit of liposuction is that it produces a thinner, more attractive appearance. It helps when diet and exercise are ineffective. Along with creating a slimmer figure, liposuction offers the following benefits:

  • Improves body image
  • Removes stubborn fatty deposits
  • Reduces diabetes, heart disease, and other health-related issues caused by excess weight
  • Gives the body a shapelier figure
  • Eliminates the appearance of cellulite

Patient Before & Afters

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Questions For Your Consult

How Much Weight Can You Lose with Liposuction?

It's important to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure but a body contouring one. The primary goal is to remove localized fat deposits that don't respond well to diet and exercise, rather than to significantly reduce body weight. The amount of fat removed during liposuction varies by individual, but there's a limit to how much fat can be removed in a single session, typically no more than a few pounds. The focus is on improving body shape rather than impacting the scale dramatically

How Old Do You Have to Be to Get Liposuction?

There is no universal age requirement for liposuction, but patients should be over 18 years old to ensure that their bodies have fully matured. More important than age, however, are factors like overall health, skin elasticity, and having realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure. During the consultation, Dr. Leverett evaluates these factors thoroughly to determine if liposuction is a suitable option. It's crucial for patients to be in good health, have stable body weight, and understand the procedure's scope and limitations.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The cost for liposuction will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of surgery and the amount of fat being removed. In order to determine the cost of your liposuction, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leverett of Body By Leverett. After developing your personalized treatment plan, he’ll be able to explain the exact costs associated with your treatment. To help make liposuction more affordable and accessible to our patients, we offer financing through CareCredit®, Patient Fi and Prosper Healthcare Lending. Our office also accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash and cashier’s checks.

Am I A Good Candidate for Liposuction?

The best liposuction candidates are people with a normal weight and firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain body areas. Good candidates are at or near their ideal body weight but struggle with localized fat deposits that do not respond to traditional weight loss methods. Candidates should be in good general health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations about the outcome of the procedure.

What Happens During a Liposuction Consultation?

During your consultation for liposuction, you’ll meet with Dr. Leverett at Body By Leverett. During this consultation, Dr. Leverett will take the time to understand your aesthetic goals, review your medical history, and conduct a physical examination to determine whether liposuction will help you achieve your desired results. The consultation is an opportunity for Dr. Leverett to evaluate if the liposuction procedure is the best fit for you, and gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about liposuction or related treatments. If you are interested in liposuction, Dr. Leverett will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your goals, and will then explain what you can expect from the treatment process.

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How Do I Prepare for My Liposuction Consultation?

What Should I Do Before My Liposuction Consultation?

Preparing for your consultation involves several key steps to ensure that you and Dr. Leverett have a productive meeting:

  • Research: Before your consultation, take some time to learn about liposuction. Understanding the basics of the procedure, the different techniques available, and realistic outcomes will help you have a meaningful discussion with Dr. Leverett.
  • Set Your Goals: Reflect on your reasons for seeking liposuction and what you hope to achieve with the surgery. Having a clear set of goals will enable Dr. Leverett to tailor the consultation and proposed treatment plan to your specific desires.
  • Gather Medical Information: Assemble detailed information about your medical history, including any previous surgeries, current and past medications, allergies, and any significant health issues. This comprehensive overview of your health is vital for assessing your suitability for liposuction and planning a safe procedure.

What Should I Bring to My Liposuction Consultation?

Arriving well-prepared for your consultation with Dr. Leverett will facilitate a thorough and efficient discussion about your liposuction procedure:

  • Medical Records: Bring along any medical documents that provide insight into your health background. These records can help Dr. Leverett understand any potential risks or considerations for your liposuction procedure.
  • List of Medications: Compile a list of all medications you're taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements. This information is crucial for avoiding any complications during and after the surgery.
  • Photos: If you have specific goals or examples of the body shape you're aiming for, bring photos to help communicate your expectations. These visual aids can be incredibly helpful in ensuring you and Dr. Leverett are aligned in your goals.
  • Questions: It's normal to have many questions and concerns. Write them down so you don't forget to address them during your consultation. This list will ensure that all your questions are answered, helping you make an informed decision.

What Should I Wear for My Liposuction Consultation?

Choosing the right attire for your consultation is important for comfort and ease during the examination. Wear comfortable, easily removable clothing to facilitate a physical examination if needed. Wearing loose-fitting clothes will allow Dr. Leverett to accurately assess the areas you're considering for liposuction without restriction.

What Happens After My Liposuction Consultation?

After your consultation, you'll be on your way to making an informed decision about your liposuction procedure. You’ll have all of your questions answered, a potential treatment plan outlined by Dr. Leverett, and all of the other information you need to decide if you want to move forward with liposuction. If you’re ready to book your liposuction procedure, our team can help you do that immediately following your consultation. After scheduling your procedure, we can help assist you with planning for surgery and beginning pre-operative preparations.

What Should I Know Before Booking Liposuction Surgery?

Why Choose Dr. Leverett for Liposuction Surgery?

Choosing Dr. Leverett for liposuction in Phoenix, AZ, means entrusting your care to a board-certified plastic surgeon with a rich background in aesthetic surgery of the breast, body, and face. His affiliations with prestigious organizations like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery underscore his commitment to excellence and ongoing education. Dr. Leverett's patient-centered approach, combined with his specialized expertise and artistry, ensures personalized and gratifying results. He prioritizes patient education and safety, making him an ideal choice for those seeking a transformative and tailored liposuction experience.

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Can I Finance the Cost of Liposuction Surgery?

At Body By Leverett, we recognize that the financial aspect of cosmetic surgery can be a significant consideration for our patients considering liposuction. To ensure that our patients in Phoenix, AZ, and the surrounding areas have the opportunity to pursue their aesthetic goals, we are pleased to offer a variety of financing options designed to make the process more accessible. Our practice offers financing through CareCredit®, Patient Fi and Prosper Healthcare Lending, leading providers of medical financing, to offer flexible payment plans that can accommodate any budget. Additionally, we accept all major credit cards, as well as cash and cashier’s checks. Understanding the financial investment in your cosmetic journey is important, and we're here to provide comprehensive information and support. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Leverett, we'll not only explore a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs but also discuss in detail the costs involved and the financing options available to you.

Where is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?

When undergoing liposuction surgery at Body By Leverett, your surgery is performed in our state-of-the-art surgical facility located in Phoenix, AZ. Our facility is designed to prioritize your safety and comfort throughout your liposuction procedure. We are dedicated to incorporating the latest advancements in medical equipment and surgical technology to ensure the highest standards of care. Our operating rooms undergo regular inspections to meet and exceed the most stringent medical guidelines and regulations. Furthermore, our compassionate and skilled team of healthcare professionals is here to support you from your initial consultation through to your recovery.

What Happens During Liposuction Surgery?

Liposuction surgery begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure. Dr. Leverett then makes small, strategic incisions in the targeted areas. A thin tube called a cannula is inserted through these incisions to loosen the excess fat, which is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum attached to the cannula. Dr. Leverett's technique is highly precise, focusing on removing fat effectively while minimizing impact on surrounding tissues, which contributes to smoother recovery and more refined results

What Should I Know After Booking Liposuction Surgery?

What Forms Do I Need to Fill Out for Liposuction?

In our new EMR, patients are sent a link to their patient portal to complete their forms online prior to their visit, or by arriving 15 minutes early to complete in-office on the iPad.

If you are a new patient to our clinic or returning after being gone for over 12 months, you may save time by completing the following patient forms prior to your appointment:

We also offer the same patient forms in Spanish if needed.

How Should I Prepare for Liposuction Surgery?

While most of the preparation for your liposuction surgery is completed during the consultation process, there are still a few things you can do to prepare for the day of your surgery. For starters, it’s essential to quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption for 4-6 weeks before surgery, as they can impair healing and increase the risk of complications. You may also need to adjust your medications as recommended by Dr. Leverett, as some supplements and medications can increase the risk of bleeding. Finally, we recommend adopting a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water in the weeks leading up to your surgery. This will ensure that your body is well-equipped for a speedy recovery!

Post Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

What is Recovery Like Following Liposuction?

Upon waking from anesthesia, patients might experience grogginess and discomfort. It's normal to have swelling, bruising, and soreness around the treated areas. Dr. Leverett's team provides comprehensive post-operative instructions and pain management solutions to ensure a comfortable start to the recovery journey. Patients typically spend a short period in a recovery room under observation before being cleared to go home, usually on the same day. The initial days after liposuction are crucial for rest and recovery. Swelling and bruising will gradually decrease over the first few weeks. Many patients begin to return to light, daily activities within a week, though strenuous activities should be avoided for a period recommended by Dr. Leverett, usually around 4 to 6 weeks. Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor progress and ensure healing is on track.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Liposuction?

Full recovery and the final results of liposuction can take several months to become fully apparent as your body adjusts and settles. The first week post-surgery is crucial for rest and recovery. You may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with medications and ice packs. It’s essential to wear your compression garments as directed, for approximately four to six weeks, to aid in swelling reduction and support the healing tissues.

Many patients return to work and light activities within a week, gradually resuming more strenuous activities as advised by Dr. Leverett.

How Long Does Liposuction Last?

Liposuction removes fat cells permanently, meaning they cannot regenerate in the treated areas. However, the procedure does not prevent new fat from accumulating. Maintaining a stable weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise is key to preserving your results long-term. Changes in weight can affect the outcomes, so it’s important to adopt a lifestyle that supports your liposuction results.

What Not to Do After Liposuction?

After undergoing liposuction surgery, it’s crucial to allow your body the time it needs to heal properly. Dr. Leverett and his team at Body By Leverett will provide specific post-operative instructions tailored to your individual needs. However, there are general guidelines regarding activities that should be avoided to ensure a smooth and efficient recovery. Here are some activities typically advised to avoid post-liposuction:

  • Strenuous Exercise: High-intensity workouts, weight lifting, and aerobic exercises that elevate heart rate significantly should be avoided for at least 4-6 weeks post-surgery or until Dr. Leverett advises it’s safe. These activities can increase swelling and risk of bleeding.
  • Swimming and Bathing: Submerging the body in water, such as swimming pools, hot tubs, or baths, is not recommended until incisions are fully healed to prevent infection risk. Showers are usually permitted after the initial post-operative period as directed by your surgeon.
  • Sun Exposure: Direct sunlight on the healing incisions should be avoided as it can lead to darker scarring. If you need to be outdoors, cover the treated areas and use a high-SPF sunscreen as recommended by your surgeon.
  • Heavy Lifting: Lifting objects heavier than 5-10 pounds can strain your incisions and affect the healing process. Avoid heavy lifting until you have fully recovered or have been cleared by Dr. Leverett.
  • Smoking and Drinking Alcohol: Smoking decreases blood flow to the skin, impairing healing and increasing the risk of complications. Alcohol can interfere with medications and prolong swelling. Both should be avoided during the recovery period.

Do you have unsightly bulges and bumps that won’t seem to disappear despite all your hard work exercising and eating right? Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry C. Leverett of Body By Leverett can slim down your silhouette and help you regain your self-confidence. If you are a resident living in or around the Greater Phoenix area, such as Ahwatukee, Chandler, Glendale, Maricopa County, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Gilbert, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.