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Understanding Liposuction Before and After

Liposuction Results Before and After

Numerous individuals face the challenge of excess fat on their bodies. Despite efforts with exercise and a healthy diet, these stubborn fat bulges may persist. In such cases, liposuction, often referred to as “lipo,” becomes an excellent choice to attain the desired body contour.

This procedure effectively targets and removes excess fat deposits from specific areas, leading to a slimmer and more refined body shape, ultimately enhancing proportions and contours.

Lipo can target numerous body areas, including your:

  • Hips
  • Lower Abdomen and flanks
  • Neck and Jaw
  • Arms
  • Upper back

Liposuction is the most common plastic surgery procedure in the United States for women and men, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, with over 400,000 lipo procedures done annually.

Knowing exactly what you can expect before and after liposuction and following your doctor’s post-care instructions can help you achieve those amazing results you’re looking for.


Before deciding on liposuction, you should understand what liposuction does and doesn’t do.

Generally speaking,  liposuction helps you shape a combination of areas and you become “a smaller version of you” by removing excess fat in areas like your waist (love handles) and chin. It provides shaping and contouring. Most individuals having lipo are highly satisfied with their liposuction results, and if given the chance, would do it again.

An important concept to understand thought is what liposuction doesn’t do. For instance, liposuction doesn’t tighten loose muscles or skin. If your tummy jiggles, it will likely jiggle after your procedure. If your muscles are loose, they’ll be loose after lipo. If you have stretch marks or cellulite on your thighs or stomach, you’ll have them after your procedure.

While liposuction may help you to lose some weight (generally one to ten pounds), that’s not the primary goal of liposuction. Lipo is intended to help you better shape and contour your body in the areas you’re concerned about. You should also know that like with any surgery, there are risks, which you should discuss with your plastic surgeon.


Before setting up your San Francisco Bay Area liposuction appointment, you’ll first want to know if you’re even a good candidate for this procedure. Again, realistic expectations are important. Lipo is a surgical procedure and it does come with its own risks. So, you’ll need to be healthy before you undergo it. This means you need to at least:

  • Have elastic, firm skin
  • Be within 30 percent of your ideal weight
  • Have a positive and realistic outlook for your liposuction results
  • Are bothered by excess fat deposit, but haven’t been successful in losing them through diet and exercise.

Good candidates for liposuction:

  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t have blood flow issues
  • Don’t have diabetes
  • Don’t have heart disease
  • Don’t a weak immune system

Additionally, if you have an abundant amount of excess skin, liposuction may not be right for you, but speak to your plastic surgeon about Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction.


Your first step will be to consult with the plastic surgeon. Discuss your goals, the benefits and risks, the options and costs. Make sure you ask them all your questions. If you do decide to have lipo, your plastic surgeon will provide you with instructions on how you should prepare for it properly.

These may include:

  • Telling you about alcohol and diet restrictions.
  • Asking you for information on any allergies you have or if you’re taking any medications, including herbal and over-the-counter supplements or drugs. They’ll likely ask you to stop taking specific medications like certain painkillers or blood thinners a few weeks before your procedure.
  • Telling you to have someone to take you home after your procedure.
  • Being prepared that you may need to stay overnight if you’re having a great deal of fat removed and you need to have the surgery performed in the hospital.

Before your procedure begins, the surgeon may mark up the body areas you’ll receive treatment. They might also take photos to use for “before and after” pictures.

Your surgeon may give you general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep during the procedure. In some cases, you might only need local anesthesia, meaning you’ll be awake, but won’t feel any pain.


After your surgery, you can expect to experience some:

  • Mild discomfort
  • Redness
  • Bruising
  • Swelling

Your doctor may prescribe you medication to ease this discomfort. You’ll likely need to wear a compression garment to promote healing and reduce swelling. Swelling typically starts reducing after your first week, but you’ll still need to wear the compression garments until week four or as your surgeon directs. You may experience swelling that lasts longer than six weeks, however, usually within a few days, you’re comfortable enough to go back to work.

During the procedure, the surgeon will make small incisions to your abdomen to remove the extra fat cells. They’re made in inconspicuous places where they’re less noticeable. The surgeon will provide you with post-care instructions for these incisions after your surgery. The instructions will help ensure they heal with minimal scarring.

It’s likely you won’t see immediate results. If anything, you may even feel like you’ve gained weight or appear larger in the treated area for a short time. This is normal. Although lipo can eliminate up to 10 pounds of fat cells, swelling and fluid retention can make you appear bloated. Once the swelling begins going down, you’ll start seeing results.

You might also notice some of your skin in the treated area appears loose. This skin should firm up over time. But, depending on various factors like how much fat was removed and your age, you might require surgical intervention to tighten up the skin. Each individual patient is different and your surgeon will talk about skin tightening with you as part of your body contour procedure if needed.

Depending on the amount of fat removed, you should expect to see your final results within one to three months following your liposuction procedure. With just one procedure, you can expect noticeable changes and improvements to your body’s contours. Remember, results may vary for each individual, and before and after photos and content do not guarantee specific results.


Now that you know what to expect about liposuction before and after, it’s time to contact  Dr. Sieber.  Dr. David A. Sieber is a Bay Area board-certified plastic urgeon who welcomes patients not only in the San Francisco Bay Area, but also embraces traveling patients who live “out of town”.

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person. Editorial content, before and after images, and patient and age provider testimonials do not constitute a guarantee of specific results.

Dr. Dave Sieber and his staff are so awesome! Dr. Sieber is personable yet professional, his work is impeccable. He listens to his patient and works with them to achieve what they want. He’s like my hair dresser, a magician, you just want to do a happy dance with the results, only these results are lasting. Ok, but seriously, the procedure was very smooth, the staff and the doctors (Dr Sieber and the anesthesiologist) had great communication and made sure I was comfortable with very clear and concise pre op and post op directions. The healing process was very easy and the results are FABULOUS. Side note, Dr. Sieber has really awesome skin, I feel like this is impressive and important because really, would you trust a dentist with bad teeth? I am so elated and satisfied with the results, the size is perfect and they look and feel very natural. They are exactly what I wanted.*

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Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


Dr. Sieber is a doctor who is not only extremely knowledgeable about the latest in cosmetic procedures, but a doctor who truly cares about his patients. I highly recommend him!*


Dr. Sieber is attentive, responsive, and well trained. I had seen him for Botox and filler and he had done both without any pain or bruising and more importantly the results were fabulous. He has met with me on time at each appointment. He communicates what to expect, made sure I was comfortable throughout the procedure, checked on my healing every day post procedure. He couldn’t be more delightful not more talented. I had seen other plastic surgeons for in office treatments over the past decade and Dr. Sieber is at the top of the list in terms of delivering the desired outcome and high quality care.*

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