Liposuction Procedure Steps

Liposuction is a versatile cosmetic surgery procedure that can be performed with the help of innovative techniques, including tumescent liposuction, laser liposuction or ultrasound-assisted liposuction. The procedure is also highly customizable and can be tailored according to the specific needs of a patient. However, the steps involved in the procedure will largely remain unchanged in each case.

The judicious and reliable Dr. Jacob Bloom is a board certified plastic surgeon providing liposuction and various other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures.

During the initial consultation, Dr. Bloom will discuss the steps involved in liposuction procedure, including tips about preparation and recovery. His first concern will be to help the patient make a well-considered decision. Patients in Chicago, IL and surrounding communities have an opportunity to receive liposuction surgery from Dr. Bloom.



Tumescent liposuction is the most common technique to perform liposuction surgery. The surgeon can perform this technique without involving general anesthesia. Lidocaine local anesthetic and mild sedation may be used to perform fat removal. General anesthesia is only applied if the liposuction surgery involves significant fat reduction from multiple areas.


Incision Placement

Following anesthesia, the surgeon will begin the procedure by placing minor incisions in pre-determined sites. The incision size can be from a quarter to a third of an inch in most cases. Incisions will be placed discreetly to minimize the subsequent scarring. Liposuction plastic surgery will typically not require major incisions unless it is combined with other procedures such as tummy tuck or breast lift.


Removal of Fat Tissue

To remove the fat, the surgeon will insert a thin cannula vacuum tube through the incisions into the deeper fat tissue layers. The cannula will be used to gently manipulate the fat tissue by moving it back and forth in order to dislodge the stubborn fats. As the fat cells are disrupted, they can easily be suctioned out with a syringe attached to the other end of the cannula.


Heat-Based Techniques

The surgeon may sometimes use an advanced heat-based technique involving laser, ultrasound or RF energy. This will liquefy the unwanted fat cells without requiring traumatic physical manipulation, and allow for the fat removal in a less invasive way. During and after the surgery, the patient will be given IV fluids to compensate for the loss of blood and bodily fluids.


Wound Closure

Following the removal of excess fat tissue, the surgeon will carefully close the incisions with sutures. Traditional or absorbable sutures may be used as decided by the surgeon. Temporary drainage tubes may be placed under the skin for a few days in the incision areas to collect excess fluid.

The drains and sutures will be removed in about a week or 10 days after the surgery. Sometimes very small incisions may be involved, which can be kept open to minimize bruising and expedite the recovery. This can be done in cases where minor fat removal is required.

Remarkable and salient cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bloom receives patients from Chicago, IL, and other cities and suburbs in this part of the Midwest for liposuction and other invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures.