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Liposuction 101: Everything You Need to Know About Lipo

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Liposuction 101: Everything You Need to Know About Lipo

Our fat cells settle into their adult locations early in life, and most of us have put some of those fat cells in problem areas that refuse to budge no matter how hard we try. Liposuction targets those stubborn spots to give you a slimmer, more sculpted figure. 

Liposuction 101: Everything You Need to Know About Lipo

Liposuction is a fat removal procedure that uses a few small incisions to target and eliminate pockets of resistant fat. Liposuction is a highly effective body contouring tool, providing long-lasting results. Men and women benefit from this procedure, which can be used in numerous locations on the body. 

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*Individual Results May Vary

How Does Liposuction Work?

Dr. Tenley Lawton performs liposuction under IV sedation and local anesthesia. In some cases, she may use general anesthesia. Most procedures take place in her Newport Beach Surgery Center. To perform liposuction, she makes a few small incisions and uses them to insert a flexible device called a cannula. The cannula separates fat cells and suctions them out of the body. 

Liposuction may incorporate advanced technologies, including laser and ultrasound energy, depending on the area and your needs. These types of energy help break down fat cells, making them easier to remove. They can also boost liposuction’s body sculpting properties. 

What Can Liposuction Treat?

Liposuction can treat many body areas, including some you might not expect. 

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Knees
  • Under the chin
  • Jaw area
  • Back
  • Neck

If you have concerns about pockets of stubborn fat, liposuction can help. Talk to Dr. Lawton during your consultation and determine what you can expect from fat removal in your problem areas. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

What is Recovery Like After Liposuction?

Your recovery from liposuction depends on the areas you have treated and your body’s natural healing process. Most people can return to low-activity jobs after one week. Dr. Lawton will keep track of your healing progress and instruct you when you can return to more active jobs or physical activities. Most swelling and bruising improve significantly within the first few days and will resolve within a few weeks. 

Do I Need Liposuction or a Tummy Tuck?

Whether you need liposuction or a tummy tuck generally depends on loose skin. Individuals with abdominal fat but good skin elasticity usually benefit most from liposuction. To treat abdominal fat and loose skin, you may benefit more from a tummy tuck, which removes excess skin and fat.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Only a consultation can determine whether liposuction is a good choice for you. However, good candidates are healthy adults with pockets of unwanted fat. Ideal candidates already lead a healthy lifestyle and plan to maintain it in the future. Liposuction results will be most noticeable in those within 20 to 30 pounds of their goal weight. While liposuction does work for fat removal, it is not intended for weight loss. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about liposuction? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton, M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA, area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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