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If you’ve been experiencing frustration at the presence of unwanted deposits of extra fat that just don’t respond to even the most diligent diet and exercise, liposuction at our Tampa or Sarasota location might be the perfect procedure for you. Liposuction is easily one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, having been around for many years and consistently providing patients with satisfying results. The fat removing technique, also referred to as body contouring, can improve the appearance by eliminating a distorted shape and asymmetrical fullness.

Liposuction in Virtual Reality 5K - 360° VR VIDEO - Plastic Surgery - Dr. Joshua Kreithen

Liposuction in Virtual Reality 5K - 360° VR VIDEO - Plastic Surgery - Dr. Joshua Kreithen

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

The best candidate for the procedure will be in generally good health, dealing with localized fatty deposits; these will potentially cause disproportionate body contours that remain even after diet and exercise.

The liposuction procedure is designed to remove unwanted deposits of excess fat in areas such as the:

  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Stomach
  • Arms
  • Abdomen

The Liposuction Procedure

This procedure is performed normally under IV sedation; a session will take between one and three hours depending on how many areas are treated. Normally, liposuction is done as an outpatient procedure, although some extensive procedures including a mommy makeover may require an overnight stay.

The procedure begins with small incisions placed along the targeted area, in which a narrow tube or cannula will be inserted. The cannula will be pushed and pulled through the fatty tissue to break up cells; they are then suctioned out after the laser is utilized. The incisions are sutured after the procedure.

Before & After

Our Liposuction Techniques

Dr. Kreithen utilizes multiple advanced techniques technologies during the liposuction procedure:

Tumescent Liposuction

This involves the injection of medicated solution into the targeted areas before the fat is removed through a small cannula. The fluid includes a local anesthetic, a drug to contract vessels, and a salt solution.


This laser-assisted procedure liquefies fat cells instantly, which makes it easier to remove. The minimally invasive procedure uses a laser to rupture fat cells. This liquid is then removed through a tiny incision. As it cuts through and ruptures fat cells, the laser can also seal blood vessels, which helps reduce bruising, bleeding and swelling.


This technology combines the unique properties of helium plasma with the efficiency of radiofrequency (RF) energy to create a dual thermal effect. Over a period of three to six months, the treated skin contracts and tightens for optimal results.

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Recovery from Liposuction

Patients should expect their recovery from liposuction to take one to two weeks. Once the procedure is complete, a compression garment will be placed over the treated area. This will need to be worn for at least two weeks after surgery, to control swelling and promote healing. Temporary bruising, swelling, soreness, burning sensations, and numbness may occur. These should completely resolve on their own, over a period of a few months. Patients are generally feeling well enough to return to work within a week or less. Strenuous activity should be postponed for two to four weeks.

Upper Arm Liposuction Results

Liposuction is considered a safe and efficient procedure when performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Having performed thousands of Liposuction treatments, Dr. Kreithen is a body contouring specialist and would be happy to help you to achieve the body you’ve always wanted!

Contact our office at (866) 218-4810 for more information or to schedule your consultation appointment today.

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