Liposuction at a Glance

Type of anesthesia:
Recovery time:
1 week off work (non-strenuous jobs)
Time in surgery:
1-3 hours (depending on the size of area or number of areas)
When you go home:
Day of operation
Often Combined With:

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your experience may vary.


What Is Liposuction?

Just about everyone has certain trouble spots where unwanted fat tends to accumulate, no matter how much they exercise or watch what they eat. Women and men concerned about stubborn bulges get liposuction at our San Antonio, TX, practice, where Dr. Michael Ablavsky uses the versatile treatment to target areas such as the abdomen, neck, and back.

 Before & After Photos

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Before & After Liposuction Case 88 Back View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #88

Despite living a healthy and active lifestyle this patient was bothered by the fullness of her waistline. Dr. Ablavsky performed liposuction of the upper and lower back to remove fat deposits to shape a leaner contour.
Before & After Liposuction Case 82 Right side back View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #82

This patient lives a healthy lifestyle but was bothered by the fullness of her arms. Dr. Ablavsky performed liposuction of the arms for an overall leaner appearance and natural contour. 
Before & After Liposuction Case 113 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #113

This patient had fullness of her neck (double-chin) despite living a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Ablavsky performed liposuction to provide a more youthful, leaner appearance of the underside of chin and jawline. 
Before & After Liposuction Case 20 Right Oblique View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #20

This is a young lady who was bothered by a her "double chin" despite maintaining a healthy weight and active lifestyle. She underwent liposuction of her neck to remove stubborn fat that was resistant to weight lose efforts. 
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 135 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #135

After having children this patient wanted a tighter, youthful appearing waistline. Dr. Ablavsky performed an abdominoplasty with liposuction of the hips and flanks. 
Before & After Liposuction Case 1 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #1

This male patient wanted to reshape and trim his abdominal area, back, and flanks to give him a more toned shape. Dr. Ablavsky performed liposuction to remove excess fat from his abdomen, sides, and back to give him the shape he desired. Results are shown 3 months after surgery. Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Is Liposuction Right for You?

If you’re considering liposuction, the first thing to know is it’s not designed to be a weight loss procedure. Good liposuction candidates are already in good overall health and are at or near the weight they want to maintain. It’s also important that they have firm skin that retains most of its elasticity, so it will “shrink to fit” the treatment area’s new contours.

Dr. Ablavsky can perform liposuction in most areas of the body. These areas include:

  • Neck
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Ankles

Multiple areas can be treated during a single operation.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost in San Antonio?

The cost of liposuction varies depending on the area or areas treated. At our practice, a liposuction procedure starts at $6,255 per area. At our San Antonio plastic surgery practice, we provide patients with detailed price quotes after their free consultations.

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How Is Liposuction Performed?

Even though you may learn about multiple liposuction techniques when you research the procedure, the surgeon performing the procedure is more important than the type of liposuction being used. Dr. Ablavsky uses tumescent liposuction, which is effective and safe.

During the procedure, Dr. Ablavsky makes small incisions through which he saturates the treatment area with a solution that includes a local anesthetic and epinephrine (a drug that constricts blood vessels). This solution:

  • Makes it easier to remove the fat
  • Minimizes bleeding, swelling, and bruising
  • Numbs the area during and after the surgery

After saturating the treatment area, Dr. Ablavsky inserts a thin tube called a cannula, breaks up the fatty tissue, and then suctions it from the body. The surgery concludes with closing the small incisions and applying dressings. Compression garments worn during recovery help reduce swelling, enhance the healing process, and optimize your results.

What Is Recovery Like After Liposuction?

Walking is encouraged immediately after surgery to help with circulation. Patients are allowed to shower as early as 1 day postoperatively, and are encouraged to keep the compression garments on as much as possible. Initial postoperative visits are scheduled for 1 day postoperatively and then 5 to 7 days postoperatively.

You should avoid any strenuous activities for several weeks or until Dr. Ablavsky removes restrictions on exercising. Patients begin to see contour changes early in the recovery process, but it often takes more than a month for residual swelling to resolve, when you can then see your final results.

Combining Liposuction With Other Procedures 

Liposuction is commonly included during tummy tuck surgery. Additionally, it’s usually combined with a tummy tuck and breast enhancement surgery, such as a breast lift with or without implants, as part of a mommy makeover. You can discuss your options with Dr. Ablavsky during your consultation. 

Liposuction FAQ

Is it worth getting liposuction?

Liposuction reduces specific areas of fat that patients cannot lessen on their own. For people frustrated by these trouble spots, this benefit makes the procedure worth having.

Will the fat come back eventually?

Fat cells do not grow back after they are removed; however, the remaining fat cells can enlarge with future weight gain. To maintain your improved contours, avoid significant weight changes, eat right, and exercise consistently.

How many sizes can you go down with liposuction?

Most patients don’t notice much of a reduction in clothing size after liposuction; they look better in their clothes because the fat is gone where it matters most.

Should I lose weight before liposuction?

You should be at or near your goal weight before liposuction because it is meant for spot treating, not weight loss.

Does liposuction surgery tighten loose skin?

No. Liposuction may actually make loose skin look worse. If skin laxity is an issue, Dr. Ablavsky might recommend a skin tightening procedure such as a thigh lift as well.

How painful is this surgery?

Treated areas are typically sore after liposuction, similar to an intense workout, but not painful. Discomfort is usually controlled with prescription pain medication, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen and is only needed for about a week.

Why is surgical body sculpting better than nonsurgical options?

Surgical fat removal with liposuction is more precise and effective than nonsurgical treatments. In most cases, liposuction is a “one and done” procedure where nonsurgical treatments often require multiple sessions.

Request Your Free Consultation

If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon in San Antonio to perform liposuction, request a free consultation with Dr. Ablavsky using the online form, or call our practice at (210) 942-6672 to schedule an appointment.