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
Complementary procedures:

*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 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 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
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 32 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #232

This 38 year old lady came to see me for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and liposuction consultation. She was bothered by the skin rolls on the front of her abdomen and the weakened abdominal wall she had from prior pregnancies. She underwent a tummy tuck in addition to liposuction of the bra line, hips, and flanks line to help contour the sha... Read More
Before & After Tummy Tuck Case 36 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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This 27 yo female had been through 3 pregnancies and presented to discuss breast lift and tummy tuck. She underwent a breast lift for a more symmetric perkier appearance to her breasts as well as a tummy tuck, liposuction to remove excess skin, tighten her abdominal wall, and a tighter waistline. Read More
Before & After Liposuction Case 24 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #24

This is a 57 yo hispanic female who came to see me for a consultation regarding her displeasure with the overall thickness of her thighs. She was most bothered by the outer thighs (saddle bags) and the inside of her thighs. She underwent liposuction of the outer and inner thighs to achieve a slimmer, smoother appearing contour.  Read More
Before & After Liposuction Case 21 Right Side View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #21

This is a patient in her late 30's who despite being active and maintaining a healthy weight, and lifestyle was bothered by difficult to lose fat in her "problem areas." She underwent liposuction 360 to help reshape and contour her waist line, hips, and abdomen. 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.

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Dr. Ablavsky is a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon whose patients trust him for beautiful, natural-looking results from face, breast, and body procedures. He listens closely to his patients' concerns and takes the time to answer their questions with honesty and compassion.

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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.

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 $2,745 – $3,525 per area. At our San Antonio plastic surgery practice, we provide patients with detailed price quotes after their free consultations.

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.