Liposuction was derived from two words

“Lipos” a Greek word which means “fat”.

suction gotten from a late Latin word “Suctionem” which means the process of sucking or action produced by a vacuum.

Put together, Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess fat from different parts of the body with the goal of reshaping or achieving a slimmer body. using the suction technique.

Types of Liposuction

What is Tumescent Liposuction

This is the most popular type of Liposuction performed in the United States. During this procedure, diluted lidocaine and epinephrine ( capillary shrinkers) are injected into the subcutaneous fat ( fat found under the skin). with the use of a microcannula which produces efficacious and  less painful fat removal process than the traditional liposuction.

This procedure can be done in two ways:

Wet: in wet tumescent, more quantity of fluid is used to expand the subcutaneous fat space to make it easier to remove fat deposits. This procedure can be done without the General anesthesia since the quantity of lidocaine used is enough to numb the target area.

Super-wet: In wet tumescent, the amount of fluid used is equals the amount of fat to be removed, this procedure is usually done under General anesthesia since the quantity of lidocaine used is is not enough to numb the target areas as the wet tumescent would

What are the Benefits of the Tumescent Liposuction

  • It is safer than the traditional liposuction
  • It eliminates the need for IV fluids
  • Reduces blood loss
  • Produces better and natural looking results
  • It is the best procedure for those who can’t go through General Anesthesia
  • Shorter recovery time

What is an Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

in this procedure, ultrasonic waves are used to liquefy fat in target areas and the liquid fat is then suctioned with a cannula. It is mostly used for sensitive parts of the body like neck, ankle, feet, and face with more stubborn fat cells.

This procedure can also be done in two ways:

Internal Ultrasonic: This is when the ultra sonic probes are inserted into the body through small incisions. The probe then emits ultrasonic vibrations that break up the stubborn fat

External Ultrasonic: This procedure does not require an incision. The ultra sonic vibrations are emitted outside the body through the skin. The downside to this procedure is that it can interfere or muddle the nervous system and can also cause bruises that can lead to scarring.

What are the Benefits?

  • Eradicates the most difficult fibrous fat cells
  • Increases skin contraction
  • Has a shorter recovery time

What is Laser-assisted Liposuction?

In this procedure, Laser energy is used to liquefy the stubborn fat cells. This is a minimal invasive procedure that is fast and does not result in Bruising. it is also known as Smart-lipo or Cool-lipo

What are the Benefits?

  • Shorter recovery time and less complicated procedure
  • Permanently removes fat cells from the body                                    Laser-assisted Liposuction
  • can be done on many parts of the body
  • Reduced risk of swelling or bleeding


Dr. Michael K. Obeng will make a small incision on the body, he’ll insert a cannula to loosen fat deposits in the body and suction the fat out of the body using a surgical vacuum. The time of procedure varies on the patient body type and amount of fat needed to be removed.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction

  • Slims or reshapes body
  • Provides patient with a smooth contoured body
  • Removes fat deposits from stubborn areas on the body

How much does Liposuction Cost?

The exact cost varies depending on the patient’s goals. Please contact us and schedule a consultation with certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng. Miko Plastic Surgery Beverly Hills will try to accommodate the most accurate cost estimates for your specific procedural needs. If you’re not in the Beverly Hills or Los Angeles area, visit our travel section to arrange a trip to Miko Plastic Surgery.

Recovery Time

Dr. Michael K.Obeng will proivde a compression garment or elastic bandages for the body, the garment will reduce the swelling. Recovery time is subjective to the patient, however, it may take 2 – 3 days for a patient to have a full recovery  after the surgery.


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