Thomas G. Crabtree, MD, FACS | LIPOSUCTION
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Liposuction can be a great option for removing the stubborn pockets of fat that diet and exercise can’t address.  Every body is different and fat distribution and body shape are genetically determined.  This means that in some cases, surgery can be used to slim and reshape specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and shape.  Consider liposuction to improve the following areas:


  • Abdomen and waist
  • Neck
  • Knees, thighs, hips and buttocks
  • Upper arms
  • Back and bra rolls



Dr. Crabtree is one of the only plastic surgeons in Hawaii to use the VaserÒliposuction method.  VaserÒ lipo uses minimally invasive ultrasound energy to melt fat before it is removed through a thin tube called a cannula.  This technique makes the fat easier to remove and can be useful in areas with larger volumes or denser fat. VaserÒ liposuctionis also ideal for correcting abnormalities from previous liposuction. This procedure is less aggressive and allows a faster recovery time.  Dr. Crabtree has a new VaserÒ liposuction machine in his office and is now able to offer smaller volume liposuction under local anesthesia and in conjunction with the Skin Tightening with J Plasma by Renuvion.  He still offers the procedure for larger volume liposuction under general anesthesia performed in the operating room at Windward Surgical Center.


In the initial consultation, Dr. Crabtree will use the time to get to know you, learn about your expectations and discuss a plan to achieve your goals.  He will discuss the different types of liposuction surgery available and what procedure is right for you.  Prior to surgery you will have a good understanding of the procedure, plan and recovery.


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The Liposuction Procedure:


  • Clinic Procedure or Operating Room:Operating Room or Clinic based
  • Hospital Status:Outpatient
  • Length of Surgery:1-2 hours, sometimes more for larger areas
  • Anesthesia:General Anesthesia performed under the care of a board certified Anesthesiologist or local anesthesia in the clinic.
  • Post-Operative:A special garment may be worn for up to two weeks to help with swelling and recovery.  Mild soreness, swelling, and bruising are all normal
  • Recovery Time:Return to normal daily routine in one week, two to three weeks avoiding strenuous activity. The incisions are very small and heal rapidly. Temporary numbness in the area may take several weeks to return to normal.
  • Results:The results will be evident immediately but will continue to improve and “settle” over the course of 3 months.