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:


  • Knees, thighs, hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Cheeks, chin and neck


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 for example tumescent technique which is performed under general anesthesia in an operating room or Smart Lipo™ which is laser assisted liposuction performed in the office under local anesthesia.  Prior to surgery you will have a good understanding of the procedure, plan and recovery.

The Liposuction Procedure:


  • Clinic Procedure or Operating Room: Operating Room
  • 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
  • Post-Operative: A special garment may be worn for up to two weeks to help with swelling and recovery.  In addition, small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood and fluid.  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.