Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedure with a proven track record over many years. Men and women alike have been amazed by this surgery’s capability to remove stubborn fat where exercise, diet, and other attempts have been unsuccessful. Liposuction works by surgically eliminating excess fat from many parts of the body, using a device that suctions fat from underneath the skin. Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, is a specialist in fat removal and body contouring and performs many methods of reducing fat and shaping the body. Each unique body is different, and a patient consultation with Dr. White will help gain clarity on the best possible approach to meet your aesthetic goals. Liposuction is commonly used on the hips, thighs, abdomen, flanks, inner knees, arms, and beneath the skin. The results from liposuction typically remain for many years as long as the patient adheres to a healthy lifestyle.
Surgical liposuction is reserved for patients who are near or at their ideal weight. It is not a solution for weight loss and should not be looked at as a weight loss method. Good candidates for liposuction are men or women who demonstrate:
- A healthy skin tone with minimal to no excess or sagging skin
- A reasonable and stable weight
- Localized excess fatty deposits that diet and exercise cannot improve
"Menopause weight settling in your upper arms making wearing most tops unbearable? You need to go see Dr. White for a consultation on upper arm liposuction. I was completely unsure what to do since I workout all the time and could not get that pesky fat to go away in my arms. Within 2 weeks of the procedure, my arms where already amazing. Now 3 months later, I cannot wait to wear a tank top again! My arms are half the size - they had gotten so big as I went from 50-55. I am thrilled to put on a button down or any top and it fits perfectly! This procedure was truly a walk in the park as far as any plastic surgery procedure you read about. Literally in and out with nearly instant results. If you go see Dr. White - follow his instructions you will be so thankful. Lastly, he has the most amazing staff one could imagine - the entire experience is life changing - he and his staff will warm your heart and make you fill like a new person!"- M.C. / Google / Jul 07, 2021
"Dr. White is the Absolute Best! - Dr. White performed liposuction on me and I couldn't be happier! I wasn't sure that I wanted to do the procedure because I wasn't sure if it was going to make a significant difference. I am so happy that I went through with it and that I chose Dr. White. He is nothing short of amazing! His attention to detail is fantastic. I am a nurse practitioner and I have a good feel for physicians. Dr. White is among the best of the best, and has changed my life forever. Don't hesitate to work with him. He developed his own tool for the procedure that makes the entire surgery easier, leaves very little scarring or bruising, and I had almost no pain. I am so, so, so pleased that I chose Dr. White."- C. / RealSelf / Nov 30, 2021
"Had Gynecomastia Surgery with Dr White 2 months ago…very positive experience. Details below: Pre-Op visit- The pre-op visit is very educational. I watched an informational video by Dr White before meeting with him, which addressed most of my questions/anxieties about surgery. Dr White took his time to thoroughly explain the surgery during my pre-op visit, never felt rushed or pressured at anytime during the process. I could tell from my initial visit, safety is the top priority for Dr White. Day of Surgery - Met with Dr White the morning of surgery. Again, he took his time to answer additional questions, and made sure I felt comfortable and relaxed. Post Surgery - I woke up with minimal pain, which subsided quickly. The nursing staff was incredibly kind and got me back to feeling 100% the next day. Dr White checked up on me multiple times the following day. Follow-Ups - visited with Dr White every 2 weeks for follow-ups. Again, he spent plenty of time with me answering all my questions. He fitted me with new compression garments as I shrunk out of the old, and made sure I was following post-op instructions. It felt amazing to see how quickly I shrunk over the first 4 weeks. Conclusion - my experience with Dr White was first class. He was very generous with his time; appointments with him never felt rushed. My biggest concern going into the surgery was regarding skin shrinking post-surgery. Fortunately for me, this is a non-issue. I’ve shrunk to a XS size garment (started at L) over now an 8 week period, and couldn’t be happier with the result!!"- J.J. / Google / Aug 24, 2021
"I had a breast augmentation done with Dr. White about 12 years ago and have been very happy with how natural feeling/looking my results have been for so many years. As I’ve gotten older and gratefully become a Mom, my body has changed so decided to pursue options for firming up other parts of my body. I work out daily (HIIT workouts) and have cleaned up my diet, but now well into my 40’s, still had parts of my body that wouldn’t firm up as preferred. I read and studied many cosmetic surgery articles about what I thought would fix my body problems, created a priority list, and then scheduled a consultation with Dr. White. Thankfully, I didn’t have to waste time researching other Plastic Surgeons because I have always known him to be “my guy” especially since I’m living proof of his superior artistic skills (per my breast augmentation 12 years ago). Dr. White attentively listened to “my plan” for tackling my concerns and we both got a good laugh because I was very prescriptive about what we were going to do and when. After the mini comedy, Dr. White shared his expert suggestions which made much more sense to me. He also explained the why’s behind my selected modifications so I understood how much more effective it would be to focus on my arms first then tackle the upper part of my face (instead of the entire face at once) then undergo a tummy tuck solo instead of including lower body lipo simultaneously. Although I wanted everything done at once to get it all over with, I understood Dr. White’s strategy and how critical the healing process is to gaining natural and long-lasting results (much like my breast augmentation). I am 5.5 weeks post my arm lipo procedure and extremely happy with the results! I have followed every bit of the post care recovery guidance provided by Dr. White & couldn’t have imagined a better outcome. I have had many questions leading up to the surgery and mostly as I was going thru the healing process…how extremely grateful I am to the beautiful support staff ladies at the office who have always answered my calls and responded to my emails in an expedient fashion to help me feel at ease. I am now a couple of weeks from my facial rejuvenation procedure (slight forehead reduction, eyebrow lift and upper/lower blepharoplasty) and know without a doubt that I will once again be in the best hands of Dr. White, Dr. Zipper (anesthesiologist) and their support staff. I will author another review 5.5 weeks after my upcoming procedure to share my results and will also do the same after my tummy tuck successfully concludes, scheduled for mid-October. If you are reading this review and are going back and forth about who you want to select as your surgeon, STOP! You’re wasting your time, energy and money quite frankly. Dr. White is the best in the nation and my results from 12 years ago and 5.5 weeks ago are proof!"- T.T. / Google / Aug 07, 2021
"For years I had struggled with getting rid of my belly and constantly felt defeated. I am 30 years old and for the most part am very active. I worked out six days a week and tried ever diet out there .I still could not get the results I wanted. I finally decided in May of this year to make a consultation .I choose Dr. White because he performed liposuction and breast augmentation on my mother 15 years ago and did an amazing job. Therefor I went in met with Dr.White and literally 2 hours later scheduled my operation for liposuction of the stomach and arms for six months later. I walked out of his office feeling so ensured and excited for what was to come. I am not going to lie I was very skeptical for 2 reasons. One I had never had surgery and the second did not know what to expect. Nevertheless surgery day came and I could not have felt more excited. From the hospital staff to Dr. White I had never felt more comfortable and assured. Dr.White literally walks you through ever step and takes such pride in his work. The surgery went amazing there was literally no pain at all and 3 weeks out of my surgery I was in a bodysuit for Halloween. It’s been two months since my surgery and I cannot explain how happy I am with my results. My friends ask me if I would do it again and the answer is YES!!!!!!"- C.B. / Google / Dec 12, 2018
What to Expect
Our acclaimed doctor will evaluate the areas of fat that the patient wishes to improve upon. Our team will tailor an individualized treatment plan that lists the areas to address, as well as the desired amount of fat to be removed. During surgery, a device known as a cannula is inserted through the skin and gently removes fat cells. A solution containing local anesthetic and tumescent fluid is introduced beneath the area of concern to help minimize bleeding, bruising and overall patient discomfort. Controlled removal of fluid and fat is accomplished in layers to produce an improved contour. During liposuction, a motor helps control how much fat is removed and at what speed. Fat removal can range from several ounces to a few pounds.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. The results will not be evident for several weeks as there will be some swelling after surgery. Compression garments will be required to control the swelling and to help the overlying tissues adapt to the new contour. Patients can return to light activities within 1-2 weeks and can expect a full recovery within about 4-6 weeks. Liposuction does leave a small scar where the cannula was inserted, but it is not noticeable once it fades over time.
Remove Pesky Fat!
Liposuction is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted fat from the body. If you are battling pesky bulges and areas of fat and are ready for a little assistance to help achieve the look you want, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our surgeon to learn how liposuction can benefit you. Our talented staff will discuss the various options and create a tailored approach specific to your aesthetic goals.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the surgical vacuuming of fat from beneath the surface of the skin. It is used to reduce fullness in any area of the body. It is an excellent method of spot reduction but is not an effective method of weight loss.
The tumescent technique involves injection beneath the skin of large volumes of salt water containing small amounts of adrenaline, a naturally occurring hormone that shrinks blood vessels. By injecting this solution into the fat prior to performing liposuction, the plastic surgeon shrinks the blood vessels thereby reducing and minimizing bleeding, bruising and swelling.
Generally people who have localized areas of protruding fat achieve the most dramatic results. Patients who are slightly overweight can benefit from liposuction. It is best to be at or near your normal weight. Good skin elasticity permits the skin to shrink easily to the reduced contour. There are no absolute age limits for liposuction.
Frequently Treated Areas?
In women, the single most frequently treated areas are the outer thighs, followed by the stomach. In men, the flank area or "love handles" are treated most frequently.
If there is excess fat in the area under the chin and the skin is taut, liposuction alone can produce a more sculpted, angular and youthful jaw line. If, however, the skin of the neck is loose, even if there is excess fat, liposuction alone will not produce the desired result. Patients with loose skin usually require a face and neck lift in addition to or instead of liposuction. In general, most patients who benefit from liposuction of the neck are under 40. Most patients over 40 will require some surgical skin tightening. Learn more about neck liposuction.
Although liposuction is very safe and effective, it is a surgical procedure and can cause complications such as infection, bleeding and nerve damage. In addition, aesthetic complications such as skin irregularity or waviness can occur if too much fat has been removed. Fortunately, complications are uncommon and most patients are satisfied with their results.