Even if you exercise regularly or diet to lose weight, you can still have stubborn areas of fat throughout your body. Liposuction can remove these exercise-resistant fat deposits and give your body a slimmer, more attractive contour. Common locations for liposuction include the chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, chest, back, hips, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, knees, calves, and ankles.

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that uses tiny suction tubes to permanently remove excess fat. To reduce post-operative bruising and swelling, Dr. Fetter uses a tumescent technique in which targeted fat cells are infused with a solution of saline and local anesthetic.

This outpatient procedure typically lasts 1 to 3 hours. Side effects include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness and a burning sensation. Patients can return to work after 1 to 2 weeks (3 to 4 weeks if your job requires strenuous activity). Full recovery from swelling and bruising usually occurs in 3 to 6 months.

Results will be permanent, with a sensible diet and exercise.