What is Liposuction?

As we get older, fat deposits tend to accumulate on various areas of the body. To combat this effect of aging, people often follow healthy diet and exercise regimens. However, even a healthy lifestyle still leaves some people with results that are less than satisfactory.


Liposuction surgery, also known as lipoplasty, lipo and body contouring surgery, sculpts your body, eliminating unwanted pockets of exercise and diet-resistant fat from the buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breasts), back, arms and neck. Liposuction is often combined with other procedures to create a desired shape and is one of the safest and most popular cosmetic procedures in the world.

When To Consider Liposuction

  • If you have localized areas of fat deposits that are disproportionate with the rest of your body.
  • If you would like more definition or a sleeker contour in certain areas of your body.
  • If your skin elasticity is good, as liposuction removes fat, but does not tighten skin.

Some Of The Areas Treatable With Liposuction


The accumulation of excess fat in the abdominal region often causes the body to develop “love handles” and a “muffin top.” Liposuction can restore a flatter appearance to the stomach area and improve the definition of the abdominal muscles.



Excess fat deposits on the thighs can cause “saddlebags” to develop. Liposuction removes fat to create slimmer outer and inner thighs.



Excess fat deposits in the arms are very difficult to eliminate with diet and exercise alone. Liposuction provides improved arm contours that no longer jiggle with the slightest of movement.


Candidates for liposuction are in good overall health. It is important that you have realistic expectations about what can be achieved and do not view liposuction as a means of weight loss.

The results of liposuction surgery are technically permanent because fat cells have been removed. However, your body shape and contours might be affected by weight gain, aging, pregnancy, family genes and lifestyle factors.

It is crucial to maintain healthy habits and a stable weight to maintain liposuction results. Following liposuction, if you continue to eat excess calories, fat will no longer be stored in the cells that have been removed, but will be stored in other body areas.

Results become visible approximately two to three months after the procedure.

Other additional procedures can also be considered while undergoing a liposuction, like an abdominoplasty(tummy tuck), arm lift or thigh lift.

Because liposuction incisions are small, the scars are also small. Most lipoplasty scars fade and are barely perceptible over time. Visible scars are more likely when large liposuction cannulas are used and in patients who have darkly pigmented skin.

Generally, the incisions are very small and placed in hidden areas. Sometimes, depending on the area, the incisions cannot be hidden.

Dr. Joseph will discuss how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. After surgery, you will receive detailed instructions about your post-surgical care, including information about normal symptoms you will experience and your recovery process.

Dr. Aboumoussa will consult with you to determine the best method of keeping you comfortable during your liposuction procedure. This may include intravenous sedation (assisted local anesthesia) or general anesthesia.

We Can Help You

Dr. Joseph Aboumoussa is an experienced, highly trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose techniques have gained acclaim from his patients all around France, Lebanon and the Middle East.