Liposuction in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, can remove areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Typical locations include the lateral thighs, abdomen, inner thighs, and “love handles”. Ideal candidates for liposuction in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, are at their ideal body weight and have good skin tone. Liposuction is performed using the “tumescent” technique. Prior to suctioning, the area to be treated is infiltrated with fluid. This fluid contains medication to minimize blood loss and help with post-operative pain control. Dr. Rocheford does not use ultrasonic liposuction.

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Cost of Liposuction:

One Area: $5,400
Full Abdomen: $6,500

This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford does charge $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure.


  • Surgery: Surgery is done under general anesthetic at an outpatient facility or hospital. The surgery takes 1 – 6 hours, depending on the number of areas to suction. It is outpatient for small to medium volume, overnight for a large volume.
  • Discomfort: Mild to Severe. Anticipate 2 – 14 days of pain medication.
  • Bruising and Swelling: Peaks within 3 days and slowly resolves over 2 – 8 weeks.
  • Bandages: Removed in 1 – 4 days.
  • Stitches: Internal stitches dissolve.
  • Support: Wear a compression garment continuously for 2 weeks and during the day for the next 4 weeks.
  • Work: You may return to work in 5 – 14 days if you are finished taking prescription pain medication. Wait 2 – 3 weeks if your job requires heavy lifting.
  • Exercise: May be resumed in 2 – 4 weeks. Exercise sooner will cause swelling and delay your final result.
  • Final Result: After the swelling subsides, usually 6 – 8 weeks. The duration of the result is 7 – 10 years.


Liposuction in men is typically performed on the chest, abdomen, and flank (love handles). In women, the last 3 illustrations indicate the most common areas to treat. The incisions are less than one centimeter long and will be hidden increases to minimize visibility. To help control your contour, you will wear a compression garment following surgery.

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Dr. Rocheford has compiled a list of frequently asked questions for her liposuction patients. She and her team are also available to discuss your personal concerns. Complementary procedures, like a tummy tuck, may help you better achieve your cosmetic goals. If you’re ready to discuss your Minneapolis-St. Paul liposuction options, now is a great time to schedule your liposuction surgery consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury and beyond. Simply request a consultation online or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 today to schedule your appointment.

Liposuction FAQ’s

What is Liposuction?

Also known as lipoplasty, liposuction in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image. Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the thighs, hips and buttocks, abdomen and waist and other areas.

Will I need help after liposuction?

If your liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Is Lipo permanent?

It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate. As it does, your new contours and enhanced self-image should continue to develop. The fulfillment you feel from the initial results of liposuction should continue as long as you control your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A significant weight gain can reverse your results. Following liposuction, your slimmer and better-proportioned body should more accurately reflect the healthy and active life you lead.

Are you put to sleep for liposuction?

Depending on your unique liposuction surgical plan, you may require only a local anesthetic or light sedation. More extensive procedures or those that are paired with a surgical lift will require general anesthesia.

Can I get liposuction if I am overweight?

Good candidates for liposuction are those who are at a healthy and stable weight. This lowers your risks of complications and also ensures youre less likely to experience weight changes that can negatively affect your results. If you lose significant weight after your procedure, you may need additional surgery for excess skin.

Can visceral fat be removed?

No. Visceral fat is the tissue that surrounds your organs inside your abdominal cavity and is necessary for your bodys health. If you have excess visceral fat, diet and exercise are the easiest way to reduce it.

Does a tummy tuck remove fat?

A tummy tuck can remove abdominal fat through surgical removal or liposuction. It also comes with the benefits of skin excision and muscle tightening for an overall improved look to the abdomen.

How can I lose tummy fat fast?

The quickest way to lose stubborn tummy fat is through liposuction if youre at a healthy and stable weight. Certain non-surgical body contouring treatments can also remove stubborn fat, but work more slowly.

What should I expect during my liposuction consultation?

Be prepared to discuss why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcome, any medical conditions or drug allergies, use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, and previous surgeries.

How should I prepare for liposuction surgery?

Dr. Rocheford may ask you to get lab testing and medical evaluations take or adjust your current medications, stop smoking well in advance of surgery, and avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.

Is liposuction right for me?

If you are bothered by excess fat deposits anywhere on your body that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you. Ideal candidates for liposuction are adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin, and good muscle tone, healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing, non-smokers, and Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring.

What are the liposuction procedure steps?

Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions. First, a sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

What are the risks of liposuction?

The decision to have liposuction is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Dr. Rocheford and her staff will explain, in detail, the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

Is liposuction safe?

The risks and complications associated with liposuction include, but are not limited to: uneven contours, anesthesia risks, infection, fluid loss or accumulation, unfavorable scarring, and the potential for revision surgery.

What should I ask during my liposuction consultation?

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation: How many years of plastic surgery training have you had? Am I a good candidate for this procedure? What will be expected of me to get the best results? Where and how will you perform my procedure? What surgical technique is recommended for me? How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure? How are complications handled?

Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?

No. While liposuction can get rid of unwanted fat, it is not the recommended treatment for getting rid of cellulite.


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