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 of Liposuction Surgery: $4,900

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.

Let Dr. Rocheford Help You

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. Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness. Are you ready to learn more about your options for liposuction? Request a consultation online, or call 651-968-1294 to speak with someone from our team today. Liposuction 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:n Thighsn Hips and buttocksn Abdomen and waistn Upper armsn Backn Inner kneen Chest arean Cheeks, chin and neckn Calves and anklesnIn some cases, liposuction is performed alone, in other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck. What it won’t do: Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips, and buttocks, or loose saggy skin.

What to expect during your consultation?

Be prepared to discuss:n Why you want the surgery, your expectations, and desired outcomen Medical conditions, drug allergies, and medical treatmentsn Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and drugsn Previous surgeriesn Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factorsn Take photographs for your medical recordn Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatmentn Discuss likely outcomes of liposuction and any risks or potential complications

Preparing for surgery?

Get lab testing or medical evaluationsnTake certain medications or adjust your current medicationsnStop smoking well in advance of surgerynAvoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements as they can increase bleedingnWhat to do on the day of surgerynThe use of anesthesia during your liposuctionnPost-operative care and follow-up

Procedural Steps?

Step 1 – General AnesthesiannStep 2 – 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.nnStep 3 – Your improved body contour will be apparent when the swelling and fluid retention commonly experienced following liposuction subside. With continued practices of a healthy diet and fitness, the loss of excess fatty tissue should be permanently maintained. However, substantial weight gain can alter an otherwise permanent result.

Important facts about the safety and 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.

Possible risks of liposuction include?

Uneven contoursn The use of anesthesia during your liposuctionn Rippling or loose skinn Skin or nerve damagen Irregular pigmentationn Infectionn Fat clotsn Blood clotsn Excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulationn Unfavorable scarringn Thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound with the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty techniquen Anesthesia risksn Bleeding (hematoma)n Change in skin sensationn Skin discoloration or swellingn Asymmetryn Pain, which may persistn Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organsn Poor wound healingn Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complicationsn The possibility of revisional surgery

Is it right for me?

If you are bothered by excess fat deposits – located anywhere on your body – that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, may be right for you.nIdeal candidates for liposuction are:n Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin, and good muscle tonen Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healingn Non-smokersn Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouringnBe sure to ask questions: It’s very important to ask Dr. Rocheford questions about your liposuction procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with her.

Be careful?

Following Dr. Rocheford’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. She will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

My recovery?

Once your procedure is completed, a compression garment or elastic bandages may cover treatment areas. These help to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours. In addition, small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid. You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site(s), medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with Dr. Rocheford. A special note: Secondary procedures may sometimes be recommended to reduce excess skin. Special considerations are needed when large amounts – usually more than 5 liters of fat – are suctioned. Be sure to ask Dr. Rocheford specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.n Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?n What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?n Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?n When will they be removed?n Are stitches removed? When?n When can I resume normal activity and exercise?n When do I return for follow-up care?

When you go home?

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

The results will be long-lasting?

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.

Questions to ask Dr. Rocheford?

Use this checklist as a guide during your consultationnAre you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?nAre you a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons?nWere you trained specifically in the field of plastic surgery?nHow many years of plastic surgery training have you had?nDo you have hospital privileges to perform this procedure?nIf so, at which hospitals?nIs the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?nAm I a good candidate for this procedure?nWhat will be expected of me to get the best results?nWhere and how will you perform my procedure?nWhat surgical technique is recommended for me?nHow long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?nWhat are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?nHow are complications handled?nHow can I expect my body to look over time? After pregnancy?nWhat are my options if I am dissatisfied with the cosmetic outcome of my liposuction?nDo you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure and what results are reasonable for me?

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


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