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What Is Liposuction? 

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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“I am three months post-op from my abdominoplasty and I couldn’t be happier with my results. Best decision I ever made! I got my confidence back after having two kids back to back. Everything about the process from consultation through post-operation was very well thought out and organized. Dr. Rocheford is approachable, kind, answered all my questions, and made me comfortable right away during my consultation. Day of my surgery her and her team again made me feel calm and it almost felt like a spa day! Everyone is so friendly, warm, and welcoming. I can’t emphasize enough how highly I recommend Dr. Rocheford and her team. I know I will definitely be going back for anything I may want/need in the future!”

“I had my rhinoplasty done by Dr. Rocheford and cannot recommend her enough! I am 4 months post op and am amazed at how seamless the recovery process was. She and her staff are so helpful and kind and made me feel very comfortable. I felt prepared every step of the way and am so happy with my results!”

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Cost of Liposuction: 

imgOne Area: $6,200 | Full Abdomen: $8,700

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. 


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Details Of Liposuction 

  • Surgery:  Surgery is done under general anesthesia 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 volumes, and 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. 

Candidates for Liposuction 

Ideal candidates for liposuction are those individuals seeking to permanently remove excess or stubborn fat that is not responsive to diet and exercise. Candidates should be okay with a surgical procedure with minimal-to-moderate downtime. Additionally, those seeking liposuction should be in good overall health and maintain realistic expectations. 

Liposuction Procedure 

Your liposuction procedure will begin with an anesthetic. General anesthesia is most commonly used for liposuction procedures. Your surgeon will begin by making a small incision in the area where the fat is to be removed. Through this incision, they will insert a thin tube called a cannula. The cannula is maneuvered in a way that breaks up the excess fat before it is suctioned out through the small tube. To finish the procedure, sutures are made to close your incision. 

Liposuction Recovery 

Immediately following your liposuction procedure, you will experience some mild to moderate pain and bruising. You can take a pain reliever to help ease any discomfort. You will be required to wear a surgical compression garment around the clock during your recovery for 2 weeks and then only during the day for four weeks after that. You will also be required to pause or limit exercise for 2 weeks. Final results can be seen 6-8 weeks after your procedure. 

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.  

Schedule a Consultation 

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. 

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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, 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. 

Patient Resources

Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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