Liposuction Overview

Plastic Surgeon | Cosmetic Surgeon | Plastic Surgery | Las Vegas Liposuction Overview

Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reduce stubborn pockets of fat from specific areas of the body. The procedure is often performed in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures to achieve more comprehensive outcomes. Liposuction may address single or multiple areas of the body, depending on the aesthetic goals of a patient.

Dr. Bryson Richards is an experienced plastic surgeon providing liposuction and a range of other procedures for the breast, body and face. Dr. Richards receives patients from Las Vegas and surrounding areas for liposuction. He will first determine the suitability of a candidate before recommending the best available treatment options.

Fat Reduction

Many times a person may have moderate body weight, but may be bothered by the presence of unwanted fat deposits in certain areas of the body such as thighs, buttocks, calves, abdomen, neck, knees, or arms. In such cases, the cosmetic surgeon may suggest liposculpture or liposuction surgery to remove excess fats and enhance the body contour.

State of the art surgical techniques such as tumescent liposuction have made the procedure safer, less invasive, and more effective. Sometimes liposuction cosmetic surgery may be performed in combination with laser therapy. The goal is to focus on a specific area of the body and surgically remove deeper layers of fat.

Who Needs Liposuction?

Dr. Richards is a dedicated plastic surgeon for liposuction surgery in Las Vegas. He will evaluate the patient on various parameters before recommending liposuction. An outstanding candidate for this cosmetic surgery will be an adult with moderate and stable body, but suffering from excess fat deposits in one or more parts of the body.

If diet and exercise have not managed to reduce the fats, liposuction may be the right treatment. Such fat deposits may occur due to genetic factors, aging, lack of exercise and fitness, or other factors. Patients should know that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure.


Traditional liposuction plastic surgery procedure may be performed using general anesthesia or IV sedation. However, with tumescent liposuction technique, the need for general anesthesia is avoided. The surgeon will make a small incision in a pre-determined area. A solution with local anesthetic and adrenaline is injected to keep the patient comfortable and minimize the risk of bleeding.

The cosmetic surgeon will use a cannula to dislodge stubborn fat cells, which will then be suctioned out with a syringe attached to the cannula. The total procedure may be completed in one to three hours in most cases. However, if the procedure is extensive, it may be performed over two days because only a limited amount of fat should be removed in a single day.


In case of tumescent liposuction, the recovery will be faster because it avoids general anesthesia and the procedure is less invasive. The patient may return to their regular activities or go to work after about a week. Vigorous exercises and heavy lifting of weights should be avoided for at least four to six weeks.
If you would like more information on cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Las Vegas plastic surgeon, Dr. Bryson Richards please contact us at 702.870.7070

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