Understanding Liposuction: What to Expect

Understanding Liposuction: What to Expect

The goal of liposuction is to redefine and reshape the areas of the body that aren’t responding to exercise and diet. However, there can often be confusion about liposuction among patients, usually about what it is and what it can do. If you’ve heard of liposuction and are considering scheduling a consultation, here’s a guide to what you can expect.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

Liposuction will work best if you are already at or close to your ideal weight but are still dealing with localized fat deposits. You should be in good health and should also be a non-smoker. It’s important to have good muscle tone and skin elasticity, otherwise a surgical lift procedure might be better suited help you achieve your desired results.

What Liposuction Won’t Do

Liposuction should not be thought of as a weight loss surgery. Instead, it can remove stubborn pockets of fat in safe amounts. Although larger amounts of fat can be removed, this action comes with increased safety risks. Liposuction will also not reduce the appearance of cellulite. It will also not tighten sagging skin.

Liposuction Risks and Complications

There will always be risks and possible complications with surgery, and this includes liposuction. These can include bleeding, swelling, unfavorable results, and many others. It’s important to discuss your medical history and any concerns you might have about risks during a consultation with Dr. Kayastha.


Cost is an important factor to any surgery. However, the cost of liposuction will vary depending on what technique is being used and the size and number of areas that are being treated. The range for each treated area can be anywhere between $2,000 to $6000 but your total cost will still depend on things like the facility, the area you live in, and the complexity of the procedure you are having done. Remember, you will also be responsible for separate costs, such as anesthesia, medications, lab fees, and compression garments. You can find out what is all included in the cost during a consultation.

Before the Procedure

Before your surgery, Dr. Kayastha will give you a full examination, which could include pre-op lab tests as indicated by your history, to make sure you are healthy enough to undergo surgery. This will include a detailed weight and full health history. You may also have to stop taking certain medications for up to two weeks before the surgery, including herbal supplements.

What to Expect

You will need to have a trusted family member or friend drive you to the facility the day the surgery will take place. Once ready, you’ll be given a local anesthetic so you’re comfortable and relaxed. Then, the liposuction procedure takes place. Small incisions are used along with a surgical cannula to break up fat and suction it away. Afterwards, you can return home wearing a compression garment. Most patients require around one week of downtime before returning to work. Your final results will emerge over the course of the months after surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

Liposuction can be an excellent option for refining your favorite areas and removing stubborn fat. To get started on discussing your options during a consultation with Dr. Kayastha, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.

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Dr. Kayastha is a board certified plastic surgeon who serves Albany, NY and the entire Capital Region. Dr. Kayastha completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated with distinction in all subjects. He then attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. During his time in Buffalo he also completed a fellowship in surgical pathology at Roswell Park. Following medical school Dr. Kayastha gained a much sought after position in the Michigan State-Grand Rapids integrated plastic surgery residency. After finishing residency training Dr. Kayastha completed a one year fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. To round out his training before starting private practice Dr. Kayastha spent an additional 6 months learning from some of the best cosmetic surgeons in San Francisco. Dr. Kayastha is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.