Targeted fat reduction can help you achieve the body contour you’ve always desired, particularly if diet and exercise have proven ineffective. Our Las Vegas plastic surgeons, offer a variety of liposuction options at their state-of-the-art practice. To provide you with the best care and results possible, our surgeons are trained in the most advanced techniques available, including ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL) and laser lipolysis. During your initial consultation, Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn will determine the ideal approach for you based on your anatomic needs, cosmetic goals, and time constraints.

For more information about the types of liposuction available at our practice, please follow the links below or contact our office today. We can answer your questions or help you schedule a complimentary consultation.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that is designed to remove fatty tissue from targeted areas like the hips, abdomen, or thighs. Liposuction can be performed on virtually any area of the body to help sculpt the body and create a more flattering silhouette. Many types of liposuction are now available, including traditional tumescent liposuction, laser liposuction, and ultrasonic liposuction, and each offers unique benefits for the ideal candidate.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

If you are bothered by stubborn pockets of fatty tissue that resist diet and exercise, liposuction may be able to help you achieve your cosmetic goals. Liposuction is not a method of weight loss, although it may allow you to reduce the size of “trouble” areas after you have reached your goal weight. Patients considering liposuction should be in good general health and have realistic expectations for the outcomes. During the initial consultation, our plastic surgeons will discuss your concerns and goals to arrive at a customized treatment plan.

Traditional Liposuction

Medically referred to as tumescent liposuction, traditional liposuction uses a tube called a cannula to physically break up fatty tissue and remove it via suction. This method can be used on a wide range of body regions, and it may be the best approach for certain types of fatty tissue. During your consultation, Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn will inform you if they recommend this technique, and they will explain how it can optimize your results.

Recovery From Liposuction

Following your procedure, you should be able to return home the same day. Bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the treated area is normal, and we can provide prescription medication to help manage your pain. In many cases, you should be able to return to regular activity, depending on how strenuous your day-to-day duties are, in approximately seven days. If you combine liposuction with another cosmetic procedure, such as tummy tuck surgery or breast lift, your recovery may be extended.


SmartLipo® utilizes laser energy to help melt and remove fat, reduce bruising, and firm the skin all at once. Often performed under local anesthesia, SmartLipo® can reduce the amount of downtime associated with liposuction, allowing as little as two-to-three days off from work. Since the procedure can be completed while you are awake, it may be more cost effective than other modalities, depending on your unique treatment plan. Additionally, laser liposuction can help to tighten skin, unlike traditional liposuction.

SmartLipo® Procedure

Smartlipo® is a three-part operation. In the first phase, Dr. Hankins or Dr. Sohn will administer a diluted local anesthetic solution, which numbs the treatment area. The surgeon then uses the SmartLipo® device to gently heat the skin, melt the fat, and cause tissue coagulation. Tissue coagulation can help to minimize swelling and bruising. Once the fatty tissue is softened, cannulas (small tubes) will be used to remove the fat and contour the area. During your initial consultation, Drs. Hankins or Sohn will determine how much tissue can be removed based on your needs and goals.

SmartLipo® Recovery

After the surgery, you will need to wear compression garments on the treated area for about six weeks. A few stitches will be needed to close the small incisions used for the cannulas, and these sutures will be removed after approximately one week. While everyone heals at a different rate, most patients can return to work and normal activity two-to-seven days after the procedure. You may begin exercising after seven days, or when Dr. Hankins and Dr. Sohn suggest it is safe to do so. *You should see significant enhancement in your body contour after about three or four weeks, with full effects visible after six months.

*Individual Results May Vary

VASER® LipoSelection®

LipoSelection® by VASER® is an innovative liposuction system that utilizes ultrasonic waves to break up and liquefy excess fat in a targeted area without harming surrounding tissue. This technique is designed to achieve smooth, consistent results with less discomfort, bruising, and swelling than traditional tumescent liposuction. Additionally, it’s possible to contour smaller regions of the body, such as the neck or the ankles, with great precision and natural-looking results. VASERlipo® can be performed using either local or general anesthesia, and Drs. Hankins and Sohn will determine which option better suits your treatment plan during your initial consultation.

VASER® LipoSelection® Recovery

After the procedure, you will have to wear compression garments for a short period of time to help achieve the desired result. Recovery following VASERlipo® will vary depending on your unique rate of healing, but some patients can return to work and light activity within a couple of days. It’s important to avoid strenuous activity for at least two-to-three weeks, or as long as Dr. Hankins and Dr. Sohn recommend. *You should notice immediate improvement in the treated area, and your results will continue to improve over the next three-to-four months.

*Individual Results May Vary

What Happens if I Gain Weight After Liposuction Surgery?

Some minor fluctuations in weight are normal and should not affect your results; however, if more substantial weight gain occurs, you may experience changes in your body contour. The fatty tissue may return to the treated areas, develop in an untreated area, or both. Everyone’s response to this event is unique. We recommend patients try to maintain a stable weight through diet and exercise. In the event of weight gain, we may be able to address the concerns with a second procedure, if desired.

What Do Liposuction Scars Look Like?

The fatty tissue is removed from the body using fine cannulas, or tubes, so the incisions are relatively small. The number and location of the incisions will depend on which areas you are treating. Most patients heal very well after surgery and the scars are usually unnoticeable, particularly under clothes. We take great care to minimize the visibility of scars and marks so you can be as comfortable and confident in the results as possible.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The price of liposuction will vary from person to person depending on their personalized treatment plan. Factors like the size of the area being treated, number of treated areas, and amount of tissue being removed will play a role, and we will go over all the details at your initial consultation. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of liposuction in 2016 was $3,200. This estimate only includes the cost of the surgeon’s fee and does not account for the anesthesiology or hospital facility expenses, which the patient will also be responsible for. We believe you should have all the pertinent information at hand to make the best decision for you, which is why we will provide a detailed overview of all anticipated costs and answer any questions you might have. If you would like to consider plastic surgery financing to help pay for the procedure, we work with a number of reputable agencies that offer affordable rates to eligible applicants.

Are There Alternatives to Liposuction?

If you are not a candidate for liposuction or prefer a minimally invasive option, we offer a range of non-surgical body contouring techniques. You cannot achieve the same degree of fatty tissue reduction using these methods as you would with liposuction; however, they can be useful in reducing the size of “trouble” spots on many areas of the face and body without the downtime associated with surgery. We can discuss these treatments during your first meeting as well.

If you have additional questions about liposuction, or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation, please contact our office today.