Stubborn fat that doesn’t go away despite a healthy diet, consistent exercise, and weight loss can be frustrating. Many consider plastic surgery, such as liposuction, but feel apprehensive about “going under the knife” and facing significant downtime and discomfort.

Body contouring after weight loss has been around for years, with liposuction bursting onto the scene during the early 1980s and gaining in popularity since. Today, this surgical technique is every bit as popular but has evolved with newer, more advanced procedures that heighten results and lessen the downside. Less invasive and innovative options are now available in the Memphis area.

University Plastic Surgeons offers a full array of liposuction and body contouring techniques, from traditional suction-assisted (SAL) and ultrasound-assisted lipectomy (UAL) procedures to newer and less invasive techniques such as HD Liposuction. Consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to help choose which is right for you.

Liposuction produces fantastic results in properly selected patients, but it needs to be performed by a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who knows the technology, who can properly identify the best procedure for you, and, most importantly, who operates safely. An excellent plastic surgeon exhibits good judgment and knows the intricacies of different procedures that will produce the desired result.

Liposuction is ideal for patients with persistent fat and tight skin. Those patients who desire fat removal but have loose or hanging skin are not candidates for liposuction alone but can get dramatic improvement from “excision” procedures (surgical removal). Examples include abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and belt lipectomy (buttock lift).

Large-volume liposuction is traditionally performed in an operating room facility under general anesthesia. Patients who have only small fat or skin pockets that persist despite diet and exercise alone may not need traditional liposuction. Instead, they may be ideal candidates for less invasive procedures like HD Liposuction.

HD Lipo is the latest method of liposuction, which is an in-office procedure performed with local anesthesia or monitored sedation. It is a way to quickly and effectively perform liposuction with a high-frequency oscillating device that makes the procedure more comfortable and tolerable while the patient is fully awake or sedated.

The University Plastic Surgeons facility contains a dedicated HD Lipo Suite. Longer procedures may even be performed under sedation provided by an anesthesiologist. Patients can be comfortable without having to pay for a costly off-site operating room.

The best part about HD Lipo is that recovery time is minimal. Near-normal activities can be performed the next day, exercise, and return to work the same week. Patients receive a compression garment to lessen any swelling and ensure proper healing.

For patients looking to refine their figures to reveal the tone they have worked hard to achieve, HD Lipo may be an inexpensive and ideal solution.

Remember that the first step in the process is choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who can properly choose the treatment plan to fulfill your goals and perform the procedure safely.

Roberto D. Lachica, M.D. is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon with 20 years experience in aesthetic surgery. He is a Memphis Magazine Top Plastic Surgeon and Castle Connolly Top Doctor. For more information call 901.866.8525 or visit