Liposuction is the second most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedure  in the United States. Over 200,000 liposuction procedures were performed last year. Liposuction is the procedure where excess superficial fat is removed by suction and the body is sculpted for better shape and proportion. Excess fat accumulates in many areas of the body. Even if you eat right and exercise, these fat deposits will persist. Fat cells will shrink as you loose weight but they will remain disproportionately distributed. Liposuction optimizes body contour by selectively removing excess collections of fat cells. Abdominal liposuction targets these fat deposits and permanently removes them, leaving an improved shape, a better contour, a smaller waistline, and most importantly, an improved self image.

Liposuction is not a replacement for good eating habits and exercising. It is not a weight loss procedure. Instead liposuction is a sculpting procedure that goes hand in hand with a sensible diet and exercise program.

I have posted earlier on the various types of liposuction available.

I prefer to use cold laser liposuction. With the laser liposuction procedure, a precisely calibrated external laser scans the exterior of the body, targeting fat cells and changing the composition of the fat. Through a small incision (only 1/4 inch), the de-stabilized fat is removed.  Since I use a cold laser, no heat is generated and thus no tissue burning occurs.  My experience has been that comparing laser liposuction to standard tumescent liposuction, several advantages exist.

Comparison of Tumescent Liposuction and Cold Laser Liposuction

Tumescent Liposuction

Cold Laser Liposuction

Cannula is inserted into fat deposit High vacuum is used to scrape out fat cells


External cold laser liquefies fat cells. Cannula is inserted into fat deposit. Low vacuum is used to remove fat.

Permanently Removed

Targeted Fat Cells

Permanently Removed


 Bruising and Swelling


Continuously for 6 weeks

 Compression Garment Worn

4 Days

In my next post, I will present abdominal liposuction cases.

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About Dr. Matt Galumbeck

With over 20 years of clinical experience and having performed over 5,000 cosmetic surgery procedures, Dr. Matthew Galumbeck has the experience and skills to deliver outstanding cosmetic surgery outcomes.

A native of Virginia Beach, Matthew Galumbeck, MD received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and his medical degree from Duke University. He trained in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University, and in plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Further study includes advanced training in body contouring in Paris.

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