Liposuction in Tampa, FL


Even after the implementation of a disciplined weight loss and exercise program, certain parts of our bodies are notorious for holding onto fat, including the chin, midsection, thighs, hips, ankles, and more. Liposuction in Tampa, FL is a surgery that is utilized to minimize these fat deposits, resulting in a slimmer, better-proportioned appearance.

Our Tampa Liposuction Procedure

Although liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the United States, it remains an invasive procedure and requires a high degree of skill to ensure natural-looking results. This is why those interested in the procedure should turn to an experienced, board-certified surgeon like Dr. Ahmed Abdullah who has performed countless successful liposuction surgeries throughout his nearly three decades as a plastic surgeon.


  • Have found diet and exercise inadequate at slimming stubborn fat pockets
  • Are at a stable weight and not significantly overweight
  • Are physically healthy and do not smoke

The first step in pursuing liposuction in Tampa is a consultation with Dr. Abdullah, who will perform a physical examination and gather information about your medical history. He will verify that you are in good health and inquire about your expectations of the procedure to determine if they are reasonable and realistic, or if other procedures may meet your needs better. Dr. Abdullah will provide you with detailed information about the steps involved in liposuction and the recovery process while taking the time to answer each of your questions. If he determines that liposuction is an appropriate approach to helping you achieve your goals, Dr. Abdullah will develop a customized treatment plan.

What Is Liposuction



Liposuction: What to Expect

Liposuction begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout the surgery. Dr. Abdullah will then inject a “wetting solution” into the area to be treated, which is intended to reduce bleeding, bruising, and discomfort. Small incisions are made and a cannula (hollow tube) attached to a vacuum pump is inserted into the skin and manipulated to loosen and remove excess fat. Finally, stitches are used to close the incisions.

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Recovering from Liposuction in Tampa, FL

Liposuction in Tampa, FL at Arviv Plastic Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and, within a week, most patients are able to return to work. In the first few weeks after the procedure, you will likely experience significant swelling. This will be improved through the use of compression garments, which should be worn 24/7 for a minimum period of 30 days. It takes many months for the tissues to normalize after liposuction, therefore, you should not expect to see the final results of the procedure for at least 8 to 12 months.

Liposuction After Care

Dr. Abdullah will provide detailed aftercare instructions for when you leave our practice, as well as options for pain control. In addition, he will provide contact information for he and his staff in the event that questions or concerns arise. Within approximately one week of surgery, you will have your first follow-up appointment with him.

Why Choose Arviv Plastic Surgery for Liposuction in Tampa, FL?

When you have your liposuction procedure in Tampa at our surgical center, you can be assured you are in good hands.

Our surgeons are committed to giving our patients all the information they need to make informed decisions about their aesthetic goals during our in-depth consultations. Our staff is available for questions at any time before the surgery. We meet or exceed every safety protocol during your procedure to ensure the best possible outcome for your surgery.


Liposuction FAQs

To ensure that our patients are comfortable and safe, the first step is anesthesia so they don’t experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Next, small incisions are made, and medication is injected through those incisions to help reduce bleeding.

Then, a thin tube, known as a cannula, is inserted through the incisions. The surgeon uses the cannula to break up the fat tissue, moving it around to target the areas you want to be reduced. This loose fat is then removed from the body through the cannula with a surgical vacuum.

The procedure length depends on what area is being treated. In general, if a small area, such as the chin, is being targeted, it takes about 30 minutes to complete. For larger areas, such as the abdomen or buttocks, it could take about an hour. It’s rare for liposuction to last more than one to two hours.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, but it’s considered minimally invasive. You can expect to see some swelling and bruising right after the surgery, but that will subside over time. You’ll be given medication for the first few days after surgery to help reduce pain. Good post-surgical care will help you heal as quickly as possible, so be sure to follow all instructions.

After the first few days, you should start to feel more comfortable. Most people can return to work within three days to a week of surgery. After two to three weeks, you will probably be cleared to return to all normal activities, including exercise.

Although you’ll feel fully recovered within a few weeks, keep in mind that it takes some time for the affected tissues to adjust. You won’t see the full results for about eight to 12 months, so be patient and enjoy watching your body get closer to your dream every day.

Our staff will do everything we can to keep you comfortable. However, you will probably feel bruised for a few weeks after liposuction. That discomfort will be worse at the beginning. However, it will lessen over time, and it can usually be well managed with medication. After the first three to five days, you probably won’t need anything other than over-the-counter medications to be comfortable.

The exact amount of fat you can expect to have removed in a single liposuction procedure depends on the area that’s being treated and how much fat you have there. For people who are already at a low body weight but have stubborn pockets of fat to target, the overall amount of fat removed might not seem very high, but the impact of just removing a pound or two might be dramatic.

It’s generally accepted that it’s safe to remove between six and eight pounds of fat in a single liposuction procedure. In some cases, removing as much as 11 pounds of fat can be safely done, but it’s important to work with a plastic surgeon you trust. Be sure to speak to your surgeon so you can go into the surgery with a clear understanding of what to expect and how much is likely to be removed.

Liposuction isn’t intended to be an overall weight reduction technique. Most surgeons agree that it’s a great choice for patients who are at or near their weight goal, have maintained a steady weight, and have specific areas they want to target for reduction. Although you can have multiple liposuction procedures over time, it’s not the most effective way to lose large amounts of weight.

For most people, liposuction will remove between six and eight pounds of fat. All of the weight loss will be from fat removal, and the results can be dramatic.

Before & After Liposuction in Tampa


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