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“The decision to have liposuction was made so much easier by Dr. Carney and his staff. The procedure resulted in a brand new me – from how I look in my clothes to a whole new attitude on life. Big difference!”*

– Lisa W., Virginia Beach, VA

Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipectomy, fat suction, or lipoplasty, is a body contouring technique which removes localized fat deposits and reshapes specific areas of the body. Liposuction can be performed on the face, neck, breast, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, legs and ankles.


The Carney Center uses the “tumescent” liposuction technique, which requires minimal incisions and results in less bruising and a quicker recovery time. The incisions are very small, inconspicuous and closed with one stitch. Other procedures may be combined with liposuction, such as lower tummy tuck or medial thigh tuck, in order to reduce unwanted, excess skin.

Liposuction may be done under local anesthesia, IV sedation or a light general anesthesia. Most patients prefer general anesthesia. Dr. Carney has performed VASER Liposuction for over 10 years on over 1,000 patients.


Most patients are alert and comfortable enough to go home after your treatment. You will need to wear a snug garment to support the surgical area. Plan to return to The Carney Center between two and four days after surgery for a brief check and suture removal.

Most patients are up and moving around the following day. Some patients return to work within two to three days. You may resume near normal activity levels in about a week, however, the extent of your surgery and personal considerations will factor into how quickly you recover. Exercise or strenuous activities may be delayed from two to four weeks following the procedure.


The best candidates for liposuction are healthy non-smokers within 30% of their ideal weight, but with pockets of excess fat that appear disproportionately large. It’s important to be physically and psychologically healthy and have firm and elastic skin,. Hanging skin that won’t reshape to your body’s new contours may require an additional procedure to remove the excess skin.

Learn More About Liposuction

If you’d like to learn more, please watch our educational video below. Just select the procedure from the dropdown video menu below. You can also learn more about liposuction from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is also a good source of information. Dr. Carney is a member of both medical societies.

If you feel that you would like to speak with Dr. Carney personally about liposuction, please request a consultation or contact us with your question. 

Individual results may vary.

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