Liposuction, sometimes referred to as “lipo” by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion.

During liposuction, small, thin, blunt-tipped tubes (cannula) are inserted through tiny cuts in the skin. Fat is suctioned out through these tubes as the doctor moves the tubes around under the skin to target specific fat deposits. New methods such as Vaser or Laser are very popular. 


Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body, improving its shape and contours. It's particularly effective for areas where fat tends to accumulate, such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, and arms.

Liposuction is not a weight-loss solution but rather a contouring technique for those who struggle with fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.

The procedure involves the use of a hollow instrument called a cannula, which is inserted under the skin. A powerful vacuum is then applied to suction out the fat. Recovery time varies, and while it can effectively reshape body contours, maintaining results requires a healthy lifestyle.

It's essential to have realistic expectations and consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine suitability for the procedure.

What Areas of The Body Can Be Treated with Liposuction?

Liposuction can be used to treat various areas of the body where localized fat deposits are a concern. Some of the common areas that can be treated with liposuction include:

  1. Abdomen: Liposuction can remove excess fat from the abdominal area, helping to achieve a flatter and more defined midsection.
  2. Thighs: Both the inner and outer thighs can be targeted to improve leg contour and reduce the appearance of saddlebags.
  3. Buttocks: Liposuction can be used to enhance the shape of the buttocks or address areas of excess fat around the buttocks.
  4. Hips and Flanks (Love Handles): Stubborn fat in the hip and flank areas can be reduced to create a smoother waistline.
  5. Back: Liposuction can eliminate fat on the upper or lower back, helping to improve overall body proportions.
  6. Arms: Excess fat in the upper arms, often referred to as "bat wings," can be removed to achieve more toned and shapely arms.
  7. Neck and Chin: Liposuction can remove fat from the neck and chin area, reducing the appearance of a double chin and creating a more defined jawline.
  8. Chest (in males): In males, liposuction can be used to treat gynecomastia, a condition where excess breast tissue and fat are present.
  9. Knees: Liposuction can target fat deposits around the knees, helping to create a smoother leg contour.
  10. Ankles and Calves: These areas can also be treated to improve leg proportions and reduce excess fat.
  11. Bra Line: Liposuction can address fat deposits around the bra line and back to create a more flattering silhouette.
  12. Pubic Area (mons pubis): Some individuals may seek liposuction in the pubic area to reduce excess fat and create a more defined look.

It's important to note that the specific areas that can be treated with liposuction may vary depending on the individual's anatomy and the surgeon's expertise. Additionally, liposuction should be considered as a contouring procedure rather than a weight-loss method, and the suitability of treatment for each area should be discussed with a board-certified plastic surgeon during a consultation.

How Does The Liposuction Procedure Work?

The liposuction procedure is a surgical technique designed to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body to improve its shape and contours. Here is an overview of how the liposuction procedure works:

  1. Preparation: Before the procedure, you will have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals, assess your candidacy, and plan the treatment. You may need to undergo various pre-operative tests and provide a medical history.
  2. Anesthesia: On the day of the procedure, you will be given anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and pain-free during the surgery. The type of anesthesia used can vary and may include local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation, depending on the extent of the liposuction and your surgeon's preference.
  3. Incision Placement: Small incisions, typically less than half an inch in length, are made in inconspicuous locations near the areas to be treated. These incisions are strategically placed to minimize scarring.
  4. Tumescent Technique: In many cases, the surgeon will use a tumescent technique. This involves injecting a solution into the targeted area. The solution contains a combination of saline (sterile saltwater), a local anesthetic (to numb the area), and epinephrine (to constrict blood vessels and minimize bleeding).
  5. Cannula Insertion: A hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions and into the fatty tissue beneath the skin. The surgeon may use various types of cannulas, including traditional, power-assisted, or laser-assisted, depending on the specific technique and technology employed.
  6. Fat Removal: Using the cannula, the surgeon gently loosens and suctions out the excess fat. The fat is extracted using a vacuum or suction device, which removes it from the body.
  7. Contouring: The surgeon carefully shapes and sculpts the treated area to achieve the desired aesthetic result. This step is crucial for achieving a natural-looking outcome.
  8. Closing Incisions: After the fat removal and contouring are complete, the small incisions are closed with sutures or surgical tape. In some cases, no stitches are needed, as the incisions are very small.
  9. Recovery and Postoperative Care: Following the procedure, you will be monitored in a recovery area. You may need to wear compression garments to reduce swelling and support the treated areas during the healing process. The surgeon will provide postoperative instructions, including restrictions on physical activity and advice on managing discomfort.
  10. Results: Over time, as swelling subsides and the body heals, you will begin to see the final results of the liposuction procedure. It's important to note that results may continue to improve over several months, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is crucial to preserving the outcome.

Liposuction is a versatile procedure that can be customized to address various body areas and achieve the desired contouring results. To ensure a safe and successful outcome, it's essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in liposuction techniques and follow their postoperative care instructions diligently.

Is Liposuction a Weight-Loss Method?

No, liposuction is not a weight-loss method. Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed primarily for body contouring and the removal of localized, stubborn fat deposits in specific areas of the body. It is not intended as a solution for significant weight loss.

Here are some important points to understand regarding liposuction and weight loss:

  1. Targeted Fat Reduction: Liposuction is most effective for individuals who are already at or near their ideal body weight but have localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is typically used to improve body proportions and contouring in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, and more.
  2. Limited Fat Removal: There are limitations to the amount of fat that can be safely removed during a single liposuction session. Removing excessive amounts of fat in one procedure can increase the risk of complications.
  3. Not a Substitute for Weight Loss: Liposuction is not a substitute for healthy weight loss through diet and exercise. It does not address underlying issues related to overall body weight or obesity.
  4. Body Sculpting: The primary goal of liposuction is to enhance the body's shape and contour by selectively removing localized fat deposits. It can create a more sculpted appearance and improve body proportions.
  5. Healthy Lifestyle Maintenance: To maintain the results of liposuction, it is crucial to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and regular exercise. Weight gain after liposuction can lead to the development of new fat deposits in untreated areas.
  6. Consultation with a Surgeon: It is essential to have a consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon to determine whether liposuction is appropriate for your individual goals and needs. They will assess your candidacy, discuss realistic expectations, and provide guidance on the most suitable treatment options.

In summary, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure primarily aimed at body contouring and removing localized fat deposits in individuals who are already close to their desired weight. It is not a weight-loss method, and it should not be used as a substitute for healthy lifestyle changes when significant weight reduction is the goal.

Can The Results of Liposuction Be Maintained Long-Term?

The long-term maintenance of liposuction results depends on several factors, including individual lifestyle choices and adherence to a healthy routine. Here are key considerations regarding the maintenance of liposuction results:

  1. Healthy Lifestyle: To sustain the benefits of liposuction over the long term, it is essential to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes maintaining a balanced diet and engaging in regular physical activity. Weight stability is crucial because significant weight gain can lead to the development of new fat deposits, potentially compromising the results of liposuction.
  2. Regular Exercise: Incorporating regular exercise into your routine helps not only with weight maintenance but also with muscle toning and overall body health. A combination of cardiovascular exercise and strength training can help you achieve and maintain a fit and toned physique.
  3. Dietary Choices: Eating a balanced and nutritious diet is essential for weight management and overall health. Avoiding excessive consumption of high-calorie, high-fat, or sugary foods can help prevent weight gain and maintain the improvements achieved through liposuction.
  4. Hydration: Staying well-hydrated is important for overall health and can support your body's natural metabolic processes.
  5. Lifestyle Changes: Certain lifestyle choices, such as avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, can contribute to maintaining a healthier body and optimizing the results of liposuction.
  6. Follow Postoperative Instructions: Adhering to the postoperative care instructions provided by your surgeon is crucial. This may include wearing compression garments as recommended, taking prescribed medications, and attending follow-up appointments.
  7. Realistic Expectations: Understanding that liposuction provides body contouring and improved proportions rather than drastic weight loss is essential. Having realistic expectations and embracing your body's natural variations can help you maintain a positive body image.
  8. Regular Check-Ins with a Surgeon: Periodic consultations with your plastic surgeon can help monitor your progress and address any concerns or questions you may have. They can provide guidance on maintaining the results and offer additional recommendations if needed.

It's important to note that while liposuction permanently removes fat cells from treated areas, it does not prevent new fat cells from forming in untreated areas or prevent natural changes in body composition due to aging. Therefore, maintaining a commitment to a healthy lifestyle is crucial for sustaining the long-term benefits of liposuction and achieving overall well-being.


Opr. Dr. Cenk Melikoğlu Operating Doctor Cenk Melikoğlu was born in Görele, in 1978. In 2002, he graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine. Between the years of 2003 and 2010, he did his specialization in İzmir Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Clinic. In 2015, he worked as a guest lecturer in the American Hospital of Paris. When abroad, he especially focused on the transfer of free vascular lymph nodes for lymphedema treatment, in the field of microsurgery. He participated in numerous training and meetings in this area. There are more than 30 articles in the literature, which were published in national and international journals. Since 2016, he has been working in İzmir Özel Ekol ENT Hospital in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Cosmology Clinic. He speaks English well. He is married and has one child. His special interests are; Breast Aesthetics & Dual-Plan Method, Aesthetic nose surgery, Lymphedema surgery, Endoscopic facial stretching, Aesthetic body shaping surgery (abdominal stretching, liposuction, aesthetic breast surgery), Hair transplantation with FUE method, Migraine surgery, Gynecomastia correction, Genital aesthetics (especially penis enlargement), Lymphedema Treatment (Laser Assisted, With Microcannula Lymph Protective Method), Penis Enlargement (Length & Thickness Combined Method), Migraine Surgery (Closed Method with Scopy). He was entitled to receive the "Proficiency Certificate" by being successful in the examination, which was held by the Turkish Plastic Surgery Association in 2010. In 2015, he participated in a scientific competition by Gülhane Military Medical Academy with his study 'Saddle-nose deformity repair with micro-plate-adapted costal cartilage.’ He has won the first place in the field of surgical medicine. In 2018, he worked at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, USA for three months in April, May and June on advanced techniques on gender reassignment and penis enlargement in men. He is still continuing his academic and scientific studies.
Opr. Dr. Arif Aydın He graduated from Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine in 2008. He studied at Kaunas Medical Faculty between the years 2007 and 2008. He completed his specialization on Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Department at Afyon Kocatepe University between the years 2009 and 2014. He has 5 original articles published in national and international scientific journals, and 13 verbal and written academic papers presented in national congresses. He continues the academic studies. He received the competence certificate of Turkish Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery after his success in the exam in 2016. He did well in European Plastic Surgery Competence Written Exam that took place in Brussels in 2019. Fields of Interest: Rhinoplasty Neck lift surgery, Face lift Surgery, Otoplasty, Tummy tuck, Liposuction, Breast augmentation / reduction / mastopexy, Gynecomastia, Genital aesthetics, Blepharoplasty, Lipoedema surgery, Penis enlargement (lengthening and thickening surgery), Fat injections 
Opr. Dr. Serkan Süleyman Aslan He graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine in 1995. Between 2001 and 2007, he received his specialty training in the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, İnönü University. He has 20 original articles published in domestic and foreign scientific journals, and 18 written and oral presentations presented in national and international congresses. He is a member of Izmir Medical Chamber and Aegean Region Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Association. Married and father of one child, Opr. Dr. Serkan Süleyman Aslan has a good command of English. Areas of interest: Rhinoplasty Eyelid aesthetic Facial rejuvenation (face-neck lift) prominent ear Breast aesthetics (enlargement, reduction, lift) Correction of gynecomastia Tummy tuck Arm - Thigh stretch genital aesthetics Liposuction (fat removal) Fat injections Body shaping (Hip aesthetic, BBL) Minimal aesthetic applications (filler-rope hanger- neurotoxin) Fractional laser applications Skin Tumors Facial Traumas Penis Enlargement Lengthening and Thickening (Combined Method) Gender Reassignment Surgeries
Opr. Dr. Süleyman Çakmak He was born in 1990 in Isparta. He studied at Ankara University Faculty of Medicine between 2008-2015. Between 2016 and 2022, he graduated from Dokuz Eylül Faculty of Medicine, Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. He worked at Izmir Bozyaka EAH, Düzce Atatürk DH and Isparta City Hospital. He is a member of Izmir Medical Chamber and Plastic Surgery Association. Fields of Interest: Rhinoplasty Neck lift surgery, Face lift Surgery, Otoplasty, Tummy tuck, Liposuction, Breast augmentation / reduction / mastopexy, Gynecomastia, Genital aesthetics, Blepharoplasty, Lipoedema surgery, Penis enlargement (lengthening and thickening surgery), Fat injections 

Frequently Asked Questions

Ekol Hospitals’ experienced team of 3 esthetic surgeons perform liposuction procedures for years and are using the most updated methods. You can meet one of our surgeons and talk everything regarding your concerns and the methods they use.
If you have realistic expectations from this procedure yes you are a good candidate. Liposuction should be considered as a body countring operation and it is not a weight loss procedure. It will help you reshape the particular areas of your body.
Liposuction procedures are mostly performed under general anesthesia in operating theater. When general anesthesia is employed, then patients usually require one to three hours of post-anesthesia observation before being discharged home. If more liposuction is applied to more areas of the body, patient can be hospitalized one night. Most patients can return to a desk-type job with two days. Because of the significant decrease in swelling, inflammation and pain after tumescent liposuction, patients are able to return to normal physical activities very soon after liposuction. You will need to carry a garment for 4-6 weeks in order to gain better results and prevent possible swellings.
During the two days immediately after liposuction, the amount of pain experienced depends on the type of anesthesia used for liposuction. Soreness is usually the most intense 2 to 4 days after liposuction and then decreases steadily. The tenderness and soreness typically is quite bothersome for up to 4 weeks, but gradually subsides over the following next 4 to 8 weeks.
A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a major surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia, and involves liposuction and excision to remove fat, plus a large excision of skin. In many patients (but not all) liposuction of the abdomen can often provide equivalent or better results than a tummy tuck. Because liposuction is safer and causes less scarring compared to tummy tucks, abdominal liposuction is now far more common than are tummy tucks.
There are various types of liposuction. Your doctor will definately tell you which method will give the best results depending on your skin type, lipid tissue and amount of fat. Nowadays Laser and Vaser liposuction are very popular and preferrable because of the ability of those devices of targeting a specific area with easier healing time and less bruises. You can consult your surgeon about the method to be used.
You will be given body garments after the surgery creating compression on the areas in order to prevent swelling and bruises. This will also help you get better results. You will need to carry the garments around 4-6 weeks.
Definetaly not. Liposuction is the removel of excess fat in partial areas of your body. Maximum of 8-9 kgs fat removal is recommended by our doctors and this shouldn’t be considered as a weight loss procedure. You can check gastric sleeve or gastric baloon procedures for weight losing.
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