Liposuction is Dr. Hoefflin’s most commonly requested cosmetic surgery procedure. It has become increasingly appealing because of its ability to target problem areas of unwanted fat with accuracy and control. With new techniques and industry advancements, liposuction now requires less recovery time, is less painful, and is much safer than ever before.

Patients interested should note that liposuction is not a weight loss tool. Ideal liposuction candidates are those at a healthy weight who simply with to refine and add contour to their appearance by eliminating stubborn pockets of fat are unresponsive to diet and exercise.

Liposuction is most commonly performed on the abdomen, waist, love handles, hips, saddle bags (outer thighs), inner thighs, knees, neck (under the chin), and the ankles. Dr. Hoefflin utilizes the newest advances in technology to redefine and sculpt these areas for his patients. In addition to traditional liposuction, Dr. Hoefflin also uses the SlimLipo and Vaser Liposelection techniques which provide the added advantage of significantly less post-operative bruising and swelling for a faster healing and recovery.

Dr. Hoefflin specializes in many other body contouring procedures, including tummy tucks, arm lifts, breast augmentations, breast lifts, Mommy Makeovers, Slim Lipo, body lifts and plastic surgery after weight loss.



During the surgery, very small 1/4″ incisions are made in inconspicuous places around the treatment area. The doctor then inserts a small suction tube called a cannula into the tiny incisions in order to extract unwanted fat cells. The incisions are exceptionally small. They heal very quickly and typically become almost impossible to see.

Typically, Dr. Hoefflin performs the procedures in his state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center which conforms to the highest credentials.  Patients are either placed under local anesthesia with deep sedation or under general anesthesia, administered by one of our board-certified anesthesiologists. The procedure usually takes one to three hours depending on the size of the treatment area and the amount of fat to be removed.



SlimLipo is a type of laser that uses a laser to liquefy or “melt” unwanted fat. The fat is then removed using the traditional liposuction technique. SlimLipo has the added benefit of being able to tighten loose skin. It is an excellent choice for patients who have particularly uneven areas of fat or for those with loose skin. An additional advantage to SlimLipo is that patients experience significantly less downtime as well as less bruising and swelling after the procedure. Most patients are able to return to work and their normal activities almost immediately.




Vaser Liposuction uses ultrasound technology to emulsify fat before it is suctioned from the body. The advantage of this type is that tissue, nerves, and blood vessels surrounding the unwanted fat are left undisturbed. The Vaser liposuction technology is especially useful in fibrous areas of the body such as the flanks, chest, waist, back, and bra rolls. The result is a smooth, contoured appearance with little residual swelling or bruising.



Patients are sent home with compression garments to wear over treated areas. These garments keep patients comfortable, reduce swelling, and encourage healing. Compression garments are worn for several weeks after surgery. Some initial discomfort is common but is easily controlled with oral medication. A self-massaging regimen or Endermologie® by LPG is recommended in the weeks following a liposuction procedure to help promote healing, diminish swelling, and speed the recovery process. Patients can get back to light exercise a few weeks after treatment. However, patients are advised to wait at least six weeks to return to more vigorous exercises and activities.



Liposuction is a very safe procedure when performed by a properly qualified and board-certified plastic surgeon. The risk of serious problems after surgery are rare. During your consultation, Dr. Hoefflin will discuss any specific risks with you and determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure. As always, you can reduce your risk of complications by closely following Dr. Hoefflin’s pre- and post-operative instructions.

To learn if you are a candidate for body sculpting, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Hoefflin for a complimentary consultation.



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Above set: Dr. Hoefflin performed laser-assisted liposuction of upper and lower abdomen, flank, and hips.

Before & After Lipo

Above sets(3): Laser-assisted liposuction of upper and lower abdomen, lower back, and flanks.


Above sets(3): Dr. Hoefflin performed liposculpture of abdomen, waist, and outer thighs; breast augmentation with 339cc silicone gel implants, and brazilian butt lift.

Above Set(3): Dr. Hoefflin performed laser-assisted liposuction of upper and lower abdomen, flank, and hips.

Above sets (2): Dr. Hoefflin performed liposculpture of the abdomen & waist, and Brazilian Butt Lift. (Please highlight and connect Brazilian Butt Lift)

Above set: Dr. Hoefflin performed SLIM LIPO (laser-assisted liposuction) of upper and lower abdomen, and waist. Postoperative photos taken 5 months after surgery.

Above Set: Dr. Hoefflin performed Brazilian butt lift with liposculpting of waist and back.

Above set: Dr. Hoefflin performed SlimLipo (laser-assisted liposuction) of upper and lower abdomen, and flank areas.

Above set: Dr. Hoefflin performed Slim Lipo (laser-assisted liposuction) of upper and lower abdomen, and flank areas. Postop photos taken 4 months after surgery.

Above set: Dr. Hoefflin performed laser-assisted liposuction of upper and lower abdomen, flank, and hips areas.

Above (3 sets): Dr. Hoefflin performed a breast lift, breast augmentation, and mini-abdominoplasty with Allergan/Natrelle Style 15 (Moderate Profile), 371 cc smooth round silicone gel implant using a vertical (lollipop) technique.

Above set: Dr. Hoefflin performed laser-assisted liposuction of upper and lower abdomen, flank, and hips area.

Above set: Dr. Hoefflin performed laser-assisted liposuction of upper and lower abdomen, flank, and hips area.

These before & after photographs are patients of plastic surgeon Dr. Hoefflin, who have given permission to have their photos published. They are for illustrative purposes only. While these photos depict actual patients, they are not a guarantee of results. Individual results for liposuction patients may vary.

To learn if you are a candidate for liposuction surgery, contact Plastic Surgeon Dr. Hoefflin


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