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Liposuction holds a secure position as one of the most popular and successful body contouring procedures for both men and women. A minimally invasive treatment that achieves big results, liposuction is a very effective way to get rid of pockets of excess fat that are stubborn to the efforts of diet and exercise. This procedure is performed by Dr. Randall Craft to provide top-level liposuction results at our clinic located in Phoenix, AZ .

How does liposuction work?

Liposuction uses a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) to loosen fat cells, break them up, and suction them out of the body. It’s a time-tested treatment that greatly improves the appearance of the stomach, love handles, thighs, neck, arms, bra fat, and more. Liposuction is often paired with other procedures such as a mommy makeover , tummy tuck , or breast surgery to take the results to the next level with additional contouring.


Benefits of liposuction

Liposuction can remove excess fat from the stomach, back, arms, chin and neck, buttocks, hips, thighs, and even more areas. Some of the key benefits of the procedure include:

  • Immediate fat removal
  • Does not require general anesthesia
  • High rate of patient satisfaction
  • Minimal downtime
  • Permanent results
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Surgical details for liposuction

Liposuction is a minimally invasive outpatient surgery. It is performed with the patient under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia, depending on how many areas are being treated. About three to four areas can safely be addressed with one liposuction procedure. 

The treatment will start with Dr. Craft making very small incisions at the areas to be treated. He will insert the cannula (the thin, hollow tube) into the incisions. The cannula has been designed to leave only the most minimal scarring possible, but the actual amount of scarring will depend on your skin quality and how many insertion sites are made. Any questions you have about scarring can be discussed with you during your consultation. 

The cannula will loosen excess fat and break up targeted tissues, and a suction device that is attached to the cannula will then suction the fat away. The incisions will then be closed. 

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Your exact amount of downtime and recovery details will depend on the areas that were treated, how much fat was removed during your procedure, and how quickly your specific body heals. Whether or not your liposuction in Phoenix was combined with another procedure will also factor into your recovery time.

In general, patients are able to return to non-strenuous work in about a week. You will be given a compression garment to wear for six weeks to help with swelling, healing, and contouring. You can expect to have swelling and bruising during recovery, and any discomfort you have typically decreases after a few days. 

Don’t push yourself, but it’s important to walk around several times a day to increase circulation and help with healing during your recovery. Most patients should begin walking the day after their procedure. You will be given detailed home care instructions that will help your recovery go smoothly. 


Although there will be swelling after your procedure, improvement in the shape of your body will still be visible soon after your procedure.

After the swelling has decreased in four to six weeks, improvements will be even more apparent. About three months after the procedure, the final results will be apparent. The incisions usually fade into very small, thin scars that are not obvious. Although your excess fat is removed with liposuction, it does not stop weight gain in the future. You’ll need to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise in order to keep your new, contoured appearance.

Liposuction candidates

If you’re interested in undergoing liposuction in Phoenix , you may be a great candidate if you:

  • Have stubborn areas of fat that don’t seem to be going away with diet and exercise
  • Are at a stable weight and are generally healthy
  • Have firm, elastic skin 
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure’s outcome

Those who have loose skin or cellulite do not usually make good liposuction candidates because the treatment could cause uneven or dimpled skin for them. 

Why choose ACARA?

If you’re considering liposuction in Phoenix, please schedule a consultation with us. Dr. Randall O. Craft’s training enables him to provide patient-centric, compassionate care with an emphasis on safety. As a double board-certified, Harvard-trained surgeon, Dr. Craft combines his distinctive training with a sense of artistry that provides better outcomes for his patients. To schedule a consultation, please call or contact us online. 

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