What is Liposuction?

Based upon your needs and your anatomy, Dr. Ridgway may recommend liposuction be either a stand-alone operation or used in conjunction with other procedures to help you see the sculpted results you desire. With relatively fast results, and the potential to be nearly permanent when combined with the right balance of nutrition and exercise, liposuction provides you with a versatile option for achieving lasting cosmetic changes.

Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion. 

Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin, and neck
  • Calves and ankle

Is it right for me? 

If you are bothered by excess fat deposits - located anywhere on your body - that don't respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you. An initial consultation with Dr. Ridgway will help you understand how liposuction, alone or paired with other procedures, may be able to address the areas of your body you are concerned about.

Ideal candidates for liposuction are:

  • Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring

Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite-the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips, and buttocks-or loose saggy skin.

This is about the vision you have for your body – it’s about creating your choice for how you want to appear.
— Dr. Emily Ridgway



1-4 hours (depending on extent of procedure)


General or Intravenous Sedation/Local for small volume


Usually Outpatient


Back at work in 5-7 days
Resume light exercise at 2 weeks
Resume strenuous activity at 6 weeks
8-12 weeks for swelling to resolve


Can be permanent if diet and exercise are maintained