Dr. Connors offers the latest advancements in liposuction surgery to patients throughout the Atlanta area. Utilizing both surgery and laser technology, he is able to transform the bodies of men and women who desire slimmer figures. Traditional liposuction surgery removes excess fat from areas on the body that are problematic and sometimes resistant to diet and exercise. During this surgery, a device known as a “cannula” is inserted under the skin and is used to help loosen and remove fat. Dr. Connors commonly performs liposuction on the tummy, hips, buttocks and thighs.
"The staff and doctor were all amazing and made me feel like family. The doctor is highly skilled, very personable and caring as well."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"Dr. Connors has excellent bedside manner and makes you feel like he's focused 100% on your satisfaction with the outcome of your surgical plan."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"Dr. Connors never rushes his patients and gives them as much time as they need to ask questions and feel comfortable with the information he provides."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Nov 12, 2014
"Dr. Connors is the absolute BEST plastic surgeon ever! He did my breast augmentation and liposuction eight months ago. My results are absolutely fantastic. He and his staff took great care of me. Dr. Connors' credentials are unbeatable. Apparently he did over 100 breast augmentations last year. There must be a lot of happy patients out there! I can't imagine finding a better surgeon. Thanks for taking such good care of me!"- J.S. / Yelp / Oct 20, 2010
"Before I met Dr. Connors, I thought I was a lost cause. A few years ago, I had liposuction (twice) in my abdomen and flanks that left me with ripples, unevenness and really low self-esteem. I did some research on doctors specializing in reconstructive surgery and (by the grace of God) found Dr. Connors. He took his time to answer all of my questions, relieving my anxiety of a THIRD procedure. He was very honest with me and might I add, very patient. Let's just say it took a few years for me to finally get the courage to go through with the third procedure. The day of my surgery, I went in for the procedure very nervous and overwhelmed. As soon as I met with his nurse, Heather, I was able to take a deep breath and begin to calm down. The procedure was completely different than my previous two. I didn't feel like just another procedure to Dr. Connors or Heather. They took the time to talk to me, making sure I was educated and comfortable throughout the entire process. Dr. Connors even performed extra areas during my procedure because he wanted it to come out perfect. (He is quite the perfectionist) I could not have been happier! Dr. Connors has truly changed my life. He has given me the confidence to go out again in a bathing suit and I am just all-around more confident and happier in my day to day. He is hands down the best surgeon in Atlanta and deserves for anyone contemplating cosmetic surgery to consider him. I honestly could not be happier with my results. He went in and"- D.E. / Yelp / Jul 11, 2012
Liposuction Surgical Technique
Tumescent "Super-Wet" Lipo
Tumescent liposuction is a common approach used by surgeons. It is a suction-assisted (SAL) form of lipo that first injects a liquid agent into the area that is to be treated. The liquid agent includes saline, Lidocaine (a numbing agent) and Epinephrine (a medication that controls bleeding). A cannula is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. An attached power-aided motor allows the surgeon to control the speed of the fat removal, which can be as great as a few pounds or as little as several ounces.
Ultrasound-Assisted Lipo (UAL)
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (known as “ultrasonic”) is a technique used on areas where a greater amount of dense fat resides. It’s a dual process using ultrasound and suction. First, ultrasound waves transmit energy through a special device aimed to help loosen and melt the fat. This liquid is then suctioned out using a cannula. UAL liposuction is commonly used on men seeking a higher level of muscular definition. You may hear this type of liposuction referred to as hi-def liposuction or VASER® Lipo, or simply Vaser hi-def.
Laser-Assisted Lipo (LAL)
Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology to introduce a burst of energy to the specified area of fat. The laser loosens and liquefies the fat for removal. This particular type of liposuction includes brand names such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.
Liposuction During/After Surgery
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. On average, each body part (i.e. tummy, thighs, etc.) will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment on the treated areas. It takes about a full week for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and can take several months for the final results to appear. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are usually small and will fade over time.
Liposuction Expected Cost
The price for liposuction will vary depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. The average cost of liposuction in the U.S. for the most common body parts are outlined below:
- Abdomen: $3,000-$7,000
- Arms: $2,500-$5,000
- Buttocks: $2,500-$4,000
- Chin: $2,500-$4,500
- Inner Thigh: $2,500-$5000
- Outer Thigh: $2,500-$5,000
- Hips/Waist: $2,500-$5,000
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,000 - $15,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-5 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
How Safe is Lipo?
The media sometimes tells stories of liposuction patients who have endured bad results at the hands of inexperienced surgeons. Today’s liposuction techniques are much safer and more predictable than ever before, but surgeon skill still remains the number one factor when researching this procedure. The goal is to attain a natural and smooth result. An experienced surgeon will be able to provide this outcome.
Is Lipo Permanent?
The good news is, fat cells that are removed during liposuction do not come back. Unfortunately, patients can still gain weight after surgery because the remaining cells can expand and become larger. However, patients who adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after surgery.
How Much Fat?
The amount of fat removed really depends on the size of the patient and their aesthetic goals. From a safety standpoint, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends roughly 10 pounds of fat or less. Otherwise it is considered a high-volume liposuction, which does present an increased set of risks. It’s advised to get down to your ideal weight before undergoing a liposuction procedure.
Skin Tautness (Laxity)?
Liposuction is a surgery that removes fat and enhances the actual shape of the body. It does not address skin imperfections caused by sagging skin or cellulite under the skin. During your consultation, a discussion can be had regarding the available procedures, which address and improve skin texture. Some procedures recommended to correct skin laxity include abdominoplasty, thigh lift, neck lift, and butt lift surgeries.