“Lipo” has been one of the most popular elective surgeries around the globe for decades, including in Oregon. While it’s not necessarily a “fat loss” procedure and certainly not a weight-loss method, larger amounts of body fat can be removed in minutes compared to non-surgical alternatives such as CoolSculpting. The results are instant, although swelling can delay the appearance of full results by a few weeks.


Liposuction is commonly performed as a standalone procedure to reduce fat that may build up in a range of areas. It can also be combined with other surgeries to help sculpt and slim the figure. Plastic surgeons that are highly-trained in the latest surgical techniques of body contouring commonly employ liposuction to enhance the final outcome of their procedures, such as a tummy tuckmommy makeoverbreast augmentation, or body lift.

At Neaman Plastic Surgery, Liposuction is commonly performed during a tummy tuck to enhance the final result and produce the highly-desired “hourglass” figure. 


The perfect lipo candidate is usually within 30 percent of a healthy body weight, has elastic skin, and is a non-smoker. However, if you think you don’t fall into all of these categories, you may still be a lipo candidate and can learn more during a consultation.

Today’s liposuction is highly versatile thanks to state-of-the-art lipo technology and skilled cosmetic surgeons. Liposuction might be performed on one or more of these areas during a procedure:

  • Face, jowls, and neck
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Upper arms
  • Chest or breasts
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Calves and ankles

Compared to many other elective surgeries, liposuction is minimally invasive. The entry points are barely scars and nearly invisible with today’s tiny liposuction vacuum heads used for fat removal. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for lipo. Schedule a consultation with Salem plastic surgeons Dr. Keith Neaman or Dr. Dustin Christiansen to explore liposuction as an appropriate treatment for your body contouring goals.


Our highly-skilled surgeons at Neaman Plastic Surgery commonly recommend adding liposuction as part of a larger surgery such as a tummy tuck. This allows our surgeons to enhance the final contouring results of the procedure and improve overall patient satisfaction. Liposuction almost always requires general anesthesia or “being under.” For patient safety, general anesthesia can only be used for a certain length of time. Liposuction time requirements will vary based on total procedures being performed, the amount of fat being removed, the number of liposuction areas, and the total space of the body undergoing lipo. A potential side effect of poor liposuction is contouring issues, which is why a skilled lipo surgeon takes time and sometimes more than one appointment to ensure optimal results.


Dr. Neaman and Dr. Christiansen are both board-certified plastic surgeons. They have spent years honing their craft to bring the latest surgical techniques to their patients in Salem and beyond. At Neaman Plastic Surgery, we believe that collaboration is the secret to a successful surgical outcome. We work with you to craft a customized plan to address your needs and tailor the process to best suit you.

My experience with Dr. Neaman was amazing. All the staff are very attentive and friendly. From the first appointment, I felt very confident and safe. Dr. Neaman is a very professional surgeon who guides me through the entire process. He did an amazing job on my body and looking in the mirror today, I feel so confident. Looking at my before and after pictures, I can't believe what an amazing job he did on me. Thanks to Dr. Neaman and his entire team!

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There are some general parameters of the “perfect candidate,” and that usually includes being within a reasonable range of your ideal body weight. A person with skin that “snaps back” well will achieve better results than someone who—due to age or genetics—doesn’t have as much collagen or elastin in their skin. Certain drugs and habits, including smoking, can put someone at too high of a risk to merit elective surgery. However, only a cosmetic surgeon specializing in lipo can tell you if liposuction and any complementary procedure are right for you.

Liposuction may be used on nearly any part of the body, including the back, arms, and even the knees. It can be a stand-alone procedure, or more commonly, part of larger body contouring procedures. Both men and women might be candidates for liposuction, and there are no age restrictions (although advanced age and related issues might put someone at too high of a risk if liposuction is performed).

If you’ve gone as far as you can go with diet and exercise and still aren’t achieving the results you want, don’t wait too long to explore liposuction.  Generally speaking, the younger your skin and body are when undergoing an elective procedure, the quicker the healing process and the more likely the skin will snap back. For those who aren’t deemed good candidates for lipo, there are still other options available. Our surgeons can recommend alternative procedures for excess skin and fat removal to enhance appearance and self-esteem.


At Neaman Plastic Surgery a consultation is the first step on your cosmetic journey. During this time our doctors will work to understand your goals and help educate you on each step of the procedure. 

If you are interested in learning more about liposuction, contact Neaman Plastic Surgery for your consultation. Located in Salem, Oregon, we regularly serve patients across the entire state.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you put to sleep for liposuction?

Most often, we use general anesthesia, so you won’t be awake during the procedure.

How long does it take to heal from liposuction?

At six weeks, you’ll likely be fully healed from your liposuction procedure.

Does lipo leave saggy skin?

If your skin doesn’t have enough elasticity, it can sag after liposuction. To tighten the skin and get the results you’re looking for, you may need to combine a skin tightening procedure with liposuction, which is very common.

How painful is liposuction recovery?

Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia, meaning you’ll be asleep during the procedure, so it isn’t particularly painful. You may feel some discomfort and soreness after the procedure, but you will likely be prescribed prescription pain medication to help alleviate that pain.

How much weight can you lose with liposuction?

It depends on the amount of fat removed during the procedure, but you can lose up to 10 pounds.

Does liposuction leave scars?

Yes, small circular scars are left by the liposuction tool, but your surgeon will ensure the scars are placed in an inconspicuous place and that they are very minimal.

How long do you have to stay in bed after liposuction?

How long you need to stay in bed can differ from person to person. In general, our surgeons encourage patients to do light activities such as walking and leg movements during the first week after surgery to promote healing.

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