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Liposuction: Choosing Between Surgical or In-Office

Liposuction: Choosing Between Surgical or In-Office

Written by Dr. Sohel Islam


Are you looking for ways to achieve a more sculpted and contoured body?  Traditional liposuction has long been a popular choice for fat reduction, but recent advancements have introduced in-office alternatives that offer less invasiveness and quicker recovery times.  Here we will explore the differences between in-office and surgical liposuction, providing an overview of the various procedures available to help you obtain your desired body.

Surgical Liposuction

The more traditional form of liposuction, which most of us are already familiar with, involves making small incisions through which a cannula is inserted to suction out excess fat.  It is a proven method for significant fat reduction and comprehensive body contouring.  However, it requires anesthesia and entails a longer recovery period.  The procedure is typically recommended for individuals with larger amounts of fat to be removed or those requiring more extensive body sculpting.

In-Office Liposuction Alternatives

Our team of highly skilled Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeons offer in-office liposuction procedures tailored to address specific areas of concern.  These procedures are minimally invasive and can provide effective fat reduction and contouring:

  1. Chin & Neck Liposuction:  Excess fat beneath the chin and along the neck can contribute to the appearance of a double chin or lack of definition.  In-office liposuction can target these areas, removing the excess fat to create a more refined & youthful neck and jawline contour.
  2. Trunk Touch-Up or Spot Liposuction:  In certain cases where localized fat deposits persist despite efforts through diet and exercise, in-office liposuction can be performed to address the specific areas.  This technique allows for precise removal of excess fat, enhancing the overall body proportions and definition.
  3. Radiofrequency (RF) Treatments:  RF-based devices, such as truSculpt iD, utilize heat energy to target and eliminate fat cells. These treatments are typically performed in-office and offer a non-invasive approach to body contouring.  RF treatments can be effective for reducing fat in various areas, including the abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms, and chin.
Benefits of In-Office Liposuction:
  1. Minimally Invasive:  In-office liposuction procedures are performed using small incisions, resulting in minimal scarring and reduced trauma to the surrounding tissues.
  2. Quicker Recovery:  Compared to surgical liposuction, in-office procedures generally involve less downtime and a faster recovery period, allowing you to return to your regular activities sooner.
  3. Tailored Approach:  In-office liposuction allows our MDs to focus on acute very specific of concern, ensuring precise fat removal and optimal results.
  4. Safety and Expertise:  Our experienced surgeons perform in-office liposuction procedures with utmost care and precision, ensuring patient safety and optimal outcomes.  In-office treatment also does not involve the use of anesthesia, which some patients may appreciate due to health concerns.
Choosing the Right Option for You

Deciding between in-office and surgical liposuction depends on various factors, including the amount of fat to be removed, the desired extent of body contouring, and individual preferences.  Considerations will include:

  1. Fat Removal Requirements:  In-office liposuction is suitable for patients with localized areas of fat that require minimal to moderate removal.  Surgical liposuction may be more appropriate for individuals with larger volumes of fat or those seeking extensive body sculpting.
  2. Recovery Time:  In-office liposuction generally involves a shorter recovery period, with minimal post-procedure downtime.  Surgical liposuction may require a longer healing process and adherence to specific recovery protocols.
  3. Consultation with Our Plastic Surgeons:  To determine the most suitable approach for your body contouring goals, schedule a consultation with one of our skilled Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgeons.  They will evaluate your unique needs and guide you in choosing the procedure that best aligns with your expectations.


Liposuction remains a highly effective method for fat reduction and body contouring.  In addition to surgical liposuction, our experienced Plastic Surgeons offer a range of in-office procedures that provide targeted, highly-effective fat removal and enhanced body proportions.  To learn more about your body contouring options, book an appointment today at one of our offices in Danbury, Ridgefield, or Norwalk by calling us or requesting your appointment online.


– Dr. Sohel Islam

Dr. Sohel Islam is a board-certified Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive surgeon and Hand surgeon.  He specializes in hand surgery, breast surgery, including breast augmentationsliftsreductionsmale breast reduction, nipple tattoos and post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, as well as facelifts, necklifts, eyelid surgeryliposuctiontummy tucks, mommy makeovers, excess skin removal, body procedures, reconstruction following trauma or surgery, and Botox & Fillers for anti-aging, lip enhancement and more.  Dr. Islam practices at Advanced Specialty Care’s RidgefieldDanbury, CT offices.


Advanced Specialty Care’s Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive surgeons have been rated and awarded as some of the very best in Connecticut, offering the newest and most sophisticated cosmetic & plastic surgery procedures, reconstructive surgeries and non-invasive treatment options for patients of all ages.  Call today or request your appointment online with a doctor at any of our convenient offices in DanburyNew MilfordNorwalk, and Ridgefield, CT.

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