Plastic Surgery Indianapolis
David Sterling Slatton, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon

Liposuction Indianapolis, Indiana

Liposuction Procedures, Lipo in Indianapolis, Indiana

LiposuctionLiposuction has broad applications in the art of cosmetic plastic surgery. Fat deposits in the face, neck, arms, back, flanks (love handles or waist), abdomen, hips, thighs, and calves may be treated with liposuction, if indicated and desired. Liposuction can be performed in conjuction with other plastic surgery procedures including and not limited to Tummy Tuck, Breast Augmentation, Facelift, and Body Lift operations.

Dr. Slatton is well versed in the latest liposuction techniques.

These are as follows:

  • Tumescent technique
  • Wet technique
  • Superwet technique
  • Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
  • Laser Assisted Liposuction (Smart Lipo)
  • Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction (UAL)

The tumescent liposuction technique involves the infusion of a solution beneath the skin in the fat layer that contains water, electrolytes, adrenaline. The infusion of the tumescent fluid is done with an extremely thin (one millimeter in diameter) blount tipped cannula through stragically placed tiny incisions that are well hidden. 

Addition of tumescent fluid is the common link for all modern liposuction techniques, and its primary purpose is to minimize bleeding through blood vessel constriction and assist in the disruption of fat cells and liquification of fat to fascilitate fat removal by the suction process.

Fat deposits are emulsified (liquified) by a variety of techiques with modern liposuction procedures.  The addition of light energy (laser liposuction or smart lipo) or sound energy (ultrasound assisted liposuction) or mechanical disruption through pre tunneling are all means of acheiving fat liquification during the liposuction procedure.  This is the intermediate step where addtional techniques for liposuction have been introduced over the last two decades.

Removal of Fat is the last stage in the Liposuction procedure.  Liposuction cannulas of various sizes are used in this step of the procedure. Small diameter cannulas are used in the more superficial layers of fat, and larger diameter cannulas are used to remove deep fat deposits.  The tips of these cannulas have holes through which fat is suctioned and these holes have a variety of patterns, shapes, and sizes.   All are specifically designed for fat removal from different areas of the body and depths of fat deposits.

Dr. David Slatton applies his scientific knowledge, expertise and artistic vison by using a select variety of liposuction cannulas and microcannulas when performing liposuction for his patients.  Dr. Slatton's goal and vision is to create the best possible results for his patients with the lastest and safest technologies.

Choosing A Plastic Surgeon for Liposuction:

Always and only choose a Plastic Surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery for your liposuction procedure.  You can verify your plastic surgeon's board certication in plastic surgery by going to  the official website of the American Board of Plastic Surgery at

Am I a candidate for Liposuction?

Best candidates for liposuction are patients who are otherwise healthy and have well controlled medical conditions who do not have sigificant contraindications to major surgery.  Patients who require blood thinners (aspirin, Plavix, warfarin), have serious heart conditions, uncontrolled diabetes, and morbid obestiy are not candidates for liposuction procedures.  If you are uncertain about a medical condition you have and you are considering liposuction, consult your primary care physician, internist, or specialist prior to consulation.

Preparation for Liposuction

Prior to surgery, you should make certain that you have not taken aspirin or aspirin containing medications and NSAIDs for at least two weeks before your procedure.  Drink plenty of liquids the day before surgery as you will not be able to eat or drink after midnight preceding your procedure.  Shower with anitmicrobial soap the evening before surgery. 

The day of surgery, areas to be liposuctioned will be marked prior to your entrance to the operating room.  Dr. Slatton performs liposuction only in appropriately accredited facilities.  JACHO, AAAHC, and AAASF are the three accrediting bodies for hospitals and outpatient surgery centers and office based operating rooms.   Accept no other substitute for having your liposuction procedure performed in an accredited surgery center or hospital.  If a doctor is performing liposuction in their office, and their office Operating Room is not AAASF approved, do not have your liposuction performed by that doctor. If your doctor does not have priviliges to PERFORM liposuction at a hospital, do not have your liposuction performed by that doctor.

Aftercare for Liposuction: 

Depending on the volume of liposuction aspirate, duration of anesthetic, and additional procedures performed in conjunction with liposuction, you may be able to go home the day of surgery or admitted to the facility or hospital for overnight observation.  Large volume liposuction patients will be admitted for routine overnight admission for observation and are routinely discharged home the day following the procedure.

You will most likely wear a compression garment for four to six weeks following your liposuction procedure.  Dr. Slatton will suggest the duration and type of garment worn by you, because every patient is unique and the benefits of post liposuction compression varies among individuals.

Post operative Results:

For most liposuction procedures, and depending on the areas of the body treated and if other body contouring procedures are done at the same time as liposuction, the duration from the time of surgery to visible results is usually several days to 4 weeks.  Softening of the skin and deep tissue may take from 6 weeks or longer.  Individual results and healing time vary.  Revision procedures for liposuction include suctioning for persistant bulges and possible fat injection or subcutaneous scar release...these procedures should not be performed in a previously liposuctioned area for at least 6 months after the last procedure.