Frequently Asked Questions

LIPOSUCTION is for body shaping and contouring stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia at the Auburn Surgery Center. During the consultation, Dr. Tobin will explain the surgery, as well as possible risks and complications, and take before photos for your medical record. We recommend you bring a list of any questions or concerns to your consultation.

What is liposuction?
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.

Liposuction can, however, permanently reshape body contours where excess fat deposits create areas that are disproportionately large in an otherwise balanced figure.

How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction is a safe procedure with a low complication rate. The procedure involves a small incision and inserting a hollow tube, called a cannula. Fluid may be added to reduce bleeding and discomfort. Using a back and forth motion with the cannula, excess fat is suctioned and collected in a canister where it is measured. Post-operative recovery is relatively quick, but bruising and swelling can remain for 2-4 weeks. If following surgery, you maintain a healthy lifestyle (including a sensible diet), perform moderate exercise and maintain your weight, excellent long-term results are likely.

How much does liposuction cost?*
Liposuction starts at $3,000 for one area and goes up approximately $800 for each additional area. This fee includes: Surgeon's Fees, Garment Fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op visits. 

Is there a consultation fee?

Yes, the consultation fee is $100 and is due at the time your appointment is scheduled—we can accept payment by phone with a credit card.  Should you need to cancel your consult, we can refund your $100 if you give a 24-hour cancellation notice.  If you have surgery within 30 days of your consultation, the $100 will be applied to the cost of your surgery.

Who is the best candidate for liposuction?
Women and men who: are over the age of 18; have areas of excess fat that will not respond to diet and exercise; and are within 10-15 pounds of their goal weight. Liposuction is not for weight reduction or control; it is for body shaping and body contouring.

What is the recovery period for liposuction?
The recovery time varies for each patient. However, many patients return to nonstrenuous work within a week. You will be required to wear a compression garment for 3 weeks after surgery. You will be unable to swim, use hot tubs, or take tub baths for approximately 2 weeks or until sutures are removed. Bruising and swelling may last for up to 6 weeks. Other individual restrictions and recovery expectations will be discussed during your consultation.

Are the results of liposuction permanent?
Once the fat is removed, it should not come back. However, liposuction will not keep you from gaining weight due to lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet. Therefore, to keep your post-surgical results, you should try to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Does the surgery have to be paid for up front or do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, all cosmetic surgeries must be paid for in full 7 days BEFORE surgery. For your convenience, we offer two wonderful financing options.  Applying is quick and easy and can be done online or by phone:

Option 1) Prosper Healthcare Lending  - you may access online
or call 1-800-625-7412 ext. 2 

Option 2) Care Credit - you may access online or call 1-800-677-0718  

*Prices are subject to change. Patients are given an exact surgical cost at their consultation.

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General Information

Varies for each patient.

Starting at $3,000*

​This includes:  Surgeon's Fees, Garment Fee, Surgery Center, Anesthesia, and 1 year of post-op visits. 

No, insurance not accepted for this procedure.

Non-Strenuous Work in 7 days (details left)

$100 (see conditions left)

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