What is liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is the removal of excess fat from the figure. Liposuction can be performed on nearly every area of the body, especially those notorious for storing stubborn fat. For many patients, liposuction is a welcome solution after years of diet and exercise. Although liposuction is not a replacement for a healthy diet and physical activity, it is an excellent way of eliminating fat pockets that just won’t seem to budge regardless of how physically fit a patient is. After undergoing liposuction in Tampa, most patients can expect improved bodily proportion and slimmer contouring. Some of the areas where liposuction is most effective include:

  • Chin and neck
  • Arms 
  • Chest, front bra roll, and back bra roll
  • Abdomen 
  • Hips (love handles)
  • Thighs 
  • Back
  • Calves
  • Buttocks
  • Waist (muffin top)
  • Inner knee
  • Ankles
  • Pubic area

Liposuction is the most common plastic surgery procedure in America. Though liposuction can be performed alone, it is often paired with other cosmetic procedures, such as tummy tucks, facelifts, and breast augmentations/reductions.

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Liposuction with Dr. Alexey Markelov

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Why choose Dr. Markelov for Liposuction in Tampa?

Dr. Markelov’s liposuction procedures stand out due to his extensive training and finely tuned body sculpting skills. He loves seeing how liposuction can improve a patient’s overall look and boost self-confidence. Dr. Markelov has also accomplished the following:

  • Double board-certification
  • Received numerous teaching awards at Drexel University College of Medicine at Easton Hospital, where he underwent general surgery training
  • Completed plastic surgery specialization at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of top medical facilities in the country
  • Won a Patients’ Choice Award
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Liposuction 360

This procedure contours the entire circumference of the midsection, literally 360 degrees, and strives for natural, realistic results that look appropriate from any angle. Lipo 360 in Tampa is best suited for the following areas:

  • Upper and lower abdominals 
  • Flanks
  • Mid and lower back
  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Lower Legs
  • Ankles
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High-definition liposuction

High-definition liposuction is an enhanced procedure specifically for contouring. The process involves high-frequency sound waves that liquify fat before it is removed. As a result, Dr. Markelov can use extreme precision to sculpt the area in a way that accentuates the existing musculature. High-definition liposuction in Tampa is best suited for those who:

  • Have maintained a healthy weight for the past six months
  • Desired enhanced abdominal definition
  • Have optimal skin elasticity

High-definition liposuction is less invasive and typically has less downtime than standard liposuction or tummy tucks.

Awake Liposuction

Dr. Markelov recommends this option whenever possible and regularly performs Awake Liposuction.

It is ideal for the removal of fat from the arms, knees, legs, and ankles. This technique sets him apart from most plastic surgeons, who largely avoid performing liposuction in these areas.

  • No general anesthesia needed
  • Immediate results
  • Minimal downtime
  • No stitches
  • No drains

Liposuction of the Arms

Dr. Markelov recognizes the impact of excess arm fat on self-esteem, emphasizing the importance of feeling comfortable in sleeveless clothing and bathing suits. He offers a minimally invasive liposuction procedure for the arms and shoulders, which can be performed with local or general anesthesia. Benefits of this procedure include:

  • Revealing natural muscle contours
  • Restoring a youthful appearance
  • Allowing patients to feel confident in wearing sleeveless clothing and waving without hesitation

Liposuction of the Legs

As one of the few specialists in this field, Dr. Markelov targets fat accumulation in the lower body caused by lipedema, a chronic condition that predominantly affects women and is not responsive to diet and exercise. Additionally, this procedure addresses exercise-resistant fat in the legs, thighs, and buttocks, which can be attributed to genetics or aging. For many individuals, liposuction is the primary solution to these concerns.

The benefits of liposuction on the legs include the following:

  • Creating slimmer and more refined leg contours
  • Defining leg and thigh muscles
  • Enhancing the overall appearance of the body

Below-the-Knee Liposuction

Genetics can sometimes lead to stubborn fat accumulation in the knees and ankles despite leading an active lifestyle and maintaining a healthy diet. This excess fat can hinder mobility and lead to discomfort, such as chafing and rashes. Dr. Markelov understands the frustration and self-consciousness that can arise from these concerns, particularly when wearing skirts or shorts. Liposuction below the knee is a popular solution for body sculpting, with high patient satisfaction.

This procedure aims to:

  • Remove excess fat in the knees or ankles
  • Sculpt the area for a more toned appearance
  • Provide a naturally beautiful look

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What is the procedure like?

First, Dr. Markelov explains the procedure to the patient and listens to them describe their ideal results. Then he considers their medical history and determines if liposuction will help them reach their body sculpting goals. 

A long narrow tube, or cannula, is used to dislodge fat via small pokes near the targeted areas. Once the fat is dislodged, it is removed using a surgical vacuum. Most liposuction procedures last between one and four hours depending on the number of treatment areas.

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How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

Liposuction starts at $6000 per area and increases from there. However, patients can save money by combining multiple areas of treatment. These areas include the following:

  • The upper and lower stomach
  • The flanks or waist
  • The lower back
  • The bra roll

It's important to note that there is often confusion surrounding what constitutes an "area" for liposuction. For example:

  • The lower extremity is actually made up of multiple areas, such as the inner thigh, anterior thigh, calves, and ankles.
  • Similarly, the stomach or "lipo 360" procedure combines multiple areas, including the upper and lower abdomen, flanks or waist, and lower back.

If you have any questions or would like a personalized quote, please don't hesitate to call our office and schedule an appointment today.

Who can benefit the most from liposuction?

You may be a good candidate for liposuction if:

  • You are relatively healthy
  • You struggle with disproportionate fat distribution unrelated to weight or physical fitness
  • You have relatively firm skin and muscle tone

Patients with lipedema can also benefit from liposuction. Schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Markelov to learn more about whether liposuction is right for you.

What kind of results can I expect?

Loving the way you look is always an option. Dr. Markelov has seen many patients fall in love with their bodies again after liposuction. He focuses on elegance and sophistication above simple fat removal. After the procedure, you can expect:

  • Natural-looking, understated results  
  • Slimmer and firmer, more refined appearance 
  • A youthful, contoured silhouette 
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Rapid recovery means minimal disruption to your life

AM Plastic Surgery in Tampa excels in rapid patient recovery and minimal downtime. The patient can return to desk work the next day. Wearing a compression garment during the recovery period will help to reduce swelling.

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AM Plastic Surgery, the premiere clinic for liposuction in Tampa Bay

Dr. Markelov is committed to an excellent patient experience, and he offers everyone a complimentary video consultation. To inquire about liposuction in Tampa, contact AM Plastic Surgery today!

Lipo FAQs

How is Dr. Markelov's liposuction different from others?

What is Liposuction 360, and who is it suitable for?

What is High-Definition Liposuction, and who can benefit from it?

Is Awake Liposuction suitable for specific areas of the body?

How much does liposuction cost at AM Plastic Surgery?

How is Dr. Markelov's liposuction different from others?

Dr. Markelov specializes in Awake Liposuction, which is performed under local anesthesia. This unique approach allows patients to be awake throughout the procedure, leading to immediate results, minimal downtime, and no need for general anesthesia.

What is Liposuction 360, and who is it suitable for?

Liposuction 360 contours the entire midsection, providing natural results from any angle. It delivers comprehensive body sculpting, ideal for areas like upper/lower abdominals, flanks, back, thighs, arms, and ankles.

What is High-Definition Liposuction, and who can benefit from it?

High-definition liposuction uses high-frequency sound waves to liquify fat, allowing precise sculpting that accentuates existing musculature. Best for those with healthy weight maintenance, optimal skin elasticity, and a desire for enhanced abdominal definition.

Is Awake Liposuction suitable for specific areas of the body?

Yes, Awake Liposuction is recommended for arms, knees, legs, and ankles. Dr. Markelov's approach avoids general anesthesia, ensuring immediate results, minimal downtime, and no need for stitches or drains.

How much does liposuction cost at AM Plastic Surgery?

Liposuction starts at $6000 per area and may vary based on the treatment areas. Cost-saving options are available for combining multiple areas, such as upper/lower stomach, flanks, lower back, and bra roll.

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