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Who Is a Candidate?

Ideal candidates are not obese. Ideal candidates are at a stable weight and have one or a few areas that can’t be reduced, even with diet and exercise. Patients with firm, elastic skin will have the best results. Excessive smoking may compromise your results.

For more information about our VASER® liposuction procedure, please contact us online or call us at We look forward to helping you look your best.


Prior to surgery, we will have you:

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery

During a preoperative appointment, usually 1-2 weeks before surgery, we will:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Tell you what to do on the night before and morning of surgery
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your procedure
  • Explain post-operative care and follow-up, and what help you will need after the procedure


The decision to have liposuction is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. In general, the overall risks are small this type of surgery. However, it is common to require additional procedures to manage problems that may arise.

Pain from liposuction varies from patient to patient. Some are very sore, like after an extremely hard workout. Others have very little discomfort whatsoever. Most pain or discomfort resolves in 48 hours. Patients are given pain pills to alleviate the discomfort.

We will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks and potential complications.

The risks include:

  • Surface irregularities
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Pain or numbness, which may persist
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Burns of the skin
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications


A quote will be provided to you after your consult with Dr. Alexander. Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. We offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.

Costs include:

  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Operating room and supplies
  • Prescriptions for medication
  • Medical tests
  • Anesthesia fees


Local Anesthesia: the surgical area is numbed up, but the patient is awake. Sometimes a patient will be given an oral medication, like Valium, to help with relaxation.

Sedation (Twilight) Anesthesia: the patient is given an IV, and is made sleepy with medications given through the IV. The level of sedation can be adjusted, from barely sleep to very sleepy. Sometimes sedation is given by the surgeon, and other times it is administered by an anesthesiologist.

General Anesthesia: the patient is asleep, requiring that the airway be protected, either by a standard breathing tube, or by a laryngeal mask (LMA), an inflatable mask that goes in the back of the throat but doesn’t go down the trachea. Through the airway, an anesthesiologist gives gases to put the patient asleep. Drugs may also be given through the IV.

Cannula: A small hollow tube used with suction to remove fat from the body.

Superwet Technique: A method of tumescence, where approximately 1cc is placed for every cc of fat that will be removed. This technique is most commonly used when the patient is under general anesthesia.

Tumescent Technique: One method of tumescence, which uses A about 3cc for every cc of fat removed. This is done when the procedure is going to be done under local anesthesia.

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