Awake Liposuction


Awake Liposuction Phoenix AZ

Awake liposuction is a popular minimally-invasive treatment option for addressing localized fat deposits that won’t respond to diet or exercise. Also referred to as tumescent liposuction, this cosmetic procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and is considered to be less invasive than traditional liposuction. The term “awake” refers to the fact that the patient is conscious and able to communicate with the surgeon throughout the treatment.

Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. Oren Tessler is proud to offer awake liposuction cosmetic surgeries to patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding Az areas. The surgeon takes each patient’s needs into consideration and creates a custom treatment plan to deliver a more toned and sculpted appearance.

Who is a Candidate for Awake Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is an excellent body contouring treatment that can target different parts of the body such as the thighs, hips, waist, back, arms, chin, and neck. However, it’s important to note that this treatment may not be for everyone. Good candidates for awake liposuction are individuals who:

  • Are in good overall health to ensure that they can safely undergo the procedure.
    Wish to remove small to moderate amounts of stubborn pockets of fat that won’t respond to exercise and diet.
  • Are close to their ideal body weight.
  • Have good skin elasticity.
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcome of this body contouring treatment.

During your initial consultation visit to Tessler Plastic Surgeon, the surgeon will listen to your concerns and examine your problem areas before letting you know whether this treatment is for you.


The Benefits of Awake Liposuction

For qualified patients, tumescent liposuction offers many unique benefits:

  • Minimally invasive procedure – this is a minimally invasive plastic surgery that is performed under local anesthesia. This reduces the risks that are associated with general anesthesia, along with side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and prolonged recovery.
  • Quicker Recovery – because awake liposuction is a less invasive procedure, the recovery time is typically shorter than traditional liposuction. Many of Dr. Tessler’s patients are able to return to routine activities within a few days of the treatment, rather than the weeks or months required for traditional liposuction.
  • Minimal scarring – tumescent liposuction uses smaller incisions and specialized instruments to remove unwanted fat. For this reason, most patients are left with small, inconspicuous scars that are easily concealed.
  • Improved body contouring – awake liposuction improves the contours of your body by removing unwanted fat from areas that are resistant to diet and exercise (revealing a more toned and sculpted appearance).
  • Increased self-confidence – many of Dr. Tessler’s patients report an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem after undergoing tumescent liposuction.
  • Different target areas – one of the best things about tumescent liposuction is that it can treat a variety of areas, including the abdomen, thighs, arms, back, and chin. This makes it a versatile option for individuals who wish to enhance the appearance of multiple body areas.
  • Long-lasting results – fat cells do not grow back once they are removed. This means that the results of this treatment are long-lasting. Dr. Tessler recommends that you maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to get the most out of this procedure.


What to Expect During the Procedure

If you are considering awake liposuction, it is important to know what to expect during the procedure. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Tessler will start by conducting a thorough physical exam and discussing your medical history to ensure that you are a suitable candidate. You’ll also be required to undergo certain lab tests or imaging scans to help Dr. Tessler develop a customized treatment plan.
On the day of the procedure, a solution containing a local anesthetic and drug called epinephrine will be injected into the targeted areas. The solution causes the fatty layer of the skin to swell and become firmer, allowing the surgeon to have better control. It also causes blood vessels to temporarily shrink, greatly reducing blood loss during the procedure, as well as reducing bruising, swelling, and pain after the procedure. After the solution is injected, Dr. Tessler will then make small incisions in the skin and use a cannula to suction out unwanted fat cells. The procedure typically takes between one and three hours to complete depending on the extent of the treatment area.


Recovery After Tumescent Liposuction

Most patients can expect a relatively quick recovery after tumescent liposuction. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common in the treated areas, but these symptoms typically subside within a few days. It is important to carefully follow your plastic surgeon’s post-operative instructions in order to ensure that you have a smooth and safe recovery. You may need to wear compression garments and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks after the procedure. Most people are able to return to work and normal activities within a few days to a week after their treatment.

Schedule your Awake Liposuction Consultation in Phoenix

Dr. Oren Tessler is a Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon serving patients from Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding Arizona areas. The surgeon has a proven track record of success with awake liposuction and has helped many patients achieve their aesthetic goals using this technique. Dr. Tessler and his team at Tessler Plastic Surgery are also committed to providing personalized care to each of his patients. They’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and goals. Get in touch with Dr. Tessler’s office to learn more about the best awake liposuction procedure in Phoenix.


Frequently Asked Questions

Awake Liposuction FAQ


Is awake liposuction painful?

It’s not unusual for tumescent liposuction patients to experience some discomfort during the procedure. However, this treatment is not generally considered to be a painful procedure. Furthermore, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to numb the treatment areas and help minimize any pain or discomfort.


Will I need to take time off work after this procedure?

Most patients are able to return to work and resume normal activities within a few days to a week after tumescent liposuction. However, you may need to take some time off work depending on the type of work you do and how many areas were treated.

How much does awake liposuction cost in Phoenix?

The cost of awake liposuction can vary depending on several factors, including the area(s) being treated, the amount of fat being removed, and the surgeon’s experience and location. During your initial visit, Dr. Tessler’s team will provide a personalized quote based on your individual needs and goals. It’s important to note that health insurers typically do not pay for elective cosmetic surgery.

Are results long-lasting?

Once fat cells are removed through the procedure, they do not grow back. The results of awake liposuction can be long-lasting as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not gain a significant amount of weight.

What areas of the body can be treated with awake liposuction?

Awake liposuction can be used to treat a variety of areas, including the abdomen, thighs, arms, back, and chin. Dr. Tessler’s office will determine which areas can be treated based on your individual needs and goals.


Are there any risks or complications associated with awake liposuction?

Like with any surgical procedure, there are some risks and potential complications associated with awake liposuction. These include bleeding, infection, and scarring. However, these risks are relatively low and complications are rare when the procedure is performed by an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Tessler.