Liposuction Phoenix AZ

Exercise and diet can help tone and contour your body. But for many men and women, these do not always result in their final aesthetic goals. Fat is made of adipocytes that are active cells. Adipocytes in different body parts have different characteristics, meaning they respond differently and that is why people have those different “problem areas”. Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that eliminates stubborn fat deposits from areas such as the lower abdomen, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, and the neck. Plastic surgeons use a special device known as a cannula to remove fat cells from the body in order to suit the patient’s contouring goals. The fact that liposuction can help contour any part of the body makes it a very popular treatment choice for individuals who are struggling with excess, stubborn fat. Many patients who undergo this transformative procedure enjoy an enhanced physical appearance and an increased sense of self-confidence. While extra fat may be considered bad, it can also be considered a good thing because the fat may be removed and placed into other regions of the body for fat grafting. If you have sunken eyes, flat buttocks, small breasts, or just need some contouring, Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin will be happy to help you get the most out of your liposuction with fat grafting to achieve your personal contour.

Phoenix plastic surgeon Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin performs liposuction with the goal of sculpting a better shape to almost any area of the body, leading to a dramatic improvement in physical appearance. One thing that is important to remember when getting lipo is that fat cells normally just get bigger and smaller when we gain and lose weight. When we gain a lot of weight the fat cells can split and the number of cells can increase.Once fat cells are there, they never go away, unless through liposuction. Therefore, if people gain and lose weight a lot, they will keep on increasing the number of fat cells. To get back to ideal weight, they have to shrink their fat even more than before. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin have helped numerous individuals from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Paradise Valley, Glendale, Mesa, and surrounding Arizona cities meet their unique contouring goals with this procedure. The surgeon understands that the needs of different individuals are unique and works to create a highly customized treatment plan to suit the needs of each patient.

Liposuction is the second most common cosmetic surgery procedure after breast augmentation. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that in 2019, more than 265,000 people received this treatment in the US alone. According to, more than 90% of individuals who receive a liposuction procedure are happy with the outcome of the procedure. For patients, the key to a successful outcome is to find the best board certified liposuction surgeon in Phoenix, AZ to perform their procedure.

Is Liposuction for me?

Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that helps remove the fat you can’t seem to get rid of diet and exercise. This procedure usually addresses stubborn fat pockets in the hips, abdomen, thighs, back, buttocks, arms, or even face in order to improve your appearance. You may be a good candidate for lipo if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • Exercise and dieting are not working to help tone your body or lose weight
  • You can’t seem to lose stubborn pockets of fat in the belly, buttocks, hips, and/or other areas
  • You are within 30% of your ideal weight
  • You have specific body areas that appear disproportionate
  • You have a firm and elastic skin
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this treatment

Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin will reserve your first visit to his office for understanding your needs and goals. The surgeon will listen to your concerns, ask questions, and learn about your medical history before letting you know whether this treatment is for you. Liposuction is a highly individualized cosmetic treatment. For this reason, Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin emphasize that each patient ensures they are having this surgery out of their own volition, not because someone else asked them to.


Types of Liposuction

Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin offer a number of liposuction procedures to suit the requirements of the patient and the goals of the surgery:

  • Laser-assisted Lipo – This type of liposuction uses thermal energy to loosen up fat cells. The surgeon will then use a special device known as a cannula to extract the already melted fatty deposits. Laser-assisted liposuction requires smaller incisions with shorter recovery time.
  • Tumescent Lipo – This is one of the most widely used liposuction techniques. The surgeon will inject tumescent anesthesia to the treatment area. This essentially makes it easier to function fat out of the target area with less pain and blood loss.
  • Ultrasound-Assisted Lipo – This type of liposuction uses sound waves energy to rupture the walls of fat cells. This will effectively liquefy the stubborn fat and make it easier to remove.
  • Power Assisted Lipo – This technique uses a cannula and a vibrating tip. This helps break down the dense fat more quickly.

Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin are uniquely positioned to recommend the best type of liposuction to suit your needs. During your initial consultation, the surgeon will listen to your concerns and examine your problem areas before discussing the most appropriate course of treatment for you.


Your Liposuction Procedure in Phoenix, AZ

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed at Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s in-office operating room, or certified medical facilities. Before the procedure is carried out, the surgeon’s anesthesiologist will administer anesthetic in order to ensure the patient’s safety and comfort. The surgeon will then make a series of incisions in the problem area(s) where fat needs to be removed. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin take great care to ensure that incisions are minimal and well-concealed underneath swimsuits and clothing. The next step is to insert a long and thin tube known as a cannula below the skin and use it to remove the stubborn fat pockets. Once the treatment is complete, the surgeon will apply bandages and cover the target area with a compression garment. The duration of liposuction varies depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed in order to achieve a smoother body contour.


Recovery after Liposuction

Once the surgery is complete, you will be placed in Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s monitoring room where the surgeon’s staff will check your progress. If you are progressing well from the treatment, you will be discharged within hours. Make sure to have a friend or relative drive you home and help out with chores for a day or two while you gather your strength back. Your surgeon will provide a post-surgical garment that should be worn as instructed in order to help shape your result. It is common to experience pain and discomfort over the first few days after this treatment. The surgeon will administer pain medication to increase your comfort level. Antibiotics may be prescribed if fat grafting is included as part of the procedure. Some bruising and temporary numbness should be expected in the treatment area(s). After about a week, most patients are able to resume regular activities. However, you will be asked to desist from strenuous activities until you get the go-ahead from the surgeon. Make sure to honor all post-operative appointments and strictly adhere to the surgeon’s recovery instructions in order to ensure a speedy recovery.

Expected Procedure Cost

The cost of liposuction varies greatly depending on the extensiveness of the treatment, facility and medication fees, and the plastic surgeon’s fees. On average, most of Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s liposuction patients in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Gilbert, and nearby Arizona cities can expect to pay between $2,500 and $12,000 for this treatment. Please note that the cost will vary depending on the number of areas being targeted and whether or not fat grafting is included as part of the procedure. Most insurance companies will not cover the costs of liposuction because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure. During your initial liposuction Phoenix consultation at Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin’s office, the surgeon’s team will provide an initial cost estimate so you can make arrangements for financing.

Average Cost

$2,500 – $12,000

Recovery Time

About a week

Procedure Time

Same Day


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Dr. Tessler’s Credentials

Oren Tessler, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Phoenix area. Dr. Tessler is highly proficient in multiple plastic surgery techniques, including body contouring, breast procedures, and maxillofacial surgery. He was appointed as an assistant and associate professor of Plastic Surgery at Louisiana State University and Tulane University. Dr. Tessler has also served as Director of Plastic Surgery at University Medical Center, as well as contributed research and trained dozens of upcoming liposuction plastic surgeons. Dr. Tessler’s passion lies in restoring form and function while improving the quality of life of his patients. He brings a friendly and personalized approach to plastic surgery while working with highly qualified anesthesiologists and other support staff who strive to deliver the best liposuction Phoenix, AZ has to offer.


Frequently Asked Questions

Liposuction FAQ


Can Liposuction improve my health?

Lipo has been shown to have positive effects on blood chemistry. Fat cells are active, living, secreting cells. In over abundance, they have a negative impact on long term health. Lipo is the only permanent way of removing those cells.

Will liposuction address loose skin?

Liposuction is not a weight-loss solution. Rather, it is a solution to contour the body and address stubborn pockets of fat after weight loss. Keep in mind that liposuction will only remove excess fat and will not tighten loose skin. Skin is fairly elastic. It will tighten and loosen to a degree. Depending on the patient’s age and chemistry and part of the body the skin is located, the skin’s ability to shrink will vary. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin recommend this technique for patients who are close to their ideal weight, have good skin elasticity but are struggling with various problem areas. If you have excessive loose skin, the surgeon can recommend a body contouring procedure that entails skin tightening.

Will I have scars?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, which means that incisions will be made and sutured. Scars for liposuction and fat grafting procedures are usually extremely small (1cm or less) and are well concealed within the natural folds of your body. The surgeon will also recommend a comprehensive scar care program after recovery in order to make sure that your scars fade properly with time.

How long will results last?

Liposuction is a highly effective procedure that works to reduce the number of fat cells in certain areas of the body. Keep in mind though that existing fat cells can enlarge, should you gain weight. Dr. Tessler and Dr. Turin recommend that patients maintain a healthy lifestyle, and remain within 5-10 pounds of their post-surgical weight. Furthermore, getting pregnant after a lipo can have a profound negative impact on the outcome of this treatment, making it necessary to have another liposuction as part of your mommy makeover.

What areas does liposuction address?

Liposuction is a versatile cosmetic surgery procedure to remove stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise. Dr. Tessler commonly performs this technique on the following areas:

  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Tummy
  • Waist
  • Chest
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Cheeks and chin
  • Thighs and knees
  • Neckline
  • Calves and ankles
  • Mons Pubis