Exercise and dieting are a great way to stay in shape and achieve your desired body contour. In many cases though, these are just not enough to address pockets of stubborn fat in various parts of the body. Liposuction is the procedure of choice for men and women who are looking to get rid of excess fat from beneath the skin’s surface. Plastic surgeons use a special device known as a cannula that is inserted below the skin to suction out fat cells.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction is the second most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the United States, after breast augmentation. In 2018, more than 258,000 Americans received this procedure, a 5% increase from the previous year. Liposuction also had one the highest patient satisfaction rates among all the plastic surgeries, at 99 percent.

LA plastic surgeon Dr. Ruston Sanchez has helped scores of men and women from Baton Rouge and surrounding LA areas of Lafayette, Hammond, and New Orleans meet their cosmetic goals with lipo. Dr. Ruston Sanchez knows that the needs of each patient are unique and will take the time to develop an individualized treatment plan for you.

Ideal Candidates for a Liposuction

Dr. Ruston Sanchez recommends this plastic surgery procedure for men and women who are at or near their ideal weight. Keep in mind that this procedure is not a weight loss solution.

Typically, ideal candidates for surgical liposuctions are individuals who demonstrate:

  • A healthy skin that has minimal or no excessive sagging
  • Reasonable, stable weight
  • Localized, stubborn fatty deposits that won’t improve with diet and exercise

During your initial consultation visit with Dr. Ruston Sanchez, the surgeon will learn about your concerns and evaluate to let you know whether this procedure is for you. In some cases, the surgeon may recommend that you try a little harder with exercise before moving forward with the procedure. Patients who have severe excess skin can benefit from this procedure but will also need additional skin tightening to achieve their desired outcome. Your Surgeon will assess you based on your unique needs and chart the best way forward to reach your goals.

What Areas Does Liposuction Contour?

Liposuction can be used to get rid of stubborn fat in a variety of areas. However, plastic surgeons often use it to contour the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Thighs

Dr. Ruston Sanchez is highly experienced in a number of liposuction techniques such as EMSCULPT and CoolSculpting. Following your first appointment, the surgeon will examine your problem areas and utilize the best possible treatment method for your needs.

Types of Liposuction

Depending on the unique needs of each patient, Your Surgeon has lipo methods at his disposal:

Tumescent Liposuction – This is the most common type of liposuction. The surgeon will use a sterile solution made up of salt water and a pain reliever while performing the fat removal. A drug that constricts blood vessels in the treatment area is also used to achieve a better outcome.

Powered Liposuction – This liposuction procedure, performed in combination with tumescence, utilizes a cannula that makes tiny vibrations in order to break down fat cells. This makes it easier for the surgeon to get rid of the tough fat cells. A powered liposuction achieves more precise results while causing less pain.

Thanks to recent advances in plastic surgery technologies, plastic surgeons can use these and other methods to achieve a superb outcome through surgical liposuction. Your Surgeon will discuss the pros and cons of each method and help you choose the best option.

How Is Liposuction Performed?

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is usually performed under local or general anesthesia. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will make a series of tiny incisions on the treatment area. The surgeon takes great care to minimize the incisions and hide them where they are hardly visible. A long and thin device known as a cannula will be inserted through these incisions and used to suction out the fat cells. Once the treatment is complete, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will then close the incisions and cover them with suitable bandaging. The surgeon will require you to stay in place for an hour or so for monitoring before you are able to go home.

Dr. Ruston Sanchez performs lipo in Louisiana at accredited medical facilities or his in-office operating room in Baton Rouge. This procedure takes about 1-2 hours to complete and patients are discharged to go home on the same day as the surgery.


Recovery After Liposuction

Once you are discharged from the hospital or Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s in-office operating room, you will need someone to drive you home as well as help out with chores for a day or two. Dr. Ruston Sanchez encourages his patients to move as soon as they are able to in order to promote proper blood flow. The garment provided to you after surgery should be worn over the next 4-6 weeks because it helps with healing. It is common for patients to experience swelling and bruising after liposuction surgery. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will provide medication to increase your comfort level during recovery. Make sure to adhere to Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s post operative instructions for a speedy recovery after liposuction. Full recovery takes place in 1-2 weeks and the majority of Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s patients are able to get back to work by the end of the second week. However, you will be asked to desist from any heavy lifting, pushing or pulling over the first 4 weeks following the surgery.

Your Liposuction Consultation in Baton Rouge

During your initial consultation for this procedure, you will meet with our surgeon to discuss your goals and expectations. Dr. Ruston Sanchez will give you a detailed explanation of what this treatment entails, answer your questions, as well as propose a treatment plan based on your specific needs. The surgeon will also examine your trouble areas, review your health history, and may order certain lab work if deemed necessary. You will be provided with an initial cost estimate to help you arrange for financing.

Meet Your Surgeon, Baton Rouge’s Lipo Specialist

Working with a highly qualified plastic surgeon can dramatically increase your chances of attaining your desired outcome from the procedure. Dr. Ruston Sanchez takes each patient case as unique and works diligently to achieve the best procedure outcome with faster surgery time and minimal risk of scarring. Get in touch with Dr. Ruston Sanchez’s office today to schedule a consultation visit for your Louisiana liposuction.

Average Cost

Varies per patient

Average Recovery Time

1 – 2 Weeks

Average Procedure Time

1 -2 hours


Is liposuction an alternative to exercise?
Liposuction is not – and should not be seen as – an alternative to exercise. This well-known cosmetic procedure is designed to achieve you attain the contouring results that exercise and dieting has not been able to give you. You do not have to settle for that pooch of fat on your belly, or love handles that will not go away however hard to exercise. Liposuction is best suited for individuals who are near their ideal weight goal and are looking to achieve a well-tuned contour.
Is liposuction a safe procedure?

Working with a highly seasoned plastic surgeon is crucial in order to ensure a safe procedure. Dr. Ruston Sanchez is a highly trained practitioner who has achieved excellent lipo results for numerous patients in Baton Rouge and surrounding Louisiana areas. From the first step, Dr. Ruston Sanche will work with you to ensure that you have realistic expectations about what is possible, and create an effective plan to get to the desired outcome.

Will I have scars?

Because liposuction is an invasive surgery procedure where small incisions are made for the cannula, scarring is a natural consequence. However, Dr. Ruston Sanche employs his wealth of experience and the latest surgical approaches to achieve the best possible outcome while minimizing the occurrence and/or appearance of scarring. The surgeon will make very tiny incisions along natural folds of your body and let you know how to care for your scars.

Will this tighten my skin?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that gets rid of stubborn pockets of fat in various areas of the body. The goal is to achieve the patient’s desired contour. However, if you have drooping skin in your problem areas, this procedure may not be for you because liposuction does not tighten skin. Following your initial consultation, Dr. Ruston Sanchez will let you know the best way forward. In some cases, the surgeon may recommend a different procedure such as tummy tuck to help meet your goals.

Are results of a lipo permanent?

Following a liposuction, it may take up to several months for the patient to start noticing results. Keep in mind though that although fat cells that have been removed do not return, it is possible for the remaining fat cells to grow as the patient regains weight. Dr. Ruston Sanchez recommends that you maintain a proper diet and exercise regimen in order to avoid the necessity of a second liposuction until after many years.

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