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A healthy diet and regular exercise are important, but unfortunately, these are not always able to create the appearance that patients want. Despite being at a healthy weight, many people find that excess stubborn fat disrupts the toned, lean, or athletic look that they have been striving for. Liposuction is a solution for these patients. At Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Rouchdi Rifai offers liposuction using state-of-the-art techniques. His thirty-plus years of experience mean that Detroit area patients can enjoy superior results from their liposuction procedures.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to permanently remove fat cells by suctioning them away. Once removed, fat cells do not regenerate, meaning that liposuction results are long-lasting. It is important to remember that liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. This means that patients should be otherwise at or near a healthy weight before choosing liposuction. The surgery also pairs well with other body contouring procedures, enhancing or complementing overall results. Liposuction can be performed on several common treatment areas, which can include:

  • Neck
  • Upper arms
  • Chest or back
  • Abdominal area
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Flanks
  • Buttocks

The Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction can be performed using local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or IV sedation, depending on the extent of the procedure, Dr. Rifai’s recommendation, and patient preferences. The surgery requires only small incisions through which a surgical tube, or cannula, is inserted. Dr. Rifai utilizes two types of liposuction techniques, which each allow for reduced side effects and effective results in removing fat.

  • Tumescent liposuction involves injecting saline into the treatment area, causing targeted fat cells to swell. This makes them easier to suction away.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction involves directing pulses of sound energy to the target area, breaking apart fat molecules. This makes them easier to remove.

Throughout the liposuction process, Dr. Rifai will carefully and strategically remove fat to sculpt the body for the desired results. Once fat cells have been removed, the incisions are closed using sutures.

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Meet Dr. Rifai

Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

A talented, board-certified cosmetic surgeon with more than forty years of experience, Dr. Rifai uses only the finest equipment in our clean, state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Rifai knows that taking time to listen and learn about your expectations is essential to giving you the results you want. He will answer your questions and explain the treatment options in detail. Dr. Rifai is devoted to improving the way you look, the way you perceive yourself, and the way others see you.

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Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Most patients who are concerned about stubborn areas of fat are good candidates for liposuction. Patients should be generally healthy overall, including being at a healthy and stable weight. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a replacement for a healthy diet and exercise routine.

Common patients who choose liposuction include those who seek changes in their body contour due to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Weight loss or weight fluctuation
  • Genetics

In addition to these patients, it is common to pair liposuction with other body contouring procedures. During a consultation, Dr. Rifai will review your best options.

What Our Patients Say

“I just love my visits at Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery for all my skin care needs. It’s nice to walk in and be greeted by Megan. She is very friendly and she makes you feel welcome with all of your skin care needs. Dr. Fadi Is friendly and patient when it comes to listening to my skin care. He’s truly one of the best in the business! I would highly recommended booking an appointment as soon as they become available. They have special packages every few months and the results last a long time.”

- ML

“Katelyn has done such an amazing job. She is so easy to talk to while being thorough and informative, always keeping me in the loop with what she is doing. I always felt comfortable and felt like she really cared about what was best for me. I cannot wait for my next appointment with her and would recommend her to anyone looking to be in the best of hands.”

- DM

“I had 2 surgeries with Dr rafai (December 2022 and March 2023) both went very smoothly and both he and his staff were available and able to answer questions I had throughout my recovery. I’m happy with the results and will use Dr rafai again if I decide to proceed with future surgeries. (I previously had bariatric surgery and have a lot of excess skin but chose to only address my torso/abdomen at this time.)”

- LB

Recovery After Liposuction

Recovery is relatively simple after liposuction. Patients should expect some soreness as well as swelling, redness, and potential bruising. Compression garments should be worn to reduce swelling and encourage proper healing. Dr. Rifai will advise proper pain management, including prescription painkillers as needed. Most patients require about three days of downtime after their liposuction procedure before returning to non-strenuous routines. This can vary depending on the extent of your procedure. Dr. Rifai will provide reasonable expectations for your recovery period during a consultation. 

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about liposuction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rifai at Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery. Call our office at (248) 723-9370 or contact us online to set up your first appointment.

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