Are you bothered by excess pockets of fat that just won’t seem to budge? This can be frustrating, especially if you are following a regular diet and exercise plan. Thankfully, liposuction may be able to help. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure typically used to remove stubborn fat from various areas of the body. However, before undergoing this procedure, it is important to understand what it can and can’t treat. Read on to learn more!

The Liposuction Procedure

During the liposuction procedure, a small, thin tube called a cannula is placed through small incisions at the treatment area. This cannula is moved back and forth to breast apart fatty deposits. A surgical vacuum will then be used to suction out unwanted fat, resulting in slimmer body contours.

We also offer tumescent liposuction, during which a special solution is injected into the treatment area to shrink blood vessels. This minimizes the amount of bleeding and post-surgical pain for optimal results.

What Can Liposuction Treat?

Liposuction is performed to treat the following areas of the body:

  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Abdomen
  • Upper arms
  • Calves
  • Knees
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • And more!

In addition to the cosmetic improvements patients experience after liposuction procedures, they can also experience health benefits. The removal of fatty deposits from any body area may decrease a patient’s blood pressure or improve blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.

What Can’t Liposuction Treat?

Saggy Skin

Liposuction is not the best method for removing lax and sagging skin. If you are bothered by sagging areas of skin, you may benefit from body contouring after weight loss or a body lift, which will eliminate excess skin for a more comfortable you.


A common misconception about liposuction is that it can be used to help people lose weight. Liposuction was not created as a weight loss solution, and should not be used on people who are obese. Ideal candidates for liposuction are near or at a healthy goal weight and have small pockets of stubborn fat that won’t seem to budge.

Contact Us Today

If you are interested in liposuction for improved body contours, contact Howland Plastic Surgery in Draper, UT. Dr. Howland specializes in liposuction and other cosmetic procedures to help each of his patients achieve their aesthetic goals.