Liposuction in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Port St. Lucie

If you’ve struggled to achieve the body shape and definition you desire, liposuction—a procedure that has been safely performed for nearly 40 years—can directly address stubborn fat deposits that diet and exercise alone haven’t improved.

Our liposuction surgeons in Palm Beach County, Florida, are highly experienced in this procedure, and their extensive training and background in liposuction surgery provide a deep understanding of the advanced techniques needed for successful fat removal. Dr. Lickstein and Dr. Forleiter are board certified plastic surgeons who have a compassionate and personalized approach to patient care, and are understanding of patients who are seeking liposuction due to health concerns or aesthetic reasons.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction, colloquially referred to as lipo, is a surgical procedure used to remove excess fat deposits from specific areas of the body. Liposuction is commonly used on areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and backs of the arms, calves, and back. It’s important to note that liposuction is not a weight-loss method but rather a body contouring technique, best suited for removing localized fat that doesn’t respond well to diet and exercise. This fat removal surgery is one of the top five cosmetic procedures in the United States, with approximately 211,067 procedures annually.1

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Treatable Areas of the Body

Liposuction can be an effective treatment for many areas of the body, including the areas that are most challenging to slim down naturally—such as the stomach and thighs. The procedure can also treat areas outside of the mid-region if you find you have stubborn fat deposits in the jowls, chin, or your neck, for example. Areas which liposuction can treat are:


Excess fat accumulation in the stomach area can obscure attractive definition.


Unwanted fat can make clothing tight and can cause an unsightly muffin top.


Deposits of fat along the thighs can lead to painful chafing.


Removing fat along the butt can create better shape and definition.


Fat along the back can contribute to rolls along the bra line.


Men can have liposuction to improve the appearance of enlarged male breasts. Women can remove fat from the breasts to improve size and shape


Fat along the arms may appear flabby and unattractive.


Submental fat can create the appearance of an unsightly double chin.

Preparing For Liposuction

When considering liposuction, it’s essential to start with a detailed consultation with one of our qualified plastic surgeons to discuss your medical history, expectations, and the procedure itself. Prioritize maintaining a stable weight through a balanced diet and exercise, and if you smoke, cease the habit at least six weeks before surgery. It’s crucial to avoid blood-thinners, including aspirin and certain supplements, two weeks pre-op, and ensure you stay well-hydrated. Make arrangements for someone to drive you home post-surgery and possibly assist you for the first 24 hours. Upon scheduling your surgery, our doctors will go over any questions you may have and also discuss your desired result as well as provide pre- and post-operative instructions. They will then tailor a treatment plan specifically to meet your aesthetic goals.

The Liposuction Procedure

Dr. Lickstein and Dr. Forleiter perform liposuction as an outpatient procedure most often with the patient under general anesthesia. Tumescent fluid is injected into the fat along the treatment area, which breaks up the fat cells for easier removal. A cannula is inserted into discreetly placed incisions, and vacuum suction removes the unwanted fat. Our surgeons can contour and shape the area to enhance the curves and definition of your body. The fine-grade cannula the doctor will use gives them great control in the amount and location of fat being extracted, ensuring you get optimal contouring and the results you want.

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Liposuction Recovery & Results

You will experience bruising and swelling in your treatment area; however, most patients return to work after one week of downtime and resume their regular exercise routine after four weeks. You will be required to wear a special compression garment for several weeks during their recovery to ensure the best results possible. The compression garment protects the treated area, mitigates discomfort and helps ensure you get the best possible results. The majority of swelling should subside within six weeks. Some pain and discomfort are natural after your procedure, especially during the first few days when swelling and bruising are most prevalent, and you will also feel tender in the treated areas. For your comfort, your doctor will usually prescribe a numbing solution or oral pain medicine to minimize this. Most discomfort only lasts several days, however. Overall, you can expect a contoured, slimmer appearance in the treated areas after your liposuction procedure.

Schedule A Consultation For Liposuction

Ready to redefine your contours with liposuction? Whether you’re in Palm Beach Gardens, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, or Wellington, our state-of-the-art surgical center and medical spa is just a short drive away. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards the new you!

FAQs About Liposuction

Will I have scarring after liposuction?

A natural concern after liposuction is scarring. Liposuction uses thin, well-placed incisions designed to limit visible scarring. However, scar development does sometimes occur and will vary based on the patient’s natural healing abilities. If you do develop scarring, it will likely be minimal and hidden, and, as with most scars, it will fade over time.

How much does liposuction cost?

The cost of Liposuction can vary depending on how many areas of the body you decide to have treated. You can receive a detailed treatment plan with pricing at your consultation appointment with our surgeons. Contact us with any questions or to schedule a consultation appointment.

Can I combine liposuction with any other procedures?

Yes, you can combine other body contouring procedures with liposuction. Many individuals opt for a combination of cosmetic surgery treatments to achieve their desired look, especially if you have poor skin elasticity or if you are experiencing drooping or sagging tissue in your treatment area. Popular combinations include liposuction with breast augmentation, Brazilian butt lift, breast lift, or breast reduction, or including liposuction as part of a mommy makeover which typically includes tummy tuck and breast augmentation. Combining these surgical procedures can provide more comprehensive results, allowing patients to address multiple concerns in one surgical session. Additionally, some people also incorporate med spa services for enhanced skin care or non-surgical treatments either before or after their main procedures.

Am I a candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for body sculpting with liposuction are those with good skin elasticity who are at or near their ideal body weight and who have stubborn fat deposits that are disproportionate to the rest of the body.2,3 During your initial consultation appointment at our Palm Beach Gardens office, our providers will take the time to listen to your concerns, determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction, and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Will liposuction help me lose weight?

Men and women who have undergone recent weight loss may still have unwanted deposits of fat that prevent them from reaching their goal weight. Liposuction can be an effective tool to eliminate those last few inches. However, it is not a weight-loss procedure, and patients should be within 30 pounds of their goal weight. Weight-loss patients will also likely have folds of skin that will require additional correction in combination with liposuction. Learn more about plastic surgery after weight loss.

We believe the best results are born from an in-depth discussion of patient goals, followed by a customized treatment plan.


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1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics | Top 5 Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures. Available: Accessed August 24, 2023.

2 Smart Beauty Guide (ASAPS). Liposuction. Available at: Accessed August 24, 2023.

3 Mayo Clinic. Liposuction. Available at: Accessed August 24, 2023.

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