Liposuction in Atlanta, GA



For some people, losing weight is as easy as breathing, or at least it can seem that way. This is usually not the case however, as for most people, it takes dedication to a proper diet and plenty of exercise to achieve the body type they desire. There’s another demographic that even with their due diligence, age, and genetics results in stubborn fat that seemingly collects with no hope of ever getting rid of it. At Dr. Lissa Plastic Surgery, we want to help our patients get rid of that unwanted fat with Liposuction in Atlanta. To learn about the different techniques we offer and if you’re a qualified candidate, keep reading below.

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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that reshapes a specific area of your body by removing excess fat for a more contoured appearance. Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor uses a suctioning technique to remove excess fat from an area of your body, such as your waist or thighs, to reshape them. In some cases, you can undergo liposuction with a local anesthetic, but larger areas may require a general anesthetic, so you sleep through the procedure.

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Liposuction works on nearly any problem area of your body where you’d like a more defined contour or silhouette. Some of the most popular areas for liposuction include:

  • Ankles – reduces “cankle” appearance
  • Arms – sculpts and defines to provide a toned appearance and “cut” upper arms
  • Back – removes dreaded back fat to soften and create a more feminine physique
  • Belly – create curves and sculpted abs and
  • Buttocks – makes it more proportioned to the rest of your body
  • Chest or breasts – remove “side boob” or “man boob” fat
  • Flanks – remove love handles and muffin tops
  • Knees – reduces the opportunity for “runners’ knees”
  • Neckline and the area under the chin – double chin removal
  • Thighs (Outer/ Inner) – defines thighs in proportion to knees and calves

You can get liposuction on more than one area at a time, or Dr. Bootstaylor may recommend combining liposuction with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck or Brazilian butt lift.

Dr. Lissa Liposuction Expertise in Atlanta

  • Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor has performed thousands of successful Liposuction surgeries throughout her career.
  • Named a Top Plastic Surgeon by US News and World Report.
  • Received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, did her plastic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh, and her surgical residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
  • Dr. Lissa is a certified member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the Atlanta Medical Association, and the Atlanta Women’s Medical Alliance.
  • She is the Medical Director of Atlanta’s premiere plastic surgery center, Atlanta APC Plastic Surgery
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Liposuction at First Glance

  • Surgery Time: Time will vary on the extent of the surgery and technique, but you should expect between one and four hours
  • Price: The cost of Liposuction in Atlanta varies but starts at $8,000
  • Recovery: Patients should be able to return home after their surgery, but the recovery time will vary. You can expect to be bruised and swollen for at least 10 to 14 days. You should be able to return to light work within a few days and slowly return to working out within two to three weeks.
  • Results: Depending on how much fat is removed, you can expect to see final results within one to three months.

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High BMI Liposuction

Traditional Liposuction is performed on patients with lower Body Mass Indexes of 21-30, but when performed on patients with higher BMIs, there we some larger risks of medical problems and aesthetic challenges. In the past, the only way for Plus-size patients to undergo Liposuction was to lose enough weight before receiving the treatment, which as mentioned above, is not always easy.

Over the last 20 years, Dr. Lissa has been focusing on highlighting the figure of her patients by using a combination of liposuction with abdominoplasty surgery. Although this produced some excellent results, there was a large enough sample of patients who had to be excluded because of the amount of downtime a tummy tuck required and the production of a long, visible scar.

Thankfully, when Awake Liposuction is performed in stages, higher BMI patients can see great shapely results without the need for general anesthesia or long-recovery times. Dr. Lissa can use her artistic eye to use this technique and create a gorgeous hourglass figure. She has been able to help patients with a BMI as high as 47 patients who are in overall good health.

For more information on High BMI Liposuction, you can read more about it in a blog written by Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor HERE.

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Liposuction with Tummy Tuck

When you lose a lot of weight in a quick amount of time, there’s a good chance that your skin will be loose and sagging, since your skin’s elasticity doesn’t have an opportunity to keep up. This is why many of our Atlanta patients will combine a Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, with their Liposuction. One of the major benefits that come from this combination of procedures is that you can address exercise-resistant fat simultaneously with the elimination of loose skin and muscle tissue repair.

For more information on what takes place during an Abdominoplasty, please refer to its dedicated page HERE.

What are the benefits of Liposuction?

Our patients have experienced the following benefits that Liposuction in Atlanta has to offer:

  • Boosts Self-esteem
  • Improved Health
  • Improvement in appearance and the way others perceive you
  • Lose stubborn fat that diet and exercise can’t
  • Permanently removes fat cells
  • Safe way to remove fat

Who are the Best Candidates for Liposuction?

It is very important to understand that liposuction is not intended to be used as a weight loss tool, but rather as a means of reducing and sculpting stubborn excess fat areas that normal exercise is having difficulty removing. We highly encourage practicing a healthy lifestyle to keep the weight off and maintain your appearance. To find out if you are a good candidate for any of our Liposuction procedures, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Lissa.

The best candidates for Atlanta Liposuction are patients who:

  • Are you in good shape and working towards sculpting your silhouette
  • Attempted to lose weight through normal diet and exercise, but are having difficulty with fat storage in certain areas
  • In overall good health
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or less
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Nonsmoker
  • Possess regions of localized fat that can be harvested

What’s the First Step?

If you are in the Atlanta area and are interested in any of the Liposuction techniques that we have to offer, the first step is to contact Dr. Lissa Plastic Surgery and schedule your consultation. When you come into our boutique office for your appointment, you will be able to meet with Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor and discuss your desires for your treatment. Dr. Lissa will examine the area(s) that you are looking to improve, answer any questions or address any concerns you may have regarding your Liposuction, and go over the different options she provides, working with you to determine which one is best for you. 

You will also need to answer some questions regarding your lifestyle and medical history. It is very important, to be honest, and open with Dr. Lissa; she is completely discreet and confidential with everything you tell her, and the information you provide will help prevent any unnecessary risks during your procedure or recovery.

When the two of you have come to an agreement about the techniques used and the projected results, Dr. Lissa will create a procedure plan just for you. Once this plan has been created, our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your procedure date and time, as well as provide you with some directions to follow to ensure the safest and best results.

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What to Expect on the Day of Liposuction

When you show up for your Liposuction, we will make sure that you are comfortable first and foremost. If you’re getting traditional liposuction, the type of anesthesia used will vary, with local anesthesia being used for small areas and general anesthesia being used in more extensive procedures.

After making a small incision, usually between 0.4 and 0.8 inches in length, Dr. Lissa will insert a blunt instrument that is attached to a rubber tubing, passing it back and forth along your unwanted fat, essentially scraping it loose and vacuuming it, thanks to the machine it’s attached to that generates high vacuum pressure. Once finished, Dr. Lissa will cover up the incisions.

Depending on the area or areas that are being operated on and which technique is used, the procedure can last from 30 minutes up to four hours.

Liposuction Recovery

After your procedure, you can expect to experience some pain and swelling in the treated area, as well as some fluid drainage from the incisions. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you may need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks. Occasionally, a small drainage tube may be inserted beneath the skin for a couple of days to prevent fluid build-up. Pain can be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Lissa, though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days.

It is normal to feel a bit anxious in the days or weeks following surgery. However, this feeling will subside as you begin to look and feel better. Over time, you’ll see your new, improved shape and a leaner, more contoured silhouette.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Atlanta?

The cost of Liposuction in Atlanta is entirely dependent on which technique you and Dr. Lissa decide to use, how much fat is being removed, and the location(s) of the removal, among a few other factors. When you come in for your consultation and Dr. Lissa can create your Liposuction treatment plan, our Patient Coordinator will be able to give you a complete price breakdown.

For your convenience, we do offer financing options such as Carecredit, Alpheon, or United Medical. We also accept credit cards, and cash for our services.


Why Choose Dr. Lissa?

Lissa Bootstaylor, MD has pioneered and perfected twilight liposuction for body contouring in both men and women. During this fast recovery procedure, five liters of fat can be removed without the “deep dive” of general anesthesia. Men and women in their 20s through their 80s rely on the expertise of Dr. Bootstaylor and her passion for providing the most comprehensive medical and aesthetic services with a personalized touch. As one of Atlanta’s premiere plastic surgeons, she is widely considered to have a wealth of knowledge and experience in her field. She is an ASPS Member plastic surgeon who is board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and strives to create a plastic surgery experience and an aesthetic result that taps into your innermost desires for timeless beauty.


Schedule a Consultation

If only those stubborn pockets of fat responded to diet and weight-loss efforts, men and women of all ages would have their ideal body shape and feel more confident wearing their favorite clothes. Fortunately, for those hard-to-conquer areas of fat, Lissa Bootstaylor MD, one of Atlanta’s top plastic surgeons, offers liposuction to contour your body and get rid of those annoying bulges. Liposuction is a time-tested procedure that can enhance your figure, and Dr. Bootstaylor specializes in removing fat and contouring your silhouette so you look good from all angles. Call us at 404-240-2804 to schedule a consultation or book one online today.


Liposuction FAQs

  • “Dr. Bootstaylor performed my plastic surgery several years ago in multiple areas. My results were amazing! She is a perfectionist.”
  • I don’t think there are words to describe the experience with Dr. Lissa and staff. The love and kindness is profound. They make you feel heard, but most of all, they make everyone feel beautiful. They treat you like family, not just another patient off of the street. Love, love love, Dr. Lissa Bootstaylor and the ladies of the office!
  • The entire staff was friendly and professional. They took the time to go over the entire procedure with me. As for Dr Lissa, she was very personable and she listened to me. And answered all my questions and concerns.

Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

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