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Dr. Larry Schlesinger performed the first liposuction in Hawaii in 1983, and since then, he’s performed more than 7,000 liposuction procedures. If you are bothered by excess fat in certain body areas, you may be interested in undergoing liposuction at Mommy Makeover Hawaii. Please read on to learn more about liposuction.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction (“lipo” means fat) is a common cosmetic procedure that suctions fat deposits in specific areas of the body. It is not a “weight loss surgery,” but rather a body contouring procedure that is designed to sculpt, tone, and add definition to specific body areas.

Some of the most popular body areas for liposuction include the:

  • Abdomen
  • Chin
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Upper arms

However, other sites for potential fat removal are possible. The best way to determine if we can help you contour the areas of the body you would like to target is by meeting with Dr. Schlesinger for an initial consultation.

Traditional Liposuction vs. Liposuction “Systems”

The traditional liposuction procedure, which involves a tumescent injection to increase patient comfort and decrease bleeding followed by skillful, manual suctioning, is our preferred technique for patients undergoing liposuction in Hawaii. One American Society of Plastic Surgeons study found that 90% of surgeons perform traditional liposuction and only 10% utilize the various laser liposuction “systems” (SmartLipo, SlimLipo, etc.). Usually, 10% use a system because of its marketing benefits – not its benefits to the patient. Laser liposuction systems are no better for patients, and sometimes they are even worse. They can lead to more bumpiness and waviness, and they aren’t always able to provide the results that patients want. By contrast, traditional tumescent liposuction can create smoother, more precise results that satisfy a patient’s goals.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Our Honolulu, Hawaii Liposuction patients have been able to witness firsthand the following benefits of their procedure:

  • Can inspire a healthier lifestyle and improved health
  • Combinable with many procedures to produce great results
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Improved appearance
  • Permanently removes fat cells
  • Safely removes stubborn fat that even diet and exercise can’t

Who are the Best Candidates for Liposuction?

If you’re interested in Liposuction in Hawaii, you could be an Ideal candidate if you are:

  • A nonsmoker
  • Committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise
  • Have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Overall healthy individuals with no life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
  • Within 30% of their ideal weight

First Steps

What’s the first step?


The first step in getting Liposuction at Mommy Makeover Hawaii is to schedule your consultation. When you come in and meet with Dr. S. Larry Schlesinger, you will be first able to address your current areas of concern, ask any questions about the procedure you may have, and have your targeted areas examined. Dr. Schlesinger will also ask you some questions about your lifestyle and medical history, and it’s important to be as open and honest as possible so that he can make well-informed decisions and any unnecessary risks are prevented.

Once he has everything he needs, Dr. Schlesinger will create your personalized treatment plan. If you agree with this plan and wish to continue, our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your treatment date. You will also be given a list of instructions to follow before your procedure to help provide the best results possible.


What to Expect on the Day of Liposuction

The liposuction procedure begins with general anesthesia and then uses a narrow stainless steel tube, called a cannula, which is inserted through a small incision to remove unwanted fat through a suction pump. Once he is finished, Dr. Schlesinger will cover your treated area with either a compression garment or elastic bandage to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours. In some situations, a small tube will be temporarily left in an incision that helps drain excess fluid or blood that accumulates.

Following the procedure, the result is an improved contour in that specific body area.

Liposuction Recovery

Following your surgery, you will be able to return home to recover, but we like to recommended have an available ride from a family member or friend in case you are too sore to drive or are still feeling the effects of the anesthesia.

Most Liposuction patients will be able to return to work within a few days, as long as they are comfortable doing so. You should avoid any heavy lifting until Dr. Schlesinger clears you for more strenuous activities. It can take up to several months for the swelling to fully subside.

What is the cost?

How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Hawaii?

The cost of Liposuction in Hawaii will be based on a variety of factors, but will mostly be determined by how much fat will be removed and the location it is being removed from. You will be given a price breakdown based on the treatment plan that Dr. Schlesinger makes for you.


Why Choose Dr. Schlesinger?

Our team at Mommy Makeover Hawaii is made of highly-trained professionals in the fields of patient coordination, administration, nursing, and plastic surgery. Led by S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS, a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience, our goal is not only to do excellent surgery but to do excellent patient care. Dr. Schlesinger is renowned for his artistry, dedication to his patients, and positive results. He has been awarded the American Medical Association, Physician’s Recognition, and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and is a multi-time winner of the Hawaii Medical Association Physician of the Year.

Schedule Your Consultation

To discuss undergoing liposuction in Hawaii, contact our Plastic Surgery Center today to schedule an initial consultation at our office in Honolulu. S. Larry Schlesinger, MD, FACS will be glad to speak with potential liposuction patients during that time. For more information, schedule a consultation to discuss by calling us at (808) 517-5076 or using our website. We look forward to meeting with you.

More than 28k+ patients worldwide have placed their trust in Dr. Schlesinger.

  • Intelligent423125
    Real Patient
    5 Star Review

    Everything went well and I am very pleased with my results. Process from beginning to end was great. Staff showed compassion and skill. Surgeon showed great follow-up care with more than just one visit.

  • Marylan54
    Real Patient
    5 Star Review

    At seven weeks post op……I can say I’m pretty happy with my revision! They have settled well and look so natural. I’m so glad it finally happened. Now on to my 50 year high school reunion!! I wonder if anyone will notice?

  • Kendra C.
    Real Patient
    5 Star Review

    I love the staff, the office, the nurses and everything about Dr. Schlesinger!!! He is very knowledgeable about the procedures and makes sure you are as well. Hands down the best experience I’ve had with minimal down time after my procedure.

  • Amanda V
    Real Patient
    5 Star Review

    By far the best plastic surgeon, I mean his work is Hollywood perfection. Day 1 post-op I looked in the mirror and couldn’t believe my eyes, Dr. Schlesinger completely transformed my body. I was already 100% satisfied with my body even with all the swelling. He’s very dedicated to his work and enjoys changing people’s lives. His staff is very sweet and professional. Thank you for all that you do!

  • BoBo B.
    Real Patient
    5 Star Review

    Dr. Schlesinger is awesome. Had some work done and he exceeded my expectations, more than happy. Staff were very friendly and approachable. Larry was always available via phone call to address any concerns or questions. Dr. Schlesinger and his team are the best!

  • Dan C.
    Real Patient
    5 Star Review

    Being a man and having gynecomastia can be very embarrassing but his office and staff always made me feel very comfortable about the procedure that I needed to have done. It’s been a few months since my surgery and I’m very happy with the results, I can no longer feel embarrassed about taking off my shirt or going to the beach. The psychological relief has made all the difference in the world. Thank you Dr Schlesinger.

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