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Liposuction in Sarasota with Dr. Kristopher Hamwi

When lifestyle changes, like exercising and dieting, fail to help you achieve your body contouring goals, liposuction treatments offer another option to help you attain that sleek, trim appearance. At Florida Plastic Surgery, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kristopher Hamwi can help you decrease fat and sculpt those troublesome areas with Awake Liposuction.

When it comes to body contouring, you deserve a surgeon with unparalleled expertise who understands your needs and delivers the highest quality results. You deserve the care of Dr. Hamwi—your choice for the best awake liposuction in Sarasota, FL.

Achieve your ideal figure with the best liposuction in Sarasota, Florida! Contact Florida Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation at (941) 800-2000,, or complete our online form today.

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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove unwanted fat and improve the shape and contours of desired areas of the body. Often, liposuction can reshape those parts of the body that don’t respond to lifestyle changes like exercise and diet. These are the areas that maintain their specific shape no matter your weight—they don’t go away or change as you would like. With liposuction, you can address this fat to reclaim your contours.

What is Awake Liposuction?

Advances in liposuction have allowed Dr. Hamwi to perform this surgery without requiring patients to go under general anesthesia, helping them avoid the potential risks of the anesthetic. During the procedure, Dr. Hamwi can move the patient into a variety of positions to sculpt each area and have better control over its symmetry, shape, and outcome. This method allows him to navigate the entire surgical process with the utmost levels of precision and consistency.

What Areas Can Be Treated with Liposuction?

As a versatile body contouring procedure, liposuction can be used to treat most areas where the body stores fat. While liposuction can treat multiple areas during one procedure, there are limitations to ensure safety protocols. If you are looking to treat large areas, Dr. Hamwi may need to divide your liposuction procedure into two for your safety.

Typical areas treated with liposuction include:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks and Waist
  • Chin
  • Arms
  • Thighs
  • Chest
  • Buttocks

Dr. Hamwi has also developed a special way of sculpting the abdomen, flanks, waist, and buttock to accentuate the silhouette that he calls buttock sculpting. This sculpting creates natural-looking results similar to a Brazilian butt lift.

How Is Liposuction Performed?

During your liposuction procedure, Dr. Hamwi will create small incisions in your skin that are about half the size of a grain of rice. From these incisions, medicated fluid is injected into the fat layer. This fluid numbs the area and causes the capillaries in the fat to contract, minimizing bleeding.

A small tube called a cannula is inserted into the incisions to remove the fat, using a back-and-forth motion through the fat.

Unlike other fat removal modalities that rely on the body to absorb the eliminated fat over time, with liposuction, that fat is immediately removed and collected, so the results develop in front of your eyes.

Dr. Kristopher Hamwi

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Dr. Kristopher Hamwi has trained for over ten years at some of the world’s top institutions to become one of Florida’s best aesthetic plastic surgeons. Utilizing his exceptional skill, rigorous training, and genuine, caring approach, Dr. Hamwi strives for total patient satisfaction. Ready to partner with Sarasota’s leading aesthetic plastic surgeon?

What Does Liposuction Treat?

Liposuction effectively sculpts the body and creates new contours, shapes, and curves by permanently removing fat cells. Removing fat cells does not mean you can’t still gain or lose weight, depending on your diet and exercise habits; however, it resets your baseline size and shape. For this reason, liposuction is best used for people who have been at a stable weight for at least six months and want to sculpt an area of fat.

For patients considering liposuction, Dr. Hamwi will evaluate:

  • Structures underneath the fat and how they affect the shape of the proposed treatment area
  • The thickness and location of the fat to be removed
  • The condition of the skin overlying the treatment area. As liposuction does not directly address loose skin, it can make the issue worse in some cases. In these situations, other procedures may be indicated, such as Tummy Tuck or Renuvion
  • Liposuction also cannot repair diastasis recti—separated abdominal muscles that occur as a result of pregnancy

While liposuction can significantly reduce fat thickness, it is not a good weight-loss tool on its own. Rather, liposuction is intended to sculpt specific areas. Traditional weight loss solutions may be more appropriate methods of addressing fat over the entirety of your body.

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What Doesn't Liposuction Treat?

Liposuction is not always the best option for every patient, and other treatment options may be better suited. A person’s health and desired outcome is always considered when pursuing an aesthetic treatment. During your consultation, Dr. Hamwi will discuss with you what goals you are trying to achieve, then he will evaluate you to determine how your anatomy should be addressed and the best procedures to meet your goals.

Good Candidates for Sarasota Awake Liposuction

Typically, Dr. Hamwi recommends good candidates for awake liposuction include patients in good overall health who are looking to enhance the appearance of their figures by reducing fat. Also, candidates should:

  • Be non-smokers or willing to quit at least two weeks prior to surgery and afterward
  • Be physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • Understand the risks of the procedure
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • Be prepared to closely follow pre- and post-operative instructions
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Potential Complications

Liposuction is considered an extremely safe procedure; however, complications are possible and should be considered before pursuing treatment. Most complications associated with liposuction are aesthetic in nature and do not affect your health, such as resulting skin looseness or irregularities. Other potential issues may include scarring at or below the skin, bleeding, infection, sensory nerve problems, or injury to deeper structures.

While extremely rare, it is possible to have potentially life-threatening reactions to the medications used during the procedure. Here is a sample consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that helps inform patients and guide their discussion with a provider.

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Preparing for Your Liposuction Procedure

One of the most important things you can do before your liposuction treatment is to be in good health. Be sure to discuss any medical conditions with your surgeon ahead of time. Before surgery, you may require clearance or lab work from your primary medical care provider.

Be sure to discuss all medications you take to determine whether they should be continued or discontinued as the procedure approaches. Stop taking all herbal medications at least two weeks prior to your procedure, as they may affect your body’s ability to clot.

While some patients consider taking supplements to aid in healing or reduce inflammation, Dr. Hamwi does not always recommend these as the medical literature is mixed about the effectiveness of supplements.

In Dr. Hamwi’s opinion, liposuction is best performed when you are at an average weight or a little heavy. This allows for the fat to be removed to be a little more complete, and when you lose weight afterward, the results look even better. Don’t crash diet prior to your liposuction procedure, as this affects your body’s protein stores and its ability to heal.

Arrange for someone to drop you off and pick you up after surgery and assist you for the first few days after your liposuction procedure. Depending on the treatment area, patients may need assistance putting their compression garments on for the first few days.

For a more detailed description of how to best prepare for your liposuction procedure, please read our

pre-operative instructions.

Your Liposuction Recovery

Your liposuction recovery will depend on the area being treated. For larger treatment areas, we typically recommend taking at least four days off from work. Most patients can resume normal activities after this time, but we may recommend avoiding strenuous exercises for a few weeks.

For approximately two to three weeks, the treated area will be sore and cause discomfort that may limit your activity level. The treated area and its surrounding areas will swell, but bruising is typically minimal. As you continue to heal, swelling and discomfort will dissipate; however, it usually takes at least six weeks for all swelling to resolve, revealing your true results.

While liposuction recovery is not incapacitating, it does require that you closely follow our full recovery instructions and take liposuction prescriptions as recommended to achieve the best possible results. We typically recommend that these guidelines are followed for six weeks after the procedure.

Swelling is a normal part of the healing process, but excessive swelling can compromise your results. For this reason, we recommend swelling be controlled through compression garments, avoiding exertional or prolonged activities, and manual massage. Depending on the treatment area, a compression garment may be provided. Typically, we advise patients to wear their compression garments for at least six weeks. Sometimes additional layers of foam will be provided to be applied under the garment for the first two weeks.

Here, you will find a complete detailed list of the post-operative instructions.

Liposuction Scar Treatments

Typically, scar treatments are not required after liposuction procedures. However, various scar treatments are available for the small skin incisions.

Your Sarasota Liposuction Results

Following your awake liposuction procedure, many patients will notice improvements to their figures immediately. However, you will also experience swelling and bruising that obscure your true results. While residual swelling may take several weeks to fully resolve, you will see continued improvements to your figure as your body heals and adjusts to its new contours.

By maintaining your healthy weight and lifestyle, you will continue to experience long-lasting results from awake liposuction.

Why Choose Dr. Hamwi as Your Sarasota, FL Liposuction Provider

Selecting the right plastic surgeon is one of the most important factors in your successful plastic surgery results. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kristopher Hamwi is an expert in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery and has performed thousands of awake liposuction procedures since 2009. However, it’s Dr. Hamwi’s dedication to patient safety and outstanding results that makes him one of the best liposuction surgeons in Florida.

From consultation to post-op, your experience with Dr. Hamwi will feature:

● Compassion
● Responsiveness
● Open communication
● Schedule accommodation

“The goal of my practice is to help patients feel better about themselves. I truly want the best for all of my patients.”

 Dr. Hamwi

Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation Today!

At Florida Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hamwi performs consultations either in person or virtually with the assistance of photographs. We will advise you on how to take the photos necessary for your virtual consultation.

To schedule your consultation today, contact us at (941) 800-2000, complete our online form, or email!

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Many of our liposuction patients travel from other parts of the United States and from other countries. We’ve gathered some important information for you about local accommodations here, or please feel free to call us to speak with a staff member who can assist you.

Awake Liposuction Florida - FAQs

Awake liposuction cost is determined by individual needs and aesthetic goals. During your consultation, Dr. Hamwi will provide an estimate for your awake liposuction cost in Sarasota, FL.

Typically, most patients do not have a lengthy recovery period and can return to most jobs in three to five days. However, you may need to avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise, for approximately four to six weeks.

You can experience long-lasting results from your awake liposuction procedure by maintaining your ideal, stable weight through your healthy lifestyle choices, including your diet and exercise regimen.