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Awake 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.

Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kristopher Hamwi has undergone years of extensive, specialized training in liposuction with some of the industry’s leading specialists. He has been performing awake liposuction since 2009 and has performed thousands of these procedures, making him your best choice for awake liposuction in Sarasota, FL. 

Restore your figure with Sarasota awake liposuction! Contact Florida Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation at (941) 800-2000 or complete our online form today.

What is Awake Liposuction?

Awake liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes unwanted fat to give desired areas of the body an improved shape and contour. Often, there are certain areas of the body that maintain their specific shape and, no matter what weight you are or how much you exercise, they won’t change as you would like. Liposuction can help reshape those areas.

Awake liposuction procedures can  be performed 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 Awake Liposuction?

As a versatile body contouring procedure, awake liposuction can be used to treat most areas where the body stores fat. Awake Liposuction is used to sculpt the body and create new contours, shapes and curves by permanently removing fat cells.  This does not mean that you can’t still gain or lose weight as that depends on your diet and exercise habits, however, it does reset your baseline size and shape.  For this reason, awake liposuction is best used for people who are in control of their weight and are more interested in sculpting particular areas of fat on the body.

Typical areas treated with awake 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.

Examples of Liposuction treatment areas with before and after results:


Awake Liposuction to the Abdomen Before & After Sarasota


Awake Liposuction Before & After Silhouette in Sarasota

Silhouette & Buttock Sculpt

Awake Liposuction to the Back Before & After


Chest Liposuction Before & After in Sarasota


Awake Liposuction Chin Before & After

Multiple areas can be treated at once but limitations may be necessary for safety reasons. When discussing what area you would like to target with your surgeon, you may want to refer to the below images:

How Is Awake Liposuction Performed?

  1. During your awake liposuction procedure, Dr. Hamwi will create small incisions in your skin that are about half the size of a grain of rice. 
Liposuction Incision Sarasota

2. 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.

3. 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.

Fat Removed During Liposuction Procedure

Is Everyone a Candidate for Awake Liposuction?

Awake 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, you will be able to discuss your aesthetic goals and will then be evaluated to determine how your particular anatomy will respond to treatment.

For patients considering awake liposuction, we evaluate:

  1. The structure underneath the fat and how it affects the shape of the
  2. The thickness and location of the fat to be removed
  3. The condition of the skin overlying the area of Liposuction’s biggest drawback is that it does not directly address loose skin and in some cases can make issues with the skin worse. In these situations other procedures may be indicated; see Tummy tuck or Renuvion

Liposuction can reduce fat thickness significantly but is not a good weight loss tool by itself. Rather liposuction is better at sculpting specific areas. If you are looking to address fat over the entirety of your body, traditional weight loss may be a better option.

What Are The Potential Complications with Liposuction?

While liposuction is considered extremely safe, complications are possible and should be considered before deciding to pursue a procedure. Most complications associated with liposuction are aesthetic and do not affect your health such as resulting looseness in the skin or irregularities. Other potential issues involve scarring at or below the skin, bleeding, infection, sensory nerve problems or injury to deeper structures. While extremely rare, It is also possible to have reactions to the medications that are used that could be potentially life threatening.

Attached is a sample consent form from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons which helps inform patients and guide their discussion with a provider.

How to Prepare Your Awake Liposuction Procedure

Being in good health before your surgery is important. If you have any medical conditions they should be discussed with your surgeon ahead of time and clearance from your Primary Medical Provider may be necessary along with indicated lab work.

Discuss any medications you take and if they should be continued or discontinued as the procedure approaches. You will be provided with list of herbal medications that should be stopped at least 2 weeks prior to your procedure as they may affect your body’s ability to clot. 

Some patients may consider taking supplements that aid in healing or reduce inflammation. As the medical literature is mixed about the effectiveness of supplements Dr. Hamwi does not always recommend these. Dr. Hamwi can provide you with additional information about supplements which may be considered to aid healing.

It is Dr. Hamwi’s opinion that liposuction is best performed when you are at average weight or a little heavy. This allows for the fat to be removed to be a little more complete. Then when you lose weight afterward the results look even better. Make sure that you have arranged for someone who can drop you off and pick you up after surgery and assist you as necessary for the first few days after the procedure. Depending on the area being treated patients may need assistance putting on their compression garments for the first few days after the procedure.

For a more detailed description of how to prepare please see our attached pre-operative instructions.

Awake Liposuction Recovery

Your liposuction recovery will depend on the area being treated. Under most circumstances, for larger treatment areas we typically recommend taking at least four days off from work. The area that we treat will be sore and you will have discomfort for approximately 2-3 weeks that may limit your activity level.  The treated area and the area surrounding it will swell to some extent, but bruising is typically minimal. As you continue to heal, your swelling and discomfort will dissipate, but it usually takes 6 weeks or more for all of the swelling to resolve before you start to see your final results.

While liposuction recovery is not incapacitating it does require that you follow close guidelines in order to achieve the best possible results. We typically recommend that these guidelines are followed for 6 weeks after the procedure. Swelling is a normal part of the healing process but if it is excessive it can compromise your results. For this reason, it is recommended that swelling be controlled through compression, avoidance of exertional or prolonged activities and manual massage. Depending on the area being treated, a compression garment will be provided. In most cases it is advised that this be worn for 6 weeks. Sometimes an additional layer of foam will be provided to be applied under the garment for the first 10-14 days.

For a more detailed list description of the post operative instructions, click here

Various scar treatments are available for the small skin incisions. These are not necessary unless you desire. Dr. Hamwi can provide you with some recommendations after surgery.

Your Sarasota Awake 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.

Schedule Your Awake Liposuction Consultation Today!

At Florida Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hamwi performs consultations either in person or virtually over the phone 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!

Traveling from Out of Town?

Many of our awake 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.