What is liposuction?

Liposuction removes fat cells beneath the skin to shape certain areas of the body. The surgery can be performed nearly anywhere on the body and has proven particularly effective in the abdomen, waist, hips, and thighs. It can also be used on the arms, buttocks, and knees. Body contouring is well suited for an outpatient facility such as Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery. The surgery is performed with local or general anesthesia depending on the areas to be contoured. The length of the surgery depends on the number and size of the areas being treated.

Before & After Photos

During your consultation visit, your surgeon will show you before and after pictures of patients who have undergone a breast augmentation. You will be able to see firsthand the difference the procedure made for these people. Interested in viewing before and after photos before your consultation? Visit our online gallery

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What is the average cost of liposuction? Is there a charge for the consultation?

The price of liposuction varies for each person. The cost depends on the extent of surgery necessary, including the number of target areas and the amount of fat being removed.


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“I cannot thank Dr. Humphrey and staff enough for the outstanding service. My results are better than I ever imagined. 10/10 recommend him for any and all cosmetic needs! ❤️”

“Wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend it, they went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable, and even when I had an emergency regarding finances due to my bank they made it a point to stay open later than they had to until I had it straightened out. They make sure that you understand everything that it is done and it’s a huge confidence booster!”

“Dr. Humphrey is superb! He did a great job, Im very very pleased with the results! He took the time to answer any and all questions before and after the surgery. Anna is very helpful and informative. Everyone at HPHS is very nice and helpful. The nurses and staff in the surgery center are great. Everyone made me feel at ease. I recommend Dr Humphrey for your tummy tuck! I cant wait til summer so I can rock that bikini ;-)in HAWAII.”

Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery accepts several types of payment: cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express), money orders, cashier checks, and financing with a financing company of your choice. Liposuction is not covered by commercial insurance and will need to be paid in full before surgery. Make sure you have made financing arrangements in advance with your financing company.

How much weight can I expect to lose after liposuction?

At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, we do not believe that liposuction is a solution for weight loss. If you want to lose weight, you need to seek out a weight loss program that fits your needs. Once you are at your desired weight, and if you still have problem areas, then liposuction may help to improve your body.

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Liposuction: 10 Things to Know & Ask

Fat removal and body contouring procedures are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments done each year. Liposuction continues to be one of the most opted for cosmetic treatments chosen by patients every year. Most people have heard of liposuction…

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5 Liposuction Questions To Ask

  Are you dealing with stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t seem to budge, despite diet and exercise? If this sounds like you, you may be able to benefit from liposuction. This procedure is one of the most popular…

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Can I have liposuction at the same time as a tummy tuck?

Oftentimes when a patient comes in for a cosmetic consultation regarding the abdomen, the issue of liposuction is also raised. At the time of the consultation we will evaluate the abdomen, as well as the flanks and hip areas. Depending…

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I have heard about death with liposuction. Have you ever had this happen to one of your patients?

It’s important to understand that liposuction is a surgical procedure and all surgeries carry a certain risk. Death from liposuction has been directly related to large volume liposuction. At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, our surgeon has never had a death as a result of liposuction because he sets the limit to 5 liters of fat maximum that can be removed during one procedure.

On average how many liposuction procedures do you perform in a year?

Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery performs about 40-50 liposuction procedures a year.

Is there a better time of year to have liposuction?

To allow yourself time to heal, make sure you schedule the surgery at a time when you will be able to rest. After liposuction, you will be moving pretty slowly, and you will wear a compressive garment for about 3 weeks. You may also have to make adjustments at work due to swelling and being on pain medication. Liposuction patients take anywhere from a long weekend to two weeks off work, depending on how many areas were treated and the physical nature of their job.

Do I have to stop smoking before a liposuction procedure?

We would like for the patient to stop smoking one month before surgery and one month after surgery. Nicotine in cigarettes decreases the blood supply to the skin, and blood supply is important in the healing process. We hope patients can decrease their exposure not only to firsthand but also to secondhand smoke.

Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for liposuction?

To reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma, stop taking blood thinners and vitamin E at least one week before and after surgery. If you are on prescription blood thinners, you may need to get medical clearance from your family doctor and instructions on how to stop these medications. We also want all herbal medication and diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) stopped at least two weeks before surgery and one week following surgery.

At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, we require the liposuction patient to be in overall good health before the surgery can be performed. If there are questions regarding your health, medical clearance from your family doctor may be required.

What should I do next?

At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery, Dr. J. Stewart Humphrey, MD is board-certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. He offers plastic and hand surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston. Our Plastic Surgery office is located 50 miles from Carbondale, IL and 55 miles from Ste. Genevieve, MO. If you believe liposuction may be for you, your next step is to call the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today to schedule your initial consultation. Make a mental note of all your questions and concerns to bring to your consultation so your surgeon can address them. Call us now at (888) 515-2847. Make this first step to a better-looking you!

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Dr. J. Stewart Humphrey is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The American Board of Plastic Surgery is the gold standard for plastic surgery certification in the United States. Dr. Humphrey…


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