Liposuction (also referred to as lipo by some) may be considered to remove excess areas of fat. This procedure can slim and reshape specific body areas to remove excess fat and enhance your self-confidence and self-image. If you're considering undergoing liposuction Grand Rapids, Michigan houses our state-of-the-art facility; read on to find out if you would be a good candidate.


Liposuction involves the removal of excess fat from certain areas of the body. It is also known as lipoplasty and has become increasingly popular in recent years. The procedure can be performed on almost any area of the body, including the thighs, stomach, and arms. However, it is usually used in areas that cannot be achieved through diet and exercise alone.


Liposuction can be performed on its own or as part of a procedure such as a tummy tuck or body lift.


Liposuction surgery effectively targets fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise and allows for dramatic body contouring for both men and women. In some cases, this surgery is performed in combination with other procedures, all to create the desired body shape of the individual.


Liposuction is one of the most popular and safest cosmetic surgery procedures.

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Liposuction targets fat deposits in the:

  • Stomach
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Love handles
  • Saddlebags
  • Calves
  • Ankles
  • Breasts
  • Chest
  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Cheeks
  • Chin

Dr. Vagotis uses State-of-the-Art VASER High Definition Liposuction!

VASER Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that loosens fat cells and removes them from the body through a gentle suction process. VASER Liposuction is performed using a small, thin tube (a cannula) inserted through very small incisions.


VASER Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis, and results are immediate. VASER Liposuction targets and removes stubborn

pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

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Is Liposuction For You?

You need this procedure if:

  • You want a sleeker, more defined contour in a specific area of your body
  • Diets and regular exercise do not show any improvement in terms of fat removal
  • You have disproportionate, localized areas with extra fat deposit
  • You have localized fat deposits on the abdomen that are a result of heredity

Are You a Good Candidate?

If you are considering this option, there are several things you need to discuss with the doctor before choosing the right technique. Some people are not good candidates for liposuction. You are a good candidate if you:


  • Do not smoke
  • Are you at least within 30% of the ideal weight
  • Have elastic skin
  • Are realistic about skin excision (if necessary)

If you are planning to lose weight or gain some due to pregnancy or other reasons, you may want to reconsider doing this procedure. Also, people often mistake liposuction for a procedure used to remove cellulite. Liposuction is not something that will remove your cellulite or tighten the loose skin. This is something you can achieve with proper diet and exercise. Call us today for a free consultation to determine if you are a good candidate. Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a great place for those considering liposuction due to our state-of-the-art surgical facility.

A High BMI Is Not An Obstacle To Achieving Your Best Body Image

A strong body is a worry about obesity and other associated health risks. Studies* claim that plastic surgery for overweight patients can be carried out just as successfully as among non-obese patients. Complications, such as infection, scarring, and other aesthetic issues, are similar as well.


Dr. Vagotis does not use body mass index as the sole criterion in determining one's surgery fitness, she also performs a thorough virtual and in-person evaluation in every one of her patients. She then works with her patients to come up with a treatment plan that takes into account each person's overall health goals and circumstances.


It allows Dr. Vagotis to address any potential medical issues and still provide excellent patient outcomes among individuals with a high BMI while maintaining the highest aesthetic standards.


So, if you have a BMI that's considered too high for surgery, don't press the panic button just yet. Instead, consider a consultation with Dr. Vagotis.


How is Liposuction Performed?

The basic technique involves the removal of fat through a small incision and is performed on an outpatient basis. There are varying methods of liposuction performed by cosmetic plastic surgeons. The procedure is generally done using cannula (tubes), which are moved to suction the excess fat underneath the skin.


The decision to determine the appropriate technique will be discussed with the doctor during your consultation. Call us today to arrange an appointment.

How to Prepare for the Procedure

Many surgeons in Grand Rapids perform liposuction, and ultimately the surgeon you choose for this procedure will help you prepare for the liposuction and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Your surgeon will ask you to:


  • Stop smoking before and after the surgery to facilitate healing.
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs in some cases.
  • Avoid Aspirin and herbal medications known to cause increased bleeding.
  • Hydrate a lot for a safe recovery after the surgery.
  • Find someone to drive you home afterward.

In most cases, patients are released from the surgical facility after the surgery, but sometimes they are asked to stay overnight, especially in cases where the liposuction is performed on a large volume.


Why Choose Dr. Vagotis for your liposuction surgery?

Dr. Francine Vagotis is a great surgeon for your liposuction procedure, and her practice is right here in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Why not call today and set up your free phone or in-office consult!  Dr. Vagotis was voted one of the top doctors in the West Michigan area. She receives compliments for her relentless energy, work ethic, and expertise as a doctor. She is always ready to do whatever it takes for her patients, whether in the office or in the operating room. She is approachable, compassionate, and has a sense of humor.

Before and After Photos

Check out some photo examples taken before and after liposuction.

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