Liposuction in Lake Oswego, OR

In her Portland-area plastic surgery practice, Dr. Elisa Burgess offers liposuction for fat removal from specific areas. Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fat from areas such as the abdomen, back, thighs, or neck using a specialized suction device. The procedure is designed to subtly improve trouble areas that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Oftentimes, liposuction may be done in conjunction with other cosmetic surgeries.

If you are bothered by persistent, localized fat deposits on your body, you may want to consider liposuction with Dr. Burgess. The best results occur if you are at your target weight before surgery. If you have skin dimpling before surgery, you will still have it after surgery. You should not be pregnant, nursing, and preferably not smoking.

Liposuction is usually performed with local or general anesthesia. The procedure involves making small incisions over the area of concern, injecting a diluted anesthetic fluid, inserting a narrow suction tube into the fat layer, and then carefully removing the fat. Sutures are used to close some of the incisions. Others are left open for drainage. Burgess Plastic Surgery also offers Coolsculpting as a non-invasive fat reduction.

VASERlipo is an ultrasonic liposuction technique. This proven technology is a gentle alternative to traditional liposuction and offers quicker recovery times so that you can return to your routine. The technique can be used in a hospital-like setting for moderate to major fat removal, or in conjunction with other major cosmetic surgeries.

Liposuction is an outpatient surgery, so patients can go home the same day with family or friends. Patients will have special garments to wear following surgery, which support the surgical site and help to minimize swelling.

Individualized instructions will be given with regard to massage. Dr. Burgess will encourage you to walk around after surgery. Bruising, drainage, swelling and aching are likely and discomfort may be managed with medication. Swelling may cause some temporary loss of feeling at the operative site. It is imperative to avoid any strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least four weeks. Traveling long distances is not recommended in the first month following surgery. Ensure that you attend all scheduled exams following surgery. Scars from the procedure will be noticeable at first, but will improve during the next 12 months. Results of the procedure are not permanent, as aging and weight fluctuations play a role. Understand that results are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and may require future revision surgery.

As with any surgical procedure, complications and side effects are possible and may include hematoma or seroma, infection, asymmetry, skin dimpling, or other unforeseen risks.

360 Liposuction

Diet and exercise are the most talked about habits to maintain your physique. However, stubborn pockets of fat can still accumulate where you don't want them. 360 Liposuction addresses the front and back to achieve comprehensive results. The most common areas for this procedure are the abdomen and the back.


When people think about liposuction, they usually associate it with having excess fat removed from their stomach or thighs. While these are two very common areas the procedure tackles, liposuction can also be performed on someone's chin or neck.

Liposuction can also be performed on your arms, back, breasts, and sides. When you book your initial appointment at Burgess Plastic Surgery, we will go over all your options with you so that you can have complete confidence knowing you're making the most informed decision possible.

Liposuction does help people remove stubborn fat cells that do not respond to traditional weight loss methods, such as exercise and eating a healthy diet. However, it is not a weight loss procedure and should never be considered as such. 

Yes, although liposuction can help you meet your aesthetic goals, it does have risks you should be aware of. Many patients love that it is a minimally-invasive procedure that only requires a very small skin incision. People get to sculpt areas of the body they may be uncomfortable with, and they don't have to worry about significant scarring afterward.

No, this is a common myth associated with liposuction. Liposuction is a controlled and localized process to remove fat cells in a certain area of the body. Once these cells are removed they can not return. However, if weight gain occurs after liposuction, patients may notice the remaining fat cells become plumper in other areas of the body than the liposuctioned area(s).  

The Burgess Plastic Surgery Approach

At Burgess Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on being more than just another Portland-area plastic surgery practice. Dr. Elisa Burgess and her team are as invested in their patients' health, wellness, and overall success as the patients are themselves.

Removing excess fat from body areas like the back or thighs can be challenging, but we have other options for these areas, such as ThermiSmooth and ThermiTight. More than anything, Dr. Burgess wants people to enjoy the bodies they've always wanted for themselves and to help give them the confidence boost they need.

If you are interested in learning more about the Liposuction or VASERlipo procedures Burgess Plastic Surgery offers, call 503-699-6464 or submit an online contact form to schedule a consultation. You can speak with Dr. Burgess herself and get the answers you need.

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16865 Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 101
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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Saturday hours available by appointment

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