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Liposuction in Reno, NV

Stubborn deposits of fat may be contributing to your flabby, unsatisfactory appearance. Excess fat may be preventing you from having the toned and firm appearance you desire. For both women and men, localized fat may be impossible to eliminate using diet and exercise. When hard work and time in the gym yields little results, you can become discouraged, which negatively impacts your confidence. If fat deposits are resistant to diet and exercise and prevent you from achieving the well-contoured and slender appearance you desire, liposuction can help. Liposuction is designed to safely and effectively remove unwanted fat deposits to help you achieve a slimmer, more toned appearance.

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What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a versatile surgical procedure designed to remove stubborn excess fat from several body areas to sculpt and contour your figure or physique. This well-tolerated procedure safely and effectively removes unwanted fat for a slimmer, more toned body.

Liposuction is far less invasive than other body contouring procedures like tummy tucks and breast reduction surgery, as it involves very small incisions and safe suction techniques to eliminate stubborn fat permanently.

What Areas of the Body Can Liposuction Improve?

Liposuction offers numerous benefits for individuals seeking to address stubborn diet and exercise-resistant pockets of fat. At Bonaldi Aesthetics in Reno, NV, our skilled surgeon performs advanced liposuction procedures for patients who want to recontour the following body parts:


Fat accumulation around the abdomen can prevent you from having the defined midsection you desire. Clothing may not fit as it should, and you likely struggle to feel confident in your appearance. Abdominal fat is one of the most common areas of fat localization. Small incisions are placed low in the bikini line to remove fat from the stomach area. Expert suction techniques ensure even, smooth fat elimination that highlights the contours of your abdomen.

Hips and Thighs

Hip and thigh fat accumulation occurs often in women, but men can also struggle with stubborn fat in these areas. Fatty tissue along the hips can lead to the appearance of unsightly bulges that affect the comfort and fit of clothing. Fat on the inner thighs can cause uncomfortable rubbing and skin irritation. Liposuction not only slims your hips and thighs, but it can also restore better definition. More defined hips can help women achieve that coveted hourglass figure, and slimming the thighs provides a more distinct thigh gap.


Deposits of fat along the arms can create a flabby and unattractive appearance. For some, toning the muscles in the arms does little to correct unwanted fat. Liposuction can treat fat accumulated around the elbows, along the arm, and at or below the armpits. Removing unwanted arm fat allows you to achieve a more toned and lean arm appearance.

Breasts and Back

Large, cumbersome breasts caused by excess fatty tissue can be reduced using liposuction. For women looking to decrease the size of their breasts subtly, liposuction helps them avoid the need for more extensive breast reduction surgery. Relieving yourself of the excess weight in your breasts can correct many physical ailments, including back and neck pain. Men and women can also eliminate unsightly rolls from their backs using liposuction, which often helps patients feel more confident in swimsuits and other more revealing clothing.

Neck and Chin

Liposuction can be performed on the neck or chin as a stand-alone procedure and in combination with a neck lift. Fatty tissue accumulations around the neck and chin can lead to the appearance of a turkey neck or double chin. Removing fat from along the neck restores graceful definition to the face and erases years for a more youthful appearance.

Liposuction can improve problem areas and enhance overall appearance by precisely targeting localized fat deposits. Additionally, liposuction may offer psychological benefits by boosting self-confidence and self-esteem.

Many patients ask, “How long does liposuction take?” The time it will take to complete your procedure depends on how much fat is removed and the number of areas to be treated. Most liposuction procedures take between 30 minutes and two hours.

With personalized treatment plans and attentive care, our Reno liposuction patients can expect a smooth experience and long-lasting results that complement their natural contours.

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

Good candidates for liposuction will be in good health, have realistic expectations of their procedures, and be willing to follow all pre-and post-surgical instructions.

If you are considering liposuction, you should be at or close to your ideal weight, as liposuction is intended for body contouring rather than significant weight reduction. If you have more than 20 pounds of unwanted fat, you may be advised to consider a tummy tuck or other body lift procedure.

You should also not smoke for several weeks before and after your procedure.

What Types of Fat Can Liposuction Treat?

While there is a limit to how much fat can be removed with liposuction (between eight and ten pounds, the procedure is effective with all types of pinchable fat.

Naturally Localized Fat

Many men and women experience troublesome fat deposits that result from genetics. If you cannot achieve your desired physique through diet and exercise, it might not be because you aren’t trying hard enough. Patients with naturally occurring localized fat can be young or old and have likely had lifelong issues with certain fat deposits. For some, this unwanted fat may result from weight gain they cannot correct.

Post-pregnancy Fat Accumulation

It is healthy and normal for women to accumulate fat during pregnancy. However, due to changes in your body after giving birth, it can be difficult to restore the appearance of your body. These unwanted areas of fat can contribute to a flabby, untoned appearance that may decrease your confidence. It is common for women to store excess fat around the abdomen, hips, and thighs following their pregnancy.

Age-related, Stubborn Fat Deposits

As we age, our metabolism and ability to burn fat don’t function as efficiently as it once did. You may have found that fat has accumulated in areas that were once lean and firm. These stubborn fat deposits can begin to age your appearance, creating an unflattering silhouette.

Addressing Your Concerns

What Is the Difference Between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?

While both liposuction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedures enhance body contours, they address different concerns.

Liposuction primarily focuses on removing excess fat deposits from many body regions, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, or arms. It is ideal for patients with localized fat deposits and good skin elasticity.

In contrast, tummy tuck surgery is a more extensive procedure focused on improving the abdominal area and can address excess fat, loose skin, and stretched or torn abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck may be recommended for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss or pregnancy and have excess skin and weakened abdominal muscles.

How Is Liposuction Performed?

The procedure typically begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure comfort throughout the surgery. Many patients ask, “Are you awake during liposuction?” Usually, you will receive some sedation along with a local anesthetic, in which case you may be awake, or general anesthesia, where you will be asleep.

Once the anesthesia takes effect, tiny incisions are made in the targeted area, and a thin, hollow tube (cannula) is inserted into the fatty areas.

Advanced techniques, such as ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) or laser-assisted liposuction (LAL), may be used with the cannula to break up and suction out excess fat cells for enhanced precision and optimized results.

After the fat is removed, the incisions are closed. The patient is given postoperative instructions to aid in their recovery and support healing.

What Can I Expect During My Liposuction Recovery?

Following your liposuction procedure, you will experience temporary bruising, swelling, and redness. Recovery typically involves wearing compression garments to reduce swelling and promote ideal results, managing pain, and gradually increasing activity levels.

During your recovery, it is important to limit physically strenuous activities and avoid taking blood-thinning medications until Dr. Bonaldi clears you to resume your normal daily routine.

Most patients return to work within one week of their procedure, and after six weeks, most major swelling will have subsided. However, your final results may take longer, depending on the extent of the procedure and healing speed. Be sure to attend all scheduled follow-up appointments.

While the timeline for each liposuction patient can vary widely, many wonder what to expect four weeks after liposuction, as this is when dramatic results often start to appear.

You may need to continue wearing compression garments to prevent the development of fluid pockets. If they develop later, call our office for advice on how to get rid of fluid pockets after liposuction.

If Dr. Bonaldi recommends lymphatic massage after your procedure, he has determined that you can benefit from this advantageous treatment. If he advises you to consider this additional procedure and you’d prefer not to receive it, ask him what it can do for you and what happens if you don’t get lymphatic massage after liposuction.

When Will I See My Liposuction Results?

The timing of when you will see the results of your liposuction procedure varies from patient to patient. You will notice some initial changes within the first few weeks after your liposuction procedure as the swelling subsides. However, it may take a few months for the swelling to subside fully and for you to visualize your final results.

Following Dr. Bonaldi’s preoperative and postoperative instructions is imperative to ensure a smooth recovery. With proper care and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, your liposuction results can be permanent, providing you with increased confidence and satisfaction in your appearance for years to come.

Why Choose Bonaldi Aesthetics for Liposuction in Reno, NV?

Choosing Bonaldi Aesthetics for liposuction in Reno offers you access to a team of highly skilled medical professionals led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Louis A. Bonaldi, who prioritizes patient safety, comfort, and satisfaction.

With a commitment to delivering personalized care and achieving natural-looking results, Dr. Bonaldi utilizes state-of-the-art techniques and advanced technology to ensure optimal outcomes. You can expect compassionate support and comprehensive guidance from the initial consultation through the postoperative period at every step of your liposuction experience.

With a focus on individualized treatment plans and attention to detail, Bonaldi Aesthetics is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals and regain confidence in their appearance.

Call (775) 828-7400 today with any questions or to schedule your Reno, Nevada liposuction consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does liposuction cost in Reno, NV?

    The cost of liposuction in Reno, NV, varies depending on the extent of correction needed. Hospital, anesthesia, and surgical fees will also affect the cost. On average, the price of liposuction treatment starts at $3,000. The exact cost of your treatment will be provided during your consultation.

  • Is liposuction safe?

    Liposuction is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. It’s essential to discuss any concerns with your surgeon and follow preoperative and postoperative instructions carefully to minimize risks and ensure a safe and successful outcome.

  • Are there any complications associated with liposuction?

    Serious complications are atypical; however, like any surgical procedure, there are risks and potential complications, including infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. While rare, seromas (a collection of fluid under the skin) can develop. Wearing a compression garment can help reduce your chances of developing a seroma.

  • Will I have scars after liposuction?

    Liposuction only requires minimal incisions, often placed in easily concealed areas to insert the cannula. Most patients will experience zero to mild scarring, and the healing process varies from patient to patient. If you do develop scarring, it will likely fade over time.

  • Is liposuction painful?

    Most patients only experience some minor discomfort following their procedure. Pain medication may be used to control any discomfort that may occur.

  • Is liposuction a weight-loss procedure?

    While liposuction can provide noticeable improvements in body contours, it is not a weight-loss solution or a substitute for diet and exercise.

  • Can I still gain weight after liposuction?

    Yes, it is possible to gain weight after liposuction if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle. While liposuction removes fat cells from specific areas, the remaining fat cells in the body can still enlarge if you consume excess calories and do not exercise regularly. It’s important to follow a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and adopt healthy lifestyle habits to maintain your liposuction results and prevent further weight gain.

  • Can I combine other procedures with liposuction?

    Liposuction can be combined with other procedures to achieve comprehensive body contouring results. Common procedures often performed with liposuction include tummy tucks, breast augmentations or reductions, neck lifts, and body lifts. Combining procedures allows patients to address multiple aesthetic concerns in a single surgery, minimizing overall recovery time and maximizing results. However, the decision to combine procedures should be made in consultation with your surgeon, who will consider your individual goals, medical history, and overall health.

  • What type of anesthesia is used for liposuction?

    Depending on the extent of the procedure and the patient’s preference, liposuction can be performed using a local anesthetic, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia.

  • What are my options for skin laxity, loose muscle tone, and excess fat?

    Liposuction is commonly combined with other contouring procedures designed to tighten the skin and muscle if necessary. Commonly combined procedures include tummy tuck, thigh lift, butt lift, breast reduction, neck lift, and arm lift. If you have concerns about skin laxity, you and Dr. Bonaldi can discuss combining your liposuction surgery with another body contouring procedure.

  • How long do the results of liposuction last?

    The fat suctioned out using liposuction is permanently removed from your body. However, liposuction doesn’t prevent new fat from forming. With a healthy lifestyle, most patients achieve results that last them many years.

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Bonaldi Aesthetics
Plastic Surgery & Med Spa
6630 South McCarran Blvd. Suite B20
Reno, Nevada 89509
(775) 828-7400

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