By Dr. Victor Urzola

It is an effective option to improve the appearance of areas with concentrated fat deposits in unwanted areas.

Dr. Victor Urzola is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers an unparalleled level of experience and research-based expertise with elegant, natural-looking results. To schedule an appointment for a consultation go to the contact page. In addition to serving patients from Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States, we welcome patients from all over the world. Dr. Urzola speaks Italian, Spanish, English and French.

Who is a candidate for liposuction?

Despite good health and fitness, some people may have unwanted fat deposits. Even in people with a healthy diet and who are physically active, it can be difficult to get rid of these fat deposits due to genetic and biochemical factors.

The best candidates for liposuction are people with localized, exercise-resistant fat deposits in the abdomen, hips, waist, arms, legs and under the chin. The ideal patient is one who is in good physical condition and who exercises frequently. Those with significant excess weight are recommended to resort to exercise, a nutritional plan and if indicated a bariatric surgery or procedure to reduce the excess weight and then be able to contour with liposuction.

Frequent areas for liposuction:

  • Legs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Internal aspect of the knee
  • Pectoral region
  • Double chin (double chin)


Before and After

How is the surgery performed?

Liposuction is performed by making small incisions strategically positioned around the area to be treated. Through these, a solution is injected and then an optical fiber with a diameter of 1 millimeter is introduced, which is slowly passed through the fat which is destroyed and can be easily removed.

The Fotona equipment produces a selective destruction of the fat while coagulating the surrounding blood vessels to reduce bleeding and inflammation to a minimum. The effect of the laser also produces a selective destruction of collagen in the deep dermis, which induces the formation of new collagen, this allows to obtain a greater cutaneous contraction improving the result and preventing the skin from sagging.

What to expect after the procedure?

After surgery, it is normal for some fluid to leak through the incisions. An elastic garment is used, which helps to compress the tissues, decreasing dead space and promoting skin contraction.

Laser treatment significantly decreases swelling and bruising. Most patients are able to return to their daily activities in one day if only one area was treated and in two to three days if more areas were treated. The vast majority of our patients return to their daily activities in one to two days.

Potential risks

Liposuction is the most performed surgical procedure in the world, but like any other surgical procedure it is not free of risks or complications. Among these: infections, seromas, irregularities. All the necessary measures are taken to avoid complications, during the consultation Dr. Urzola will answer all your questions.

Recommendations for the postoperative period after liposuction

Once you leave the hospital; here's what you need to know:

How should I expect to feel?

  • Pain: will be relieved with analgesics.
  • Edema in areas of liposuction: gradually decreases, disappearing around the third week.
  • Small areas of ecchymosis (bruising).
  • Constipation: is a side effect of decreased activity, use of analgesics and dehydration.
  • Nausea.

How do I care for my incision?

  • Keep the incisions clean and dry.
  • You can take a bath, if your caps get wet, dry with hair dryer, in cold.
  • Do not remove the skin-colored caps or micropore.
  • You must wear the postoperative girdle all day; only remove it to bathe; for 1 month.
  • Sutures are removed between the first and second week after surgery.
  • You should attend lymphatic massages; these will help you drain lymphatic fluid and reduce swelling faster.
  • During the first few days, your incisions may leak fluid, you can place a gauze or a sanitary napkin to keep the postoperative girdle clean.

What should my activity level be?

  • Start walking as soon as possible: this helps reduce inflammation, decreases the chance of developing blood clots and constipation.
  • Do not drive until 1 month after surgery.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects, children or pets.
  • Sexual activity prohibited until 1 month later.
  • Light exercise up to 1 month later, high impact such as weights, after 3 months.
  • Do not smoke, or be near a smoker; this can delay the healing process.
  • Do not sunbathe directly for the first two months after surgery.

When should I call the doctor?

  • Redness at the incision.
  • Severe pain that is not relieved by medication.
  • Rash, nausea, headache, vomiting.
  • Fever, chills.
  • One of your hands or legs is red, or purple, very painful and swollen.
  • Wait for the swelling to subside completely; the end result may be
  • To be determined in 3 to 4 months.

What is the cost of Liposuction?

You are a unique person and so we treat your procedure, the cost of liposuction may vary from patient to patient, fill out the form below for more information.