J. Michael Self, M.D.

Plastic Surgeon

Serving Salt Lake City & surrounding areas




Liposuction is possibly the most popular procedure for body contouring. Liposuction slims and contours the body to uncover a more flattering figure. Men and women can benefit from this procedure by creating a more natural body shape which can also result in more comfortable clothing. Often times diet and exercise are not sufficient and liposuction with Dr. Self can help change that.

Liposuction Candidates:

Patients that have successful surgeries are extremely pleased with the result. This procedure requires good skin elasticity and tone. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool, but is an option for those within 15-20 pounds of their ideal weight. Because liposuction is not a substitute for a good diet and regular exercise, candidates should be healthy and within range of their optimal body weight.

Liposuction can remove excess fat deposits from the thighs, waist, back, abdomen, arms, and face. A small incision is made in the area being treated and a tube is inserted beneath the skin to extract fat tissue. After the surgery, compression garments are usually required during the healing process, which varies by location and amount of excess fat removed. Typical pain medication handles the minimal discomfort experienced after the procedures. Most of the pain and swelling subsides within 3-4 weeks and after 6 weeks you will see the improvement in shape and contour.