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Consider Liposuction.

  • If you have one or two areas of your body that are out of proportion to the rest of your body.
  • If you have tried diet and exercise and have areas that stubbornly refuse to budge regardless of your weight.
  • If you have your mother's thighs or your father's hip rolls.

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Liposuction is one of the most popular and fastest growing procedures in plastic surgery here in Knoxville. It is the most popular plastic surgery procedure among men. There is good reason for this increase in popularity. Liposuction is safe, has a short recovery time and often can produce the best results for people who have exhausted other alternatives.

It is important for people to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Dr. Reath performs liposuction on areas of the body that are out of proportion to the overall shape of the body. Usually the areas of concern are areas that have not been affected through weight loss or exercise. They are just always there! Typical areas include the outer thighs (saddlebags), inner thighs, hip rolls (love handles), abdomen, back and chest (particularly in men).

About "Smart" Liposuction

Dr Reath addresses Smart Liposuction with a recent Truth-O-Meter Tuesday video. Here is the question:Laser Liposuction, also known as "Smart Liposuction" achieves results that you cannot get with other types of liposutcion.

Answer: False.

To learn more, read Dr. Reath's blog post about Smart Liposuction.

Liposuction Before and After Photos of Dr. Reath's Patients

Before & After Liposuction: This is a 31-year-old man who was concerned about Gynecomastia (male enlarged breasts) and fat in his abdomen and hip rolls. Despite an aggressive exercise regimen, these areas refused to budge. Dr. Reath performed liposuction on his chest and abdomen with these excellent results.

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Above photographs are actual patients of Dr. Reath's who have given consent for the use of their photographs for this website.

Before & After Liposuction: Here is a 23-year-old who was concerned about her abdomen and hip rolls. Her weight fluctuated between 130 and 145, but she explained that even when she was lighter, she still had problems in these areas. Because she had not had children and did have elastic skin, Dr. Reath was able to perform liposuction of her abdomen and hip rolls. She was so inspired by the results of her surgery that she recently started a serious workout routine. Way to go!

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Before & After Neck Liposuction: This is a 37-year-old woman who wanted to be treated for the hereditary deposits of fat in her neck and under her jaw that make her appear heavier than she really is. Because there was no excess skin and the quality of the skin present was elastic, Dr. Reath was able to use liposuction to correct the problem. What a difference it made!

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Above photographs are actual patients of Dr. Reath's who have given consent for the use of their photographs for this website.

Before and After Liposuction of Abdomen and Hip Rolls: Here is a 22-year-old student who told us that she had recently gained over 25 pounds as a side-effect of some medication she was prescribed. She was not used to carrying this extra weight which was particularly evident to her in her stomach and her hips. Because her skin was so elastic, Dr. Reath was able to achieve this excellent result with liposuction of her abdomen and hip rolls.

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Before and After Liposuction of Inner and Outer Thighs: Here is a 26-year-old teacher who came to us for an evaluation because she was unhappy with her thighs. She came by this problem area naturally because it runs in her family. She told us that even when she is happy with her weight, as she was during her consultation, her thighs were always out of proportion with the rest of her figure. Dr. Reath performed liposuction on her inner and outer thighs and she is much happier in her blue jeans!

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Liposuction Cost

Liposuction on the body is priced by the area and ranges from $3,381 for one area to $6,950 for four areas. This includes surgery suite, anesthesia, all follow-up visits and our exclusive recovery kit to aid in healing.

Cash Discount:
Good news! For our patients who would like to pay with cash or check we offer a 5% discount.

Neck Liposuction

$2,698 - ($2,563 with cash discount)

Male Breast Reduction

$5,796 for both sides - ($5,506 with cash discount)


Last but Not Least: Beware of "Awake" Liposuction

Great Article in Self Magazine About Awake Plastic SurgeryAwake plastic Surgery Article Self Magazine

Self Magazine recently published an extensive article (January) exploring a new national concern: physicians who are advertising and performing complex liposuction procedures in their office under local anesthesia.

These doctors are untrained in plastic surgery and don't have the credentials to perform procedures in a hospital or certified surgery center. With a shocking lack of concern for patient safety, they are setting up operating rooms in their offices and performing liposuction and breast augmentation while their patients are awake.

Here is my blog on the subject Awake Surgery: The Nightmare You Don't Sleep Through.

Can Fat Come Back After Liposuction?

Below, Dr. Reath discusses the answer to the Truth-O-Meter Tuesday question: The results of liposuction are permanent.


Before & After Liposuction of the Neck: This is a 31-year-old woman who was unhappy with the hereditary contour of her neck. She felt that no matter what her weight was, she always had a double chin. Dr. Reath performed liposuction on her neck and she was very pleased with the result.


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Above photographs are actual patients of Dr. Reath's who have given consent for the use of their photographs for this website.


Before & After (Liposuction): This patient is a teenage male who was troubled by breast development on his chest, known as Gynecomastia. This created problems for him in terms of dealing with his classmates. Dr. Reath used liposuction to treat this area. The patient is happy and feels the results have improved his overall confidence.

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Above photographs are actual patients of Dr. Reath's who have given consent for the use of their photographs for this website.

Before & After (Liposuction): This patient is a 19-year-old student who explained that she has always been self-conscious of the fullness in her upper thighs. She could not achieve any measurable change with exercise. Dr. Reath performed liposuction to the front, lateral and posterior thighs.

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Above photographs are actual patients of Dr. Reath's who have given consent for the use of their photographs for this website.


Liposuction Operation

The good news is that liposuction is done on an outpatient basis so patients can go home in the care of their families once they have recovered from anesthesia. Areas that have been treated are placed in compressive garments.

Liposuction Recovery

Helping our patients manage a speedy recovery is one of our primary missions. Most patients are up and about the day after liposuction. There will be some swelling and bruising after liposuction and recovery depends on the number of areas treated. The garments are worn for four to six weeks to aid the healing. Most of the swelling is gone in about 2 to 3 weeks, however there will be small amounts of swelling which may last longer. (After the inital swelling is gone, we recommend Spanx Slim Cognito garments and include them in the price of your surgery. For men who have correction of Gynecomastia, we have Adidas compression undershirts which are also incuded.) Dr. Reath instructs his patients on how to perform deep massage on the areas that have been treated which helps with the resolution of swelling and firmness. Most people can return to normal activities in 10 to 14 days.

Great Resources for Your Liposuction Research

Liposuction: The Real Skinny. A History by Dr. Reath

Printable Lists

So you can be better prepared for your consultation, we have prepared a list of important plastic surgery questions you will want to ask your doctor before you have your surgery. If your consultation is with Dr. Reath, please feel free to print this out and he will be happy to go everything with you during your visit. Top Ten Questions to Ask your Plastic Surgeon


Even though the majority of cosmetic surgery patients are pleased with their results, the decision to have a procedure is a big one. It is normal to have questions, and it's important to answer them honestly. In the end, you want to be completely comfortable with your decision.So, are you clear about your motivations for surgery? Are your expectations realistic? Test yourself by answering these important questions. How to Know if You Are  Ready for Plastic Surgery.

If you are considering liposuction and have questions you would like answered, click on Ask Dr. Reath and Dr. Reath will personally answer your email.

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 After Liposuction. In Our Store!

liposuction patients in SpanxSome of the best ideas for taking care of our patients come from other patients. One of our liposuction patients told us about the Spanx Slim Cognito line. She said it is the perfect thing to wear while recovering from surgery. And boy was she right! 

We had been searching for just the right compression garment for years because patients must wear them for several weeks after body contouring surgery. But really...who wants to wear bulky garments under clothes when you are excitied about new changes in your figure?

The Spanx Slim Cognito line we brought in is not like their "power panties" which you find in most department stores. Slim Cognito garments are seamless and have the maximum compression available to provide the extra support our surgical patients need. Actually they look so slimming under clothes that our nonsurgical patients are buying them left and right.

We are carrying two Spanx Slim Cognito products in our store. The bodysuit is unique because you attach it to your own bra. It is available as a regular bodysuit and a mid-thigh bodysuit.   spanx for liposuction recovery patients

Did you know? Compression garments tend to give your backside a flat uni-butt look. to avoid that look Spanx designed their line to be much more flattering. You won't feel the subtle butt shaper, but the natural look won't be lost on those in your wake!

Spanx Bodysuit $58 (pictured right),
Spanx Mid-thigh Bodysuit $68 (pictured above)


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