David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253


  • 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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Consider Liposuction
Liposuction is one of the most popular and fastest growing procedures in plastic surgery here in Knoxville with local women and men, and those who visit from Johnson City, Cookeville, Cleveland, and beyond. 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 for weight reduction. 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 reduction or exercise. They are just always there.

Typical areas that are successfully treated with liposuction include the outer thighs (saddlebags), inner thighs, hip rolls (love handles), abdomen, back and chest (particularly in men). Liposuction can also be used to treat the neck in some patients.

David B. Reath, MD

Board-certified plastic surgeon David B. Reath, MD is renowned for his surgical skills and his commitment to public education. Practicing in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1986, his personal approach with patients is what truly sets him apart.

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About “Smart” Liposuction

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

Smart Lipo: not so smart, afterall.

Unless you just woke up from a three or four year nap, you have probably heard about laser assisted liposuction (LAL), or what one laser company calls their machine, “Smart Lipo.” And there has been a ton of  hype about this technology.  The public has been bombarded with companies marketing this as the greatest thing … Read more »

Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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    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.

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

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    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!

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

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    Before & 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 & 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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    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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    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.

Liposuction Pricing

One thing that nearly everyone asks is how much liposuction costs, so we include our surgery prices right here on our website. Amazing, right? Here’s what you’ll want to know:

Liposuction is generally priced by the area and includes both surgical and anesthesia fees, post-surgical garment, our exclusive recovery kit and all follow-up visits. Liposuction of the neck, abdomen and for male chest reduction are priced below as well. Once you have decided on a surgical plan with Dr. Reath during your consultation, you’ll be given a quote with the exact price of your surgery.

Cash Discount: Great news! We offer a 5% discount for our patients who would like to pay with cash or check instead of using a credit card or financing.

Liposuction Procedure Cost Cash Price
Neck Liposuction $2,698 $2,563
Liposuction of the Abdomen $4,251 $4,038
Male Chest Reduction (Gynecomastia) $5,986 $5,687
One Area Liposuction $3,381 $3,212
Two Areas Liposuction $5,557 $5,279
Three Areas Liposuction $5,847 $5,555

Beware of “Awake” Liposuction

Great Article in Self Magazine About Awake Plastic Surgery

selfmagazinecoverjanuary2011Self 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 Dr. Reath’s blog on the subject

Awake Surgery: The Nightmare You Don’t Sleep Through

Just before Christmas, one of my Facebook fans suggested to me that I read a recent article in Self magazine entitled “Wide Awake and Under the Knife” (thanks, Dianna).  Now, having read it, I feel compelled to talk about it. The topic here is what is referred to as “awake surgery” or plastic surgery under … Read more »

Can Fat Come Back After Liposuction?

In the video Dr. Reath discusses what happens if you gain weight after having liposuction. He does a great job of explaining something that causes a lot of confusion for many people.

Liposuction Surgery

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 initial 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 included.) 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.

Safety First

You should have a BMI of 30 or less to be a good candidate for these procedures. Here’s a handy BMI calculator so you can see if you are in the safe range to consider plastic surgery.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Calculator for Adults

BMI is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a fairly reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.

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Your BMI is

  • Underweight (Below 18.5)
  • Normal (18.5 - 24.9)
  • Overweight (25.0 - 29.9)
  • Obese (30.0 and above)

Your weight ( pounds) is in the category for adults of your height ( feet, inches)

To learn more, visit the CDC's Healthy Weight website

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The Latest Liposuction Posts from Dr. Reath's Blog

  • 5 Areas CoolSculpting Works Better Than Liposuction

    From the Blog

      When I began my training in plastic surgery, liposuction was just being introduced. Since that time, almost 35 years ago, we have seen significant improvements in how liposuction is performed. Recently, we have seen the emergence of nonsurgical fat reduction. Of all the different technologies that have been developed as substitutes for liposuction, CoolSculpting … Read more »
  • How the New Opiod Law Affects Your Recovery (and our brilliant solution for leftover pills)

    From the Blog

    On July 1 of this year, our state legislature passed “The Tennessee Together Plan”, which regulates the use and prescription of narcotic pain medications. The intent of this law is certainly laudable: to curb the overuse of opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, and fentanyl, to name a few. Certainly, as a state we need … Read more »
  • The Top 3 Misunderstood Procedures in Plastic Surgery (and what you should know about them)

    From the Blog

    As you and I know, there is a ton of information available to the public about plastic surgery. The good thing about this is that patients can be very well informed about something that they are interested in. The flip side to this is that many people come in wanting one operation when they really need … Read more »

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