Before the Procedure

What is liposuction?
Is liposuction safe?
Is liposuction painful?
How much weight can I lose with liposuction?
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
What liposuction should I get?
How much does liposuction cost?
Can I get an appointment with Dr. An?
What I need to prepare before the surgery?

How long before the surgery should we do the preoperative health check-up? 

For starters, liposuction is a surgical procedure that helps contour your body by removing excess fat deposits located just under the skin. It removes the pockets of fat that are most resistant to diet and exercise. Liposculpture is how a surgeon many sculpt areas of your body using the liposuction method. Lipo 360 essentially means lipo around the full circumference of your body – in other words you are turned over during the procedure 360 degrees so that both the front and back of your body are treated.

Like all surgical procedures, there are some risks associated with each of the liposuction.

During your consultation, your surgeon will be able to fully layout any risks for the type of liposuction you choose.

Generally, liposuction is considered a safe procedure, and if you follow your post-op instructions closely, there are rarely any serious complications.

It’s important to note that every patient’s experience with liposuction is different, and some people may have more discomfort or pain than others. The surgeon’s technique is also important, in Lydian our patients usually feel much better after 3-4 days, full recovery typically takes around 1 month.

Liposuction is a procedure that is to remove excess fat cells from specific areas, like abdomen, thighs, buttocks, etc. It is not a weight loss procedure that is intended for significantly overweight people. With the amount of the fat that is removed, you can expect a more sculpted and toned appearance instead of how many lb/kg you can lose. It is important to have the right expectations about the procedure and the result. 

An important consideration when evaluating whether liposuction is right for you is ensuring the skin envelope will not sag or look wrinkly with fat removed. This will be determined in your consultation with Dr. An.

There are two layers of fat you need to understand before determining if you are a good candidate for liposuction: subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Subcutaneous fat can be stubborn to lose, and it lies between muscle and skin. Visceral fat, on the other hand, is the layer beneath the muscle layer around organs. Visceral fat cannot be removed, but the subcutaneous layer can. The subcutaneous layer’s integrity, as well as your skin’s elasticity will help determine if you are a good candidate.

More and more patients are choosing liposuction to attain the sleek and sexy figure they’ve always wanted. If you want to know more about liposuction or want to see if it’s the right cosmetic procedure for you, you can fill our consultation form here and we will provide you a free online consultation.

There are several different types of liposuction in Korea, traditional liposuction with cannula, premium liposuction with special cannula set Dr An invented, 5D liposculpture which focuses more on fat layers, leaving a superficial fat layer over original muscle shape in a very artistic level. Other than that, although we don’t provide the services at Lydian due to effectiveness and safety issues, there are also tumescent liposuction, laser assisted liposuction, cool sculpting options in the market. Please communicate with your surgeon sufficiently before choosing the procedure.

The cost of liposuction can vary depending on the extent of the procedure, current skin condition, insurance coverage, and the qualifications of the surgeon. It is important to carefully research and choose a qualified, experienced doctor to perform the procedure to ensure the best possible results and minimize the risk of complications.

Yes, we can help with consultation appointment booking with email or kakao channel. Please fill out our consultation form and your concerns. For a procedure date, usually booking 1 month in advance is required.

Prior to surgery, various tests such as comprehensive blood test, electrocardiogram, serum test. In Korea you can get your test results even the next day. We understand it is not easy to get these tests results so fast in some countries. We will send you a list of blood tests required. Send us the results and then schedule your surgery.

Prior to surgery, various tests such as comprehensive blood test, electrocardiogram, serum test. Actually if you take these basic tests in Korea, you can easily get the result the second day, but I fully understand that getting these tests in foreign countries sometimes can be very painful. However, it’s too risky to have tests in Korea by arriving a couple days earlier, since there is a possibility that the result is not suitable for the surgery.

So we strongly recommend getting these preoperative examinations first in your home country and sharing with us before scheduling the surgery appointment. Examination should be performed within one month of the surgery, because health status may have changed in this period if the examination is performed too early, so please be noted that we only accept recent one month examination results.

About the Procedure

How long does the surgery take?
WIll liposuction be performed under general anesthesia or local?
Will there be stitches removal?
Where is liposuction performed?
Where is 5D liposculpture performed?
What's the difference between liposuction and 5D liposculpture
Can I do full body liposuction at one go?
How long do I need hospitalization?
What is the recovery time for liposuction?
How long after liposuction will you see the results?
What's the payment option for international customers?

Usually 1-3 hours

General anesthesia

It depends on the surgery type, method, and patient’s condition. Mostly, there is no stitches removal in liposuction and 5D liposculpture.

Anywhere with excess fat cells can be performed. For example, neck, face, buffalo hump, bra line, love handle, thigh, abdomen, etc. Your surgeon will give recommendations based on your expectations and skin condition.

Target areas for 5D liposculpture can be abdomen, chest line, and side body.

5D liposculpture removes the deep fat layers of your body, leaving a superficial fat layer over original muscle shape, a muscle shape result is achievable. Also, there is a pre-procedure care and post-care system in comparison to other operation types. 5D liposculpture is a better choice for patients who want invisible incisions and quick return to daily life. 

We completely understand that you may want drastic improvement, but safety always comes first.

For full body liposuction, it is a bit risky to operate several areas at the same time, it is advisable to split into two surgeries, depending on recovery, we may consider 7-14 days between two surgeries. For example, arm, back, abdomen liposuction in the first surgery, and thigh and calf liposuction one week after the surgery. The reason for dividing into two surgeries is to absorb the fat no more than a certain amount in one surgery for the best result and recovery, the reason we usually start with the upper body is due to gravity, also for the best result and recovery.

We also have quite a few patients who can not stay for a long period, in which case, they come back for the surgery on their next visit to Seoul, ideally within 1 year.

Mostly same-day discharge, unless specific observations are needed due to personal condition. 

Surgeon’s professional decisions on how much fat should be removed in one surgery and the techniques on how to remove them affect recovery time. Our advanced technology leaves with significantly fewer bruises and swelling than other clinics. Patients are able to

  • get back to daily life immediately
  • shower one day after the operation
  • for certain procedures like fat grafting, there is temporary numbing sensation, it will gradually disappear as the body heals
  • you will be advised not to perform any strenuous intense exercise for about one month
  • return to work within one week

Our post-care procedures and dressings allow patients to return to daily life quickly after a regular liposuction procedure. It depends on the procedures, but most of our foreign patients go back to their country one week after the surgery.


It’s important to follow all post-op guidelines closely to minimize recovery time and prevent any complications from arising.

You might be able to see the difference right after the surgery, but it may take 1-3 months before it begins to resemble the natural result you are hoping for. It is important to have a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle to expect the best result. 

You can pay by card or cash in our clinic, we also accept Paypal or international wire transfer. Just leave us a message, our consultant will assist you with all detailed information.

After the Procedure

What results should I expect after the procedure?

Will I be in pain after the procedure?
How will I get home after liposuction?
How long does liposuction last?
Is liposuction a permanent solution for fat removal?
Will I gain the fat back after liposuction?
Are there any risks associated with liposuction?

During consultation Dr. An will discuss and help you visualize realistic results. Immediately after surgery, there may be swelling and loose skin that will go away during the healing process. It may take several weeks to months to see the full extent of the results of the procedure. The final result will be a lovely enhancement to create a slimmer more toned figure.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, so there will be some swelling, pain and discomfort in the first few days of your recovery. Most people report feeling post-op pain up to four or five days, but it subsides quickly, and any lingering discomfort can be managed easily.

After Surgery, we will help arrange for a taxi to drive you home. We recommend staying in a hotel near our clinic. It would be helpful to have someone around you for the first 24 hours, we can assist with this for our international patients. Also please give your body enough time to recover, take it easy, and rest well. 

There are a few factors that an effect how long the results of liposuction last

  1. The amount of fat removed: The more fat that is removed, the longer the results are likely to last.
  2. The patient’s lifestyle: People who maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly after liposuction are more likely to see long-lasting results.
  3. The patient’s age: Younger people tend to have better skin elasticity, which can help the skin conform to the contours of the body after fat removal.
  4. The patient’s genetics: Some people are naturally predisposed to gaining or losing weight in certain areas of the body, which can affect the longevity of the results of liposuction.

After liposuction or fat grafting, the fat cells that are removed are gone permanently. However, it is possible for the remaining fat cells to increase in size if the patient gains weight. Therefore, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle after liposuction to help ensure long-lasting results. It is best suited for people who are already at a healthy weight and want to contour specific areas of the body.

Fat cells removed via liposuction are permanently removed; however, we recommend you maintain a stable weight to keep new fat from coming back to problem areas. Be sure to exercise and eat a healthy diet to help achieve long-lasting results.

Other than the poor result, contour irregularities (bumpy skin), visible scars, and numbness are three biggest risks patients are usually worried about. It’s important to discuss these risks with a qualified plastic surgeon before undergoing liposuction, and to follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to minimize them.

International Customers

Virtual consultations

Through email, kakao channel, phone call, video call, etc.


Schedule your surgery

Preoperative medical check-up in your home country and send them to us


Travel to Korea
  • 1-2 days before the surgery – Arrive in Korea, visit our clinic, meet with Dr.An, communication with Dr.An about your concerns, check your skin condition at in person consultation, make the final decision on surgery details, do the pre-surgery tests on the same day.
  • Surgery day – Come to the clinic and do the surgery, 1 night hospitalization might be needed depending on the situation
  • Day 1 – Dr.An will check in the morning and you may leave after that.
  • First week – 2 to 4 follow up visits for post-care program, we recommend staying in Seoul at least 7 days for the best results and recovery, at least 14 days in full body liposuction or tummy tuck cases since those surgeries require longer recovery time. Most of our patients from overseas fly back home after one week. You can leave after 5 days if Dr.An does not see any exceptional problems. 


Fly Back to Home Country

Tax refund – In Korea, the VAT tax rate is 10%, you are able to get 7-8% of tax refund with the tax refund document we will provide. Please feel free to contact us for any inquiries after you go back to your country, we will always be there for our customers.



For those living in Seoul or Korea, Dr. An is readily available for in-person appointments. However, we also welcome international patients with our multilingual service. Lydian Plastic Surgery Clinic is happy to schedule video conference calls with Dr. An through the telephone, email, or the below consultation form.


Meet With Dr.An

After completion of the consultation, Dr. An will guide you to the correct procedures and operation day. The cost of each procedure depends on the individual and will be discussed during the meeting. Dr. An will not only discuss the price, but will also clearly explain each step of the procedure, as well as provide a list of everything you’ll need to prepare before the operation.


Before the surgery takes place in Seoul, Dr. An will once again discuss the details of the procedure. This is particularly important for those who had online consultation and have not had a chance to meet Dr. An in person.


Important to know

It is very important to not only understand your entire procedure for a sense of safety and security, but to also recognize what to do post-procedure. Lydian Plastic Surgery Clinic ensures that the results of all procedures last longer and recover quickly through our post-care system. We provide the best post-care service through state-of-the-art aftercare equipment as well as vascular nutrients, drug therapy, and lymphatic massage. We also provide our patients with IV nutrients and medication.


It can be a major decision to get liposuction. We understand that our patients may not even be natives of Seoul or Korea and might be uncertain about whether or not to follow through with their decision based on price. Thus, fully understanding pre- and post-procedure care is vital to our operation and the morals associated with Lydian Plastic Surgery Clinic. It’s also why we offer a complimentary consultation before any major decisions are made. Remember, we’re with you every step of the way!

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