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Why Tickle Lipo is Better than Traditional Liposuction

Liposuction has been around for several decades. While liposuction has always delivered amazing, permanent fat loss results, it traditionally also involved quite a bit of pain as well as a long recovery period. But advancements in lipo technology have produced the next generation of liposuction procedures that are more comfortable and have much less downtime afterward.

Dr. Craig Schwartz is the only Kansas City-area medical practice to offer Tickle Lipo, making fat reduction via liposuction more accessible for many patients. This gentle yet effective technology produces outstanding results without general anesthesia or lengthy period of pain and downtime. 

Traditional Tumescent Liposuction

Liposuction is a good way to get rid of unwanted fat, especially in “problem areas” that are resistant to diet and exercise. However, it is not a “weight loss” treatment. Liposuction provides the most noticeable results for patients who are close to their target weight and want to focus on specific areas. 

During traditional liposuction, incisions are made in the body, and a narrow tube called a cannula is inserted. The doctor then pushes and pulls the cannula to loosen fat from your body with “brute force.” The fat cells are then suctioned out, along with the remaining tissue. Some people find that liposuction can be quite painful – and it typically results in substantial bruising and swelling.

Depending on the amount of fat removed and the number of areas treated, many liposuction patients need about a week off work after surgery. In most cases, strenuous activity—such as exercising, vacuuming, or lifting heavy objects—must be avoided for several weeks after traditional liposuction. Swelling may last for as long as six to eight weeks, and a compression garment must usually be worn 24 hours a day until week four.  For most patients who have had traditional lipo, pain may continue for several weeks after surgery.

Before & After Photo Gallery

*Individual Results May Vary

Real Patients. Real Results. View before & after images of vein and cosmetic procedures in our photo gallery.

Tickle Lipo

Tickle Lipo, also known as Vibration-Assisted Liposuction, harnesses the power of 100% natural, low-frequency vibration to loosen fat cells for faster, easier removal from the body—with less discomfort and greatly reduced recovery time. The name comes from the “tickling” sensation that patients say they experience during surgery. Unlike Laser Lipo/Smart Lipo (which uses heat), Tickle Lipo uses vibrations instead of force, resulting in a gentler treatment that causes less trauma to the body.

This method can remove more extensive areas of fat, as well as target especially difficult areas like the chin, neck, and knees while leaving surrounding tissue undisturbed. Results are immediately noticeable and continue to improve for up to three months after surgery when all of the swelling has subsided and the skin has contracted. Tickle Lipo downtime is usually two to three days, after which most of the swelling, bruising or discomfort should have subsided.

Tickle Lipo vs Traditional Liposuction

Tickle Lipo differs from traditional liposuction in many ways

Traditional Liposuction

  • Performed at a surgery center or hospital
  • Invasive surgery
  • Uses general anesthesia (more expensive and longer treatment session)
  • Weeks of swelling, pain, and downtime
  • Expensive $$$

Tickle Lipo

  • Performed in the comfort and convenience of cosmetic medical practice
  • Minimally-invasive procedure
  • Uses local tumescent anesthesia (price includes anesthesia!)
  • Less swelling, pain, and downtime (most patients return to work on Monday after a Thursday/Friday surgery)
  • More affordable

Consultations Available Now

To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at (913) 451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

Kansas City Tickle Lipo

Dr. Craig Schwartz is the only Kansas-city area physician to offer Tickle Lipo! He is an experienced triple board-certified surgeon with years of experience using the Tickle Lipo technique to help his patients remove unwanted fat. Most of our patients have their Tickle Lipo procedure on a Thursday or Friday and return to work on Monday!


*Individual Results May Vary


Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Craig Schwartz, Kansas City’s premier outpatient liposuction surgeon, if you’d like to learn more about your options!  Please call us at (913) 451-8346 or complete our online contact form, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you. Premier Vein & Body is located in Kansas City, MO, and proudly serves Overland Park, Johnson County, and the entire Kansas City metro area.

** This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health, and related subjects. The words and other content in this blog and any linked materials are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If anyone has a medical concern, they should consult with an appropriately licensed physician.

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