Struggling With Stubborn, Diet and Exercise-Resistant Fat?

There is a Minimally Invasive Option! Talk to Dr. Craig Schwartz, Kansas City’s Best in Belly Fat Reduction!




*All before and after photo results vary and are not guaranteed.



According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States!

And as the popularity of minimally-invasive liposuction has skyrocketed, so has the array of in-office procedures. SmartLipo™, Tickle lipo, Laser lipo, Cool lipo, Pro lipo, VASERlipo® – what are the differences, and why are there so many choices?

The original form of liposuction, which we will refer to as “traditional liposuction”, was done by inserting a cannula (or metal tube) into the area to be treated, suctioning excess fat out of the body under very high levels of negative pressure.

This technique, which required the use of general anesthesia and an overnight hospital stay, sometimes caused excessive trauma to the tissues, intense blood loss, nerve damage, tissue death, intense pain, and long periods of downtime.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein, a dermatologic surgeon, invented the tumescent technique for liposuction, forever revolutionizing the procedure.

Unlike “traditional lipo”, tumescent liposuction is performed right in the physician’s office, using only local anesthesia.

Since its inception, tumescent liposuction has established an excellent safety profile.

In addition, we no longer use the large, cumbersome cannulas used in old-fashioned liposuction, which created much more tissue trauma and led to the subsequent post-op difficulties noted above. We now use “micro-cannulae”, which are much smaller, allowing for less invasive, less traumatic procedures for a faster return to normal activities.

Tumescent liposuction and the use of micro-cannulae have allowed liposuction to become the safe and reliable treatment that it now is. This improvement provided a huge leap forward in the cosmetic surgery industry.

Over the last ten years, the industry has exploded with a variety of brand names and different energy sources used to help break up the fat when performing tumescent liposuction.

Dr. Schwartz uses several types of liposuction to provide your ideal results. Each works in a different way to remove fat and contour your problem areas.

Laser Liposuction: This particular technique uses laser thermal energy to rupture fat cells, which are then gently suctioned away and drained from the body, resulting in lost inches and a more slender body contour.

Many surgeons, including Dr. Schwartz, like laser lipo because it provides the best skin-tightening component available to help contract and smooth your skin post-treatment, particularly if one has loose or saggy skin prior to treatment. It’s important to note that liposuction is not a skin tightening treatment by itself, although laser lipo provides the best skin tightening option available.

Laser lipo is best suited for small, isolated pockets of fat, so it is ideal for candidates within ten to twenty-five pounds of their ideal body weight. It is also often used for precision body contouring, such as on bodybuilders in the arms, abdomen, and chest area. Dr. Schwartz will often combine the use of Laser lipo with Hi-Def or Tickle lipo for the most precise body sculpting available.

Vibration-Assisted Liposuction (Tickle Lipo): Vibration-Assisted Liposuction uses gentle infrasonic vibration-assisted energy to break down fat while keeping the connective tissue intact. The liquefied fat is then drained from the body by being gently sucked away.

As this form of liposuction does not use any type of heat as its energy source, there is no chance of skin burn or injury, as there can be with laser and ultrasound technology. Because this procedure assists in the stimulation of collagen in the treated area for up to six months post-treatment, excessive skin folds with large volumes of fat evacuated often tighten during this period.

With PAL, patients that did not previously qualify for outpatient lipo procedures (those within thirty pounds of ideal body weight) now can have larger volumes of fat evacuated.* The tiny cannula also allows for more precise body sculpting in smaller, more difficult areas, such as the knees, male breasts, etc.

Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (VaserLipo): UAL uses high-pitched sound waves to liquefy fat in a specific area before it is evacuated. The ultrasonic energy essentially “melts” the fat deposits into a liquid state, which is then emulsified, making its removal much easier. It is a perfect form of liposuction for hard-to-treat areas such as the chin, neck, cheeks, knees, calves, and ankles , as well as denser pockets or larger volumes of fat.

Because a large amount of heat is created during ultrasonic liposuction, there is a much greater risk for burns, blistering or scarring, thus making it absolutely necessary for special precautions, and that your procedure is being performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon.

Candidates for minimally-invasive liposuction should have an interest in achieving a toned body, but not interested in traditional liposuction.

Patients who want less downtime than a traditional liposuction procedure can also benefit from minimally-invasive liposuction. Dr. Schwartz will work with you to determine which liposuction treatment is right for you.

The cost of the various types of liposuction are fairly consistent across the board and are more affected by the area size and volume of fat to be removed than by the energy source or brand name.

Patients can generally expect to pay between $3,000 – $7,000 for fat reduction in the most popular areas treated. The tiniest of areas/fat volume, such as the chin, knees, or arms, will generally cost less.

At Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz, we focus on safety in every aspect of your treatment.

Our skilled, experienced team uses the most advanced and effective liposuction methods to safely give every patient their best results.

The final results of any liposuction procedure depend on many factors such as the elasticity of your skin, how well you heal, and the skill and knowledge of the surgeon performing the procedure. No matter what liposuction procedure you are considering, the tool and energy source is not nearly as important as the surgeon holding it.

*All before and after photo results vary and are not guaranteed.

The amount of downtime is dependent upon the type of treatment you receive, the body areas being treated, and the amount of fat volume within those areas, but it’s notably shorter than traditional liposuction. Your team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz will walk you through recovery and your post-treatment protocol.

When you choose Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz for your liposuction, you’ll be working with one of the  most experienced minimally-invasive liposuction providers in Kansas City. 

What Makes Dr. Schwartz Different:
  • Board-Certified Surgeon
  • 20 Years Experience
  • Beautiful, natural-looking results
  • Multiple non-surgical or less invasive treatment options available

As owner and medical director of Premier Vein & Body, Dr. Schwartz performs all of the lipo procedures himself.

*Individual results may vary.

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Reviews From Our Clients

Before the procedure I thought that my big, lumpy varicose veins would just be less noticeable, but now they are completely gone. I am so happy with the results and my legs look great. It’s been about 1 year since the procedure and I have no scars and of course no more lumpy veins.

– Whitney K.

This vein clinic lines up with it’s name – Premier. I have been living with varicose veins for 27 years. I have received the best care and have gotten the fastest results with this vein center. Dr Schwartz and his staff are wonderful.

– D.S

*Individual Results May Vary.

Meet Dr. Craig Schwartz


Known affectionately as “KC’s Vein Guy,” Dr. Schwartz has performed more than 12,000 vein procedures in his career. One of the Midwest’s most prominent and accomplished vein specialists, Dr. Schwartz has been voted to America’s Top Surgeons in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2016; chosen as Kansas City Super Doctor in 2013, 2014 and 2015; and has most recently been named a Real Self Top Doctor by He holds triple board certifications in Vascular Surgery, General Surgery and Phlebology, and is further certified in Ultrasound as both an RPVI and RVT.