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Many patients struggle with stubborn pockets of fat in the midsection, upper thighs, and more, even with a healthy diet and exercise.

Dr. James Murphy can help you slim problem areas and achieve a leaner, more attractive figure with liposuction.

Why is liposuction so popular among our patients in the greater Reno and Lake Tahoe, NV, areas?

Minimally Invasive Options

In addition to traditional liposuction, our Reno practice offers Smartlipo® and SAFELipo® which use laser technology to break down and separate fat cells. These techniques are often more precise and result in less trauma to surrounding body tissues. Dr. Murphy will assess your needs and help you determine the best technique for optimal body contouring results. 

Candidates for Liposuction

Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and should not be considered a weight-loss procedure. The procedure is designed to tone and enhance regions of the body where you have failed to reach your goals through diet and exercise alone. Dr. Murphy takes into consideration multiple factors when evaluating potential candidates at our Reno, NV, practice...


Like any type of plastic surgery, you may be at a higher risk for complications if you suffer from poor health or certain medical conditions. Individuals who smoke or have heart disease or circulatory problems are better suited for non-invasive body contouring treatments. 

Stable Weight

While your weight alone does not disqualify you from receiving treatment, patients with a healthy BMI tend to see the best results. We recommend candidates be at a stable weight and within 15-20% of their ultimate weight loss goal.

Good Skin Elasticity

Patients with poor elasticity run the risk of developing a wrinkled skin texture following the procedure. Since lipo targets just fat, not sagging skin, the best candidates have healthy skin elasticity and good underlying muscle tone. If excess skin is a problem, particularly around the midsection, a tummy tuck may be a better option to reach your goals. 

Want to find out if treatment is right for you?

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Patients throughout Nevada and beyond turn to the skilled team at Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa to achieve the body they always dreamed of. Dr. Murphy has been helping patients with surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic produces for over 20 years and uses his skill and artistic eye to produce incredible transformations. Our modern practice takes advantage of innovative technology and tried and true methods to deliver natural-looking results that help you feel like the best version of yourself.

If you are considering liposuction and want to learn more, schedule a free consultation at our conveniently located Reno, NV, office. You can reach us online, or by calling:

(775) 322-3446 

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Versatile, Customized Enhancements

Dr. Murphy approaches each patient on an individual basis and tailors your treatment plan according to your unique goals. In addition, we often address multiple areas at once or combine your liposuction with other cosmetic surgeries such as a tummy tuck or facelift. The procedure is also useful for additional enhancement involving fat transfers such as the Brazilian Butt Lift. During your consultation at our Reno practice, we will explain all your options and help you choose the best methods to achieve your cosmetic goals.

What to Expect During Treatment

Our patients throughout Reno and Lake Tahoe, Nevada, typically undergo lipo on an outpatient basis meaning they are released later that day to recover at home. Take a closer look at the steps involved in the procedure...
Liposuction can treat nearly any problem area on the body. It's often combined with fat transfer procedures, like Brazilian Butt Lift.

Day of Procedure

Liposuction can treat nearly any problem area on the body. It's often combined with fat transfer procedures, like Brazilian Butt Lift.

Administer Anesthesia

We begin with administering local anesthesia and in some cases, general anesthesia, depending on the complexity and size of your treatment area. We will carefully monitor your vitals to ensure you are comfortable and safe the entire time.

Isolate Fat Cells

Once you are comfortable, our plastic surgeon injects a specialized solution consisting of saline to break down fat cells and lidocaine to numb the area. The solution will also help constrict blood vessels and isolate the fat cells in the targeted area.

Remove Excess Tissue

Dr. Murphy then makes small incisions in the area and inserts a narrow suction device called a cannula. The cannula is guided around the treatment site and gently suctions out unwanted fat cells and surrounding fluid.  

Finishing Touches

The length of your procedure will depend on the size of the treatment area or areas. A small region like the neck can take as little as 30 minutes, while a more extensive region like the stomach can take one to two hours. When the procedure is complete, we will bandage the incisions and place a special recovery garment over the area to promote circulation and enhance your final results.

Liposuction & Safe Sculpt Results*

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After liposuction
* Note: Results are not guaranteed and can vary per individual. Some images are of models, not actual patients. *

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

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The cost of liposuction treatment at our Reno practice usually starts at $5,700. The final cost depends on a number of factors, including the type of liposuction you choose and the size of the area you wish to treat. While the procedure is a significant investment, patients tend to be more satisfied with the dramatic effects of surgical treatment over cheaper, nonsurgical options. We also accept flexible financing through CareCredit® and ALPHAEON® to help reduce your initial out-of-pocket expenses.

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Dr Murphy, his wife Tracy, and all the staff are hands down the best anywhere. I have been so pleased with everything they have done for me, from minor to major. You will not find a set of more capable hands anywhere.

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Dr. James Murphy

Murphy Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa

Dr. James Murphy is a highly trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in practice for nearly two decades. He serves patients throughout Reno and Lake Tahoe and is affiliated with several prestigious organizations, including: 

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Medical Association 
  • Reno Surgical Society

Schedule your consultation today by contacting us online or call (775) 322-3446. Se habla español. If you would like to text us during business hours, we can respond via text to you. You can also send pictures to us with questions.

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