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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 E. Murphy can help you achieve a leaner, more attractive figure with liposuction.

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

Minimally Invasive Options

In addition to traditional liposuction, our Reno plastic surgery office 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

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.

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Liposuction Is Not
for Weight Loss


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.

Want To Find Out if Liposuction Is Right for You? Schedule a Consultation Today!

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 procedures 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, live in Lake Tahoe or nearby, and want to learn more, schedule a consultation at our conveniently located Reno, NV, office. You can reach us online, or by calling:

(775) 322-3446 

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Vallery LaBarre

Reno, NV


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Dr Murphy has wonderful bedside manor. He is able to present things honestly but in a way that doesn't feel judgmental. He actually declined to do a procedure on me because he felt it would not give good results. I appreciated his kindness and am very pleased with the results of my procedure.

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J devine

Reno, NV


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I have always gone with Murphy Plastic Surgery for all my surgeries and have always been pleased. Dr.Murphy did a great job on my last breast augmentation and I highly recommend him. I can not express enough how thankful I am with his services. Dr.Murphys bedside manners are excellent and his staff is also very friendly and helpful. So I highly recommend Murphys Plastic Surgery Medical Spa.

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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 office, we will explain all your options and help you choose the best methods to achieve your cosmetic goals.

A Closer Look at Liposuction  From Our Reno, NV, Plastic Surgeon 

The cannula is injected into the fat, between the dermis (skin) and muscle layer

Get Superior Liposuction Results Contact a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Receiving liposuction from a board-certified surgeon who knows the latest plastic surgery techniques is critical for patients seeking natural-looking results. Dr. James E. Murphy has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery since 2000. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Serving patients from his office in Reno, NV, Dr. Murphy takes time to listen to his patients, discuss their concerns, and alleviate their fears about cosmetic surgery. If you're considering liposuction but have questions about the procedure, our plastic surgeon will be happy to talk about the details of the surgery, including his preferred liposuction techniques and how he uses the cannula.

Contact Dr. James E. Murphy today to learn which cosmetic procedures are right for you. You can also call us at:

(775) 322-3446

We Help Patients Make Informed Decisions

"I loved my experience I had yesterday with Dr. Murphy. He is extremely knowledgeable and answered all my questions." Torri Kokoszka, 5-Star Review, 2023

What to Expect During Treatment

Our patients in Lake Tahoe and Reno, 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 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*

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

Commonly Combined Procedures At Our Reno, NV, Location 

Facial Lifts

Different liposuction techniques can be combined with a traditional facelift and other facial lift surgeries. Facial liposuction can remove excess fat from under the chin and around the neck during your lift procedure, improving the overall definition of your jawline and face.

Breast Lift

Our plastic surgeon can combine liposuction with a breast lift, giving you a bustline that is perkier as well as a slimmer upper torso. Liposuction targets the unwanted fat around the armpits (axillary rolls), which can enhance the overall shape, prominence, and appearance of the breasts.

Tummy Tuck

Liposuction removes excess fat while a tummy tuck tightens sagging, stretched skin and repairs separated muscles in your abdomen for a slimmer body. Combining these two procedures provides a comprehensive transformation around the patient's midsection. 

Are You Tired of Stubborn Fat? Contact Our Reno, NV, Practice Today

Liposuction is one of the most effective treatments for removing unwanted fat. Dr. James E. Murphy and his team have the knowledge and skill to perform a variety of liposuction techniques that focus on different areas of the body, including the midsection, face, breasts, and buttocks.

If you have concerns about life after your liposuction procedure, our plastic surgery team will explain in detail what you can expect. Our team will monitor your progress as you recover and will address any questions or concerns you have about post-operation life.

Do you live in Reno, Lake Tahoe, or a surrounding community? Contact our office today to begin your first step to a more confident you. You can also call us at:

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Dr. Murphy Builds Relationships Thanks to Outstanding Work

"I have been seeing Dr. Murphy for about 20 years. A rare find in the plastic surgery field, he will set proper expectations and not embellish what the ultimate outcome may be of any particular procedure. His staff is friendly and pricing is reasonable. Highly recommend!" Cheryl Muzinich MPM RMP, 5-Star Review, 2022

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The cost of liposuction treatment at our Reno practice often ranges from $6,500 to $10,000 and up. 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.

Maintaining Your Liposuction Results

Liposuction will give your body a more flattering figure, but the cosmetic effects are not permanent. After the targeted fat cells are removed from the body, residual fat can begin to accumulate again. To help maximize the benefits of your procedure, we recommend:

Regular Exercise 

Staying physically active will help keep your figure trim and energized overall. Some cardio and strength training is enough to extend the results of liposuction, eliminating the need for strenuous exercise. 

Drink More Water

Staying hydrated will help you manage hunger and maintain a healthy weight. Instead of drinking soda, juices, and sugary drinks, we recommend drinking water instead. Water has no calories, helps your body process waste, and performs other healthy functions for the body.

Eat Healthy Meals

Having a nutritious, balanced diet will help you keep your desired weight and body shape. We recommend eating more vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Do your best to avoid processed foods and sugary snacks.

Understanding the Potential Risks

Like any surgery, liposuction comes with some potential risks. Bleeding, infection, and scarring are possible but rare. Liposuction could also lead to abnormal contouring of the skin in a small percentage of cases.

Receiving treatment from a highly-trained professional like Dr. James E. Murphy reduces your risk of complications. For your added comfort, our plastic surgeon will use sedation or general anesthesia during surgery. Combined with local anesthesia to eliminate pain, we can help you reach a safe and deeply relaxed state.

Dr. Murphy uses minimally invasive techniques that leave little scarring. He greatly values the safety of his patients and will never perform or recommend a surgery that is too risky.

Dr. Murphy Will Help You
Choose the Right Solution

Although the internet makes it easy to get an idea of what type of surgery might help you realize the changes you want, the best way to find out which procedure is right for you is to consult a board-certified surgeon. Send us a message or call us now to request a consultation with Dr. Murphy and discover whether liposuction or another treatment is the best way to meet your goals.

Patients Trust Dr. Murphy

"I love this doctor so much! His personality stands out from the crowd. He made me feel so safe and secure, listened to what my desired results were and he definitely paid attention to detail!"

Liposuction FAQ

How much fat can liposuction remove?

Liposuction can safely remove six to eight pounds of excess fat during a single treatment. That's why liposuction isn't considered a weight loss treatment; rather, it's a means of toning your body after you have achieved and maintained your target body weight.

Is the removed fat gone for good?

Yes, but that doesn't mean you can't gain weight if you don't make an effort to lead a healthy lifestyle after your treatment. Fatty tissue in other parts of your body that were not treated during liposuction can still increase in size. This is why it is a good idea to spend time maintaining your desired weight before undergoing liposuction.

Should I get liposuction or a tummy tuck?

If you have unwanted fat deposits and good skin elasticity, you may be able to reach your goals with liposuction alone. However, if you have undesired fat and severely stretched skin, you are probably a better candidate for a tummy tuck. A tummy tuck is also recommended if you have separated abdominal muscles (a common side effect of pregnancy) that are contributing to a lack of definition in your midsection.

How much does liposuction cost?

Liposuction with Dr. Murphy typically costs from $6,500 to $10,000 and up. This depends primarily on the techniques used to perform your procedure and the size of the treatment area.

How long do I need to take off work for recovery?

Everyone heals at different rates, but most liposuction patients need about a week away from work. Dr. Murphy will provide follow-up care to determine when you can resume work, strenuous exercise, and other parts of your normal routine.

Will I have scars after liposuction?

Liposuction requires small incisions in the treatment area that will allow the cannula and other tools to access the fat tissue you wish to remove. While these will result in small scars, they will fade with proper care, which includes minimizing sun exposure in the treatment area by wearing sunscreen.

"I am 100% satisfied."

"Exceptional! Always a pleasant experience and a courteous staff. Dr. Murphy is a perfectionist in his field of expertise and very personable. Dr. Murphy is very well respected amongst the hospital’s medical staff and they too, will tell you of his wonderful and devoted work. His reputation precedes him. He never rushes you and will spend time to discuss options, answer questions and is a pleasure! I am 100% satisfied with his treatments and their outcome." Gay Wallway, 5-Star Review, 2022
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 25 years. 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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