Nashville Cosmetic Surgery: Don Griffin, MD
4322 Harding Pike #314
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 321-1003
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.


Many people who come to us for liposuction at our Nashville, Tennessee, practice are in good health and reasonably fit, but they have a “problem area” that seems out of proportion with the rest of the body. They’ve tried diet and exercise to address the trouble spot, but no luck. These patients are ideal candidates for liposuction.

Are You a Candidate for Liposuction?

  • Do you have one or two areas that are out of proportion to the rest of your body?
  • Have you tried diet and exercise and have areas that stubbornly refuse to budge regardless of your weight?
  • Do you have your mother’s thighs or your father’s hip rolls?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” then consider liposuction.

Dr. Griffin

Don Griffin M.D., FACS

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Don Griffin realizes that no two patients are exactly alike — and neither are his surgical plans. Learn more about his background and his unique approach.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Don Griffin realizes that no two patients are exactly alike — and neither are his surgical plans. Learn more about his background and his unique approach.

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Liposuction Techniques

  • Traditional liposuction
  • Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty, which differs from traditional liposuction by using ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning
  • Laser-assisted liposuction, often marketed as Smartlipo. There are many more types that use various energy sources to dissolve the fat
  • Body-jet®, which uses pulsating water to break up the fat

What is most important for you to know is that study after study has shown that there are no significant differences in the results achieved with any of these different types of liposuction. In other words, no one type of liposuction is better than the other.  Despite company marketing hype, they all produce basically the same results with no measurable differences in outcomes.

More important than the type of liposuction is how well the technique is performed. This is ultimately dependent upon the surgeon on the other end of the suction cannula.

When considering liposuction, the most important thing to consider is finding a board-certified plastic surgeon with a wealth of experience with liposuction, such as Dr. Griffin. His extensive experience and training guide him in knowing how much fat to remove from which areas, which technology to use, and whether or not liposuction is the best treatment for the area of concern.

"I will never be able to express how grateful I am for what Dr. Griffin has done for me. I can wear jeans and feel confident for the first time in my ENTIRE life!"

KV - Nashville

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What to Expect

Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis so patients can go home in the care of their families, once they have recovered from anesthesia (unless, of course, the patient has undergone a large volume of liposuction or combined with other procedures). Areas that have been treated are placed in compressive garments to minimize swelling.


Helping our patients manage a speedy recovery is one of our primary goals. Most patients are up and about the day after liposuction. There will be some swelling and bruising after liposuction and recovery depends on the number of areas treated. Compression garments are worn for 4 to 6 weeks to aid the healing. Most of the swelling is gone in about 2 to 3 weeks, however there will be small amounts of swelling which may last longer. After the initial swelling is gone, we recommend Spanx Slim Cognito garments and include them in the price of your surgery.

For men who have correction of gynecomastia, we offer compression undershirts which are also included. Dr. Griffin instructs his patients on how to perform deep massage on the areas that have been treated which helps with the resolution of swelling and firmness. Most people can return to normal activities in 10 to 14 days.

Common Questions

How soon can I exercise after liposuction?

Patients can usually return to normal exercise routines within 3 to 4 weeks.

Will liposuction help me get rid of cellulite?

No, liposuction does not eliminate cellulite.

How much weight will I lose?

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure.

I had liposuction 2 weeks ago and my clothes are actually tighter. Is there something wrong?

No, patients usually have swelling for up to 4 weeks, so it would be normal for your clothes to fit tighter until swelling subsides.

When you’re ready to discuss your options, we want to help. Request your consultation online, or call us at (615) 321-1003 to schedule your visit.