You work hard to keep in shape, and to retain the figure you had when you were younger. But sometimes, try as you might (despite dieting and exercising), those stubborn little areas of fat just will not budge. In those cases, a little help from the liposuction experts may be in order.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body, such as the hips, buttocks, thighs, abdomen, arms, and neck. In doing so, it also helps shape and contour these areas, achieving a smooth, sculpted appearance where fat deposits were removed.
As liposuction requires only small incisions, scarring is minimal and recovery is faster than after major surgery such as a tummy tuck. The list of treatment areas to which liposuction can be applied is extensive and includes the abdomen, arms, back, buttocks, calves and ankles, cheeks and chin, chest area, hips, inner knee, and thighs.
While liposuction is not considered a weight-loss method, or a weight-loss alternative, you may still be an ideal candidate for liposuction if you have too much body fat in specific spots, but otherwise have stable body weight. Liposuction can also be used for breast reduction or treatment of gynecomastia.
After a liposuction procedure, the skin molds itself to the new contours of the treated areas – if you have good skin tone and elasticity, the skin is likely to appear smooth. Liposuction does not improve cellulite dimpling or other skin surface irregularities, nor does it remove stretch marks. Candidates for liposuction are in good health without conditions that could complicate surgery, such as restricted blood flow, coronary artery disease, diabetes, or a weak immune system. The Plastic Surgery Institute welcomes you and invites you to discuss your pre-existing health conditions, general health, and surgical goals.
The liposuction treatment process starts off with taking photographs of the areas in question, and a discussion of your liposuction options. The plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Institute will work with you to recommend a course of treatment, as well as discuss the likely outcomes of the procedure.
Once all is set and scheduled, the procedure itself begins with administering anesthesia, though you may be given a sedative to help you remain calm and relaxed. This is followed by performing small, inconspicuous incisions near the target areas. A thin, hollow tube is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat. This dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum.
Here are the most common procedures when it comes to liposuction:
This technique involves injecting an anesthetic tumescent solution into the targeted area to help minimize discomfort. Tumescent is the most popular form of liposuction with a saline solution into the skin, followed by taking out the fat using tiny suction tubes.
Ultrasound energy is used to break up and loosen up the fatty tissue to extract large amounts of fat. Also known as ultrasonic liposuction, the ultrasound vibrations through the walls of the fat cells liquefy the fat, making it easier to withdraw it from the body.
With this technique, a vacuum type of device is used to eliminate the fat cells.
Also known as SmartLipo or Slimlipo, it uses laser energy to eject fat cells.
While The Plastic Surgery Institute can consult with you as to which method is ideal for you, there are various choices when it comes to what medications are administered for your comfort during this surgical procedure. These include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia.
Once the anesthesia has been applied, the small incisions are made, diluted local anesthesia will be infused, followed by the thin, hollow tube (also called a cannula) is applied to the targeted fat deposits. This tube is moved in a controlled back and forth motion, loosening excess fat before it is suctioned out via a surgical vacuum or by a syringe attached to the cannula.
After your liposuction treatment, a compression garment or elastic bandages will help cover treated areas, which help to control any swelling and work to compress the skin to your new body contours. The Plastic Surgery Institute will provide you with specific instructions detailing how to care for the surgical site, drains, and medications.
When it comes to liposuction, Beverly Hills is the place to go to get one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S., from two of the world’s best plastic surgeons, Dr. Villanueva and Dr. Chopra. If you are interested in getting one of the top liposuction Beverly Hills has to offer, contact us today to schedule an appointment. During your consultation, we will listen to what you hope to accomplish and how we can fulfill your goals. We can show you before and after photos of past liposuction to show the fantastic results we've achieved for our patients. You will feel and look different and have a more youthful appearance.
The Doctors at the Plastic Surgery Institute love what they do. If you want the highest quality of care from industry leaders who are as approachable as they are professional, you will find a perfect partner for your procedure at the Plastic Surgery Institute in Beverly Hills.
Dr. Ritu Chopra M.S, M.D. is a warm and caring surgeon whose skill in the operating room is unsurpassed. Dr. Chopra specializes in highly technical procedures like deep plane facelifts and breast restoration following cancer or trauma.
Dr. Andrew Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a global leader in plastic surgery and Emmy-nominated co-host of The Doctors. His experience and passion for innovation can be seen in each procedure performed at The Plastic Surgery Institute.
Dr. Nathaniel Villanueva, M.D. takes a holistic approach to plastic surgery. Dr. Villanueva helps find solutions that extend long after the initial procedure thanks to his innovative ability to integrate healing wellness practices into his treatment plans.
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Our key to success with liposuction has boiled down to two things. One, developing the talent and artistry of sculpting the body with thin, low impact instruments while using a combination of tumescent and sedation anesthesia. And two, choosing the patient’s best suited to the procedure with people who have reasonable expectations and are willing to do their part to ensure a great result.
At the end of the day, liposuction is sculpting and it’s an art. At our plastic surgery practice in Beverly Hills, liposuction satisfaction rates are very, very high. There are four main elements to consider with liposuction but only one of them, the fat, is adjustable with liposuction. The other three elements are skin and elasticity, muscle, and skeletal architecture. It takes a lot of experience to know what to do, how to do it, and upon whom it should be done. That’s why our practice is filled with many happy, healthy, and shapely people. Schedule a consultation today with some of the best Beverly Hills liposuction surgeons.
Dr. Nathaniel Villanueva and Dr. Ritu Chopra are two of the best Beverly Hills liposuction experts with years of experience performing plastic surgery. Dr. Chopra was showcased in the award-winning hit TV show, “The Doctors” and is a member of the prestigious plastic surgery organizations, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the L.A. Surgical Society.
The Plastic Surgery Institute’s key liposuction surgeon is Dr. Nathaniel Villanueva M.D., a highly trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon who focuses on natural aesthetics. Dr. Villanueva believes that a comprehensive understanding of the patient and their aesthetic goals is the key to optimal outcomes. By evaluating the patient’s anatomic ratios and body types, he ensures their results are beautifully proportionate, all while using state of the art surgical techniques to ensure safe and exceptional outcomes.
Dr. Chopra is a board-certified plastic surgeon with a passion for plastic surgery and his patients. For over a decade he has been the go to plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. Dr. Chopra received his undergraduate education at the University of California at Irvine. After graduating with an Engineering degree Dr. Chopra followed his heart and focused his attention in medicine, combining his understanding of structure and aesthetics to create excellent results for patients.
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat from the body to reshape specific areas, slim down your silhouette, and improve your body contours and proportion. It can be performed by itself or in conjunction with other plastic procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck.
Liposuction has gone through many incarnations over the years. It was invented in Italy in the sixties but only became popular after a high profile French surgeon published good results a decade later. In the eighties, it was unclear who the best candidates for liposuction were.
Did you know that liposuction is one of the top plastic surgery procedures in the United States? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 258,558 liposuction procedures were performed in 2018 in the U.S. Around 90% of patients were female and about 50% were between the ages of 35 and 50.
Any healthy person in good physical shape and stable weight is a good candidate for liposuction. You should have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone and preferably be a non-smoker. And you should have realistic expectations of what the procedure may provide for you.
Was it an operation to make obese people thin or suited for those who barely needed it, people with a single “figure flaw” or two? Liposuction has gone through many incarnations over the years from the time it was invented in Italy in the sixties.
It became popular after a high profile French surgeon published good results a decade later. Further changes included the proliferation of the health club scene in the ’80s, power-assisted liposuction, and “ultrasonic lipo” that were similar to today’s “smart lipo.” It all contributed to the development of the tip of the cannula, a liposuction instrument that dissolves the fat to be removed.
Moderate pain and discomfort are normal immediately after your liposuction procedure. Many patients need to wear compression garments to help minimize the swelling. It is important to limit any major activities for at least a week, and any strenuous exercise for two or three weeks. Depending on your recovery and the type of work that you do, you may be able to return to work after a few days. You can start doing light to moderate activities and exercises after two or three weeks but still avoid the more high-intensity exercises. Overall, the majority of your recovery will take two to three weeks.
Here are some tips to help you with your recovery: avoid using ibuprofen or any other blood-thinning drugs that can increase the risk of bleeding and swelling. Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated, especially plenty of water. Did you know that apples and pineapples are high in bromelain and quercetin, the kind of anti-inflammatory food that helps reduce swelling? You can also eat any berries as well as green tea to get healthy vitamins and antioxidants that will help your recovery.
Liposuction procedures are performed every day and are considered safe. However, like any surgery, there are some potential risks involved with the procedure, including bad reaction to anesthesia, bruising, deep vein thrombosis, fluid accumulation, infection, irregular pigmentation, loose skin, poor wound healing, swelling, thermal burn (from ultrasound), or worsening of cellulite. There may also be sensation changes in your skin or damage to deeper structures like nerves and blood vessels.
The fat removed by liposuction is permanently extracted. New cells can however grow where those removed previously existed. To best maintain your new body, we recommend a regular exercise routine and a healthy diet.
There are many reasons why getting liposuction can transform your life:
No matter what brought you here, a visit with our doctors will bring out the best in you. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation, either in person or online.
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