Liposuction is one of the top five most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the US today. The procedure is designed to reduce or remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body to restore enhanced contours. The procedure has been around for more than three decades and countless women and men have benefitted from it.
Liposuction involves safe, targeted, limited volume fat reduction to tone and sculpt the body in particular areas that are resistant to diet or exercise. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim provides liposuction and various other procedures to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.
An idea and sensational candidate for liposuction cosmetic surgery will ideally have all or most of the following attributes:
- Unhappy with the appearance of excess fat pockets that are unresponsive to diet or exercise
- Seeking fat reduction for improved body contours, and not weight loss
- Having fairly elastic skin and suitable muscle tone
- Moderate and stable body weight
- Not having any specific medical condition that could pose risk during surgery or healing
- Willingness to quit smoking several weeks before surgery
- Realistic expectations
Areas of Benefit
Liposuction is typically a very successful surgery to reduce the amount of stubborn fat cells in areas such as the thighs, abdomen, flanks or love handles, hips, face and neck, back, upper arms, and knees. Patients should know that it is not a weight loss surgery but a body contouring procedure. Leading plastic surgeon Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for liposuction.
Dr. Kim will adopt one of the following less invasive approaches to perform liposuction surgery:
Tumescent liposuction is a popular procedure to remove unwanted fat deposits in a safe, less invasive way. The surgeon will inject the targeted area with a local anesthetic and a special saline solution to constrict the blood vessels and minimize blood loss.
Very small incisions will be placed discreetly in the affected area to remove fat cells using a thin cannula and vacuum pressure. The patient will experience less bleeding and less swelling with tumescent liposuction. The recovery will be easier and faster.
VASER Lipo is an innovative fat reduction procedure with certain differences from tumescent liposuction. This is an ultrasonic body sculpting technique that involves the use of ultrasound energy to heat and dissolve fatty tissue in a gentle and precise manner.
The ultrasound energy will help to disintegrate the fat cells quickly. The surgeon will use a cannula to remove the liquefied fat cells in a less aggressive manner and without damaging the surrounding healthy tissue.
With both these less invasive liposuction techniques, the patient will usually be able to resume their normal activities or go to work in about one week. Mild pain or soreness in the incision areas in the first few days can be managed with pain meds. Vigorous exercises should be avoided for about one month.
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