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Liposuction

Liposuction can give you a leaner body shape by permanently reducing areas of fat storage in the body. Many men and women develop excess fat accumulation that resists the corrective measures of exercise and a healthy diet. Dr. Ip can perform liposuction to help you achieve the slender and defined body shape you desire.


Is Liposuction Right for You?

Liposuction can help individuals in many walks of life. After moderate to major weight loss, liposuction can enhance your results by targeting those areas that hold on to stubborn fat. After pregnancy, liposuction can permanently eliminate persistent fat storage to improve body shape and restore a pre-baby body. Liposuction can help patients who struggle fruitlessly to rid their bodies of localized fat to achieve a firm, toned, and youthful body contour. Any individual with unwanted fat storage, especially those with excess fat caused by age-related slowing of the metabolism, can benefit from liposuction. This procedure can also help individuals feel more confident in themselves and more comfortable with their appearance.


Liposuction Techniques

Tumescent Liposuction

  • A tumescent fluid comprised of an anesthetic and salt solution is injected into the fatty tissue.
  • The tumescent fluid loosens the fat cells for easier fat removal.
  • Small incisions are made in the treatment area.
  • A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions.
  • The fat cells are suctioned from the body through the cannula.
  • This technique minimizes excess bleeding for more gentle fat removal.

Power-Assisted Liposuction

  • A powered cannula is moved back and forth in the fatty tissue to break it up for easier removal.
  • The fat cells are suctioned from the body through the cannula.
  • This technique achieves very precise results and is ideal for smaller treatment areas.
  • This technique minimizes swelling and discomfort during recovery.

Ultrasonic Liposuction

  • Ultrasonic energy is transmitted to the treatment area.
  • This energy emulsifies the fatty tissue to break it up and make it easier to remove.
  • The fat cells are suctioned from the body through a cannula.
  • This technique is ideal for larger treatment areas such as the thighs or abdomen.

Laser-Assisted Liposuction

  • Laser energy is transmitted to the treatment area.
  • This energy liquefies the fat so that it will be easier to remove.
  • The fat cells are suctioned from the body through a cannula.
  • This technique is ideal for larger treatment areas with fibrous tissue.

Treatment Areas

Upper Arms

Removes fat accumulation to eliminate “bat wings.” The incisions are hidden along the back of the arms.

Female Breasts

Removes excess fat for women with overly large breasts to relieve back and neck pain. The incisions are hidden in the outer breast area or within the armpits.

Male Chest

Removes excess fat from the male chest to create more masculine chest contours. The incisions are hidden in the outer chest area or within the armpits.

Upper Back

Removes fat accumulation to eliminate bra band rolls or other upper back rolls. Treatment of this area can improve the definition and contour of the back.

Neck

Removes excess fat from beneath the chin to produce a more graceful and defined neckline. This treatment area can help aging patients or patients who have lost weight achieve a more youthful and slender neckline.

Abdomen

Removes excess fat from the abdominal area to enhance definition and produce a firmer, flatter tummy. This is one of the most common treatment areas for both men and women. The incisions are hidden along the bikini line.

Hips

Removes fat accumulation from the hips to eliminate a “muffin top.” Treatment of this area can enhance feminine curves, reduce waist size, and improve clothing fit.

Buttocks

Removes excess fat from flabby or poorly shaped buttocks to enhance definition and shape. The incisions are hidden in the natural creases of the buttocks.

Thighs

Removes fat accumulation from the thighs to eliminate chafing, irritation, and “saddlebags.” Treatment of this area can achieve slimmer, more toned thighs with a more defined thigh gap.


Recovery

After liposuction, patients will experience bruising and swelling in their treatment areas. A compression garment will be provided to minimize excess swelling and enhance your results. Muscle relaxants, pain medications, and antibiotics will be prescribed to prevent infection and discomfort during recovery. A healthy diet of mostly proteins, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables should be observed to promote healing. It may be appropriate to eat only soft foods immediately after surgery to minimize your risk of side effects from the general anesthesia. Most patients can return to work within one week of the procedure, though exercise should be postponed for four weeks. Smoking should be avoided for at least six weeks. Careful observation of all postoperative instructions should ensure the safest recovery and best results.


Results

Fat removal with liposuction produces immediate results, but the results may be temporarily disguised by swelling in the treated areas. Swelling will subside over the following weeks and will gradually reveal your results. The final results are usually not visible until a few months after surgery. Your results from liposuction will highlight your natural, attractive body shape and will give you more defined body contours. Results can be long lasting if patients avoid major weight gain and continue a healthy lifestyle.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. T. Y. Steven Ip regularly performs liposuction for patients all over the country. To schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Ip, call us at (310) 839-0776 or fill out our online contact form today.

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