Most of the time, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly will help you stay lean and trim. But sometimes, pockets of excess fat are stubborn and don’t seem to budge even with all the hard work you put in.
If you have stubborn pockets of unwanted fat, and despite diet and exercise, you can’t get rid of them, Beverly Hills liposuction could be your answer.
How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction, also referred to as body contouring or lipoplasty, is the physical removal of fat from the body. It is a minimally invasive procedure that necessitates only small, barely noticeable scars. Liposuction can be performed all over the body and near the neck and face, but it is most often performed on the abdomen, hips and thighs, flanks and back, and upper arms.
There are several variations of liposuction that you may have heard of, including VASER liposuction. Basically, though, the following is how most liposuction procedures work.
Dr. Lahar typically uses general anesthesia when performing liposuction. This means you will be put completely under by an anesthesiologist prior to surgery. You will also be monitored by them throughout the procedure for your safety.
Depending where fat is to be removed, Dr. Lahar will make the minimal number of incisions. These are extremely small incisions and will be hardly noticeable once they heal.
3. Salt water solution
Prior to the physical removal of fat, a salt water solution will be injected into the treatment areas, which will ultimately assist with fat removal and help make the patient more comfortable.
This solution contains several medications. One is a numbing agent that will help with post-operative soreness and pain. The other is a medication used to reduce bleeding during and after the procedure. Ultimately, the solution will prepare the fat for easier removal by breaking it apart and prevent injury of the surrounding tissue and skin.
4. Removal of fat
At this point, a medical vacuum device will create a light suctioning force to help physically remove the fat through a thin metal tube called a cannula. Not only does liposuction work to remove actual fat, but it also contours your shape. Therefore, Dr. Lahar will spend much of the time figuring out the best places to remove fat and reshape your figure.
5. Incision closure
Next, Dr. Lahar will carefully close each incision for optimal scar healing.
6. Recovery at the facility
Immediately after your procedure, you will be taken to a nearby recovery room. It is here that you will rest and recuperate for one to two hours before going home.
Once discharged, you can go home with your appointed support person. Be sure to follow the recovery instructions given to you at this time as failing to do so may compromise your health as well as your cosmetic results.
7. Recovery at home
Patients will be fairly sore for the first few days after the procedure. After a week, however, much of the swelling will have dissipated, and you should be able to begin returning to your regular activities. Rest assured you will meet with Dr. Lahar after your surgery so that he can look at your incision sites and assess your progress.
There are four main variations of liposuction. Depending on your anatomy and where you’d like fat to be removed, your surgeon may use a varied approach.
Lidocaine and epinephrine are injected into the incisions to reduce swelling and bleeding. The combined solution also prepares the fat for removal. The fat is then removed with a cannula.
The fat is liquified with a laser before being suctioned out with a small cannula. Fat that is not removed can be flushed out by the body. It’s important to note that this method of lipo often necessitates a longer recovery period.
The fat is broken up with the use of ultrasonic waves before being suctioned out with a cannula. This method is commonly used on denser fat.
As the most affordable type of liposuction, traditional lipo removes fat via a cannula, but no other fat-dissolving aids are used. This method is a good option for areas like the chin as it is very precise.
Can Liposuction Help You Lose Weight?
Liposuction is not a weight loss method. Rather, it is a body shaping and contouring method.
Those who are overweight or obese will be more successful using lifestyle changes to lose weight overall. Alternatively, some patients turn to bariatric procedures for more significant fat loss.
Ultimately, liposuction helps to remove fat from isolated areas. Most notably, it can help to reduce modest pockets of “stubborn fat” — or fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.
Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction
Can men get liposuction?
Yes. Most men who seek liposuction are looking to reduce fat in the lower abdomen, lower back, and around the sides of the lower mid-section (flanks). Male liposuction is also common beneath the neck (to get rid of a double chin) and on the chest for patients who struggle with gynecomastia.
Can lipo help with stomach fat removal?
Yes, absolutely. Lipo is probably the most useful cosmetic surgery for stomach fat removal. In fact, the majority of liposuction patients get lipo to reduce excess fat in their upper and lower abdomen. While the procedure is not a weight loss solution, it can reduce stubborn pockets of fat and help create a slimmer, sleeker silhouette.
Can I combine liposuction with other procedures?
Does liposuction work on the chin?
Yes. In fact, chin liposuction is a popular technique for reducing the appearance of a double chin. It’s just important to have good skin elasticity for this procedure because if the skin does not “bounce back” after liposuction, it may become wrinkly and sag afterward.
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Would you like to learn more about getting liposuction in Beverly Hills? Contact Lahar Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation appointment!