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Liposuction Beverly Hills CA

*Serving Beverly Hills and Los Angeles CA

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that surgically removes fat from problem areas. It is a great option for addressing pockets of fat on your:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Upper and Lower Back
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Cheeks

When diet and exercise aren’t enough to help you reach your body contouring goals, liposuction can help. Generally the body gains and loses weight relatively evenly over the whole body, but there are certain areas that tend to hold fat longer than others and it can be difficult to remove these problem areas.

Two examples would be lower belly fat and fat in the back of the armpit.  It’s important to understand that while liposuction can reduce unwanted fat, it does not alter the appearance of cellulite or issues with the tone or texture of your skin.

The Liposuction Procedure?

Typically, Dr. Nicholas Lahar, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon performs liposuction under general anesthesia. A salt water solution containing numbing medication and a medication to reduce bleeding is gently injected in the areas to be treated. This fluid helps to buffer the tissue and skin from injury and prepares the fat for removal.

This technique makes the procedure safer and more comfortable. Introducing fluid also helps break apart fat deposits, easing removal.

Once the fat has been dislodged from the surrounding tissues, I then use a thin tube called a cannula to remove unwanted fat. This technique is more gentle than just pulling the fat out immediately and reduces bleeding and helps with recovery.  A medical vacuum device creates the suction needed to remove fat from your body.

The entire procedure only requires a few small incisions and closure techniques, and incision placement ensures minimal visible incision lines once healing is complete.

Depending on the volume of fat to be removed, liposuction usually takes between one and five hours, depending on the area of your treatment and the amount of fat being removed. You will experience swelling and bruising in the days after your procedure, but the major swelling will fade within a few weeks.

At that point, you can begin to enjoy a sleeker, more refined contouring in the treatment area. You will want to maintain compression of the area to control swelling as you heal.

Liposuction Recovery Time Month by Month

The total time to healing can range from 4 to 6 months and sometimes longer for patients who have a revision or second round of Lipo.

In these patients, there is more of a liposuction scar and the recovery can be a little more difficult depending on what the tissues are like.

Liposuction Before and After Photos

Liposuction Beverly Hills Before and After Photo

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About Dr. Nicholas Lahar – Liposuction Surgeon

Nicholas Lahar - Plastic Surgeon Beverly Hlills

Lahar Plastic Surgery

Nicholas Lahar, MD

Plastic Surgeon Serving Beverly Hills and Los Angeles Ca.

Liposuction is a great way to eliminate fatty deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise. It is also among the most popular procedures available from Nicholas Lahar, MD, of Lahar Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California. If you’ve been thinking about giving liposuction a try, but would like more information, call the office or book an appointment online today. You will meet Dr. Lahar and the Lahar Plastic Surgery team and explore the procedure in more detail.

What is VASER liposuction?

VASER is a well-established technique and technology to help break up fat into fine liquid particles. It stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. These fancy words actually do say a lot about what the technology is.

In classic liposuction, fluid is injected into the fat to clamp down blood vessels within the fat so that there’s less bleeding. Once the fluid has taken effect, the fat is mechanically broken up and then suctioned out of the body with a thin hollow tube called a cannula. VASER liposuction adds a step prior to suction of the fat. A solid thin tube is placed into the fat to be removed.

This solid probe vibrates at a very high frequency and causes small bubbles to form in the fluid within the fat. These bubbles knock fat off of the surrounding tissues without scraping them out like in liposuction. What is left is the intact surrounding tissue and liquefied fat that is suctioned out more easily and with less trauma. For larger areas of fat removal I do like to use this technology to reduce soreness, make for easier fat removal, and to help in the recovery of the patient.

Liposuction Cost Beverly Hills CA

Inevitably, one of the most common questions we receive regarding this procedure is, “How much does liposuction cost?” So, let’s dive right in.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, between $3,500 and $4,000 is the average cost of liposuction. However, the ultimate cost of your procedure may be more than this. It really comes down to four factors:

1. Whether you’re undergoing multiple procedures

It should go without saying that multiple or compound procedures will ultimately cost more. A Brazilian butt lift, for example, incorporates liposuction, but because it is a compound procedure involving other stages and techniques, a BBL will cost more than lipo alone.

2. Where your surgery is being performed

From root canals to appendectomies, any surgery is going to cost more in a city or region where the cost of living is higher than average. This certainly goes for plastic surgery too.

Therefore, the liposuction cost Beverly Hills residents should expect to pay may be slightly higher than the average cost elsewhere in the country. With that said, Beverly Hills plastic surgeons like Dr. Nicholas Lahar are some of the best in the nation.

Keep in mind that the location of your surgery takes into account the physical building where your procedure is being performed as well. Hospitals and other medical facilities charge fees for the use of their location, equipment, materials, and staff.

3. Who is performing the surgery

A surgeon’s fee will be a big part of your bill. After all, your surgeon will be the one consulting with you before the procedure, planning and organizing the procedure, performing the procedure, and managing your aftercare. The more skilled and experienced the surgeon, the higher their fees will typically be.

4. The type of anesthesia and who is administering it

Finally, your bottom line cost will also be affected by what type of anesthesia you receive and who administers it. The anesthesiologist’s fee is what they take home after your procedure. The type of anesthesia administered (general, local, or regional) will influence this cost.

Related  Liposuction Procedures

Yes, absolutely! Combining procedures is frequently performed in a mommy makeover. Most of the men and women who entrust their care to me lead active, busy lives. They want to get the most out of their aesthetic procedures, both in terms of results and value. Combining additional procedures like tummy tuck, breast lift, Breast Augmentation, thigh lift, brazilian butt lift, face-lift, neck lift, arm lift, mommy makeover with liposuction is a great way to achieve more than one goal without the need for multiple rounds of anesthesia and recovery.

If you’re interested in procedures to enhance your breasts, face, or other areas of your body, we can discuss your treatment goals during your initial consultation.

All procedures can be combined together, this is, of course, within reason. The more procedures that are performed, the more time you will be under anesthesia and will be closer to a safe limit for how long you should be undergoing surgery at once. Additionally, combining multiple areas of liposuction and skin excision will lead to some drops in your blood levels and combining too many of these procedures can be unsafe.

Therefore, it is best to have a consultation with me to understand your goals, your tolerance for multiple procedures, and your overall health. We can come up with a plan that maximizes your results and value.

Liposuction FAQs

Liposuction, particularly smaller areas, can be performed under local anesthesia. The fluid that is injected into the fat is adjusted slightly to increase the numbing medication to make for a more comfortable experience.  You may be given a light medication prior to the procedure in order to relax you. You will need a ride home if you take the medication.

While many of us desire maximum results, safety is of utmost importance in surgery, including liposuction surgery. While small amounts of liposuction such as removal of fat in one area is extremely safe, larger volumes of liposuction such as over 5 L has an increased risk of having complications. These include fluid collection underneath the skin, contour irregularities, and low blood levels.  For total body liposuction cases, it is very important to be screened for low blood count and your ability to tolerate surgery during your consultation. Depending on your baseline health and other parameters, it may even be necessary to split your surgery into two stages or more for safety reasons. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends any large volume fat removal (>5 Liters) be performed in an accredited facility or hospital.  All of my surgeries are performed in an accredited facility.

Even in small areas where “maximum removal” is desired, this is rarely a good idea. It is important to leave a small layer of fat under the skin, otherwise the skin scars to the underlying muscle and looks very distorted and unappealing.  Liposuction is at its best when different amounts of fat are removed or left in place to create a body with aesthetic curves, hills, and valleys.

Because the number of fat cells in adults is fixed, liposuction will remove fat from treated areas permanently. However, any weight gain after will still make the existing fat cells larger with fat if nutrition and exercise are not implemented after surgery. This can include fat that sits around the organs internally as well.  If this internal fat accumulates enough, it can contribute to a large, protruding abdomen despite having little fat just under the skin.

The only way to treat this excess internal fat is through good diet and exercise.

Fat that is removed from your body can definitely be placed (“grafted”) into other areas of your body that may be lacking in size or contour. Fat grafting to the buttocks and breasts are two increasingly popular procedures that patients are using to help them reach their goals.

This is another technology that I will use in certain cases to help with skin contraction after liposuction. After removal of the fat layer underneath the skin, there is an empty space that will remain under the skin, but above the muscle.

This means that the skin is hanging relatively loose on the abdominal muscles below. In order to improve skin shrinkage to the tissues below, Renuvion can shorten some of the fibers that the fat used to live in before being removed. This helps to pull the skin towards the underlying muscle and tighten the skin.

The technology is well controlled and preferentially chooses the fibers that are more hydrated and longer. The skin tightening is noticeable in the operating room and seems to increase over time.

The technology is not a miracle worker and if you have truly loose skin that is hanging, you will require a tummy tuck or skin excision procedure to tighten the tissues over your frame.

That being said, if you are a borderline case, it may be worth it to attempt to tighten the skin after liposuction to save you a longer incision. If down the line you are unhappy with the looseness in your skin we can do the skin excision procedure.

Booking your Liposuction Beverly Hills appointment takes just moments online or over the phone.  Make today the day you embark on a path toward the body of your dreams and learn about the different kinds of liposuction.

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