BEVERLY HILLS | MALIBU | BAKERSFIELD | FRESNO CA
IF YOU'RE CONSIDERING LIPOSUCTION...
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed procedures at my practice. When we do liposuction, we usually perform the procedure under a general anesthetic. I find this is the safest way to give you the best results. Not to mention the fact that you won’t be able to hear or feel anything during the procedure. Liposuction is performed through several small incisions (about 4mm long), one for each area that you are considering contouring.
I do several special things during the liposuction procedure that gives me very good results with little bruising or swelling. First, before every procedure, I am going to give you some medications to take to minimize your bruising. Then, during the surgery, I start by injected a TUMESCENT solution to help minimize blood loss and also to “soften” the fat. After using this solution, we melt the fat utilizing an ultrasonic liposuction system. This allows the fat to come out as a liquid, rather than solid. I then, finally, remove the fat with a gentle reciprocating cannula. All of these techniques combined give you smooth results with minimal swelling, bruising, pain and downtime.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PROCEDURE ?
After procedure, you will be able to return home. In general, I only do less than 5000 cc of liposuction at a time. This is for your safety, as the risk of complications increases significantly above this amount. This is still a fairly large amount for most people, and I can certainly tell you during your consultation about how much we will be able to remove.
Most people feel minimal pain after the procedure and are usually back to work in a few days, and back to the gym in 2-4 weeks. The first few weeks, you will tire easily and have sensitivity of the skin. The bruising, if present, usually resolves in the first week or two. Although you will see immediate results, the swelling will persist for 6 months or longer. With liposuction, patience is a virtue, as your results will get better and better for up to one year.
It is also important to realize the difference between fat and cellulite. Cellulite is caused by abnormalities directly beneath the surface of the skin. Liposuction is performed much deeper that the surface, so cellulite isn’t helped much by liposuction. We do have other treatments for cellulite, such as hydrating wraps or Endermologie which work very well for most people.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS ?
Liposuction can rarely have complications, although these are very rare in my practice. Seromas (fluid collection), hematoma (blood collection), infection, irregularities and dimpling can occasionally occur. If they do, they are usually very easily treated.
WHAT IS THE APPROXIMATE COST ?
Our fees for liposuction start at around $4000, and go up with each additional area that you choose to do. An “area” is defined as BOTH SIDES of one anatomic part of your body. For example, both arms are ONE area, both hips are ONE area, and so on. The following areas are common places for us to do liposuction: the neck/chin area, arms, chest (especially in men), bra strap area, abdomen, flanks, hip, back, thighs, knees. I do not recommend having liposuction of your calves or forearms, due to the fact that there are too many nerves and blood vessels that can be damaged there. Financing options are available, and usually results in payments as low as $150/month.