Liposuction in Beverly Hills
Liposuction is one of the nation’s most popular plastic surgeries. It’s helped countless patients improve the way they look and feel , and Dr. J has performed numerous procedures at his Beverly Hills offices. The surgery is intended to remove specific pockets of fat that don’t seem to respond to traditional diet and exercise. While this procedure should never be thought of as a weight loss treatment, it does allow people who have been working hard on their physique to get rid of stubborn tnrouble spots, often with dramatic results. Of course, every procedure is different, but some details about the most commonly targeted areas follow.
How Liposuction Works
Dr. J will first explain to a patient what is going to happen, and what results to expect. On the day of surgery, the areas he is targeting will be marked while the patient is standing up. Local anesthetic is sometimes all that is needed, but liposuction in Beverly Hills can also be done under general anesthesia. A very small incision is made, and a narrow tube called a “cannula” will be inserted to vacuum fat cells out of the affected area. Liposuction is not a replacement for diet or exercise.
Power assisted liposuction (P.A.L.) is a technique that may be used in some cases. Ultrasound assisted liposuction (U.A.L.) is another specialized technique available to Dr. J. Since liposuction has such diverse applications, it can take between one and four hours. Variables include the amount of fat being removed, and the area it is being removed from. Therefore, while liposuction is usually an ambulatory (aka outpatient) procedure, there are cases of larger volume operations in which a patient should stay overnight for monitoring by a private nurse. It may also be better to perform liposuction procedures in a hospital instead of at our clinic, either because of the large volume of fat removal involved or due to some other factor.
Liposuction Target Areas
Liposuction surgery can be performed on several areas of the body at the same time, and it can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures.
Stomach and Waist
Bulging bellies and waistlines plague men and women young and old. Age, however, is one of many factors that may cause a small “pooch” in the abdominal area or unflattering bulges higher up that don’t go away, no matter how virtuous our dietary habits or how many stomach crunches we perform. In many cases, it’s not just stubborn fat that causes the problem, it’s muscle weakness in the abdominal core and/or loose skin. In these cases, a tummy tuck, medically known as abdominoplasty, is often combined with liposuction. The results of these procedures are often so pronounced that patients tell us the difference is “like night and day.”
Also sometimes referred to as “muffin tops,” these are the bulges at our sides, at or above the waistline, that impact so many of us, especially as we approach middle-age. Since they have a tendency to persist even after a weight loss and do not usually respond to exercise as much as most of us would like, they are by far one of the most commonly targeted areas for liposuction. As with stomach procedures, loose skin can also be a factor, so combining love handle liposuction with a tummy tuck is sometimes advisable.
This phenomenon occurs when fat collects on the upper part of the back, or near the rear portion of the neck, to create a bulge that most people find unsightly. Liposuction has dealt with this problem for a great many patients. It’s especially important, however, to have it done by a board certified plastic surgeon, as the tissue is more fibrous than fat in other parts of the body and needs to be handled appropriately. Although the tissue is often near the spinal column, this procedure is extremely safe when performed by a fully qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. J.
Thighs, Hips, and Buttocks
Fat tends to collect in the buttocks and the upper portions of the legs and thighs in a great many people. So, it makes sense that Dr. J has removed excess fat from these areas from a great many patients. The goal with this kind of procedure is to sculpt a look that is shapely and flattering to the patient’s overall appearance.
Liposuction Recovery Period
Usually after liposuction in Beverly Hills, the patient will be able to walk that same day, though driving home is not recommended due to the anesthetic. Recovery time will depend on how extensive the procedure was, and how much change took place, although liposuction has increasingly speedy recovery times for a cosmetic surgery procedure. Rest and reduced activity are helpful. A garment that supports the tissue might need to be worn for several weeks, depending on which areas are being treated. Some pain can be present although it can usually be treated with oral pain medication.