What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic procedures. During liposuction, small suction cannulas are used to aspirate unwanted fat from resistant or hereditary fat pockets. Although not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and proper diet, it can dramatically improve and sculpt your body appearance.

Are there different liposuction techniques?

There are several liposuction techniques, including standard suction lipectomy, laser-assisted, Vaser Liposelection® (ultrasound), and Power-assisted liposuction. Each technique has it’s own inherent advantages. In all techniques, a small incision is made which facilitates a small suction cannula being inserted. A back-and-forth motion is performed beneath the skin, excess fat is broken up, and then aspirated out of the body.

What are super-wet and tumescent liposuction techniques?

Super-wet liposuction refers to the anesthetic fluid that is injected just prior to liposuction. It contains local anesthetic, saline, and Epinephrine, which all facilitate fat removal, reduced blood loss, and less bruising after the procedure.

What is laser-assisted liposuction?

SlimLipo®, or laser-assisted liposuction, is a revolutionary new technology in which a carefully calibrated laser is used to liquefy or “melt” unwanted fat, just prior to removing the fat with liposuction. There are numerous advantages with laser-assisted liposuction over traditional liposuction including significantly less downtime, less bruising and swelling, and greater skin tightening effects.

What is Power-assisted liposuction?

Power-assisted liposuction is a new technology in which the suction tip vibrates at a rapid speed during the liposuction procedure. This vibration loosens the local fat cells such that they may be suctioned away gently with less trauma to the surrounding tissues. Advantages of the power-assisted technique include improved safety, shorter operating times, less bruising and swelling, and greater precision.

What is Vaser-assisted liposuction?

Vaser Liposelection® precisely and efficiently removes unwanted body fat using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology. The fat is first liquefied and then gently removed with liposuction. This particular technique offers less trauma, bruising, discomfort, and swelling relative to other liposuction techniques. This technique is particularly effective in more fibrous fatty areas such as the thighs, hips, back, love handles, and chest.

Who is the ideal candidate for liposuction?

The ideal liposuction candidate is a patient who is in good overall health, maintains a healthy lifestyle, but has one or more problems areas that are unresponsive to diet or exercise. Liposuction should not be viewed as a replacement for weight loss. Realistic expectations about the results of the procedure are important.

On what areas of the body can liposuction be performed?

Liposuction is most frequently performed on the upper and lower abdomen, hips, waist, love handles, thighs, back, arms, neck, and chest.

What can I expect from the recovery process?

Patients are directly discharged home with compression garments and gauze covering the treated areas. Garment use is encouraged for the first two to four weeks to reduce post-operative swelling. After liposuction, patients may experience mild bruising, swelling, and local discomfort from several days to several weeks after their procedure. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Endermologie® by LPG is begun several days after your procedure to help diminish any swelling, assist in healing and speeding your recovery. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after several days.

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How long will the results of my liposuction last?

The results of liposuction can be long lasting, as long as patients maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. If substantial weight is gained after this procedure, the results may be altered.

What types of anesthesia are used?

Dr. Hoefflin performs liposuction as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia with deep sedation, as administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. When performed in combination with other plastic surgery procedures, general anesthesia may be used. When small pockets of hereditary fat are targeted, the procedure can be performed with the office. The procedure usually takes about one to three hours, depending upon the desired level of sculpting. All operations are performed in fully credentialed and state-of-the-art surgical facilities.

Does liposuction require incisions?

The Los Angeles liposuction procedure is performed through inconspicuous 1/4″ incisions that become nearly, if not completely, invisible in time. Prior to liposuction, a local anesthesia solution provides patients with minimal postoperative bruising and swelling. Small meticulously placed sutures are used to close all incisions.

Are there advantages to liposuction?

There are no substitutes for maintaining a healthly lifestyle, such as eating properly and exercising regularly. However, many patients, in spite of a low fat diet and regular exercise routine, continue to have problematic areas of fat accumulation, or lipodystrophy. Liposuction can specifically treat such resistance areas of lipodystorphy.

What is Endermologie?

Endermologie® by LPG is a FDA-approved, non-invasive technology that uses a safe and non-surgical patented technique that helps stimulate local blood circulation with deep, soothing motions that are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite and assist with swelling after liposuction surgery. The final result is a more quickly achieved smooth and sculpted body appearance.

Does Dr. Hoefflin offer treatments for cellulite reduction in Los Angeles?

Dr. Hoefflin offers his patients the latest advancement and most comprehensive treatment for patients seeking cellulite reduction.

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Should I expect pain after the procedure?

Our patients are surprisingly free of pain due to the tumescent local anesthesia that is used. Most patients describe the recovery process as a mild to moderate discomfort. Most patients tell us they feel much better than expected following their surgery and are able to return to work and social activities within several days following surgery.

When can I resume working out?

Patients can return back to light or non-strenuous workouts after several weeks, with a full return to all activities after four to six weeks.

What are the risks of liposuction?

When performed by a properly qualified plastic surgeon, the risk of serious problems after liposuction are rare. Most complications are minor, temporary, and can be easily resolved with conservative treatment and time. Complications may include infection, prolonged swelling, scarring, or unsatisfactory aesthetic result. You can reduce your risk of complications by closely following your surgeon’s instructions, both before and after surgery.

What can I do to minimize my risk of bruising?

Aspirin, Motrin, ibuprofen, Advil, and virtually all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents thin the blood and can promote bruising. In addition, anything herbal, red wine, and homeopathic medications can do the same. To minimize bruising, it’s advisable to avoid these products for 10 days before a treatment.

Does Dr. Hoefflin offer financing?

Yes, we offer financing to make our plastic surgery procedure more affordable to our patients.

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Is Liposuction Covered by Health Insurance?

Because liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure, it is usually not covered by insurance unless it can provide some therapeutic benefit.

To learn if you are a candidate for liposuction or body sculpting in Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, contact Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Hoefflin for a complimentary consultation.