Not all fatty tissue responds to diet and exercise. Some fatty areas are resistant to reduction due to genetics, medical conditions or other factors. Liposuction is a surgical technique for the body that permanently removes fat cells from a targeted area to improve appearance and body function. Dr. John Anastasatos at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills offers advanced forms of liposuction for body and face contouring.
Liposuction first became popular as a cosmetic procedure in the 1970s. Since then, the methods used for removing fatty tissue have evolved and improved, resulting in less risk and better results for the patient. In many cases, liposuction can be performed in about an hour, and the recovery time is usually a maximum of a few days. The best part? Once the fat is removed, the area begins to immediately shrink, and the fat cells are gone for good.
Types of Liposuction Procedures
There are many types of liposuction treatments available, including non-surgical variations. Dr. Anastasatos offers two main types of surgical liposuction at our clinics, tumescent and laser. Both remove the fat cells from the targeted area in one session at the time of the procedure. This is unlike non-surgical treatments that only destroy fat cells and may take more than one session. Learn more about our liposuction treatment options on the following pages:
Dr. Anastasatos uses the safest and most effective methods for body contouring and fat removal. Both tumescent and laser liposuction can be performed without general anesthesia. Only local anesthesia is needed, and there is little discomfort for the patient.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is not a weight loss solution. In fact, the best candidates for liposuction are those who are within normal weight ranges for their height and frame but have resistant areas of fat they want removed. The fatty areas may be caused by genetics, like a double chin or larger breasts. Liposuction can remove the fat cells permanently. Once they are removed surgically, they will not grow back. Some of the common areas treated with liposuction include:
- Face contouring – cheeks and chin
- Upper arms
Almost any area on the body can be reduced and contoured using liposuction. With the methods used by Dr. Anastasatos, there is very little bruising and swelling. Most people return to normal activities within a few days, and the results can be noticeable within a week. The complete results may take up to a few months to be apparent.
Body Contouring with Liposuction
Liposuction can give you a chance to create the body you have always desired. If you have always had heavier thighs, matronly arms or your midsection refuses to let go of those last few pounds, liposuction can contour the shape you desire. Once the fat is removed, it will not return to the same area. Even if you do gain weight, it will be spread to other areas, not in the same spot that was treated with liposuction.
Like most elective cosmetic procedures, liposuction is best performed on healthy individuals who do not smoke. Although the procedure is only minimally-invasive, you should be prepared to have time for recovery to ensure you heal quickly and without any complications.
Are you interested in learning more about the different options in liposuction for face or body contouring? Contact us at Los Angeles Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills to schedule your liposculpture consultation with Dr. Anastasatos. There is no time like the present to finally begin your journey to achieving the appearance you desire to feel and look your best.