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Dr Siamak Agha MD, PhD, FACS
Dr Ali Razfar MD, Double Board Certified

Liposuction Los Angeles

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting rid of stubborn fat is perhaps one of the biggest frustrations of countless men and women all over the world. 

Women want to sport the ideal hourglass figure, but there’s just that slight muffin top, noticeable saddlebag, or too-obvious back roll that ruins it. Men want to look trim and athletic, with broad shoulders, a flat abdomen, and a narrow thigh-hip area, but unwanted fat may accumulate in the abdomen, love handles, and breast area.

Achieving the perfect figure requires having just the right amount of fat deposits in the right places. While diet and exercise are the best ways to get rid of fat, most of the time, they are unable to target all your desired areas.

You might even look slim and be within your normal weight, but those stubborn fatty deposits make you fall short of your dream body as they settle on your upper back, love handles, or saddlebags. That’s why people get frustrated with diet and exercise as they don’t get the results they want.

Fortunately, liposuction can help you refine those stubborn fat areas regardless of your weight, giving you the last push you need to achieve your dream body. 

Also known as “lipoplasty” or “suction lipectomy,” liposuction is highly effective in sculpting your body and removing fat in certain areas. Although it’s no substitute for diet and exercise, it can surely fast-track the attainment of your body goals.

No wonder it’s one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States, with more than 265,000 Americans undergoing this procedure in 2019 alone. In fact, annual figures show 200,000 to 300,000 liposuctions performed every year.

Just like these people who have achieved their desired shape through liposuction and gained much-needed confidence to flaunt their bodies, you also have the chance to dramatically improve your figure, thanks to one of SoCal’s top board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Siamak Agha.

See how liposuction can finally help you get rid of unwanted fat and achieve your dream figure as you read this article.

OVERVIEW

What is Liposuction?

Even if you’re physically fit and you work hard to maintain your body, it might be impossible to lose stubborn fat in certain areas of your body due to genetics. As such, you might have disproportionate bulges, no thanks to localized fat deposits you can’t seem to get rid of.

Liposuction helps trim these excess fat deposits, revealing a more desirable, defined, and balanced figure. It is a powerful way of removing fat that’s resistant to traditional weight loss measures like diet and exercise.

To understand how liposuction works, it’s important to know how fat cells — also known as adipocytes — work. 

Which Areas of the Body Can Undergo Liposuction?

Men usually have fat in their chest, abdomen, and back, while women’s fat usually gathers in their breasts, hips, waist, thighs, and buttocks. Removal of excess fat deposits can greatly enhance your look and your self-image. 

Liposuction may be used on your:

  • Lower face
  • Neck
  • Arm
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Thigh
  • Calf
  • Practically anywhere with excessive fat

Learn more about liposuction in these specific areas by checking out this blog post.

Liposuction vs. Liposculpture:
What’s the Difference?

Liposuction and liposculpture both deal with fat removal. 

However, liposuction concerns itself with removing fat in the deep layers of the skin, while liposculpture removes fat in the superficial layer once the deep fat is removed.

Moreover, liposculpture goes the extra mile by performing more extensive contouring of the target area through removal and reshaping of fat deposits. Thus, it can enhance the definition of your muscles and give you a more toned shape, especially on your torso region.

While most areas can undergo liposuction, liposculpture is best suited for fat on your lower face, lower back, and abdomen.

A good example of liposculpture is high-definition liposuction or VASER, which uses ultrasound to liquefy fat cells before removing them from the body. VASER can remove fat from a given area of your body, sculpt it to your desired shape, and reveal the natural structure underneath.

Another example of liposculpture is abdominal etching, which creates six-pack abs by removing fatty deposits in such a way that it shapes and molds the abdominal wall, making the ab muscles look more prominent. 

Make sure that you choose a skilled plastic surgeon to do your liposculpture so that you end up with natural-looking contours.

Do You Need Liposuction?

If you’re not yet sure if you’ll be a good candidate for liposuction, you can try answering these questions:

  • Do you have stubborn fat you can’t get rid of using traditional weight loss methods like exercising and dieting?
  • Do you have firm and elastic skin?
  • Are you willing to maintain your results with proper diet and exercise?
  • Are you close to your ideal weight?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you would benefit from liposuction. 

… But Can You Get Liposuction?

Take note of these factors that may affect your satisfaction with the procedure:

You should be in good physical health with no severe pre-existing conditions before getting liposuction.

As previously mentioned, not all of your fat cells can be removed from different parts of the body, so you have to be realistic with your expectations.

Liposuction may help drop your weight by removing some excess fat, but it doesn’t cure obesity.

What are the Different Liposuction Techniques?

With liposuction being one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the world, it’s no surprise that numerous liposuction techniques have been developed over the years.

Here are some of the liposuction techniques you may encounter.

Tumescent Liposuction


This is the gold standard liposuction technique. It involves the injection of tumescent fluid into the target areas before actually suctioning out the fat. Doing so minimizes blood loss and pain from the surgery.


The tumescent fluid injected consists of a mixture of the following:

  • Intravenous saline solution
  • Lidocaine - a local anesthetic that helps numb the area
  • Epinephrine - a drug that contracts blood vessels to reduce blood loss

Aside from minimizing blood loss, the tumescent fluid also reduces bruising and obviates the need for additional anesthetic. It also swells the fat pockets, allowing the liposuction cannula to easily move through your tissues and remove fat cells.


Tumescent liposuction can be paired with power-assisted, water-jet, laser, or ultrasound-assisted liposuction, depending on your goals, preferences, and the advice of your plastic surgeon.

Power-Assisted Liposuction


Power-assisted liposuction uses a device called Microaire that vibrates to speed up the breakdown of your fat cells. 


The cannula’s vibrating tip also allows for greater precision in the liposuction process, as the vibrations make it easier to navigate dense tissues. It also avoids damage to surrounding areas.


This liposuction technique can be used for both small and large-volume liposuction, as well as body contouring and fat harvesting.

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction


Invented by Professor Michele Zocchi in Italy, ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) was first introduced as a trauma-minimizing alternative to conventional liposuction. 


It uses sound waves to break fat cells and liquefy them after the injection of tumescent fluid. The liquified fat cells are then removed using a traditional liposuction cannula.


Because UAL minimizes trauma by not damaging the surrounding nerves and veins, it results in less bruising and blood loss. It can also improve the ease and effectiveness of liposuction in fibrous areas of your body, such as the upper back and enlarged male chest.


In recent years, UAL has been used to create high-definition abs or etching abdominal muscles after liposuction as a secondary procedure. However, the whole procedure takes longer to perform than traditional liposuction.


Learn more about ultrasound-assisted liposuction by checking out this blog post.

Laser Liposuction


More commonly known as smart liposuction, laser liposuction is one of the latest fat-removing procedures to hit the market.


It uses a laser beam to burst and liquefy fat, which is then gradually removed by your white blood cells and liver.


Unlike other liposuction techniques, laser liposuction does not have any incisions, as the liquified fat is not typically suctioned out. 


Laser liposuction is recommended only for smaller areas as it takes longer to perform than other liposuction approaches. It has a hit-and-miss track record and can result in contour irregularities that are difficult to correct.


For these reasons, Dr. Agha does not offer laser liposuction in his practice since he is often asked to correct deformed contours that are created by less qualified surgeons using this technology.


Nevertheless, if you want to learn more about laser liposuction, click here.

Water-Jet Liposuction

 

Also known as body-jet liposuction, water-jet liposuction is a pretty new procedure launched by a group of German plastic surgeons in 2007, thus making it a product of recent liposuction advances.


It removes fat tissues via water jet spray as an alternative to the current liposuction techniques. The high water pressure is used in place of the tumescent fluid to break up the fat cells and tissues. 


Because it uses very little tumescent fluid, water-jet liposuction lowers your chances of developing side effects associated with tumescent liposuction, like fluid overload and tissue swelling.


Learn more about water-jet liposuction here.

What Should You Expect During Consultation?

After a thorough medical history, Dr. Agha will assess you for:

  • Stubborn areas of fatty excess
  • Amount of excess fat
  • Overall body contour and proportion
  • Skin elasticity
  • Skin quality
  • Skin laxity
  • Any signs of skin damage, like stretch marks

Dr. Agha will also discuss your concerns, priorities, and motivations. He will then give you information on your liposuction options, then plan an appropriate plan of action that best suits your anatomy and meets your desires and expectations.

Other things that will be discussed include potential risks and complications, estimated cost, and procedure schedule. You will also be asked to obtain specific lab tests and medical evaluation, take or adjust certain medications, and avoid taking aspirin, herbal supplements, and anti-inflammatory drugs that might increase your chances of bleeding.

Smokers will be asked to quit at least three weeks before liposuction and remain smoke-free three weeks post-op to avoid any delays in the healing process.

The liposuction really sculpted my butt, so it looks like I got a Brazilian butt lift. This was probably the best thing I've ever done for myself, and I would highly recommend Dr. Agha to anyone looking to for body contouring!
Lara R.

How Does Dr. Agha Do Liposuction?

On the day of your surgery, Dr. Agha will mark areas of your body that have excess bulge and have been planned by both of you to undergo liposuction.

How Do You Recover from Liposuction?

Your actual liposuction recovery time depends on how much fat was removed.

If a large amount of fat deposit was removed during the procedure, typically more than 5 liters, you may have to stay overnight in a hospital to be monitored. 

Otherwise, you can go to the recovery room right after the procedure and go home with a friend or family member within two hours. 

The key to a successful recovery is to abide by Dr. Agha’s instructions, such as the following.

What Results Can You Expect from Liposuction?

Immediately after liposuction, you will have…

  • A slimmer, more sculpted body
  • Less unwanted bulges
  • More appealing body proportions and contours
  • Clothes that now fit and look better on you
  • Improved self-image

Although you will see results immediately after your procedure, this only gets better as swelling improves. By 12 weeks, most of the swelling is resolved, and you can appreciate your final results. 

However, take note that liposuction isn’t a substitute for proper diet and exercise. You still have to watch your weight to maintain your improved physique.

What are the Potential Risks and Complications?

As with any surgical procedure, there will always be some risk with liposuction. 

Most of these complications are just minor skin looseness because the skin was unable to adjust to a slimmer figure. Still, liposuction is one of the safest cosmetic procedures you can undergo. 

However, the risks may increase when:

  • You want to remove a large amount of fat.
  • The fat deposits are going to be removed from larger areas of your body.
  • You get liposuction for different areas at the same time.

How Much Does a Liposuction Cost?

According to RealSelf, the average cost of liposuction ranges from $6,000 to $10,000. 

How much you’ll be quoted depends on your surgeon’s expertise and reputation, how much fat is removed, the location of the surgeon’s practice, and what areas will be treated.

Get Your Liposuction Done in Newport Beach, Orange County

Liposuction can give you a slimmer and more defined figure, helping you achieve the body that you’ve always wanted.

To get the best results, choose a topnotch and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Agha. He can help you plan your liposuction based on your physique and expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Treat Cellulite with Liposuction?

 

The short answer is yes -- but liposuction alone can only treat one of the two issues of cellulite. 


Cellulite represents bulging fat globules that are under the skin and within a connective tissue mesh that has anchored the skin to the muscle. The problem with cellulite is twofold: the bulging fat globules and the anchoring connective tissue bands.


Liposuction can effectively remove the bulging fat and significantly improve the look of the cellulite, but it can not completely erase the dimpled cellulitic skin. The latter requires the release of the connective tissue bands and perhaps skin excision to make the skin tighter.


Read more about cellulite and its treatments in this blog post.

Is Fat Removal Permanent?

 

When you gain weight, the fat cells in your body expand in size and volume. But as you hit puberty, you no longer generate many new fat cells. Thus, the fat cells removed via liposuction will no longer be replaced.


If you maintain a stable weight after your liposuction, your results are permanent. But if you gain weight, the remaining fat cells in the liposuctioned areas can still expand. 


Luckily, the expansion won’t be as noticeable as the fat expansion in areas that did not undergo liposuction.

How Much Fat Can Be Removed?

 

Dr. Agha can remove as much as five liters of fat in one sitting in a procedure known as large volume liposuction.


If more fat has to be removed, he usually breaks down the surgeries into two stages at least 6-8 weeks apart.


You can learn more about large volume liposuction in this post.