Getting rid of stubborn fat is perhaps one of the biggest frustrations of countless men and women all over the world. Despite dedicated efforts through diet and exercise, some areas of the body may resist shaping up. That’s when it’s time to consider liposuction in Newport Beach.

Women want to sport the ideal hourglass figure. But just a slight muffin top, noticeable saddlebag, or evident back roll can ruin it.

Men want to look trim and athletic, with broad shoulders, a flat abdomen, and a narrow thigh-hip area. But unwanted fat often accumulates 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. And liposuction can make this achievable.

You might look slim and be within your normal weight, but stubborn fatty deposits may still find their way on your upper back, love handles, or saddle bags. It gets frustrating, especially if you’re already with diet and exercise as they don’t get the results they want.

Stomach of woman after liposuction

Fortunately, liposuction can help you refine those stubborn fat areas regardless of your weight. It gives 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 the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States. Liposuction topped the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ list of cosmetic procedures in 2022. With 325,669 procedures performed, this data signifies a 23% increase since 2019.

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

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

Liposuction Newport Beach
Liposuction Newport Beach
Liposuction Newport Beach
Liposuction Newport Beach
Liposuction Newport Beach
Liposuction Newport Beach

What is Liposuction?

Even if you’re physically fit and you work hard to maintain your body, genetics may make it impossible to lose stubborn fat. This give way to disproportionate bulges, from localized fat deposits you can’t seem to get rid of.

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

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

Fat cells, which are energy-storing cells, are typically located subcutaneously. This means you can find them just underneath the skin. There are two layers of subcutaneous fat: superficial and deep. 

After puberty, your body stops producing many fat cells. Instead, the remaining fat cells only expand and store fat as you gain weight. 

So when you remove these fat cells with liposuction, they’re gone permanently. You can retain the results of the procedure as long as you maintain your weight.

However, liposuction is not meant to remove all fat cells in the area. It only removes fat from the deep layer while leaving the superficial layer untouched. Doing so lowers the risk of injuring the skin or causing indentations under it.

With fat cells still present in the superficial layer, it means that they can still expand once you gain weight. Fortunately, it won’t be as noticeable as those found in untreated areas.

Woman in white posing

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

Check out this blog post to learn more about liposuction in these specific areas.

Liposculpture vs. Liposuction:
What’s the Difference?

Liposuction and liposculpture both deal with fat removal. 

Liposuction focuses on removing fat in the deep layers of the skin. Liposculpture, on the other hand, gets rid of 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. It’s done through removal and reshaping of fat deposits. Thus, it can enhance the muscles definition, giving you a more toned shape, especially along the torso.

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. It uses ultrasound to liquefy fat cells before removing them from the body. VASER can remove fat from a given area of the body, sculpt it to your desired shape, and reveal the natural structure underneath.

Another example of liposculpture is abdominal etching. This procedure creates six-pack abs by removing fatty deposits in such a way while shaping and molding the abdominal wall, making the ab muscles look more prominent. 

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

Side view of woman after liposuction
Man displaying results of liposuction

What are the Different Liposuction Techniques?

Liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the world. Therefore it’s not surprising 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. This will depend 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 works 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.

Since 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.

Unlike other liposuction techniques, laser liposuction doen’t require incisions. The liquified fat isn’t suctioned out. The procedure uses a laser beam to burst and liquefy fat, which is gradually removed by your liver and white blood cells.

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

For these reasons, Dr. Agha doesn’t offer laser liposuction in his practice. He is, in fact, 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. Therefore, it’s 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. 

This technique uses very little tumescent fluid, which lowers your chances of developing tumescent liposuction side effects, like fluid overload and tissue swelling.

Learn more about water-jet liposuction here.

What Should You Expect During your Liposuction in Newport Beach, CA 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’ll then give you information on your liposuction options. Together, you’ll 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’ll also be asked to obtain specific lab tests and medical evaluation.

Expect to take or adjust current medications. Dr. Agha may also advise you to avoid taking aspirin, herbal supplements, and anti-inflammatory drugs that might increase your chances of bleeding.

Smokers planning liposuction are required to quit at least three weeks before the procedure. They must 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.


For liposuction, you can choose between getting general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. Depending on the extent of the surgery, Dr. Agha will recommend the best option for you.


Dr. Agha begins your liposuction by injecting tumescent fluid into your fatty layers via small incisions.

The tumescent fluid consists of a mixture of intravenous salt solution, lidocaine, and epinephrine. Lidocaine acts as a local anesthetic, while epinephrine contracts your blood vessels.

If you’re getting an ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty, Dr. Agha uses a special cannula that produces ultrasonic energy to liquefy fat. He then uses a traditional suction to remove fat. 

Though UAL is time-consuming, it is best used in areas that are fibrous and difficult to liposuction.

If you’re getting traditional liposuction, Dr. Agha inserts a narrow cannula into the fat layer that lies deep beneath your skin. He pushes the cannula back and forth through the fat layer to break up the fat cells and suction them out. Suctioning out the fat involves the use of a suction pump. 

In case you’re getting treated for multiple sites, Dr. Agha will then move on to the next area and work on keeping the incisions as inconspicuous as possible.


After your liposuction, you will be transferred to the recovery room and be asked to wear a compression garment. This should be worn for 4-6 weeks after your surgery to control swelling, conform the underlying tissue, and aid in skin contraction

The time it takes for Dr. Agha to perform a liposuction depends on a couple of factors, like the treatment area size and the amount of fat being removed.

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, 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.

General Instructions

  • You’ll experience soreness for a few days, but you can control your discomfort with painkillers.
  • Make sure to avoid excessive force, abrasion, or motion on your incision site as you heal.
  • Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you to and from the surgery center.

Day of Surgery – When you wake up from your procedure, you’ll be in the recovery room, and you will be wearing a compression garment. Wear the compression garment for four to six weeks following surgery. This controls swelling, conforms the underlying tissue, and aids in skin contraction.

Caregiver – When patients leave the surgery facility to go home, they are usually groggy for about 12 hours or overnight. It’s very important to have an adult who can assist you with getting around and taking your medications for at least the first 24 hours.

Drainage – You may notice bloodstained drainage from your incisions for the first 24 hours. This is normal. It’s the tumescent fluid injected into your tissue at the time of the procedure.

Nausea – Most people are nauseated during the first 24-48 hours. To reduce this, we suggest that you take your nausea pill one hour before taking your pain medication or antibiotics.

Painkillers – You’re likely to feel sore for a few days, but you should be up and around in 24 hours. The prescribed painkillers can control most of your discomfort.

Shower – Remove your dressings and sponges on the third post-operative day. You may now take a shower.

Swelling – Most swelling takes about six weeks to subside.

Driving – It’s not safe to drive a car within twenty-four hours of taking pain medication, as your reflexes and alertness may be altered. Surgical incisions shouldn’t be subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.

Walking – Start walking as soon as possible, usually the evening of surgery. This is the best way to reduce the chance of blood clotting in the legs.

Light Exercise – Dr. Agha recommends light exercise to reduce swelling and prevent clotting. Light exercise includes walking, stretching, and moving your arms and legs while sitting. After the first week or two, cardiovascular activities such as riding a stationary bicycle or brisk walking can be initiated. You may gradually advance your exercises as tolerated.

Activities – During the first week after surgery, avoid activities that raise your blood pressure. This could cause bleeding at the operative site, which could result in a hematoma (collection of blood).

Healing – You’ll begin to feel better after about a week or two and should can return to work within a few days following your surgery.

Follow-ups – Regular check-ups protect against complications.

Emergencies – Some discomfort is expected following your surgery. Be sure to tell us if:

  • There’s an increase in swelling, pain, redness, drainage, or bleeding in the surgical area.
  • You develop fever, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, or a general ill feeling.
  • You experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heartbeats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.

Recovery Timeline

24 hoursYou’ll feel groggy because of the anesthesia, so have someone to assist you while getting around.
You’ll notice blood-stained drainage from your incisions. This is normal due to the tumescent fluid drainage from your tissues.
Driving on your own is not allowed due to altered reflexes and alertness.
You should start walking in the evening of your surgery to avoid blood clots in your legs.
24 hours-48 hoursNausea will be at its peak, so take a nausea pill one hour before taking your pills or antibiotics.
5 daysFollow-up with Dr. Agha.
Showering is only allowed after getting permission from Dr. Agha.
1 weekOnly light exercises like walking, stretching, and moving your arms and legs allowed. Avoid activities that raise blood pressure to avoid bleeding and hematoma.
You can go back to work if it doesn’t involve hard labor.
3 weeksYou can engage in cardiovascular exercises like stationary biking or brisk walking.
6 weeksThe swelling will mostly be gone.
Your skin will contract smoothly over the area where the procedure was performed.
12 weeksYour compression garments may be removed.

What Results Can You Expect from Liposuction?

Immediately after liposuction, you’ll 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.

Liposuction permanently removes fat cells meaning their expansion is out of the equation. However, untreated areas can still accumulate fat deposits. It’s possible that gaining too much weight after your procedure may make your body look disproportionate.

Liposuction also doesn’t change your skin elasticity or muscle tone at all. That’s why younger patients who still have firm and elastic skin tend to have better results than their older counterparts.

What are the Potential Risks and Complications?

As with any surgical procedure, liposuction has its share of potential risks and complications. 

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.

Other risks can be reduced by seeking the expertise of highly qualified and board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Agha. He can help you understand and assess potential complications before letting you sign a written consent form.

So whether you’ll get tumescent or ultrasonic liposuction, you can trust Dr. Agha to be honest with the potential complications and results of the procedure.

Liposuction FAQs

Liposuction surgery costs an average of $4,449 as per the latest statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This figure represents the average surgeon’s fee. It excludes additional expenses such as anesthesia, operating room facilities, and other costs for laboratory procedures.

RealSelf reviews indicate that liposuction rates range from slightly over $3,000 for a single small area to as high as $17,000 for full-body liposuction.

Your final quote 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.

This is an aesthetic procedure, so your insurance provider won’t cover the costs. However, you can ask Dr. Agha about financing options to help you curb the price of surgery.

Thinking of getting a brow lift procedure? Here are some questions to ask yourself first:

  • Do you have droopy or uneven brows?
  • 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?
  • Do people always tell you that you look tired, sad, or angry?
  • Are there horizontal lines across your forehead?
  • Do your upper eyelids feel heavy due to your sagging brows?

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

Unreasonable Expectations

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.

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 under the skin and within a connective tissue mesh anchoring 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. However, it can’t 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.

Liposuction in Newport Beach, CA by The Aesthetic Centers

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.

From the initial consultation to post-operative care, you can expect a patient-centric approach at The Aesthetic Centers. Dr. Agha boasts a portfolio of satisfied patients who have achieved transformative results. He’ll take the time to understand your concerns, answer your questions, and provide detailed insights into the liposuction process.