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.

Stomach of woman after liposuction

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 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 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.

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, 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. 

Fat cells — which are energy-storing cells — are typically located subcutaneously, meaning 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 just 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

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.

Side view of woman after liposuction

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.

Man displaying results of liposuction

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 a Liposuction Surgery 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.


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 tiny 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.

On the other hand, 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 size of the treatment area 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 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.

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 will be in the recovery room, and you will be wearing a compression garment. You should plan to 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 is 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 is the tumescent fluid that was 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 is not safe to drive a car within twenty-four hours of taking pain medication, as your reflexes and alertness may be altered. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing.

Walking – It is still important to 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 will begin to feel better after about a week or two and should be back at 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 is 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.
  • If 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 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.

As mentioned before, liposuction permanently removes fat cells. Areas where liposuction was performed won’t expand anymore, although untreated areas can still accumulate fat deposits. It is 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, 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.

Other risks can be reduced by seeking the expertise of highly qualified and board-certified plastic surgeons like Dr. Agha who 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.

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.

There are other costs associated with surgery, like anesthesia, operating room fees, and laboratory procedures. 

As this is an aesthetic procedure, your insurance provider will not cover the costs. However, you can ask Dr. Agha about financing options to help you curb the price of surgery.

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.