Liposuction is a procedure to remove stubborn areas of unwanted fat from areas that are resistant to traditional diet and exercise. Areas that achieve highly satisfactory results from liposuction include the:
Upper abdomen, lower abdomen, and love handles (flanks)
Inner thighs, outer thighs (hips or saddle bags), and inner knees
Neck / Chin (double-chin appearance)
Mid-back (bra strap region) and lower back (muffin-top region)
Chest (in men)
Not everyone is a candidate for Liposuction. Ideal candidates should have mild to moderate fat excess, good skin elasticity and tone, and an active lifestyle with good dietary regimen complemented by exercise. The development of the tumescent technique for liposuction has dramatically decreased blood loss from the procedure which in turn has decreased the recovery time as well as the amount of bruising and swelling.
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had lipo of my tummy at the same time and I can see a huge difference
already. My belly is already flatter and
tighter after just 3 weeks. I expect to
look even better in a month.
21, mother of 2 boys (22 months & 4 months; both breastfeed) went with saline, high profile, and under the muscle, pre-op 34A, post-op unknown (haven't gone shopping just yet, hehe). I am 3 weeks post-op currently and my girls look amazing already and they'll look even more amazing as weeks rolls on by.
Dr. Luu Doan is very straight forward when it comes to his certification, knowledge, and experience and he also educates you about your body and the procedure. I felt very comfortable from the very beginning to the end. I also absolutely loveeeeeee his staffs. They all seem to genuinely care. Overall, from consultation, pricing, surgery, and post-op check ups. I couldn't be anymore happier with my experience and results!
The Liposuction Surgery
The Liposuction surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia in our medicare-accredited, state-of-the-art Newport Coast Surgical Center. The duration of the surgery depends on the number of areas that need to be liposuctioned. The patient is monitored by an anesthesiologist throughout the procedure.
The targeted liposuction areas are marked with the patient in the standing position. The patient is then placed on the operating room table and induced under general anesthesia. The liposuction procedure involves carefully concealing incisions that are less than one centimeter long in natural skin creases. Tumescent solution, which contains lidocaine as a local anesthetic and epinephrine to decrease blood loss, is then injected into the targeted liposuction areas.
Liposuction is then performed using different diameter steel cannulas hooked up to a high pressure vacuum to suction out the fat. The goal of the procedure is too remove the fat that lies beneath the deepest layer of the skin called the dermis and the most superficial layer of the muscle called the fascia. Once the fat is suctioned out, the skin will need to be compressed against the muscle using different types of compression garments to ensure that the skin will be tight and smooth afterwards.
Only a thorough and candid discussion between you and Dr. Doan can determine the best options for you when it comes to liposuction. Doctor Doan will discuss with you in detail every step of the procedure and he will review with you the possible complications of the operation.
The Recovery From Liposuction
You will likely feel achy pain in the areas of liposuction for several days after the surgery. You should be up and about the next day to prevent blood clots from developing in the veins of the legs. You will be prescribed medication to control the pain and nausea. You will also be prescribed antibiotic pills to prevent infection. You will need to wear a compression garment for six weeks after the surgery to help the skin to tighten during the healing process. The sutures are absorbable and do not need to be removed. Most patients will be able to return to work in one week and will be able to return to their normal exercise routine by six weeks. Complete healing with resolution of the swelling takes 3 to 4 months. The scars require 12 to 18 months to fade, flatten, and soften. Doctor Doan and his staff will guide you through the entire recovery period to make sure that it is as smooth as possible.
Complications of Liposuction
If you are a healthy candidate with no pre-existing disorders or diseases which may inhibit healing, the general risks of liposuction surgery are very low. However, since it is indeed surgery, there are inherent risks you must consider before choosing to undergo a procedure such as this. Potential complications associated with liposuction surgery may include the following:
Pulmonary Thromboemboli: Pulmonary Thromboemboli is a blood clot which forms during your liposuction procedure that can break free and travel to your lungs. However, the methods used today usually decrease the incidence of bleeding during the procedure, and therefore larger blood clots are much less likely to form. Symptoms include difficulty breathing and severe fatigue. The incidence is rare in liposuction.
Fat Emboli: Fat Embolism is when a small piece of fat breaks free and is absorbed by a blood vessel. The fat can travel to your lungs, brain and heart. The symptoms are similar to pulmonary thromboemboli. This risk is also rare, but worth mentioning.
Contour Deformities: The risks of liposuction include dents, lumps, waviness and other contour irregularities from aggressive over-suctioning in one area. This is usually the chief complaint of patients. Liposuction is not an exact and precise method of fat removal, but with newer machines, it can be pretty close. This is why it is imperative to go to a surgeon who is experienced and skilled at the art of body contouring.
Asymmetry: Because liposuction is performed in bilateral areas of the body, asymmetry can result if one side is larger than the other. This may require touch-up liposuction no sooner than 6 months later when all the swelling has resolved.
Before and After
Patient #1: This is a 22 y.o. female who had put on 20 extra pounds over
the last three years. She tried going to
the gym with a personal trainer but was only able to take off five pounds very
slowly. She underwent liposuction of the
abdomen and has dropped 4 inches from her waistline. She has gained increased confidence and
Patient #2: This is a 25 y.o. female who has never had kids and put on
extra weight while in college. She spent
many late nights studying and snacking. She
was starting off her new career and wanted to look her best. She underwent liposuction of her abdomen and
was so impressed with the results that she hired a dietitian to help her eat
right to keep the weight off.
Patient #3: This
is a 26 y.o. female who loves water sports and spending her summers on the
beach. However, over the last two years,
she has been putting on a few extra pounds and feeling less attractive. She tried to cover her tummy with less
revealing swimsuits. She underwent
liposuction of the abdomen. After 3
months of healing, she couldn’t believe her physical transformation. She now proudly displays her new body in a
two piece bikini.
Patient #4: This
is a 28 y.o. female who went through a difficult period in her life that left
her depressed and without energy. She
couldn’t stand looking at herself in the mirror so she finally made the
decision to have liposuction of her abdomen.
She was overwhelmed by her results.
The pride she felt helped her to overcome her depression and gave her
the energy she needed to help turn her life around.
Patient #5: This is a 35 y.o. male who use to be muscular and athletic
during his 20’s but got heavier in the abdomen and chest over the last ten
years. He tried working out but had
limited success with weight loss. He underwent
liposuction of the chest and abdomen. He
now feels 21 years old again and is able to wear a tight tee shirt with jeans
Patient #6: This
is a 38 y.o. female with 3 kids who had gotten a little heavier after each
pregnancy. She complained that the fat
in her mid-back would roll up under her bra strap and the fat in her lower back
would roll up over her jeans. She was
very unhappy with the fat rolls in her back so she underwent liposuction of the
back. She can now wear tighter tops and
appreciate her flat back side.
Patient #7: This
is a 30 y.o. female who with two kids who was very unhappy with her back
side. She was embarrassed with the fat
in her mid-back and lower back and found herself wearing loose clothes to hide
her heavy back side. She underwent
liposuction of the mid-back and lower back.
She now feels like a whole new person and is proud to wear form-fitting
clothes again after many years.
Patient #8: This is a 26 y.o. female who was very displeased with her
back side which she felt was too thick and unattractive. She has tried diet and exercise on and off
but her weight would bounce up and down with no consistent results. She underwent liposuction of the mid-back and
lower back. She now feels more
attractive than ever and has been able to go poolside in Las Vegas in a bikini.
Patient #9: This is a 34 y.o. female with two kids who was really
bothered by the thickness of her back side.
It was especially embarrassing when she would turn to one side and could
feel the skin and fat of her back form rolls along her sides. She underwent liposuction of the mid-back and
lower back. She is overjoyed with the
results and feels like a whole new woman.
Patient #10: This
is a 42 y.o. female with four kids who was very dissatisfied with the thickness
and width of her back side. She had no
shape to her waistline and her trunk looked boxy. She underwent liposuction of the mid-back and
lower back. She now has the hour glass
shape she has desired for many years.
Patient #11: This
is a 25 y.o. female who was really bothered by her “saddle bags” and inner
thighs. She has not seen enough improvement
with cardio exercise and decided to undergo liposuction of her thighs. She now loves the fact that her inner thighs
no longer rub and her saddle bags are gone.
Patient #12: This
is a 22 y.o. female who is a model but has been very unhappy with her hips and
thighs. She felt that her lower body did
not match her chest and waistline. She
underwent liposuction of her inner and outer thighs. She now feels that she is more proportionate
and is comfortable modeling in a bikini again.
Patient #13: This
is a 32 y.o. female who noticed gradual thickening of her inner and outer thigh
over the years. She attributed this to a
busy motherhood taking care of two kids which left her with little time to
exercise. She underwent liposuction of
her inner and outer thighs. She loves
that fact that her inner thighs no longer rub.
Patient #14: This is a 24 y.o. female who suffers from the same body
shape as all the females in her family.
Her shoulders, chest, and waist are slim but her hips, thighs, and knees
are disproportionately thick. She
underwent liposuction of her hips, outer thighs, inner thighs, and inner
knees. Her lower body is now
proportionate to her upper body and she feels like a complete woman.
Patient #15: This
is a 29 y.o. female who complained of wide hips and outer thighs known as the
saddle bags. She was particularly
embarrassed in a bikini bottom or tight skirt.
She underwent liposuction of the hips and outer thighs. She was very pleased with the results and now
looks forward to summertime when she can wear tight bottoms proudly.