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Liposuction in Beverly Hills

Dr. Minniti is a prominent, highly-rated Beverly Hills plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing liposuction and achieving consistently amazing results.

Liposuction (“lipoplasty”), a popular body-sculpting technique, re-contours specific areas of the body by removing stubborn areas of fat resistant to diet and exercise. For people who have areas of the body with disproportionate contours and areas of excess fat, sometimes due to genetics, liposuction surgery can slim and reshape many areas of the body, enhancing your appearance and boosting your self-confidence.

Ideal Candidates for Liposuction

The best candidates for surgery have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do. Liposuction can enhance your appearance but it will not necessarily give you a body that’s unrealistically perfect.

Ideal candidates should:

  • Have tried diet and exercise first;
  • Have firm, elastic skin with good muscle tone that has pockets of excess fat in certain areas;
  • Be normal weight;
  • Be in good health and psychologically stable.

What’s Treated

Common body areas treated include:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips, buttocks, thighs
  • Knees
  • Upper arms
  • Chin
  • Cheeks
  • Neck

The Procedure

In the last decade, liposuction techniques have been refined. New and high-tech techniques are available that minimize trauma and bleeding to give patients more precise results and quicker recovery times.

With the number of techniques available and Dr. Minniti’s skill and expertise, you can look forward to a safe, comfortable experience with beautiful results. The doctor will choose specific methods for you depending on your problem area and your aesthetic goals.
Unlike tummy tucks which correct loose or sagging skin in the abdomen and require deep surgical incisions, current liposuction techniques frequently involve injecting medicated fluid into fatty areas to remove fat. The injected fluid improves efficiency of fat removal, reduces blood loss, provides anesthesia during and after surgery, and reduces the amount of post-surgical bruising.
After fluid is injected, a tiny incision is made and a narrow tube inserted to vacuum or suction out the fat layer beneath the skin.
Different variations on the procedure include:

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction, which takes much longer than traditional liposuction (often four or five hours), is often performed on patients who require only a local anesthetic. Large volumes of fluid, as much as three times the amount of fat to be removed, are injected into the area. The fluid contains anesthetic, often eliminating the need for additional anesthesia.

Super Wet Technique

Super wet is similar to tumescent but uses less fluid. The fluid injected is equal to the amount of fat to be removed. Super wet, which typically takes one or two hours, often requires IV sedation or general anesthesia.

Ultrasound, Laser and Radio Frequency-Assisted

Techniques that rely on high-tech machines are proven to improve the ease and effectiveness of liposuction for particularly fibrous areas of the body. Machines transmit energy that ruptures the walls of the fat cells and liquefies fat, making surgery easier to perform to achieve optimum results.

Preparing for Surgery

The first step is a consultation with Dr. Minniti in his Beverly Hills office. Dr. Minniti is unique among Los Angeles plastic surgeons in the time and care he takes and care with patients. The purpose of the consultation is to evaluate your health, assess problem areas, and determine the best treatment method for your personal goals. The doctor will describe the procedure in detail, explaining risks and limitations and providing instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, taking vitamins and medications.

If you develop a cold or infection before surgery, particularly a skin infection, your surgery may be postponed.

Day of Surgery

The time needed to perform liposuction varies depending on the size of the body area, amount of fat removed, type of anesthesia and liposuction technique.

The doctor performs most procedures in an outpatient surgery center in his Beverly Hills office building. Surgery that’s extensive and/or performed with other procedures may require staying overnight in an aftercare facility.

Working with an experienced anesthesiologist, Dr. Minniti carefully monitors patients, giving them intravenous fluids during and immediately after surgery to replace lost fluids.

After Surgery

You may be fitted with a snug elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks that controls swelling and helps your skin fit its new contours. Dr. Minniti prescribes antibiotics to prevent infection and may give you pain medication.

Although newer surgical techniques reduce post-surgical discomfort, you may experience pain and discomfort for a few days.
Healing is gradual. It may take a week or two to feel better but you typically can return to work a few days after surgery. Bruising and swelling will often disappear within three weeks but may take longer. You’ll have frequent follow-up visits with the doctor to monitor your progress.

Recovery, Results

Liposuction offers long-lasting results. Though this procedure permanently removes fat cells, results will be compromised if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle; untreated areas of your body might gain weight, causing disproportionate contours.
Optimum results will take several months to see.

Possible Risks/Complications

Liposuction carries greater risks if you have medical problems like diabetes, heart or lung disease, poor circulation, or if you recently had surgery near the area to be contoured.

Why Dr. Minniti?

With more than 14 years of experience, Dr. Minniti is one of the finest plastic surgeons in Los Angeles. Recommended by Dr. Phil and featured in many publications, Dr. Minniti is also expert at correcting liposuction deformities and performing complicated revision surgeries.