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Liposuction

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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 can minimize trauma and bleeding to give patients more precise 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 treat fat. The injected fluid improves efficiency of fat reduction, can reduce blood loss, provides anesthesia during and after surgery, and possibly 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 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 reduced, are injected into the area. The fluid contains anesthetic, possibly reducing 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 reduced. 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 treated, 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 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 try to possibly reduce post-surgical discomfort, you may experience pain and discomfort for a few days.

Healing can be gradual. It may take a week or two to feel better but you typically can may be able to return to work a few days after surgery. Bruising and swelling can often decrease within three weeks but may take longer. You’ll have frequent follow-up visits with the doctor to monitor your progress.

Recovery, Results

Though this procedure permanently reduces fat cells, results may be compromised if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle; untreated areas of your body might gain weight, causing disproportionate contours. Optimum results can 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.