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Liposuction (also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture, suction lipectomy, or simply lipo) is a cosmetic procedure for removing excess fat from localized areas under the skin by means of a small incision and vacuum suctioning. Patients looking for liposuction in Long Beach often choose Hurvitz Plastic Surgery for their body-sculpting treatment.

Anesthesia Type: General or local depending on the number of areas and amount of fat to be removed

Facility Type: Outpatient surgical center

Recovery Time: 1 week, longer for bruising, swelling and discomfort to go away completely.

What to Expect During Recovery: Bruising, swelling that comes and goes, pain, tingling, intermittent sharp pains, soreness. You will be required to wear a post-surgery compression garment to assist with the healing process.

Deciding to Have Liposuction

If you are considering liposuction, read through the information provided so you are informed about the procedure and what to expect. The next step is to call our office for a private consultation with Dr. Hurvitz at his , . office. During your visit, let Dr. Hurvitz know what your goals and expectations are from lipo surgery. This will help him understand your motives and expected outcome, as well as determine if your expectations are realistic. It is important to understand liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Dr. Hurvitz will evaluate the area of concern, as well as your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for lipo. Lastly, Dr. Hurvitz will discuss the risks associated with surgery, as well as the healing time and what to expect during liposuction recovery. His staff will provide you with a detailed surgery quote outlining the cost.

About Liposuction Surgery

Lipo is a surgical technique that improves the body’s contours by removing excess fat beneath the skin. It does not target the muscles, only fat, however it can also offer some skin tightening. Lipo also reshapes and improves contour for a more youthful attractive appearance. Another benefit of liposuction is the overall reduction in volume or circumference. Significant fat removal can provide more latitude with clothing options, increase self-confidence, and boost the desire to exercise and eat healthy to maintain or further improve results.

Lipo involves the use of a small stainless steel tube, called a cannula. The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump and inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin. Liposuction techniques have evolved over time, and there are many choices, including Tumescent, Smartlipo, CoolLipo, LipoLite, and ProLipo Plus. Dr. Hurvitz will determine the best liposuction method for you during the consultation.

The abdomen is the most common area of the body to be treated by liposuction among both men and women. Important factors that affect the success of abdominal liposuction include: the amount and location of abdominal fat, history of weight gain and weight loss, history of pregnancy, and the age and the sex of the patient. All of these factors will determine if a patient is a good candidate for liposuction.

Location of abdominal fat is an important factor in determining if liposuction will be successful. Abdominal fat occurs in two different areas:  superficial (subcutaneous) and deep (intra-abdominal). Superficial fat is located just below the skin and above the abdominal muscles. The deep abdominal fat wraps itself around the internal organs. Subcutaneous fat can be successfully removed by liposuction. Intra-abdominal fat cannot be removed by liposuction because it is too dangerous.  Fat on the intestines can only be diminished by weight loss through diet and exercise. Most patients do have more subcutaneous fat than intra-abdominal fat, so most patients will have a good result.

Areas Commonly Treated with Liposuction

Liposuction is quite versatile and can be used to treat a variety of regions:

  • Flanks Hips
  • Inner and Outer Thighs
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Bra Roll
  • Breasts
  • Neck
  • Buttocks
  • Chin

This technique is also used during a number of plastic surgery procedures, including male breast reduction to resolve gynecomastia (oversized male breasts).

Ideal Candidates

Good candidates for lipo include:

  • Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook, realistic expectations, and specific goals in mind for body contouring

Anesthesia Options

Local Anesthesia: Performed in-office. Patient is given a sedative to relax. A local anesthetic is injected into the surgical site for the purpose of numbing. This is very similar to having dental work. This option has little to no  risk. Patients typically do not feel nauseous, but they may be a little sleepy from the sedative.

General Anesthesia: Performed in an outpatient surgical center. Anesthesia is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Patient is completely asleep. May be groggy and nauseous for a few hours following surgery. Carries risks not associated with local anesthesia.

Liposuction Recovery and Healing

Follow Dr. Hurvitz’s care directions during your lipo healing period in order to ensure the best possible results. This also minimizes the chance of complications.

The healing and recovery process after liposuction will involve wearing a post-surgical elastic garment for a time. This garment helps to control and reduce the bruising and swelling that is common after any surgical procedure. It also encourages the skin to better conform to the region’s new contours.

Liposuction Cost

Because lipo is a specialized process depending on the details of the procedure, its price varies from case to case. The number and size of areas treated, type of anesthesia used, and procedure length all impact liposuction cost.

Contact Us for Your Consultation

To find out more about liposuction in Long Beach, contact us to set up your informative consultation with Dr. Keith Hurvitz. Dr. Hurvitz is an acclaimed double-board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience and will be happy to answer your questions.

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