Liposuction is the ideal treatment for patients struggling to lose fat from specific parts of the body. With liposuction, you can spot reduce stubborn fat pockets from your abdomen, back, thighs, and other body parts. However, all liposuction procedures aren’t alike—each individual is unique, and so is each liposuction treatment. At Avalon Lipo & Aesthetics, we carefully curate every liposuction procedure to address your unique needs and concerns.
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What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure wherein stubborn fat tissues are vacuumed out of your body to contour the desired treatment areas, such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, etc. Liposuction is the ideal treatment to remove the excess fat pockets you can’t get rid of with natural lifestyle changes. Some body parts remain fairly unresponsive to all dietary and physical efforts, making liposuction the only effective means of contouring those targeted regions.
When you gain or lose weight, your fat cells increase or decrease in size. However, the overall amount of fat cells in your body remains constant throughout your life. Some body parts have more fat cells than others, making it harder to reduce the stubborn fat pockets from those areas. Liposuction uses a suction method to dislodge and extract the fat tissues from the targeted regions, giving you a contoured appearance.
Liposuction Treatment Areas
Types of Liposuction
SmartLipo is widely considered the most advanced liposuction method. It’s a version of laser-assisted liposuction, wherein the laser energy is used to melt the fat tissues for effective removal from your body. Melting the fat tissues allows the doctor to remove more fat volume with less trauma to the surrounding skin, ensuring better results and recovery. The laser energy also produces mild skin contracture, giving you tighter and firmer skin.
Tumescent Lipo is a procedure that revolutionized liposuction treatments in the 90s. Previously, liposuction treatments led to excessive bleeding and irregular results. However, tumescent lipo in San Diego involves delivering tumescent fluids (saline, epinephrine, and lidocaine) into the treatment region to numb the deeper layers of fat effectively. The epinephrine is a vasoconstrictor that temporarily shrinks the blood vessels to reduce bleeding, ensuring optimal fat removal.
ThermaLipo is a specialized procedure that combines power-assisted liposuction, tumescent liposuction, and Thermage skin tightening for highly-customized treatments. The treatment starts with tumescent liposuction to make the fat cells harden, making them easier to extract. The power-assisted technique is used to effectively remove high volumes of fat tissues without damaging the surrounding tissues. And the Thermage technology delivers radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin tissues, giving you a youthful appearance.
VelaShape Fat Reduction
VelaShape is a non-invasive body sculpting procedure for cellulite reduction, allowing you to achieve a smooth, toned, and contoured appearance. The treatment combines infrared light, bi-polar radiofrequency energy, and suctioning technology to encourage collagen formation, tighten the skin tissues, and contour your body. It’s often used with liposuction treatments to reduce skin laxity after the stubborn fat tissues are removed, resulting in smoother and uniform-textured skin.
Liposuction is a highly-specialized surgical procedure for body contouring purposes. During your consultation, Dr. Tirgari will carefully examine your body type and medical history to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for liposuction and recommend the ideal type of liposuction for you. However, it’s worth emphasizing that liposuction is only suitable for adults within 30% of their ideal body weight with a firm and elastic skin.
Liposuction isn’t a suitable weight loss procedure because there’s a limit on the amount of fat you can safely remove—approximately six to eight pounds. That might be enough to contour targeted areas with stubborn fat, but not nearly enough to make a significant difference for overweight individuals. You should also be willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the treatment to avoid weight gains in other parts of the body.
Generally speaking, you’re a suitable candidate for liposuction if you:
- Are within 30% of your ideal body weight
- Have a fairly firm, elastic, and toned body.
- Don’t have life-threatening underlying medical conditions
- Don’t smoke
- Have realistic expectations from the treatment
- Intend to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the treatment
- Don’t expect future pregnancies or severe fluctuations in weight
Liposuction Procedure Overview
Dr. Tirgari will discuss your cosmetic expectations, curate a suitable treatment plan, and recommend the ideal type of liposuction for your unique needs. Before the procedure, he’ll mark lines and circles on the treatment areas to guide the procedure. The exact steps involved in the treatment differ based on the type of liposuction, but all of them have some commonalities.
The liposuction is usually conducted under local or general anesthesia. The surgeon creates an incision on the treatment area to insert a tube-like device called a cannula that loosens the fat tissues through vibrations or laser energy and then suctions them out of your body. After sufficient fat tissues are removed, you’re moved into the recovery room for a few hours.
You might experience swelling, discomfort, and bruising after the treatment, but you’ll receive medications to control the pain. The incisions might be left open for a few hours, with temporary drains used for fluid drainage. You need tight compression garments to reduce the swelling, which should take a few weeks. The treatment area will look leaner and tighter in a few months.
Schedule Your Liposuction in Carlsbad Today
Avalon Lipo & Aesthetics is the leading cosmetic surgery facility in Carlsbad and San Diego, led by one of the country’s most exceptional cosmetic surgeons—Dr. Reza Tirgari. We use cutting-edge technologies to provide the latest liposuction techniques, according to your specific cosmetic concerns and goals. Dr. Tirgari curates each treatment plan individually to ensure you achieve optimal and natural-looking results. Please contact us at (619) 494-3678 or schedule an appointment online to discuss your San Diego liposuction options today.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical method of removing fat over the body. It is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the world.
Does liposuction require multiple treatments to see results?
Typically only 1 session is required per body area to achieve desired results.
How much does a traditional liposuction procedure cost?
This will vary tremendously depending on body area, amount of fat removed, type of liposuction performed or even geographic area where the procedure is performed.
What makes an ideal candidate for traditional liposuction?
Any candidate in good health, without significant medical issues or allergies and who only has a few problem areas can be a good candidate.
How much weight can you lose with liposuction?
This will vary depending on the person. Typically, liposuction is performed more for body contouring than for weight loss.
How many areas can be treated in one session of liposuction?
Most commonly, anywhere from 1 to 4 areas can be safely treated with liposuction.
Do you perform liposuction under local or general anesthesia?
While liposuction can be performed via either local or general anesthesia, many practitioners favor performing it under local anesthesia, which is the current state of the art. The method is exceptionally safe and with low risk of complications.
What should I do to prepare for liposuction surgery?
It is optimal to avoid drastic weight changes or major alterations to diet. You will also want to discuss your health history with your liposuction physician beforehand and avoid certain medications such as blood thinners.
How long do your liposuction results last?
In ideal circumstances, the results of liposuction can be permanent.
Can fat come back after liposuction?
It is possible that fat can return to the area, if proper diet and exercise are not followed.
What are the risks and complications associated with liposuction?
While no surgery is completely without risk, liposuction is among the safest cosmetic procedures. The most common issues associated with liposuction typically occur due to anesthesia and include nausea, vomiting and/or dizziness. In inexperienced hands, skin irregularities or adhesions due to poor liposuction technique can occur.
How long is the recovery period of liposuction, and what kind of help will I need during it?
For liposuction performed under local anesthesia, the recovery is very short and many clients are up and walking the next day. Some soreness for a few days is fairly common, but most people can continue the majority of their activities by a week after the procedure.
Is there any scarring after liposuction?
In proper hands, scarring should be minimal.
What is a compression garment, and do I need to wear one after liposuction?
A compression garment is a specialized garment used after liposuction to help with proper healing. Use of a compression garment helps the skin to tighten after lipo and also helps reduce bruising as well as discomfort in many cases.