Liposuction almost sounds too good to be true. Who wouldn’t want to remove unsightly fatty deposits from their body with a procedure that can be performed within a hour or two as an outpatient with little to no scarring. No wonder liposuction is consistently among the top cosmetic procedures performed worldwide. Patients often turn to liposuction in order to get rid of their trouble areas where neither dieting nor exercise has been effective. Some seek liposuction as a “kickstarter” toward living a healthier lifestyle as often the most difficult part of sticking to a new diet or exercise program is the lack of results.

The most common areas treated by liposuction are the abdomen and love handles. Other common areas are the back, arms, bra rolls, inner thighs, legs, and the chin area. In men the chest and abdomen are the most common areas.

Fast Facts Liposuction

+ Length Of Surgery
One to four hours depending on the number of areas and the amount of fat to be removed.

+ Anesthesia
Can be under strict local, sedation with local, or general anesthesia depending on the number of areas and the amount of fat to be removed.

+ Length Of Stay
Typically outpatient. A single overnight stay can be recommended with very high volumes of fat being removed or when combined with multiple other procedures.

The Surgery Center at UCLA is the only place in Los Angeles that allows you to have your surgery followed by a monitored overnight stay with a registered nurse (R.N.) in the same facility. Not to mention, that UCLA’s world class hospital ranked “Best in the West” according to the U.S. News and World Report for the last 2 decades, is next door in the rare event of an emergency. This allows for a safer surgical experience which is one of the main reasons Dr. Jason is proud to be on faculty at UCLA.

+ Recovery
There is moderate discomfort the first few days. You should be up and about within the same day; start showering in two days; stitches are dissolvable; bruising mostly gone by 1-2 weeks; avoid any exercise or significant increase in your heart rate for 2 weeks. Can restart gentle exercise routine after 2 weeks and return to full activity at 6 weeks.

+ Scars
Minimal and well hidden.

+ Risks/Possible Complications
Serious complications, while possible, are unlikely. Some potential complications can be avoided by carefully following your surgeon’s instructions.

In addition to the usual risks associated with anesthesia, some of the other main risks include:
– Hematoma: a collection of blood beneath the skin, can be treated without compromising result.
– Seroma: a collection of body fluid beneath the skin, can be treated without compromising result.
– Infection: Risk less than one to two percent
– Pulmonary emboli: Extremely rare; a blood clot that travels to the blood vessels in the lung.

Top Questions:

1. Should I start a diet and exercise regimen before or after a liposuction procedure? To achieve the best possible result in body contouring it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This should be started before surgery so that you can keep it going after surgery. Although you will have to take a break from exercise for a few weeks during your recovery, it important to maintain a well-balanced diet. Many of Dr Jason’s patients are more motivated by their new body shape following surgery and want to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

2. Can liposuction be combined with other procedures? Yes, liposuction is often combined with other procedures of the breast, body, or face. Liposuction of the flanks and abdomen are commonly part of a “mommy makeover.” Dr. Jason was the lead author on a study, Comparison of Limited-Undermining Lipoabdominoplasty and Traditional Abdominoplasty Using Laser Fluorescence Imaging, published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal that objectively evaluated the safety of performing liposuction of belly fat at the same time as a tummy tuck. This breakthrough procedure is able to achieve more dramatic results in a single procedure.

3. What should I ask during my consultation to find the right doctor for me? You should look at the doctors before and after photos critically and decide whether you like their sense of aesthetic. Cosmetic surgery is an art and therefore you want to find a doctor that matches your taste so to speak.

4. How long will the effects of a liposuction last? Patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle will continue to enjoy the result of their procedure for many years to come!

5. How long will it take to heal? Most of the swelling and bruising will be gone by 1-2 weeks.A compression garment is recommended for 6 weeks. You can return to full activity after 6 weeks.

6. When can I start working out again? For the first 2 weeks following surgery, you want to avoid straining (lifting anything more than 5 lbs), or getting your heart rate/blood pressure up as this can lead to bleeding. After 2-3 weeks you should avoid mechanical forces that will put stress on the areas treated. This means you should avoid high impact activities that lead to excessive movement of any areas treated. Listen to what your body is telling you at all times, for instance stop the workout if you experience any new discomfort. Remember, getting plenty of rest and reducing your overall activity will give you time to heal and speed up your recovery.

7. When can I go back to work after a liposuction? It really depends on how much was removed and what you do for work. If a minimal amount is removed and you have a desk job you can typically return to work within a few days or a weekend. If your profession is more physically demanding, Dr. Jason recommends to wait at least 1 week before returning to work. Remember, you do not want to strain or lift anything that weighs more than ten pounds for the first 2 weeks.

UCLA Liposuction Consultation

If you are considering liposuction, please come in for a consultation with Dr Jason. To book a consultation click here (link).
At the consultation Dr Jason will listen closely to what you are interested in and what type of look you are trying achieve. Dr Jason specializes in natural looking results and will take guide you toward the procedure that fits your body. You will have the opportunity to thoroughly review his earlier work and see whether his results are what you are looking for.

About your Liposuction Surgery

A liposuction procedure typically lasts approximately one to two hours when performed by itself. It often can be done without undergoing general anesthesia. Patients receive some oral medications to feel more relaxed when general anesthesia is not used. The procedure begins with making a very small (~5mm) incision and filling the layers underneath the skin in the areas to be treated with fluid. The purpose of the fluid is to not only numb the entire area but also to minimize bruising and facilitate fat removal. Immediately after the procedure a compression garment is placed. In most cases you can go home within a few hours. For the first day or two after surgery there is some leakage from the liposuction incision sites. The majority of swelling and bruising will subside at about a week while some mild swelling can persist for a few more weeks. Within one week after surgery you will visit Dr. Jason as a follow up so he can check on your healing and answer any questions.

If you are considering liposuction, please come in for a consultation with Dr Jason. To book a consultation click here (link).