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Liposuction

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Liposuction helps women and men who are at or near their ideal weight improve the shape of their bodies by removing areas of excess fat. Our team of experienced plastic surgeons performs liposuction, also called lipo, in Torrance to help people from Manhattan Beach and Long Beach, CA, and other South Bay communities eliminate trouble spots and look their very best.

To find out about the improvements possible with liposuction, request a consultationrequest a consultation using our online form or call South Bay Plastic Surgeons at (310) 784-0644 and one of our helpful staff members will schedule your appointment.

Our Results Speak for Themselves

The specialists at South Bay Plastic Surgeons are proud of the results in our photo gallery. Browse the before-and-after pictures and see for yourself why our surgeons are so highly regarded.

Before After

This 27-year-old woman is shown before and after ultrasonic liposuction of the posterior flanks (also known as love handles).

Before After

An ideal candidate for liposuction, this fit woman, age 48, wanted to get rid of stubborn fat on her outer thighs (saddle bags) as well as her inner thighs. She is shown before and after liposuction by one of our plastic surgeons.

The Benefits of Liposuction

Imagine enjoying a slimmer look and finally ridding yourself of those stubborn pockets of fat that won't respond to diet or exercise. Our experienced plastic surgeons in Torrance use lipo to provide these results and more. In addition to improving your appearance, this procedure can also help you feel more comfortable in clothing and enhance your body image. Common treatment areas include:

  • Saddle bags (outer thighs)
  • Inner thighs
  • Love handles (flanks)
  • Abdomen
  • Back, including the bra line

"It's been almost a year and a half since I came in for liposuction. Every day I look in the mirror and I'm so glad I did it. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job. My self esteem is so much higher. My husband can't believe how much happier I am."

  • — J.J.

Read more patient testimonials.

Not for Weight Loss

Our surgeons believe it's important for patients to understand that liposuction is a body contouring procedure that enables them to remove specific areas of fat. However, liposuction is not a weight loss method. Although there is no hard-and-fast rule about BMI (body mass index) and liposuction, we recommend that patients with a BMI of 30 or higher should lose weight through proper diet and exercise prior to undergoing liposuction. Large-volume liposuction, as would be necessary with surgery on individuals with a BMI of 30 or greater, carries increased risks. If you would like to know your approximate BMI, you can calculate it using this Mayo Clinic BMI tool.

Good to Know

Liposuction is not a weight loss method. While patients may lose a few pounds, liposuction is performed to remove specific areas of fat and not for overall weight loss.

Fat cells cannot grow back after liposuction. Treated areas will remain slim indefinitely as long as you continue to exercise and eat right.

Liposuction will not prevent you from gaining weight. Although your trouble spots are not likely to return, you will gain weight in other areas unless you keep up a healthy lifestyle. Scars are possible with liposuction. Incisions are tiny and placed where the resulting scars are discreet, such as in natural creases.

Combination Procedures

People considering liposuction often choose to combine it with another procedure, such as a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or a mommy makeover, at our Torrance practice. If you are considering combining procedures, your surgeon can talk with you about the benefits, including having to plan for only one recovery period.

If you have a smaller area of unwanted fat, or if you'd prefer a non-surgical option, CoolSculpting® may be a better match for you. KYBELLA® treatments are an injectable option for getting rid of submental fat (a double chin).

Liposuction After Weight Loss

People who have lost weight — small or large amounts — may find that their new body shapes are not in perfect proportion. Certain areas of the body, such as the stomach or thighs, are genetically predisposed to hold onto isolated pockets of fat. Unfortunately, exercising usually doesn't affect this stubborn fat either. Our surgeons often perform liposuction as part of post weight loss plastic surgery to help balance body proportions. By focusing on your individual problem areas, liposuction can give you the physique you want, despite genetics or stubborn problem areas.

Your Liposuction Procedure

Our surgeons perform liposuction as an outpatient procedure using general anesthetic or local anesthetic with sedation. The unwanted fat is injected with a large volume of tumescent solution that contains saline, lidocaine, and adrenaline to make the areas firm and numb and to inhibit bleeding. The surgeon then inserts a narrow, metal tube called a cannula through small incisions and carefully sculpts the area by vacuuming out the fat.

In order to get the best results, our surgeons often use ultrasound energy to make fat removal easier and gentler than traditional liposuction alone. Once fat removal is complete, the tiny incisions are closed with surgical tape or sutures. The anesthetic contained in the tumescent solution relieves pain for about 12 to 24 hours after surgery.

Recovery After Liposuction

Recovery after liposuction is typically quick, but it depends on which areas are treated, the number of treatment areas, and the amount of fat removed. Initially, you may have mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising. The bruising fades within about a week. Swelling and soreness dissipate gradually over several weeks. You need to wear a compression garment for several weeks to minimize swelling and help your results look smooth and firm. Most patients are ready to return to work within about a week and resume strenuous activities in about 3 to 4 weeks.

The Surgeons

Our team of plastic surgeons provides an unmatched combination of training, experience and specialization for optimal care.

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