Liposuction is a surgical procedure that directly removes stubborn pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction can also be used to selectively remove fat in the pectoral and abdominal regions to mimic the appearance of a well-defined masculine chest or set of abs.
Through liposuction, patients can enjoy many benefits, including:
• Reduce love handles at the sides of the midsection
• Tighten the stomach after pregnancy or weight gain
• Sculpt the arms and thighs for a slimmer profile
• Shape the abdomen to resemble sculpted abs.
• Contour the chin and jawline
• Sculpt a tighter, more masculine chest
At Millennial Plastic Surgery, Dr. David Shokrian offers body contouring through liposuction and lipo contouring procedures. If you have failed to receive the results you want from diet and exercise, then liposuction may be the resource you need to finally achieve your dream body.
Liposuction is completed under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. After the patient has been numbed, the surgeon will make several small nicks in various locations in the targeted areas. These nicks are small and allow for the insertion of a cannula, a thin metal tube. The cannula is drawn in a back-and-forth motion below the skin to loosen the fat cells and suction them out of the body.
After the targeted fat has been successfully eliminated, the nicks will be sutured shut. The surgery lasts between one and four hours depending on how many areas are targeted during the procedure and how much fat is removed.
Recovery and Results
Recovering from a liposuction procedure takes several weeks. Patients can return to work within one week, although they will need to wait about two or three weeks before returning to normal levels of exercise. Results from any liposuction procedure are immediately visible, although swelling will temporarily distort the new contours.
Common side effects include bruising, swelling, numbness and mild pain in the targeted areas. Most side effects diminish within the first couple of weeks of recovery, although swelling can take up to six months before subsiding fully. Compression garments will be placed over the targeted areas to help reduce swelling and facilitate healing. Regular use of compression over the first several weeks will promote quicker recovery and faster results.
Dr. Shokrian gives all liposuction and body contouring patients specific instructions on what they can expect following surgery and how they can best maximize their recovery for optimal results.
Abdominal and Pectoral Etching Procedure
Abdominal and pectoral etching is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Prior to the procedure, the surgeon will mark out the ideal contours on the patient’s chest or abdomen to use as guidelines during the lipo contouring procedure. A few small nicks are then made in the skin in specific locations to allow for precise removal of the targeted fat.
During chest etching, fat deposits are removed from the lower and outer edges of the pectoral muscle, providing the chest with a more pronounced and masculine shape. During abdominal etching, fat is targeted along the natural lines of the underlying muscles to give them a more well-defined appearance. In both cases, a modest amount of fat is left over the muscles to contrast the areas where the fat deposits have been removed, creating the appearance of raised and developed abs or pectorals. The procedure lasts between one and two hours.
360-degree liposuction is a more comprehensive procedure that combines liposuction of the entire midsection to achieve an overall curvier, contoured figure from every angle.
While liposuction is usually done on one area at a time, 360-degree liposuction targets multiple regions of the midsection where stubborn fat may be a problem. This can help create a more balanced, proportional appearance.
Q&A with Dr.Shokrian
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
Our preferred candidates for liposuction are patients are within 25 pounds of their ideal body weight, do not smoke, have realistic expectations about the procedure and have already tried diet and exercise to achieve their desired results with limited or no success. Liposuction and lipo contouring are not meant to replace a healthy lifestyle. These procedures should be used as a last resort option for patients who are struggling to shed stubborn pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise. If you are unsure whether you are a good candidate for one of our liposuction procedures, then schedule a consultation so we can give you an in-person evaluation.
Can multiple body contouring procedures be completed simultaneously?
Yes, we can perform multiple procedures during the same surgery. Let us know if you have more than one area that you would like targeted so we may prepare a comprehensive body contouring strategy that addresses all of your concerns.
Will I lose a lot of weight after a liposuction procedure?
Liposuction is fat loss surgery, not weight loss surgery. You will notice a marked improvement in your body’s shape and contours, but not much difference on the scale. Some patients may experience a small decrease in their body weight, but that is not the goal or intention of liposuction procedures.
How long do results last?
Results from liposuction and lipo contouring are lifelong. The fat that we remove is gone for good, although you are not immune from gaining more weight through an unhealthy lifestyle. Patients interested in liposuction or lipo contouring should be able to maintain a stable body weight following their procedure to ensure they do not affect their new contours.
Will I have loose skin after liposuction?
Ideal candidates for liposuction should have tight, elastic skin. Patients who already have loose or aging skin that have lost its elasticity may require a different fat loss method, as liposuction can exacerbate the issue. We will perform an in-person evaluation prior to the procedure to verify that your skin has enough elasticity to make you a good candidate. For patients who are good candidates for liposuction, the skin will naturally adjust and conform to the new contours in the targeted area.