LOS ANGELES LIPOSUCTION
In 2018, liposuction was the second most performed cosmetic procedure, with around 258,000 liposuction procedures performed in the US. If you’ve got stubborn fat or are so close to reaching your ideal figure but just can’t quite get there, liposuction could be the solution you need.
WHY CHOOSE US
While liposuction has greatly increased in popularity over the last few years, great results aren't always guaranteed. For great liposuction results, you'll need to visit a surgeon well-practiced in the procedure. Dr. Babak Moein of Moein Surgical Arts has many years of liposuction experience and will always be transparent about what results you should expect, taking pride in his ability to give you the best possible liposuction outcome.
Dr. Babak Moein has many years of experience helping men and women achieve their body goals. From weight loss to body-sculpting, his dual fellowship in surgery and cosmetic procedures allow him to offer the most well-rounded experience to all of his patients. Alongside his highly trained teams, Dr. Moein has helped thousands of people in the Los Angeles area and beyond create the body they've always dreamed of. With his board certification in comprehensive cosmetic surgery and general surgery, he has the expertise and the experience to help any person with a wide range of cosmetic or health issues.
WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction is often thought of as a weight loss tool but this is inaccurate. Liposuction is a final touch to getting you the body you've always dreamt of but should not be utilized as an advanced weightloss method for the obese or as a treatment for cellulite. When combined with other cosmetic procedures to address these specific concerns, liposuction is the cherry on top to reaching your final body goals.
Lipo is instead reserved for those who need a bit of extra help shedding troublesome pockets of fat. When you have aesthetic goals like a leaner or slimmer body, a balanced and nutritious diet, regular exercise and an overall healthy lifestyle are key. However, sometimes diet and exercise alone cannot get rid of those pockets of fat that don’t seem to budge no matter how hard you work. If this describes you, Dr. Moein would like to discuss the possibilities of liposuction treatment.
Good Candidates for Liposuction
Ideal candidates to have lipo share the following traits and characteristics:
- Are in good general health.
- Are looking to lose fat in stubborn areas, that are unresponsive to diet and exercise alone.
- We recommend you are within at least 30% of your ideal weight before we perform the liposuction treatment.
- We recommend that you have a wellness plan in place to maintain your new figure and to keep the fat from coming back.
Liposuction can help men and women achieve a multitude of different goals. Whether you want to address excess fat deposits, disproportionate body measurements, or just look better in your clothing, liposuction can be an excellent choice. No matter your goals it is important to maintain realistic expectations. Liposuction is not a weight loss solution and will not address loose or sagging skin. If excess skin around your midsection is a concern, Dr. Moein may suggest combing in liposuction with a tummy tuck or a minituck.
LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE OVERVIEW
Despite different variations and iterations of the surgical techniques and tools used in liposuction, there are common points for each procedure. In general, most liposuction procedures abide by the following:
- A form of sedation such as local anesthesia will be used to ensure the patient's comfort.
- Small incisions are made at the site of where the liposuction treatment is intended.
- A thin, hollow tube known as a cannula will be inserted through the incisions to suction the fat.
What to Expect
Before your liposuction procedure, you will have a one-on-one consultation to discuss the best course of action for your cosmetic needs. Dr. Moein will go over your health history, discuss your concerns and consider the following to design your procedure plan:
- How much fat should be extracted?
- How to ensure and maximize your comfort?
- What is the best approach to achieve your aesthetic goals?
The best way to make sure you have optimal results toward your body goals is to consult with a highly trained and extensively experienced professional like Dr. Babak Moein.
Take a look at our liposuction before and after photos to see the results you can achieve with Dr. Moein.
To find out more about DR BABAK MOEIN. We advise you to request a consultation online. If you prefer, you are more than welcome to call our office
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WHAT BODY PARTS CAN YOU TREAT WITH LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction is a versatile, flexible procedure popular among both men and women that can target a multitude of areas on the body. Some of the most common areas to have lipo are on the:
Liposuction can also be used on the face and neck and as an excellent option for addressing the dreaded “double chin.”
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIPOSUCTION
Various forms of liposuction exist and are available depending on the extent of liposuction needed to achieve the patient’s goals. Your personal consultation and assessment with Dr. Babak Moein will determine the best approach for your lipo.
Various forms of liposuction exist to achieve the patient’s individual goals. Your personal consultation and assessment with Dr. Babak Moein will determine the best approach for your lipo.
SmartLipo™ is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional liposuction that harnesses laser technology. Laser light energy heats and breaks up fat cells to “melt” away fat while simultaneously acting as an effective skin tightening treatment. Some benefits Smart liposuction has over traditional lipo is fewer risks, less downtime, in some cases does not require sedation.
Vaser Hi-Def Liposuction
VASERlipo® is a minimally invasive liposuction that uses ultrasound (UF) technology to break down and remove fat deposits for a more attractive silhouette. Vaser liposuction is a versatile tool for precisely shaping and sculpting various body parts. An additional benefit is that your skin will tighten and improve elasticity during the healing process.
Tumescent liposuction is an advanced form of lipo. Blood loss, bruising, swelling, and pain is minimized throughout this procedure when compared to more traditional liposuction. With tumescent lipo, the intended treatment areas are injected with an anesthetic liquid before liposuction is performed. This liquid allows for the fat to become “tumesced”, or swell so it can be easier to remove.
Water Jet Liposuction
Water jet liposuction is also known as AquaShape by BodyJet® utilizes highly concentrated pulsing streams of water to loosen and dislodge fat cells to allow them to be removed more easily and gently. This water assisted form of liposuction allows for a quicker recovery than traditional lipo and does not require general anesthesia.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR LIPOSUCTION
Dr. Moein will give you instructions on how to prepare for your liposuction surgery. In general, you will be given a full medical workup and care plan. Your care plan may include blood tests, medication adjustments, and medications to refrain from taking.
Dr. Moein will also discuss and prepare a pain management plan before the surgery. In this plan, he will consider your past experience with pain medications, your risk factors for opioid addiction, the anticipated discomfort after surgery, and your individual pain tolerance and goals. Most patients choose a combination of prescription and over the counter pain medication, though many find over the counter medications alone sufficient. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, or any other blood thinners should be avoided during this time.
It is mandatory that all patients stop smoking at least four weeks before having liposuction. Smoking can negatively affect the healing process thus impacting your final results. Dr. Moein offers smoking cessation resources to help support his patients. You may be advised to not intake any food or fluids after midnight the night prior to your surgery.
After your liposuction procedure, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and help you around the house for a few days while you recover.
POST-LIPOSUCTION INSTRUCTIONS & RECOVERY
The body part(s) treated, and the degree of fat removal will determine your recovery time. You can expect general soreness and swelling immediately after the procedure. A compression garment will be placed on your treated areas to reduce swelling. In some cases, temporary drains may be placed along the incision areas to drain fluids. Dr. Moein will also prescribe you medications for pain management as well as antibiotics to prevent infection. Please make sure to follow all of your post-operative instructions very carefully to optimize healing. After assessing your status, Dr. Moein will give you a timetable for recovery before you can return to your normal physical activities.
The amount of time you will spend in the surgical facility following liposuction will depend on the type of anesthesia that is used. Local anesthesia allows patients to return home about 30 minutes after the procedure, where general anesthesia will require a 1-3 hour observation period in the facility. Downtime with tumescent liposuction tends to be about 2 days, with the ability to return to physical activity not long after.
As with most cosmetic procedures, liposuction recovery and results vary from person to person. You should notice a slimmer look right away, but due to residual swelling, it may take a few months up to a year to see your complete results.
Once the bulk of your swelling is gone, your new shape will be revealed. Fat cells do not grow back once they are removed, but that does not mean you can not gain weight. The remaining fat cells can continue to grow and can change your body contours. That is why it is essential to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen to continue to enjoy your results long-term.
Average Cost of Lipo
In 2018, the average cost of liposuction was under $4000. You should consult with Dr. Moein and his team about various financing options, including any additional expenses you could incur to make sure you’re financially prepared for a liposuction procedure. There are many financing options available to patients and the team at Healthy Life Bariatrics is well-versed in the best ways you can pay for liposuction. Don’t be afraid to ask the pay schedule and cost of any follow-up appointments so you’re sure to cover your bases.
To find out more about Dr. Babak Moein, we advise you to request a consultation online. If you prefer, you are more than welcome to call our office to schedule your appointment.
Does liposuction cause scarring?
Because of Dr. Moein’s background in minimally invasive surgery and the small cannulas that are used during your liposuction procedure, there is little visible scarring involved. Dr. Moein uses advanced techniques and technologies as well as discreet locations on the body to help mask any sign of surgery.
What are the risks involved in liposuction surgery?
There is always some risk involved when having an invasive surgical procedure such as liposuction. However, most of the high-risk complications stem from an inexperienced and/or unqualified professional performing the procedure. Infection, bleeding, and nerve injury can occur but are rare. Seeking a qualified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Moein who specializes in body contouring techniques and following his pre- and post-op guidelines will help significantly reduce your risks.
Is liposuction painful?
Your discomfort level will vary depending on the type of liposuction you have and the anesthesia used. Typically, the most soreness is experienced 2 to 4 days after the lipo procedure. Tenderness and discomfort usually last anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks, but should gradually diminish over the next few weeks. Your comfort can be optimized by following the pain management plan established prior to surgery. We recommend filling your prescription before your procedure to ensure you have them ready for discomfort management.
Is it necessary to wear a compression garment?
The elastic compression garments are beneficial after your lipo procedure because they work to reduce bruising and swelling after surgery. This means better recovery and even better results. Dr. Moein recommends wearing your compression garment for at least 4 weeks while your body continues to heal and swelling diminishes.