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Where Can Liposuction Permanent Fat Removal Be Used on the Body?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that permanently removes fat from specific areas of the body. By removing the fat cells in these areas, a cosmetic surgeon can shape these areas to the patient’s specifications. This makes liposuction an effective body contouring procedure. Liposuction has been one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for many years.

You should not think of liposuction as a weight loss method. Liposuction is best used when you are at a healthy weight but have stubborn pockets of fat that won’t let go. As in, no amount of diet or exercise will enable these pockets to melt away. If you have pockets of fat like that, liposuction allows you to contour your body in specific places. Here are the various locations around the body where liposuction can be used.

Ideal Liposuction Treatment Sites


Facial liposuction is most commonly performed on the cheeks. Removing excess fat cells from the cheeks allows the surgeon to contour these areas on the upper portion of your face. As you heal, the skin of the cheeks will mold around this newly shaped area. This gives you a slimmer face, leading to a more pronounced jawline.

Cheek liposuction is sometimes performed alongside other cosmetic procedures such as a facelift.


Chin liposuction is also referred to as submental suction-assisted lipectomy. During this surgical procedure, unwanted deposits of fat are removed from under the chin. This helps to eradicate the double chin and produces a more defined jawline.

Then there is the extended submental liposuction that is aimed at removing a horizontal band of excess fat that extends beyond the jawline, which provides a reduction in the appearance of neck heaviness.


Neck liposuction is aimed at eliminating fat from around the neck. This lipo can also eradicate the appearance of a double chin while giving you a more defined jaw. Both men and women also use neck liposuction to address a “buffalo” hump, which is characterized by the appearance of extra fat on the back of the neck and upper shoulders. Lipo can remove this fat to prevent it from expanding.

Chest (Breasts)

Chest (Breasts) Liposuction

Liposuction is used on the chest by both men and women. Women with larger breasts undergo liposuction as part of a breast reduction. By removing excess fat from the breasts, the woman is able to attain shapelier and younger-looking breasts. Breast liposuction is also sometimes added to breast augmentation and breast lift surgery to give women optimal results.

Male cosmetic surgery patients undergo liposuction on the chest during gynecomastia surgery. Gynecomastia is a condition that leads to the excess growth of breasts in men due to a hormone imbalance, steroid use, obesity, and certain medications. Male liposuction removes the excess fatty tissue in the breasts to restore a more masculine appearance to the chest area.

Read our article: Are You a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?


Liposuction can be used on the upper or lower back. Many women complain about back rolls or bra strap fat. Liposuction can remove fat along these areas to create a more contoured back. The upper back is also where people tend to form a buffalo hump, which is where fat accumulates behind the shoulder. The lower back is also ideal for lipo, which creates a slimmer silhouette. While back liposuction is popular, the procedure can lead to an increased risk of hyperpigmentation of the skin, which is a permanent discoloration if too much fat is removed.


Waist liposuction is one of the most requested areas for lipo, which gives patients a slimmer waist. That is because the area around the waist is one of the hardest areas to lose stubborn body fat using diet and exercise alone. By undergoing waist liposuction, patients can dramatically reduce their waist size by several centimeters, which creates a markedly slimmer waistline.


Liposuction on the abdomen is another popular treatment as many people are insecure about their excess belly fat which is difficult to lose naturally. Lipo along this area tends to create a flatter and more contoured midsection. Liposuction is sometimes performed alongside the tummy tuck to remove excess fat and saggy skin.

Flank (Love Handles)

The flanks, commonly known as love handles, are the areas between the ribs and hips. It is this location where many people have concerns over rolls or bulges of fat accumulating. Flank liposuction creates a slimmer shape and can be used as a preventative measure to maintain a slimmer physique.

Upper Arms

For many women, the upper arms become a repository for fat. This can cause the area under the arm to hang down. This condition is colloquially referred to as bingo wings or bat wings. Liposuction along this area can remove the excess fat from under the arms. In extreme cases, excess skin is also cut away to create firm and toned arms by way of an arm lift.


The hips are another popular area for liposuction as the hips tend to deposit along the hip area. When fat builds in this area, a banana-shaped bulge of fat can form between the bottom of the buttock and the top of the thighs. This fatty tissue is usually resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction can eradicate hip fat, which not only contours the body but also helps clothes fit better.


For most of us, the buttocks area is an acceptable place to accumulate a moderate amount of subcutaneous fat. When the fat is well-proportioned, the buttocks can be aesthetically pleasing and fit clothing more comfortably. When too much fat accumulates on the butt, liposuction can reduce the size and create smoother, more symmetrical results.


Thighs Liposuction

Fatty tissue can build on both the inner and outer thighs. When fat accumulates on the outer thighs, we call that condition saddle bags. If you want more toned and smoother-shaped legs, liposuction can be used on both sides of the thighs to create the desired results. Liposuction is sometimes used alongside the thigh lift to remove fatty tissue and eradicate saggy skin.


Excess fat can accumulate around the knees as a result of weight gain or genetics. Having an excess amount of weight along the knees can create concerns regarding the appearance of the legs. Knee liposuction helps to contour the legs by making them appear slimmer.

Ankles and Calves

Fatty ankles and calves can make the calf area indistinguishable from the ankles. This condition is sometimes crudely referred to as cankles. Excess fat and swelling in the calves can sometimes reduce movement. Calf and ankle liposuction can reduce calf size, reshape the lower leg, and improve issues of mobility.

What are the Risks of Liposuction?

All procedures come with risks. The risks of liposuction will be discussed with you during your consultation with the cosmetic surgeon. Examples of risks include bruising, swelling, fluid accumulation, injection, nerve damage, asymmetry, heat injury, and deep vein thrombosis (blood clot).

How Do You Prepare for Liposuction Permanent Fat Removal?

Before the liposuction procedure, you and your cosmetic surgeon will discuss what to expect from the surgical session. Your surgeon will review your medical history and ask about medications and herbal supplements you might be taking. Your surgeon may recommend that you stop taking some medications for at least three weeks prior to surgery, such as blood thinners. He may also order lab tests to be performed prior to undergoing liposuction for your safety.

Other Precautions Before Undergoing Lipo Permanent Fat Removal

If liposuction requires the removal of only a minuscule amount of fat, the procedure may be performed in an office setting. For larger amounts of fat, or if you plan to have other procedures performed at the same time, such as the tummy tuck, the surgery may take place in a hospital followed by an overnight stay.

In either case, you should arrange to have someone drive you home and stay with you for at least the initial night following your procedure.

Before the Liposuction Procedure

When you arrive at the surgical center for the liposuction procedure, the surgeon may mark lines and circles along the treatment area. The surgeon may also take before photos so that after images can be compared.

Your surgeon will choose the appropriate liposuction technique depending on your treatment goals and the area to be treated.

Which Type of Liposuction is Right for You?

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is the most common type of liposuction. To begin, the surgeon injects a sterile solution, which is a mixture of salt water and lidocaine, which numbs the area and aids permanent fat removal. The fluid mixture causes blood vessels to contract, which leads to swelling and stiffening.

The surgeon then makes small cuts in the skin, which function as insertion points for a thin tube called a cannula. The cannula is connected to a vacuum that allows the fat to be suctioned from the body. Body fluids removed by the cannula are replenished intravenously.

HD Lipo

HD Lipo in Los Angeles, CA

HD Lipo (VASER) is an ultrasound liposuction procedure that takes traditional liposuction to the next level. Using a beam of radiofrequency energy, the fat is liquefied under the skin. This allows the fat to be flushed from the body to reveal the musculature underneath all that annoying unwanted fat.

Read our article: Liposuction vs. HD Lipo – What’s the Difference?

After Liposuction

Following lipo, you should expect some swelling, bruising, and slight discomfort. Your surgeon can prescribe medication to control the pain. Antibiotics can help to control the risk of infection.

In some cases, temporary drainage tubes can be installed at the incision points to promote fluid drainage. You will likely be asked to wear tight compression garments to reduce swelling and aid healing.

It will take a few weeks before you can return to your normal activities, but most are able to return to work after only a few days.

What Results Can You Expect from Liposuction Permanent Fat Removal?

After undergoing liposuction, you should expect swelling to subside within a few weeks. The treatment area will appear less bulky over time. The treatment area will take on a leaner appearance after a few months.

The results of liposuction are long-lasting as long as you stick to a healthy weight. Gaining weight after liposuction can cause your body’s fat distribution to change. This can create a bulky appearance in places you may not expect. By maintaining your weight, the effects of liposuction can be permanent, though it is natural for the skin to lose some firmness with age.

Get the Permanent Fat Removal You Want by Choosing a Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

Choosing a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with a reputable surgical facility can improve your chances of attaining the results you want with liposuction. When you take the time to find a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, you can feel confident you are receiving top-quality care from the consultation to the surgery and beyond. Your surgeon will discuss treatment options and the results of liposuction depending on your situation and aesthetic goals.

Ready to Achieve Your Aesthetic Goals with Liposuction?

Liposuction is a customizable and versatile cosmetic surgery treatment option that can help you attain a sleeker physique. Liposuction can also help your self-esteem soar. Because it can be applied to a number of areas from head to toe, you have quite a few ways to reach the goals you have for your body.

If you are self-conscious about your pockets of stubborn body fat and would like a more toned appearance, board-certified cosmetic surgeon Doctor Babak Moein can help. With several decades of experience, he has performed liposuction permanent fat removal on countless patients such as yourself, helping them achieve their aesthetic goals while improving their confidence. To learn if liposuction is right for you, schedule a consultation today by calling us in Los Angeles at (310)620-1077.

Liposuction vs. HD-Lipo: What’s the Difference?

Cosmetically trimming down your body in the past meant going to the surgeon’s office for liposuction. We don’t need to tell you about liposuction. The procedure has steadily gained popularity ever since it was first introduced back in the 1920s.

It’s almost common knowledge that the safe and effective cosmetic technique removes stubborn pockets of fat from various areas of the body.

Liposuction can be used on the face, neck, chest, back, abdomen, arms, thighs, and even your ankles.

The result is a slimmer profile and more attractive contours, all without slaving away in the gym.

There is another technology you should know about called Hi-Definition Liposuction, otherwise referred to as HD-lipo.

Hi-Def lipo is a body contouring procedure that removes fat and tones and tightens your body. The procedure leaves your body parts looking athletic and defined.

HD-lipo is like traditional liposuction, but there are some distinct differences. Let’s look at those now.

What is Hi-Definition Liposuction?

Hi-Definition Liposuction

You might hear this technology called Hi-definitely liposuction, VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance), or 4D lipo. The technique uses ultrasound energy to break up unwanted fat.

During the procedure, a small incision is made near the treatment site. This allows for the insertion of the HD-lipo device. The device uses ultrasound to liquefy the fat, which makes it easier to remove. The fat is then removed gently via suction, allowing room for additional augmentation procedures.

As a side note, the fat that is removed with HD-liposuction can be put back into your body for popular procedures like natural breast augmentation and the Brazilian butt lift. We call it the fat transfer technique. The fat is sterilized before it is reinjected into the body parts where you want subtle and natural-looking results. Ask Dr. Moein about the fat transfer technique during your consultation.

What Can You Expect from HD-Liposuction?

HD-liposuction tones muscle and tightens skin. You can trim your arms, thighs, waist, and abdomen, and you can even rid yourself of your double chin. Some men may want chiseled abs while women want slimmer and firmer contours. You can have these results with HD-liposuction.

You will enjoy these amazing results without excessive dieting or grueling exercise programs.

The ultrasound mechanism employed makes the fat removal a smooth process. It means you should be back to your usual routine within four to seven days.

How Does HD-Liposuction Differ from Traditional Liposuction?

Attractive Body Contours

When compared side by side, the results from HD-lipo tend to be more significant than those of tried-and-true lipo.

With traditional liposuction, the surgeon uses the cannula to break up unwanted fat. This requires the surgeon to use tugging and pulling motions for clinging and stubborn connective tissue.

With HD-lipo, ultrasound energy melts the fat, making it easier to suction out. This is a major reason HD-Liposuction is given the nickname 4-D lipo because it can safely be used all over the body for impressive results. Anywhere you want more tone or definition so you can turn heads wherever you go, HD-lipo is the cosmetic surgery to request.

Faster Recovery Period

Recovery Period

After undergoing traditional liposuction, most patients require at least 24 hours of inpatient care. You can expect to return to work after ten days, in most cases.

With HD-liposuction, you should be back to work in as little as three or four days. Some patients need seven days of recovery to fully heal. If you feel discomfort or pain, stop whatever activity you are engaging in until after you have fully healed. However, unlike traditional liposuction, which is inpatient, HD-lipo is an outpatient procedure. It means you will return home the same day after undergoing the procedure.

Lowered Risk

Traditional liposuction typically uses general anesthesia when substantial amounts of fat are removed. This ensures your comfort and safety, as you will be unconscious for the entirety of the surgical procedure. When you wake, you will undergo observation for a day, and then you can go home to heal.

Because general anesthesia is used, risks to your health can become slightly elevated.

HD-liposuction, on the other, doesn’t require the use of general anesthesia. A localized tumescent anesthetic is used instead, which means you will be awake for the procedure. You will also be well enough to go home afterward.

And since a single incision is made that is one or two centimeters in length, you will find HD-lipo gentle on the body indeed.

Remove Fat from Anywhere on the Body

Liposuction is meant for large pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. The back, flanks, and thighs are common lipo surgery treatment sites.

Hi-definition liposuction can be used to remove fat from almost any place on the body. Even sensitive areas of the body like the inner knee and ankles, or the face, can be treated with the gentle fat removal process.

Want fat removed from a more typical area, such as the abdomen or the hips? HD-lipo can liquefy the fat all over for a slimmer, more contoured result.

A bonus is that the skin around the treatment area won’t need to be lifted or cut on account of HD-lipo’s skin tightening benefits.

How Long Does the HD-Liposuction Procedure Take?

In most cases, an HD-lipo session at Moein Surgical Arts takes around seven hours to perform. It all depends on how much fat is being removed, and the area being worked on.

You will be awake for the duration of the procedure, but you won’t feel a thing. The procedure isn’t as invasive as traditional liposuction, so you’ll feel relaxed and safe while Dr. Moein slims your body with this revolutionary cosmetic technique.

When Can You See the Results of HD-Lipo?

Results of HD-Lipo

Hi-definition liposuction gives you immediately noticeable improvements. The area will appear sleeker with the fatty areas missing, and with toned skin left behind. However, those are only the initial results.

The true results of the procedure won’t manifest for another twelve weeks following treatment. That means you will get to witness your skin getting tighter the longer time goes on. When those twelve weeks have expired, you’ll notice dramatically greater muscle tone and firmer skin at the treatment site.

Are HD-Lipo Results Permanent?

Both traditional liposuction and HD-lipo offer permanent fat removal. The fat cells are extracted from your body entirely and will not regenerate. That means that even if you gain weight, fat growth in the treatment area will be significantly reduced as there will be fewer fat cells left behind.

You will still need to watch your weight and exercise. If you can manage to live a healthy lifestyle, you can experience long-term results and the best appearance thanks to HD liposuction.

Keep in mind that untreated areas of the body will still experience fat growth.

As far as the tightness of your skin, those results are not permanent. The skin tightening effects of HD-lipo do improve for months. Then, after about a year, you may see your results fade. The rate of fading depends on your lifestyle and age. You can retain the results longer by taking care of your skin. Avoid excessive sun exposure and keep your skin moisturized and healthy.

You can always return to Moein Surgical Arts for skin tightening treatments if you wish to prolong your results.

How Should You Prepare for Liposuction or HD-Liposuction?

Before you are scheduled for lipo or hi-definition lipo, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moein. During this private, one-on-one meeting, Dr. Moein will ask you about your current state of health, medical history, and the results you hope to achieve. Dr. Moein wants to ensure you understand every aspect of liposuction or HD-lipo before recommending you for surgery.

Once you are recommended for surgery, the date will be scheduled. Before surgery, make sure you have a ride home from our accredited cosmetic surgical center. With liposuction, you’ll want to plan to spend a day in recovery at Moein Surgical Arts, whereby you will return home the following day.

With HD-lipo, you can expect to be home, and in recovery, on the same day.

After the Procedure

After liposuction and HD-lipo, you should plan to take it easy for a few days. Even if a local anesthetic was used, your body needs time to heal. If possible, have someone nearby who can prepare meals and engage in light cleaning so you can rest.

After HD-lipo, you should expect to experience a lymphatic drainage massage. The purpose of this technique is to stimulate your lymphatic system, which aids in the removal of waste from your body.

The surgeon will ask you to wear a compression garment after both types of procedures for up to four weeks following your procedure. We may ask you to return to Moein Surgical Arts for follow-up visits to ensure long-term results and assess for rare potential complications.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for HD-Lipo?

Candidate for HD-Lipo

Hi-definition liposuction is suitable for people seeking to remove stubborn pockets of fat from certain areas of their bodies. The aesthetic technique is safe and effective for all types of bodies and skin tones if you are in good general health.

To be considered for surgery, your BMI needs to be in the normal range (around 32). If you have recently undergone significant loss, your doctor may want your weight to stabilize for a few months before recommending you for surgery. The effects of HD-lipo work best when your weight is stable and close to your ideal based on your height.

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Lipo or HD-Lipo?

You will not be a good candidate for liposuction or high-definition liposuction if you have a high BMI.

With HD lipo, you would be denied surgery if your skin elasticity doesn’t have the bounce-back effect to make skin tightening possible.

Then some are at higher risk for complications, such as pregnant and nursing women. Dr. Moein would ask that you wait until after childbirth to consider a technique like liposuction or HD lipo.

Other factors that may get you denied for both surgeries include taking anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning drugs, and if you have health conditions like immunodeficiency disorders that require medications that could interfere with these procedures.

How Much Does Liposuction vs. HD-Lipo Cost?

Traditional liposuction costs around $4,000 on average. Meanwhile, hi-definition lipo costs $6,500 on average.

While HD-lipo is slightly more expensive, it gives you that extra skin tightening effect you don’t get with traditional liposuction.

Will Insurance Cover Liposuction or HD-Liposuction?

Your health insurance plan is unlikely to cover a procedure like lipo or HD lipo. These are elective procedures that don’t benefit your health. Your insurance provider can give you further details regarding the specifics of your coverage policy.

If insurance won’t cover the costs of your liposuction procedure, there are other ways to help you afford improved contours and tighter skin. Medical financing is one option, as is crowdsourcing, where you can get your friends and family to pitch in and help you out.

Ready to Experience the Life-Changing Benefits of Liposuction or HD-Lipo?

You already know about liposuction. Now you know more about hi-definition lipo, otherwise known as 4D lipo or VASER lipo. Contact Moein Surgical Arts throughout Los Angeles, Encino, or Glendale, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Moein to ask about lipo or HD lipo today. (310)694-4486.

Is Liposuction Belly Fat Removal Permanent?

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. With lipo, you can have fat extracted from your belly and virtually everywhere else on your body. You can even have your ankles and cheeks lipo’d, if fat accumulates there. Many people, men and women alike, use liposuction to achieve their ideal body shape goals.

What isn’t well known is the permanence of a procedure such as liposuction. Does the belly fat stay gone forever, or will it return?

To better understand how long the fat stays gone, it helps to understand how liposuction targets and removes the fat from your body. The fact is, yes, liposuction is permanent, but that’s not the end of the story. Fat can return but the situation is not as clear cut as you may think. Here is the full “skinny” on lipo so that you can become a better informed consumer and patient.

How Does Liposuction Work Exactly to Remove Fat?

The goal of liposuction is to remove fat cells from targeted areas of the body. There are several liposuction techniques commonly used today. All of them use a combination of an aspirator and cannula. An aspirator is a suction device that extracts the fat while a cannula is a hollow tube that acts as the extraction instrument. Together, the tools of the cosmetic surgeon’s trade can make you thinner on your waist, flanks, chest, arms, legs, and even your butt.

How Can Fat Return After Liposuction?

Fat Return after Lip Surgery- Los Angeles Ca

Fat doesn’t “return” after lipo. Those fat cells you had extracted do stay gone forever. However, it is possible to grow new fat cells. That’s why it is important to try and maintain your post-lipo weight to avoid skewing your results.

A weight gain of even five to seven pounds could lead to less dramatic body contours. A boost in weight to that degree could easily happen over the holidays and could lead to new fat cells growing on the treatment areas.

A significant weight gain (10% of your body weight or more) could lead to even more skewed results. The good news is that the human body is designed to gain weight all over. That means that, even with a slight to significant weight gain, your treatment areas will still have less fat than non-treatment areas. That means that your body will still look “improved”, even as the scale climbs.

You can avoid any skewed results by maintaining your weight. If you can manage that, the fat will never return, and you’ll continue to look great, whether you’re in clothes or in your birthday suit.

How to Maintain Your Post-Lipo Weight

The best way to sustain your liposuction results over the long-term is to adopt the right habits. Here are six lifestyle changes to consider.

1- Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat

Food today tastes out of this world. Many of the foods we enjoy are also packed with calories, many of which our bodies don’t need. Consider tracking your food with a smartphone app. That way, you can determine how many calories you are eating for your body type and lifestyle. Even if you don’t record all your meals in an app, be cognizant of how many calories you take in. Be sure to adjust for your level of activity, whether you are athletic, moderately active, or sedentary.

2- Stay Properly Hydrated

Drinking water is the best way to keep your body running efficiently. Staying hydrated can also keep excess pounds at bay. Do your best to drink your weight or half of your weight in liquid ounces each day. A 150-pound woman would drink 150 ounces or 75 ounces of water. A 220-pound man would drink 220 ounces or 110 ounces, or somewhere in between. Carry water bottles with you whenever possible to remind yourself to always drink your H2O.

3- Break Your Meals into Smaller Options

Diet after Lip Surgery- Los Angeles Ca

Instead of eating three big meals, consider eating six smaller meals throughout the day. You can break your meals in half or plan smaller and healthier choices accordingly. Eating lighter and more frequently has been shown to give you more energy throughout the day. Anyone who has ever consumed a heavy meal in one sitting knows the lethargy that follows. You don’t get that when you eat a bit, wait, then eat a bit more, throughout the day. Making all of your meals ahead of time can ensure you have healthy choices to turn to whenever you need. Planning will also keep you from reaching for unhealthy foods whenever tempted.

4- Do Not Skip Meals

It may seem counterproductive to eat all day long when trying to maintain your weight. However, skipping meals can have the opposite effect. When you skip a meal, you may find yourself starving. That’s when you are likely to reach for a high-sugar and high-fat snack in a pinch. Once again, plan your meals. Choose a Sunday or another day out of the week and cook all of your healthy meals, storing them in Tupperware and other easy-serve containers. While you’re at it, get junk food out of your house so you can eat without feeling guilty.

5- Get Enough Exercise

Exercise after Liposuction (Lip Surgery)- Los Angeles Ca

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to maintain your weight. A walk for 20 to 30 minutes a day, a few times a week, is all it takes to maintain your fitness. That is, if you maintain a healthy diet. It’s said that abs are made in the kitchen and you can’t outrun a bad diet.

If you eat healthily, you can maintain your weight with moderate exercise. Try something fun – like a fitness class or an intramural sport – something that will get you excited about moving your body.

6- Follow Your Doctor’s Post-Lipo Instructions

Your cosmetic surgeon will likely give you tips for achieving the best results with your liposuction procedure. These include the right foods to eat and the best ways to exercise. These tips can be applied as you are healing and afterward, once your results are realized. Deviating from these instructions can lead to unfavorable results. Making your doctor’s advice part of your newly adopted habits is the best way to enjoy enviable liposuction results long into the future.

Schedule a Consultation for Liposuction to Remove Fat with World-Renowned Surgeon Dr. Babak Moein

Liposuction is permanent. Imagine looking in the mirror and seeing the flat tummy you have always wanted. Imagine walking down the beach with your slimmer arms and legs. These results can be yours. And you are more likely to achieve stellar results by working with the best cosmetic surgeon in the Los Angeles area. That surgeon is Dr. Babak Moeinolmolki (Dr. Moein for short).

Dr. Moein has an excellent track record for helping his patients reach their goals with lipo. Dr. Moein is also skilled and experienced at other liposuction procedures, such as VASER Hi-Def Lipo, which uses sound energy to extract fat for toned or “ripped” results.

Learn more by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Moein at Moein Surgical Arts. The process is easy. Simply call (310)694-4486.

10 Liposuction & VASER Liposuction Preparation Tips for the Most Eye-Popping Results!

Liposuction and VASER Liposuction are two procedures that can help you lose belly fat and other stubborn pockets of fatty tissue in a single procedure.

Many people are familiar with liposuction, which is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures in use today. Lipo can suck out the fat from your arms, upper thighs, midsection, buttocks, and chest.

You may not be so familiar with VASER Lipo, which uses sound energy to break up fat before it is removed. While liposuction can help you lose significant portions of fat quickly, VASER is perfect for etching out your musculature. Lipo can help you look fantastic, while VASER can give you that “shredded” look.

Both procedures can give you a great figure, particularly when you prepare adequately. What follows are the ten liposuction and VASER Lipo preparation steps to follow for the most aesthetic success.

1. Be Honest About Your Health During the Consultation

Any reputable cosmetic surgeon is going to require you to schedule a consultation before allowing you to book a lipo procedure. During this consult, you will discuss your past health history, current health, and expectations for the liposuction surgery.

When your surgeon asks about your health and weight, do yourself a favor and be honest. Lying to your surgeon about an underlying health condition or an eating disorder that can affect your weight before or after the procedure is an act that only serves to harm yourself.

Omitting important details from your surgeon is never a good idea. Instead, be honest and give your cosmetic specialist your complete medical history, and do your best to practice honesty, which is always the best policy.

2. Stop Smoking Before Lipo & VASER Lipo

Stop Smoking Before Lipo surgery & VASER Lipo - Los Angeles Ca

Smoking is bad for any surgery, and liposuction is no different. Liposuction patients who smoke have been shown to suffer from delayed healing, infection, and other problems.

Speak with your cosmetic surgeon about his or her recommendations regarding smoking. If you cannot quit smoking, you may find that your surgeon elects not to operate. Stop smoking now if you want to have the best lipo or VASER Lipo session.

3. Avoid Unsafe Medications & Supplements

Your surgeon will provide instructions on what you can and cannot ingest for the two weeks preceding surgery. This list includes medications. You will need to refrain from taking some medications before undergoing liposuction, including aspirin, ibuprofen, herbal supplements, Vitamin E, anti-inflammatory drugs, and even some birth control medications.

Discuss any medications you may be taking with your surgeon during your first consultation.

4. Lipo Requires That You Maintain a Stable Weight

Losing any amount of weight in the weeks before receiving liposuction can cause problems, especially if you go on to lose a significant amount.

Your surgeon will recommend that you stay away from any type of diets, such as crash diets or elimination diets, and that you stay at a stable weight to experience the best liposuction results.

5. You May Need to Lose Weight Before Lipo or VASER Lipo

If your surgeon deems that you are too heavy for a liposuction or VASER Lipo procedure, you may be advised to lose weight before scheduling the procedure. You should be as close to your goal weight as possible. Keep in mind that while liposuction can help you lose fat, it should never be substituted for a healthy lifestyle.

The procedure is designed to help you get rid of fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. This means that you should be within 30% of your goal weight before undergoing lipo. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

6. Plan to Reduce Stress During Recovery

Plan to Reduce Stress During Recovery - Lip Surgery- Los Angeles Ca

Make sure everything on your list is taken care of before you undergo surgery. That includes completing any pressing household or office assignments that could stress you out as you are attempting to recover.

Part of reducing stress is to make payment arrangements beforehand so that you are not worrying about paying surgical fees while undergoing recovery. Your cosmetic surgeon can give you a breakdown of liposuction surgical costs so that there are no surprises following surgery. While insurance is unlikely to pay for lipo because it is considered aesthetic surgery in nature, financing is available.

You can expect to pay around $2,500 to $3,500 for one liposuction session. VASER Lipo can run around $6,500 for each session. Cosmetic surgery financing is available to help offset the costs of the procedure.

7. Prepare Your Liposuction Recovery Environment

You are going to spend a few days and possibly a week or more in cosmetic surgery recovery. Make sure you have everything you might want to have close at hand beforehand. These items should be within easy reach of your bed or ouch, or whatever your recovery nest happens to be.

Examples of items to pick up include ready-to-eat snacks, water and other non-alcoholic beverages, the remote control, laptop, books, tablet, cell phone, old towels and blankets you don’t mind getting stained (from drains near the surgical sites), and Kleenex.

You may also want to invest in a heating pad for your back, which can be a godsend during recovery.

8. Stock Up on Lipo Recovery Supplies

Your body contouring surgeon will give you a list of other supplies you might need as you prepare for surgery. These include gauze, cold packs, pain medications, thermometer, laxatives (which can counteract the constipation that some painkillers cause), and moisturizer or scar reduction cream for your incision sites.

9. Get a Support System to Ensure an Easier Recovery

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Get a friend or relative who can help you the day of surgery and afterwards, when you need it the most. The person you choose can drive you to and from the surgical center or hospital, pick up prescriptions, and any other assistance you may need.

10. Develop a Liposuction or VASER Lipo Treatment Plan with a Board-Certified Surgeon

Your first step to having a successful liposuction procedure is to schedule a consultation with a qualified cosmetic body contouring surgeon. You may have to pay a consultation fee, but many surgeons will put this cost toward the liposuction procedure.

This meeting gives you an excellent opportunity to discuss your expectations going into cosmetic surgery. Your surgeon will assess you for surgery and determine if you are a good candidate for a procedure like liposuction or VASER Liposuction.

If you are cleared for surgery, you will be given a treatment plan by your surgeon that includes instructions to follow the night before surgery, aftercare instructions, and tips to follow for the most successful procedure.

You can schedule a consultation for liposuction or VASER Lipo today by calling Dr. Moeinolmolki (Dr. Moein) and his surgical staff at Moein Surgical Arts in Los Angeles, California. Working together with Dr. Moein, you are assured to have a successful lipo procedure, helping you shed the fat where you want it gone the most!

Is VelaShape® or Liposuction Right for Your Body Contouring Goals?

Once you’ve decided to go after your goals, there’s not much that can stop you. But when you’re deciding the best way to achieve your ideal body, you have a few options to consider. What’s the best method of body contouring to get you to your goals? Nonsurgical options like VelaShape®? Or is traditional liposuction the best route?

VelaShape® Explained

VelaShape is a non-invasive option for body contouring and cellulite reduction. It uses a combination of infrared light, bipolar radiofrequency energy and a vacuum to heat fat cells, surrounding connective tissue and collagen fibers in the skin. This is designed to stimulate collagen and elastin production to help you achieve a more taught, toned figure. VelaShape can be used on the neck, arms, thighs, backside, flanks and abdomen.

You should be able to gradually see the results of your treatments, but most clients opt for 3 sessions for best results.

Nonsurgical Body Contouring vs. Lipo

Where liposuction and VelaShape differ is largely in their invasiveness and their recovery time. With VelaShape, each treatment takes about 30 to 40 minutes and you can resume your normal activity right after. Liposuction, on the other hand, is an invasive surgery with significant recovery time.

The best way to determine which is right for you — nonsurgical body contouring vs. lipo — is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Moein. In your consultation, you’ll discuss your goals, what you can expect to achieve and ultimately which procedure is right for you.


The Versatility of Liposuction

Understanding liposuction is the first step to ridding your mind of negative connotations. You will also learn how cosmetic treatments can benefit one’s self-esteem.

So many women – and men – forego the clothes they want to wear. They don’t even go to the events they want to attend due to body image issues. With the technology and practices we have now, there’s no reason that anyone should go their entire lives not feeling comfortable in their own skin.

Liposuction is a great, minimally invasive treatment for anyone looking to “clean up” areas of their body they may feel are bogged down by never-diminishing fat pockets. When choosing to undergo liposuction for any number of insecurities, education is key.

Learn exactly how liposuction works, how surgeons perform it, recovery time, and where someone might get liposuction throughout this article.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a highly advanced fat sculpting technique designed to target hard-to-lose fat in areas of the body where diet and exercise just won’t do the trick. Think under the chin or your lower belly region.

While liposuction is designed to remove fat, it is NOT a weight-loss tool. Liposuction should be considered the last-ditch effort to get your body exactly where you want it to be. If you are overweight and would like to lose weight, liposuction can be combined with bariatric procedures like the gastric sleeve or the gastric balloon to help you reach your body goals.

Liposuction is also not a skin-tightening procedure. Your skin should be supple and tight. Otherwise, you should speak to your doctor about a procedure-combination to receive skin tightening and liposuction.

With over 250,000 Americans receiving lipo in 2018, the procedure is incredibly common and a proven tactic for achieving ideal body shaping results. Liposuction should be performed by an experienced plastic surgeon with lipo and fat sculpting knowledge. This allows a plastic surgeon to provide you with the best results and the most optimal procedure experience.

After it’s been confirmed with your surgeon that lipo is indeed the appropriate cosmetic procedure for you, you can expect the procedure to be a one-day venture, involving local or general anesthesia, and about a two-week recovery period.

What Does a Lipo Procedure Look Like?

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During your procedure, your surgeon may place you under local or general anesthesia, depending on where he/she is working on. After you are sufficiently numbed up or asleep, your surgeon will create a small incision on the operating site, where they will then go in with a small tool called a cannula. A cannula is a thin, hollow tube with a dull tip. Once the surgeon inserts the cannula, an attached suction machine will begin to remove loosened fat pockets right from your body.

Throughout the procedure, your surgical team will be monitoring your vitals to prioritize your safety and ensure that everything is going as planned. While it is minimally invasive, preventative measures should always be in place to look out for any irregularities during the procedure.


Following the fat removal, you may experience soreness, swelling, or bruising – this is all perfectly normal. Your incision site(s) will need time to heal but this is not extensive. The surgeon will advise you to rest for a few days. You should expect to have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to make sure that you are healing as planned.

The size and location of the treatment area will ultimately affect the duration of your recovery period, but you can expect to solidly rest up for a few days, with the ability to return to work in about a week’s time. By week two, you should see your swelling and bruising subside. However, you should still take it easy in the weeks following your procedure.

Following the full healing, you should expect to see dramatic results at the treatment sites. A good plastic surgeon should be able to manage your expectations before you begin lipo so you do not find yourself disappointed following the procedure.

Now you know how they do it, but where can you get it?

 Where Can You Get Liposuction?

Lipo is an incredibly versatile procedure that allows a qualified surgeon to precisely target several areas of the body. The minimally invasive use of the cannula makes lipo ideal for small or hard-to-treat areas like the knees or under the chin. While many people think lipo is a tummy procedure, its uses extend far beyond your belly region.

Start by considering all of the places on your body where you may have frustrating, relentless pockets of fat. I’d gamble they will all be on this list.

The most obvious areas for liposuction include:

  • The Buttocks
  • The Hips
  • The Tummy
  • Love Handles
  • Thighs
  • Under the Chin

The lesser-known areas include:

  • The Face
  • The Back
  • The Chest
  • The Lower Legs
  • The Upper Arms
  • The Knees

Many people choose tummy or thigh lipo but smaller areas are often treated as well to resolve insecurities brought on by stubborn fat. Liposuction on the back, the face, or the upper arms can be a huge self-esteem booster for people that are prone to frustration by the ability to lose fat in these areas.

Depending on your body goals, your liposuction surgeon can recommend that you combine treatment areas to be completed at one time to limit recovery and cost due to standard treatment fees. You can even combine liposuction with other cosmetic treatments to maximize your procedure outcome and body goals. The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) and various bariatric or skin tightening procedures are popular to combine with liposuction.

 Where to Get Liposuction in the Greater Los Angeles Area

If you’ve read through this article and decided that liposuction could be the cosmetic procedure for you, or if you simply have more questions, you need to call Moein Surgical Arts in Los Angeles. Dr. Babak Moein is a world-renowned surgeon with decades of experience in cosmetic and weight loss procedures.

The team at Moein Surgical Arts is highly professional in cosmetic body procedures. They will also take care of you throughout the entire process. By scheduling a consultation with Dr. Moein, you will begin your body sculpting journey. He and his team will monitor your progress every step of the way.

If you are sick of stubborn fat and you’ve found nothing else that will work, take a few moments to schedule an in-person or virtual consultation with Dr. Moein. He will gladly answer all of your questions. He will also get you well on your way to having the body you’ve always dreamed of – stubborn fat pocket-free. Call (310) 694-4486 today to get started getting your body to where you want it to be.

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