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We all accumulate fat if we consume more food than we burn off during our daily activities. Another cause for excess fat deposition is genetic and can lead to disproportionate accumulation of fat in certain areas such as the hips, tummy, neck, or thighs. Liposuction patients have found an option to reduce unwanted fat deposits.

Regardless of the cause for excess fat accumulation, a healthy lifestyle including exercise and healthy nutrition is essential to long-term success with liposuction. The Sayah Institute will gladly guide you with our in-house nutritionist and exercise physiologist to improve your lifestyle. Using the most modern equipment including laser and power-assisted liposuction, the procedure is used to remove your unwanted fat.

Through minimal incisions, the laser melts the fat while minimizing bruising and swelling. The laser also tightens loose skin in those with decreased skin elasticity. Most patients continue to lose weight all over their body over the first six months particularly if they continue their exercise and healthy nutrition regimen.*

To discuss this procedure and your desired results, request a consultation with Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Sayah today when you call (310) 385-0000.

What Occurs During the Liposuction Surgery?

The liposuction procedure is performed by first injecting special tumescent fluid into the areas to be aspirated in order to plump-up the fat while constricting blood vessels. The fat is thereby removed more effectively with minimal blood loss.

Small, 1/8 - 1/4 inch incisions are made in hidden areas to introduce the liposuction cannula (a metal instrument with a hole at the core used to aspirate fat). The laser fiber is inserted to liquefy the fat, tighten overlying skin while minimizing swelling and bruising. The power-assisted liposuction device is then utilized to aspirate and sculpt your fat in a calculated manner.

With Micro-liposuction techniques, the fat is not simply suctioned out with a large diameter cannula, instead, it is sculpted with a fine diameter cannula for increased control. Large portions of fat are never suctioned out in one maneuver. The small incisions are closed at the end of the procedure to avoid unnecessary drainage of fluids out of your body. After the procedure, a pressure garment is applied to decrease swelling.

What Happens After Your Liposuction Surgery?

After your Beverly Hills liposuction procedure, you should expect to have little to no discomfort. On the day of your surgery, you should drink plenty of fluids and advance your diet to solid food as you can tolerate.

The Day Following Your Procedure

Dr. Sayah encourages you to walk around your house with assistance. Do not shower or bathe for two days after your procedure. Sponge baths of other areas are allowed as long as your incisions remain clean and dry. If you become uncomfortable after eating solid food, slow down and advance your diet more gently. You may want to begin with soft foods such as cereal and soft fruits before you try steak or chicken.

During the First Week After Surgery

You should walk increasingly more every day. Do not lie in bed for prolonged periods as it may cause you to develop blood clots in your legs, an easily preventable but serious complication. Continue to drink plenty of fluids during your first week after liposuction surgery. Your sutures will be removed during this week. Most patients return to work within one week with decreased physical activity. You can begin your full physical activity two weeks after your liposuction procedure.

Six to Eight Weeks Following the Surgery

Continue to wear your pressure garment for the next six to eight weeks remembering to remove the garment every four hours for approximately 15 minutes while awake. Massages during this time will help reabsorb any swelling while simultaneously improving any resulting skin irregularities. Dr. Sayah will be glad to give you further instructions as needed and looks forward to making your recovery a comfortable and speedy one.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Liposuction

    Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

    Most patients are good candidates for liposuction. You are encouraged to consult with Dr. Sayah about your areas of concern and to discuss treatment options. Our team of nutritionists, exercise physiologists, and endocrinologists will assess your current physical status and optimize your exercise regimen and nutrition. Dr. Sayah emphasizes a practical yet conservative approach to liposuction to achieve natural results with excellent overall proportion after surgery.

    Will the Fat Come Back in Other Body Parts?

    Your body is essentially a bank account for calories. Every day you consume certain calories and burn off some calories through your daily activities. If you take in more calories than you burn off on any day, your body saves the accumulated calories as fat, muscle or glycogen. On the other hand, if you burn more calories than you take in, you use up calorie storages from your fat, muscle or glycogen. Liposuction essentially decreases the fat storage capacity at the particular area which has fat removed. So if you continue your healthy lifestyle and continue to maintain your weight, then you will not accumulate more fat elsewhere. On the other hand, If you gain a considerable amount of weight (more than 10 lbs), your body will need to store the fat somewhere. It then stores more of the fat in areas which have not had liposuction. If your weight fluctuates less than 10 lbs, the location of the fat gain will likely go unnoticed. So plan on a healthy lifestyle after liposuction and enjoy your figure forever.

    Is Cellulite Due to Excess Fat?

    Cellulite is due to dimpling in the skin as connective tissue anchors the skin to the deeper structure below. While cellulite worsens with fat gain as the skin tents upwards, cellulite is not only due to excess fat. In those with cellulite but minimal to no excess fat, the skin irregularities and dimpling can be due to decreased skin elasticity or thin cords of connective tissue below the skin. Fine liposuction improves cellulite by breaking such cords and improving skin elasticity by inducing scarring under the skin.

    Dr. Sayah offers advanced cellulite removal treatments, including Thermage.

    What Happens to the Loose Skin after Liposuction?

    In most cases, the skin has enough elasticity or “spring” to tighten after liposuction. As we age, our skin continually loses its elasticity. An excellent analogy is going from spandex which is very elastic to linen with no elasticity at all. In those with borderline skin elasticity, judicial and conservative liposuction is extremely important in avoiding issues with loose skin after surgery. In those with minimal skin elasticity, the more fat is removed from the area, the more loose skin results. Liposuction can be effective in those with poor skin elasticity. Those with poor skin elasticity simply have to accept minor skin excess post-operatively. Other surgical procedures may be necessary for conjunction with liposuction to effectively address the loose skin.

    How Will Pregnancy Affect My Liposuction Results?

    Not all women gain extreme amounts of fat during pregnancy. Regardless, the physical changes of pregnancy don’t necessarily negate the effects of liposuction. In fact, if you have had liposuction of troubling areas on your body, you will not gain much fat at the liposuctioned areas during pregnancy. If you are going to be pregnant in the next six months, Dr. Sayah recommends holding off on liposuction until your body has returned to its normal state after your delivery and nursing.

    What Are the Risks of Liposuction?

    Any medical procedure has associated risks just like most decisions in our lives. In expert hands, liposuction is very safe with minimal risks. The potential risks include scarring, infection, unevenness, contour irregularity, excess loose skin, need for additional surgery, and injury to surrounding areas such as nerves or organs. Dr. Sayah chooses tactically placed minimal incisions which lead to small hidden scars. You are placed on prophylactic antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection. Using micro-liposuction techniques, Dr. Sayah removes fat in very small amounts thereby reducing the incidence of contour abnormalities. Judicial conservative liposuction in imperative avoidance of most risks associated with liposuction.

    What Is the Right Age for Liposuction?

    Liposuction is typically recommended for adults only as the body continues to evolve and grow throughout adolescent years. Boys with gynecomastia (excessively large breasts) and women with development abnormalities of their breasts (Poland’s syndrome) or breast tumors are exceptions to this rule as they can have liposuction at younger ages based on the severity of their problems.

    When Can I Resume My Normal Activities after Liposuction?

    You are encouraged to walk around even on the day of your liposuction. You should increase your activity daily until you are fully running at two weeks post-operatively. On your regular follow-up visits, your activity level will be modified based on how you are healing. Remember to drink plenty of fluids after our liposuction procedure particularly if you are active.

    How Much Fat Can Be Removed with Liposuction?

    The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as many State Medical Boards, recommend limiting outpatient liposuction volume to 5 liters. More than 5 liters may be removed if liposuction is performed in a hospital setting. This guideline was established to ensure patient safety and minimize liposuction complications. To give you a better perspective, more than 90 percent of patients will require removal of fewer than 5 liters regardless of this guideline. Liposuction is probably not the best solution in the extremely obese who should try weight loss through other modalities.

    How Do I Correct Problems with Past Liposuction by Another Surgeon?

    As with any revision surgery, correction of problems from past liposuction is possible but more difficult than the first time around liposuction. Dr. Sayah specializes in revision surgery. Using Micro-liposuction, fat is removed in small amounts at areas of deformity. The harvested fat can also be purified and stem-cell enriched to be injected into divots or dimpled areas which are present from prior liposuction.

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