Surgical Fat Reduction For Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and The Entire Los Angeles Area
Even though many people in our area maintain a lean, fit appearance with a healthy diet and consistent exercise routine, there are certain areas of the body that are difficult to tone. The plastic surgeons at Palm Desert's Cosmetic Surgery Institute perform liposuction in the Los Angeles region to give our patients from Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and other nearby areas relief from these "trouble spots." Common treatment areas include the thighs, hips, butt, abdomen, waist, upper arms, chin, and neck.
Are You A Candidate For Liposuction?
Liposuction is a highly versatile surgical procedure, making it appropriate for many different people. Generally speaking, if you have a specific area of fat that bothers you, it can likely be treated with liposuction. It's important that you're healthy enough to undergo surgery and have no existing conditions that could affect your procedure.
During your pre-liposuction consultation, your surgeon will perform a thorough medical evaluation and discuss your medical history with you to determine whether surgical fat reduction is the right choice.
Because of the very fine Capistrano Precision Cannulas we use at Cosmetic Surgery Institute, we can treat almost any area of the body where localized fat deposits exist.
Liposuction is ideal for people who are in good health but want to reduce specific pockets of fat such as love handles, saddlebags, or a double chin. The surgery is best suited for women and men who have a BMI of less than 30, maintain a positive outlook, and have set specific body-contouring goals. People who have good skin elasticity and muscle tone will have the best outcome.
Cosmetic Surgery Institute
At Cosmetic Surgery Institute of Palm Desert, we approach each patient with imagination and artistry in mind.
Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons and health care professionals offer the latest treatments for beauty and aesthetic enhancements in a safe, welcoming atmosphere.
A Note On Weight Loss
By the time we reach adulthood, we gain a set number of fat cells. That number typically doesn't change throughout the rest of our lives. Thus, when you lose weight, you aren't actually losing fat cells; you're simply shrinking your existing cells.
It's also often difficult to get rid of weight from certain body areas if you're predisposed to being heavier there, due to factors that are outside of your control, including genetics. Spot reduction isn't possible with diet and exercise alone, and we can't control where our weight is lost from. Liposuction solves this problem by directly removing fat pockets from isolated spots.
It is a misconception to think that you must lose weight before having liposuction. Our surgeons find that after liposuction, the body's metabolism skyrockets for the next six months, and our patients actually lose more weight and tone up after their procedures. Combined with proper nutrition and exercise, our patients can even improve and maintain their excellent results.
Our patients may lose an average of 10 to 20 pounds (or up to four dress sizes) after liposuction. Your results will depend on the extent of your procedure and the lifestyle choices you make after surgery. However, note that liposuction is not an alternative to bariatric surgery, and it is not designed as a weight loss method for overweight patients. It's important to be dedicated to a healthy lifestyle after surgery in order to maintain your results.
Our Approach To Liposuction
At Cosmetic Surgery Institute, our surgeons approach liposuction with artistry and precision for personalized, long-lasting results. It begins with a thorough physical assessment in order to devise an effective method of body sculpting that will provide you with the contours you want.
Women may be interested in a shapely, feminine silhouette, while men may want a more chiseled, angular look. Both men and women sometimes want to see an athletic, fit result. We ask questions to determine your ideal look. During this consultation, you'll also discuss important concepts with us, including your medical history and the cost of liposuction.
We also tell you about the techniques we use and walk you through the steps of your procedure. Our surgeons use Capistrano Precision Cannulas for more efficient fat removal. These extremely thin tubes allow our surgeons to perform liposuction on all desired areas of the body, often in a single surgical session.
Our surgeons are body contouring specialists, making them especially qualified to achieve the aesthetic goals of liposculpture, an approach that combines liposuction fat removal techniques with strategic body sculpting to shape and contour the targeted area. Liposculpture often includes fat transfer to ensure your results look natural and beautiful.
(Have you heard of fat transfer before? It's also part of the Brazilian butt lift procedure we offer.)
While the fat that is taken out with liposuction is gone for good, if you do gain weight in the future, your body fat distribution may be altered. To help maintain the results of liposuction surgery, the Cosmetic Surgery Institute team provides extensive postoperative recommendations, including exercise and nutrition guidance. By adhering to a healthy lifestyle, you can preserve your new body shape or even enhance your results.
Preparing For Liposuction
The surgeon will discuss everything that's involved and advise you on what to do several weeks before your liposuction surgery operation. One thing to remember before having liposuction, or any other form of plastic surgery, is that smoking cigarettes makes it more difficult for your body to heal and puts you at risk of additional complications. Most surgeons will recommend quitting smoking at least several weeks before liposuction—and preferably for good.
Before the big day, you may be required to have a medical evaluation to ensure that you are ready for surgery. It's important to discuss any medications or herbal supplements you're currently taking with your liposuction surgeon, since some drugs, like blood thinners, can make you more susceptible to complications or interact negatively with anesthesia.
Your Liposuction Procedure
Every liposuction surgery is performed in an outpatient setting at our modern medical facility to ensure safety. Depending on the extent of your surgery, general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation may be used.
Your surgeon will begin by making small incisions in the treatment areas. A sterile liquid solution is injected into localized fat deposits to reduce bleeding and allow for gentler, more thorough fat removal. Using controlled back-and-forth motions, your surgeon will move the cannula around under the skin to suction out excess fat. Our surgeons take their time during this important step in order to make sure that all of the fat is removed.
Like any other type of major surgery, there are some risks associated with liposuction. These include infection, inflammation, contour irregularities, skin burns, and scarring.
Your Liposuction Recovery
After your procedure, your surgeon wraps your treated areas in special compression garments. These help your body conform to its new shape and also help reduce swelling. You may return home the same day, but it's important to have someone to drive you and stay with you throughout the night.
In the days and weeks following surgery, you can expect some temporary bruising and swelling. However, these symptoms diminish on their own. You'll experience some post-surgery discomfort, but this is usually minor.
The physical restrictions you'll have during your liposuction recovery depend on which areas of your body were treated, so it's important to follow your surgeon's specific directions. In general, light activity, such as walking, should be resumed as soon as possible.
More strenuous activities and anything that involves stooping, bending, or heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks. In a few weeks, once the swelling and fluid retention have subsided and fat has settled into place, the full results will be visible.
Most people can return to work within three to 10 days of their procedure, depending on the extent of the surgery. During your consultation, your surgeon will give you a better idea of your recuperation timeline so you may plan accordingly with your family and employer.
For more information about liposuction, visit our Liposuction FAQ.
Enhancing Your Look
Liposuction can often be enhanced with other body-shaping procedures such as a tummy tuck or breast augmentation. Some men and women who choose liposuction of the chin and neck also opt for a facelift for additional effects. Your surgeon will be happy to discuss complementary procedures with you during your consultation.