Liposuction in Los Angeles, CA

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About Liposuction

Even though you try to lose weight, you probably still have pockets of fat that are keeping you from being completely confident in how you look. At Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S., we have liposuction techniques to effectively rid small amounts of fat from areas of your body and face. Lipo, or liposuction surgery, is a body reshaping procedure that reduces pockets of fat from the flanks, tummy, buttocks, neck, upper arms, thighs, and more to create a more defined appearance. You can combine liposuction with other surgeries (like skin excision) for optimal outcomes. Sometimes, we get requests to treat several areas with liposuction, which is available if it is safe for you to have multiple procedures at one time. Los Angeles, CA double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Keyes will assess your concerning areas to determine if liposuction would be beneficial for you. We want to help you feel and look the best you can be. Contact us today to set up an appointment for a private consultation.

Ideal Candidates

A candidate for liposuction may have excess fat on the neck, abdomen, buttocks, arms, hips, breasts, legs, or back. This can make a person feel out of shape and embarrassed in social situations. With liposuction surgery, we are able to sculpt these regions by suctioning away the stubborn fatty tissue. The result is a slimmer, fitter appearance.

Fat removal surgery is an excellent treatment for men and women who are at an ideal weight but have pesky areas of fat that have been hard to lose with exercise and diet. If you are contemplating liposuction, then you should have skin that is taut because liposuction is not a treatment for loose or sagging skin. It's also important to realize that liposuction is not an answer for weight loss. Females undergoing liposuction should be past pregnancies as this may compromise the results.

Surgical Technique

Surgical liposuction is completed in an outpatient setting. Dr. Keyes will have a board-certified anesthesiologist there to put you under general anesthesia. He will make a punch-hole incision through your skin so a cannula can be inserted. The cannula is a tube that makes it easier to release the fatty tissue that is being removed. After the desired amount of fat deposits have been suctioned out, Dr. Keyes will seal the small incision. Based on the amount of sections receiving treatment, your procedure may take several hours. In the separate area for recovery, your post-op team will assist you with managing any pain and look after your treated areas until you are discharged.

What to Expect

You may need to recover at home from liposuction for several weeks based on the areas treated and the amount of fat removed. It is typical to have bruising and swelling for 1 – 2 weeks, and you should have stitches taken out 7 – 10 days after surgery. The most important thing to do following surgery is to give your body time to rest and heal. When you are ready to go back to your job after your surgery, you need to remember to go slow. To increase your strength and stamina, try short walks and light workouts as advised by Dr. Keyes. Remember, you may notice some improvements soon after your surgery, but it will take around 6 – 10 months until your new body contour and shape are revealed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What about nonsurgical liposuction?
Although these nonsurgical procedures with lasers or fat reduction injections like Kybella® (for submental fat) can help reduce mild-to-moderate fat pockets, surgical liposuction is best for most people. Liposuction produces more dramatic and consistent results. Ask Dr. Keyes about nonsurgical fat reduction methods in your consultation. He can explain the benefits of all your options and help you choose what is best for you.

Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is an invasive surgery, incisions will be made and sutured. This will create scars; however, Dr. Keyes does his best to reduce their appearance. This starts with making small incisions in less visible areas or the natural folds of your body. After your surgery, Dr. Keyes or a member of his team will explain how to care for your incisions so they heal properly and fade.

Will my results last?
Will my results last? It is important to be ready to maintain your results before liposuction. While liposuction reduces an area's amount of fat cells, you can still lose and gain weight. Dr. Keyes suggests that before liposuction you are at or close to a healthy weight. Afterward, it's best to keep your post-surgical weight within 5 – 10 pounds. Your results will also be affected by getting pregnant after liposuction; however, another surgery such as a mommy makeover may be done to refresh your enhancements.

Striving for better results?

Fat removal with liposuction at Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S. can help you diminish diet and exercise resistant fat. There is no need to feel like it is impossible to get the results you want. Dr. Keyes offers liposuction procedures to healthy men and women. We welcome you to contact our office in Los Angeles, CA and schedule your private consultation with Dr. Keyes.

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