Lipocontouring and Liposuction
Liposuction has been one of the most popular plastic surgeries since the 1980s and it’s still the gold standard for dealing with stubborn body fat. Lipocontouring is when liposuction is used comprehensively to improve the appearance of the entire body. Both are highly effective procedures that target minor and major bodily imperfections to create a dramatically more attractive and toned look.
Why You Might Get Lipocontouring or Liposuction
We all know some areas of the body are practically magnets for fat. When we begin a new routine of rigorous exercise and a healthy, low-calorie diet, we may visualize ourselves with improved features such as a flat tummy or a perfectly contoured waist and thighs. Unfortunately, even after we’ve achieved our goal weight and built a healthy amount of lean muscle mass, the fat we dislike the most may simply stay put. At that point, the only way to get rid of that stubborn fat is through liposuction.
If the patient is only concerned with one or a few areas, the procedure is mostly a matter of removing fatty tissue from those places. The most common goals include eliminating bulges from the lower waist and flanks (love handles liposuction), the upper arms, the abdominal area, and the neck area right below the chin. For many patients, this may be enough.
If the patient wants a more comprehensive and sculptural approach, however, then lipocontouring is called for. This more detailed procedure uses liposuction to remove just the right amount of fat from numerous areas at the same time. Each incision must be in harmony with all of the others to create the most attractive physique possible. Lipocontouring by Dr. J is more than simple fat removal. As the name implies, the procedure marries liposuction and body contouring. It is focused on creatively removing fat to create beautiful contours and enhance the overall feminine shape.
Lipocontouring and Liposuction with Dr. J
Dr. J, also known as Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., has developed a worldwide following and is among the most respected and sought after plastic surgeons in the highly competitive medical market of Beverly Hills and Greater Los Angeles. His approach focuses on the patient as a whole person, not just a collection of body parts. This means that even standard liposuction procedures will always be painstakingly crafted to best flatter the patient’s overall appearance, not just the targeted areas.
With lipocontouring – sometimes also called Lipo 360 – this holistic approach to plastic surgery moves into a higher gear. Lipocontouring allows Dr. J the opportunity to use both his surgical acumen and his keen eye for aesthetics to subtly transform a patient’s overall appearance. The outcomes may be dramatic but friends and acquaintances may not be able to pinpoint what’s changed. Many may assume the patient has just lost some more weight and continued working out.
Preparing for Liposuction or Lipocontouring
Before anything is done, Dr. J will carefully explain to the patient how the procedure will be performed and what they can ultimately expect once they have fully recovered. Studies have shown that the more patients understand their procedure and the likely outcome, the happier they will be with the result. Dr. J is known for his friendly and approachable attitude and he places a high priority on ensuring patients’ questions are answered.
What kind of anesthesia is used during liposuction and lipocontouring?
Lipocontouring and liposuction typically call for general anesthesia. However, if the patient is only getting work done in one small area of their body, such as the neck, then local anesthesia may sometimes be an option. In all cases, the doctor will explain the choices he has made regarding the type of anesthesia and suggest a plan designed to keep the patient physically and psychologically comfortable throughout the experience.
Since lipocontouring will involve numerous incisions and will take longer, the use of general anesthesia is essentially mandatory. Naturally, this is even more true if the patient wants to use the transferred fat for other procedures performed at the same time. These may include Dr. J’s Natural Butt Lift® or a modest but natural-looking fat-transfer-based breast augmentation.
Where will the procedure be performed?
Liposuction on its own is typically an outpatient procedure performed in our certified surgery center, and patients are usually able to go home in the company of a friend or relative. However, there are cases where it may be a good idea for the patient to stay overnight at a medical facility for optimal recovery with the highest level of comfort and safety.
The Surgical Process
Any required pre-operative labs or clearances will be obtained by the patient as required in advance of surgery.
On the day of the procedure, Dr. J will first take a medical skin marker and mark the areas where the fat is going to be removed while the patient is standing. After that, the patient will be prepared for treatment and anesthetized. A board-certified anesthesiologist will be present throughout to ensure maximum safety whenever general anesthesia is given.
Dr. J uses power-assisted liposuction (PAL). All procedures employ a cannula, a kind of medical tubing, to suction out a precise amount of fat. PAL employs high-frequency vibrations to partially liquefy fatty tissue before it is removed from the body.
Before going home, patients will be given detailed instructions on what to do in the days to follow to ensure the best outcomes. They will also be provided with a set of prescriptions, including antibiotics to prevent infection and pain relievers to deal with the minor discomfort that follows treatment. In many cases, acetaminophen (Tylenol) will be sufficient to keep the patient comfortable during recovery.
Patients will usually need to rest for roughly a week following surgery before returning to sedentary work and less strenuous daily activities. Patients should refrain from vigorous physical activities until Dr. J gives the go-ahead, usually several weeks after the procedure. A series of follow-up appointments will be made to ensure that the patient’s recovery is going well. During the six weeks following surgery, patients will wear compression garments to support maximum skin retraction and optimal recovery.
Between appointments, we encourage patients to get in touch with us if they have any questions at all. Your wellbeing is always our top priority and we are here to help.
Patients will begin to see their results a few weeks after their procedure when the initial post-operative swelling begins to recede. It may take a period of months before the full outcome can be seen, however. To get an idea of the kind of results Dr. J can produce, prospective patients should check out our liposuction before-and-after page.
Choosing Dr. J.
For their own safety and wellbeing, prospective patients should only consider working with board-certified plastic surgeons. However, Dr. J is actually double board-certified in both plastic surgery and general surgery. This means he periodically undergoes two separate highly rigorous processes to ensure that his skill and knowledge are maintained at the highest level. While most plastic surgeons only maintain their certification in plastic surgery, Dr. J believes that also keeping up his general surgery certification ensures that he has the full range of techniques and knowledge at his disposal for the best possible outcomes.
If you want to take a serious look at getting a liposuction or lipocontouring procedure, call us today at the phone number on your screen or via our contact page.