Liposuction FAQ

Men and women considering liposuction in Orange County know they can trust the team at CosmetiCare for high quality results. Although we’ll be sure to take time to answer all questions you may have on an individual basis, we’ve also provided answers below for the most commonly asked questions regarding this procedure.

To take the next step, Request a consultation online with one of the plastic surgeons at CosmetiCare. You can also contact us at 949.273.2663 to schedule your appointment.

What Is Liposuction?

A cosmetic surgery procedure, liposuction removes excess fat deposits that sit between your muscles and your skin. Specific areas of the body are targeted to improve your body contours, resulting in cleaner lines and a more fine-tuned appearance. Patients find that they can enjoy a shapelier figure and a renewed sense of confidence in their looks as well.

Are There Different Kinds of Lipo?

Yes, liposuction is most often performed in one of three ways:

  • Tumescent Lipo allows for larger amounts of fat removal, with less bruising and swelling than traditional methods.
  • Ultrasonic-Assisted Lipo (UAL) utilizes sound waves to break up and liquefy fat deposits in trouble spots.
  • Power-Assisted Lipo (PAL) allows deeper tissue penetration through the use of a vibrating surgical wand.

What Are the Benefits?

Liposuction eliminates stubborn fat pockets that can make your body look out of proportion. In many cases, lipo does what diet and exercise alone cannot. The end result is a smooth and sculpted contour. Also, unlike more involved procedures such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), liposuction is a relatively quick procedure with a rapid recovery time.

Is Lipo Like Weight Loss?

Although liposuction does even out your shape, it is not a replacement for a healthful diet and regular exercise. Liposuction is designed for patients who already enjoy a healthy lifestyle, yet are struggling with a few remaining fat deposits. Lipo is a toning procedure, not a weight loss alternative.

Where Is Liposuction Most Effective?

Popular sculpting areas women often choose are the neck, arms, abdomen, thighs and hips. Male patients typically want to improve the appearance of the love handles, abdomen, chin and neck areas. During an initial consultation, our surgical team works with you to determine which fat deposits to eliminate for ideal results.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Patients considering liposuction should be in good health and overall good shape, with just a few trouble spots of unwanted fat. Stubborn love handles are a good example of an area that can be reshaped with lipo. However, it’s important to keep realistic expectations. This procedure can sculpt your body, but it can’t help you become healthier or lose weight.

How Long Is the Recovery Process?

Although every patient is different, most are generally ready to return to a light activity schedule a few days after their procedure. Stitches come out within the first week, and more involved activities can be resumed a few short weeks later. At first, to help reduce swelling, patients will wear a compression garment as the body heals.

Is There Scarring?

Since the surgical wand used during the procedure is quite small, only a few very tiny incisions are needed. Physical appearance will be toned and natural-looking in patients with good skin elasticity. It’s our goal to keep scarring to an absolute minimum.