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The Different Methods of Liposuction and How They Work

For many of us, especially those of us who are past a certain age, there are limits to what a healthy diet and regular exercise can accomplish, especially in terms of the shape of our bodies. It can be disappointing to work hard towards a healthy weight and find, at the end of it all, that we still don’t have the shape or body outline we had imagined for ourselves. We look at ourselves in the mirror and despair at the stubborn love handles and saddle bags that just won’t go away, no matter what we eat or what we do. Thankfully, we have a secret weapon in our war against the stubborn fat that just won’t quit — liposuction.

Beverly Hills is quite possibly the liposuction capital of the world and, as a result, was one of the first places to see the proliferation of new liposuction techniques and technologies that were introduced over the last few years. Good information on how most of these new procedures work has been hard to come by, however, and many people find themselves confused over what type of liposuction is best suited to their needs.

Traditional liposuction, Beverly Hills based or anywhere else, involves applying a local anesthetic and then making small incisions at the site of the fat to be removed. A small, hollow tube called a cannula is used to inject a large amount of a sterile anesthetic solution that includes lidocaine, the anesthetic, and epinephrine, which restricts blood flow and helps reduce bleeding. The anesthetic solution and the cannula both act to help break up the fatty tissue which is then suctioned out using the same tube.

The incisions are often left un-sutured to allow any residual liquid to drain out naturally over the next few days, and full recovery can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks depending on the location of the procedure, the amount of fat removed, and the natural healing rate of your body. This is the standard procedure for liposuction Beverly Hills doctors have been using for decades.

The primary purpose of adding lasers or ultrasound to the standard procedure is to either provide a more efficient means of breaking up the fatty tissue to be removed, to help the skin in the affected area tighten more rapidly, or a combination of the two. Both methods generate heat, which has been shown to both shrink surrounding tissue and to stimulate collagen production. Collagen is, of course, the substance most responsible for the skin’s elasticity.

If you are interested in liposuction (Beverly Hills area), book a consultation with Dr. Perry Liu to discuss which methods are the best for your specific situation.