Spot reducing fat is something we’ve been told we cannot do. We’ve heard this from celebrity trainers like Bob Harper as well as in books and magazine articles and doctor’s offices. The problem with fat accumulation is that it often occurs in one or two localized spots on the body. It seems so unfair! To deal with stubborn fat in areas that are historically difficult to reduce, many people turn to liposuction. For every person who gets liposuction, there may be several more who want to but hold back.
Why put off a treatment that could give you the body you want, especially when your current efforts aren’t working? We believe that people procrastinate in getting liposuction because they have more questions than clear answers. Trying to get questions answered online can lead to more confusion than confidence, which is why we invite patients in the Los Angeles area to visit our office for a face-to-face consultation. Speaking personally with a doctor about liposuction doesn’t mean you have to decide to have the procedure; it means you’ll have all the details you need to make the most educated decision about the timing that’s right for you. Here, we’ll answer a few of the questions we are commonly asked.
How do I know I’m a candidate for liposuction?
Good candidates for liposuction are men and women who are at a weight they want to keep for years to come. They feel generally good about their body and want to refine their shape by addressing areas that aren’t responding as desired to diet and exercise. Aside from this, we like patients to be in good health and to avoid tobacco for a few weeks before their surgery. A commitment to continuing tobacco avoidance for several weeks after surgery is also ideal.
Liposuction surgery makes me nervous. What is the procedure like?
Liposuction is a streamlined procedure that is performed in an outpatient center. Because it is described as surgery, patients may understandably feel nervous. Being a surgical procedure only means that liposuction involves incisions and internal manipulation. Most procedures today can be performed with a local anesthetic rather than general anesthesia. This is a testament to the conservative, gentle nature of the modern liposuction procedure. Dr. Lee performs conventional liposuction with tumescent fluid and also SmartLipo, the laser-assisted procedure that offers maximum results with minimal downtime.