Top 7 Facts About Liposuction

By: Dr. J. Timothy Katzen


  • Liposuction is a fat removal process, not a treatment for weight loss or obesity.
  • Liposuction removes stubborn fat deposits that have not responded to diet and exercise.
  • Liposuction is a body-contouring procedure that permanently reduces fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, “love handles,” and buttocks.
  • Liposuction gives you a slimmer, sculpted, and defined physique with long-lasting results.

Liposuction is one of the most sought-after cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that work on stubborn fat deposits that are more likely due to genes than lifestyle. Liposuction can help you reach your body goals and give you your desired body contour. Dr. J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. in Beverly Hills, CA is a globally recognized plastic and cosmetic surgeon who is an expert in liposuction. According to Dr. Katzen, liposuction can be used to reshape and define several body parts, while providing maximum aesthetic results.

There are many misconceptions surrounding liposuction that we will debunk in this article.

Fact 1: Liposuction is not for overweight people.

To be an ideal candidate for liposuction, you should be within 30% of your ideal weight. Liposuction is not a weight loss mechanism. In addition, to achieve your best result, you should be fit and a nonsmoker, or quit smoking for a few months before and after procedures. Finally, it is mandatory to have a consultation to discuss your goals with your plastic surgeon.

Fact 2: Liposuction is a safe body contouring procedure.

Liposuction is safe, if you are medically cleared by your primary care physician. There is some degree of pain associated with this procedure, but easily manageable with pain medication. Incisions are very small and can be camouflaged. Some important points are:

  1. Choose a plastic surgeon, who has significant experience with liposuction. Your plastic surgeon will advise you about scar care and cream to camouflage the scars after the procedure.
  2. You must be physically fit to undergo this procedure.
  3. Be sure to choose an accredited surgical center to receive this procedure to ensure optimal safety.

Fact 3: Usually, liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure.

Dr. Katzen performs liposuction under general anesthesia. The procedure involves creating several very small incisions in the skin. Then, tumescent fluid is injected using a cannula. After the tumescent solution has taken effect, a suction cannula is moved back and forth to loosen and permanently remove fat cells. Once the targeted fat is eliminated, the incision is closed. Liposuction aims to remove fat in the least traumatic way with utmost safety and offers you desired body contour. The procedure may last between 1-3 hours, depending on the areas being treated.

Fact 4: Advanced lasers help in the easy removal of fat.

New advancements in liposuction with energy-based technology such as the VASER has made this procedure safer and easier. VASER liposuction has dramatically decreased the amount of bruising and swelling after surgery. Ultrasound energy liquefies fat using sound waves, which may allow for a greater amount of fat removal. Some benefits of VASER liposuction include minimal blood loss, minimal pain, better body contouring, skin retraction, and enhanced safety.

Fact 5: Sexy six-pack abs and an hourglass figure are achieved with VASER-assisted high-definition liposuction.

VASER is a high-definition liposuction technique used for abdominal sculpting, often referred to as Liposculpture. VASER-assisted high-definition liposuction precisely removes fat around the abdominal muscles, resulting in sculpted and defined abdominal muscles or a tighter, sinched waist, depending on the patient’s personal goals.

Fact 6: The risks are minimal with an experienced, plastic surgeon.

Every surgical procedure carries some risks. Liposuction is a commonly performed surgical procedure in the world. Liposuction is considered a relatively “safe” procedure with low risk. Interestingly, liposuction is one of the most reliable body contouring procedures that effectively removes stubborn body fat from localized body areas such as the abdomen, chest, thighs, arms, hips, buttocks, neck, and even the face. You should only have this procedure performed by a plastic surgeon. There is a risk of a blood clots with liposuction, but it is rare, and your plastic surgeon can implement prophylactic measures to lessen the chance even further. Other risks include bleeding, infection, and bruising.

Fact 7: Liposuction scars can be minimal with effective surgical planning.

Liposuction involves tiny incisions that are then closed with sutures. Usually, the scars are about the size of a grain of rice. Only expert plastic surgeons should perform this procedure as they know how to minimize the appearance of scars. Dr. J. Timothy Katzen precisely camouflages the appearance of scars by placing them in natural folds and contours of your body. It is essential to take proper care of your incision so that scars fade as much as possible. Scars are minimized with effective surgical planning and proper post-opersative measures.

Where will you get the best liposuction?

Dr. J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. in Beverly Hills, CA offers liposuction to both men and women to allow them to reach their body goals. Dr. Katzen utilizes VASER high-definition liposuction, when appropriate, to maximize the outcome and provide optimal results. You are welcome to visit our clinic in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Katzen today and enjoy the benefits of body contouring surgery.

lipo before and after
lipo before and after
lipo before and after

Call TODAY to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, Dr. Katzen has offices in Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Dubai, UAE. Physical or virtual consultations can be arranged. Virtual consultation options include FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, and WhatsApp. Call TODAY at (310) 859-7770 or email [email protected] to schedule your consultation and achieve your dream body.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.