What is Liposuction?
Despite how closely you watch what you eat and exercise, you might still be bothered by stubborn pockets of fat that prevent you from feeling confident in how you look. To address these insecurities, J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills is proud to offer the latest methods to safely remove fat from areas of concern on the body. Surgical liposuction is a body contouring procedure that reduces fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and buttocks to produce a more contoured appearance. This fat removal surgery at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills can be blended to treat several body parts and create a slimmer, sculpted, more defined physique with long-lasting results. During your initial visit, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Katzen will examine your problem areas and discuss your liposuction goals. We will strive to help you look and feel amazing, both inside and out.
In addition to traditional liposuction techniques, Dr. Katzen also offers Hi-Def liposuction - or HD liposuction - to tone and contour areas of the body, such as the arms, stomach, flanks, and more. To accomplish this, he incorporates the advanced VASER technology (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance). If you would like to learn more about VASER lipo, including how it may be able to give you the six-pack abs you've always wanted, contact our Beverly Hills, CA cosmetic office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Katzen.
"Toned Muscular Abdomen and Arms After VASER Hi Def Procedures - When I originally looked Dr. Katzen up on Real Self, I was just browsing liposuction procedures. To my sweet surprise, I noticed Dr. Katzen does VASER High Definition procedures. Woah, his before and after pictures looked so good! After much research, I ended up having the VASER High Definition procedure on my abdomen and arms. Dr. Katzen gave me a toned, muscular look which I absolutely love so much."- M. / RealSelf / May 26, 2022
"Neck Lipo Made Me Look Younger and Slimmer. - I came to Dr. Katzen because my neck was bothering me. I had a fatty neck that never went away even after I lost weight. I thought Dr. Katzen would have said I needed a neck lift but he said neck liposuction would be a great plan for me. On the day of my final post-op visit, when Dr. Katzen did the final reveal and I've healed well, I literally cried. My neck looked so much better than I could have imagined. I look slimmer and younger instantly. Thank you so much, Dr. Katzen!"- S. / RealSelf / May 24, 2022
"Liposuction of abdomen with great results - recovery was smooth & normal - Dr. Timothy Katzen performed liposuction on my abdomen and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. My recovery was smooth and normal. Dr. Katzen treats his patients with kindness and respect, something I find rare in surgeons. Prior to meeting with Dr. Katzen, I consulted with two other surgeons and they treated me more like a number than a person. I am beyond grateful that I found Dr. Katzen and get to call him my surgeon."- L.J. / RealSelf / May 31, 2022
"I knew he would take good care of me - My experience with Dr. Katzen is a family story. My husband had gynecomastia surgery with Dr. Katzen last year. My husband had the best possible experience with his surgery, he referred his sister to have a tummy tuck with Dr. Katzen. Throughout the process, I watched my husband and sister-in-law being completely happy with their surgeries and I was wanting to have liposuction on my abs. Without any hesitation, I went straight to Dr. Katzen. I knew he would take good care of me, just like he did my family and he did."- M. / RealSelf / Jun 28, 2022
"Posterior buttocks lift right side only - he finally fixed me - Hello, I wanted to share my experience with Dr. Katzen & the team. I am beyond grateful I found him. Dr. Katzen and his team are amazing. From scheduling my surgery to my recovery, I was always treated with good care. Dr. Katzen always made me feel comfortable such a sweet caring person and very humble. I had a BBL done in 2015 by a famous Doctor and my outcome wasn't what I thought it would be. I came out with an asymmetry issue :( My right side of my buttock was bigger and saggy, I also didn't help my situation by gaining weight after being depressed about it. I went to two different surgeons to try and fix my problem the first one suggested liposuction with laser tightening treatment, but that didn't work I felt like my right buttocks sagged even more. So I left it alone and continued with life. I ended up getting pregnant had my baby and I lost weight, well I felt like I was sagging more. So I had a Posterior buttocks lift with another surgeon, well guess what I was left with the same issue one side was bigger than the other. at that point I was distraught. I felt helpless and mad at myself for not doing things right the first time. I finally found Dr. Katzen the only doctor that took the time to go over everything he didn't rush me or judge me and listen to my concerns. I don't live in California so I had a consultation over the phone with him, but he made me feel so comfortable and happy that he would be able to help me. I traveled there for my surgery and during my, in-person consultation he went over step by step every detail of my surgery. I am so thankful for your professionalism, kindness & for just listening to me. You fixed me finally after all I had been through Dr. Katzen was the only one that did it right! I don't have to walk around self-conscious about my body, I don't have to cover myself with sweaters around my waist in 100° weather. I can finally be out in public with my family without having them be prisoners of my mistake. Just some advice if you get surgery do it right the first time, don't let social media fool you find someone professional and with lots of experience like Dr.Katzen! Thank you again Dr. Katzen & Team!"- D. / RealSelf / Aug 10, 2022
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR liposuction?
Liposuction is a terrific procedure for those who are at a healthy weight but have troublesome areas of fat that are difficult to get rid of with even the healthiest of lifestyles. Women and men interested in liposuction should have a good amount of skin elasticity, as liposuction is not designed for skin tightening. It's also important to note that liposuction is not a solution for weight loss. Patients considering liposuction should be at a healthy, stable weight prior to the procedure. For women, it may be recommended that liposuction is deferred until after they are done having children, as pregnancy after liposuction can significantly compromise lipo results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Katzen will discuss realistic expectations and go over which technique will best benefit your body and goals.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING liposuction
Liposuction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. A very small incision is made in the skin where a cannula will be placed. A cannula is a special tool that helps loosen the fat as it is being vacuumed out. Once the selected amount of unwanted fat has been eliminated, Dr. Timothy Katzen will close the incision. Depending on the number of areas being treated, your surgery could last anywhere from 1 – 3 hours. In the dedicated recovery area, your post-op nurse will help manage any discomfort and care for your incisions until your discharge.
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY AFTER liposuction?
You may need to take off of work for recovery from liposuction surgery for 1 – 3 weeks, depending on the number of sections treated and the size of the treatment area. Swelling and bruising are normal and expected side effects of liposuction, but they typically resolve within a few weeks. Compressions garments should be worn as directed. What is most important after having any surgery is to allow your body time to recover and rest. When you decide to return to work after liposuction, you should remember to minimize stress and strenuous activity. To build up your strength, stick to walking and light workouts as recommended by Dr. Katzen. Keep in mind, you may see some changes after six weeks, but it takes 6 – 12 months before your new body shape and contour is attained.
What about nonsurgical liposuction?
Thanks to modern advancements, there are many nonsurgical alternatives to liposuction. While nonsurgical treatments may help to reduce small amounts of fat, liposuction tends to be the best fat removal treatment for the majority of patients. Liposuction surgery delivers more consistent, dramatic, and long-lasting results compared to other procedures. If you are interested in alternatives to liposuction, don't hesitate to talk to Dr. Katzen about all of your options during your consultation. He will go over the benefits and drawbacks of both methods and help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.
What about cellulite and loose skin?
Surgical liposuction only addresses excess fat in the body. If you have loose skin, Dr. Katzen may suggest combining liposuction with a surgical body lift. Liposuction is often performed with skin tightening surgery, such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thighplasty, to produce the best results. For cellulite, there are several nonsurgical and minimally invasive cellulite treatment options available. During your consultation, be sure to tell Dr. Katzen about concerns regarding loose skin and cellulite so that a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed.
Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, incisions will need to made and ultimately closed with sutures. This may lead to scars, but Dr. Katzen takes great care to minimize the appearance of liposuction scars by placing them in the natural folds and contours of your body. After your surgery, Dr. Katzen or a member of his team will advise you on proper incision care so that your scars fade as much as possible.
Will my results last?
Before you have liposuction surgery, it's important to be committed to maintaining your results. While liposuction reduces fat cells permanently, your figure can change with weight gain after liposuction. Dr. Katzen recommends that you be at or near your ideal weight before having liposuction surgery. Afterward, it is best to stay within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Pregnancy after liposuction will also alter your results; however, a second surgery or mommy makeover can be performed to refresh your appearance.
Look Fit and Toned
Liposuction at J. Timothy Katzen, M.D. Beverly Hills offers both women and men the opportunity to have frustrating fat removed immediately. Without liposuction, it can be virtually impossible to create the slimming results you want. We offer various alternatives for liposuction treatment based on your desired outcome, including Hi-Def liposuction with VASER. We invite you to get in touch with our practice in Beverly Hills, CA and schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Timothy Katzen.
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