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.
"My name is Jacki and I had the RNY gastric bypass 4.5 years ago. I went from 365lbs. down to 230lbs. Even though I was so happy with my results, nothing prepared me for how much excess skin, fat, and tissue I would still have. I was heartbroken because I had done all of this hard work to lose weight and feel normal, yet I still got stares; now they weren't from being morbidly obese, but because I had all of this unattractive hanging skin. About 2.5 years ago I started to do my research and came across Dr.Katzen as one of my prospect surgeons. I had my consult and to be honest, he was nothing as I had imagined. Most doctors (especially in the Beverly Hills area) are all about the money. Dr.Katzen is not only one of kindest doctors I have met, but his artistic skills are impecable. Then, to make things even better, I got to see his work shine on TLC's The Real Skinny. Right then and there, I knew Dr.Katzen was the only surgeon I would trust my body with. On September 9, 2013 I had a 360 Body Lift and staged liposuction of the thighs, which removed a whooping total of 50lbs! Dr.Katzen was patient with me and answered any and all questions that I had. I had such an amazing experience with him. It has been a huge honor and I can not imagine finishing up my journey with anyone else than Dr. J. Timothy Katzen (I plan to still do a medial thigh lift, arms, breasts, and torsoplasty)!"- J.H. / Yelp / Mar 21, 2014
"Unfortunately, the plantar's wart was incredibly persistent. As I'd signed up for surgery with Dr. Katzen that required I undergo general anesthesia, he removed the plantar's wart surgically. It is now completely gone. Yay! I also had liposuction performed by Dr. Katzen. So far, so good. My clothes fit so much better and I can wear a bikini again."- D.W. / Yelp / Oct 24, 2017
"I had bariatric surgery and lost 125 lbs. I was so excited to have lost this much weight but so disappointed that my weight loss had a great deal of residual hanging skin. I had to wear loose blouses and pants to hide all the skin that was left over from losing weight so quickly. I attended a seminar and had a consultation with Dr. Katzen the same day.I had my first surgery exactly one year after my gastric bypass. I had a circumferential body lift and a medial thigh lift. My second surgery was a breast lift, and quite a bit of liposuction. Three weeks ago I had a TCA peel on my face and I am hoping to have another peel or some laser treatment.My experience with Dr. Katzen has always been very positive. I knew when I first consulted with him that I had met the surgeon I had been looking for. First of all, he has the proper credentials I was looking for.Dr. Katzen specializes in post op bariatric surgery patients and sculpturing the patient’s body while removing all the hanging skin. My only concern was my age since I am almost 64 but he said no problem as long as I was healthy. I asked if I was his oldest patient and he quickly replied no, his oldest patient was in his 70’s!I think you gain a lot of confidence just by going into his exam rooms. Each room is filled with diplomas and certificates on all the walls. Aside from all this, Dr. Katzen has a very gentle spirit and is a good listener. Do not be timid in asking him anything that may be bothering you because he always has the right answer. He genuinely cares about each patient and he makes you feel like you are the only one he has but then we all know how busy he is. He is always available to his patients. His staff is very competent and professional. They will get you the answer you need very quickly. I now can ride my bike for 6-7 miles and not even feel tired. I swim daily, I lift my grandchildren up in my arms. My husband and I have always wanted to take scuba diving lessons but I refused to get into a wet suit. Now I have nothing to hold me back. I believe that God has blessed Dr. Katzen with amazing talent and I am so very thankful that I was lead to find him.So I say to him again, muchas gracias Dr. Katzen."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 27, 2015
"Like many of Dr. Katzen's patients, I had been overweight my entire life. My Gastric Bypass surgery was a life saver for me. I am in wonderful health after losing 170 pounds but I was still embarrassed about how I looked with the excess skin. In considering the choice of a Plastic Surgeon, I was very impressed with Dr. Katzen's expertise. I wanted a surgeon who works with people like me, not someone who is making movie stars! Dr. Katzen and his staff are the best. While my journey is not yet complete, I'm happy with the results of my first surgery. I had a circunferential body lift and liposuction on my thighs. I have a flat stomach for the first time in my life. I am so grateful for Dr. Katzen and his staff. Everyone has been wonderfully caring, compassionate, responsive and helpful."- Anonymous / RateMDs / May 14, 2015
"I am someone who was in need of excess skin removal due to massive weight loss. I went from my highest weight of 385 to a low of 160. I took a very long time researching various practices so I could be sure to have the best surgeon for the job. Dr. Katzen specializes in this type of surgery, and after consulting with others who claimed to be the best, I found Dr. Katzen to be the absolute authority. He is a class act all the way! His skill and technique are clearly evident. Please visit his YouTube channel and you will see for yourself. He has several educational videos straight from the operating room. My experience with him from day one was exceptional. He listened to my concerns patiently in spite of a full waiting room. He is humble and soft spoken, and has true compassion for his patients.I had a full 360 body lift, with a medial thigh lift and liposuction a week ago, and this has been such a good experience. I would recommend him to anyone. This man deserves the highest of honors."- L.G. / Google / Jan 23, 2019
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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