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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction involves surgically removing excess fat deposits using a small tube called a cannula connected to a vacuum-like suction device. The cannula is inserted beneath the skin through small incisions to dislodge excess fat, which is suctioned out gently. Liposuction may be combined with procedures like a tummy tuck or a customized mommy makeover. The duration of liposuction varies depending on individual needs.

What Can I Expect From Liposuction?

If liposuction is deemed suitable for you following an initial consultation with Dr. Brian Shafa at his Santa Monica office, your procedure will be scheduled. Smokers are required to quit for at least two weeks before the surgery. If the procedure is extensive, it's advisable to arrange for transportation home and have someone stay with you overnight.

Before your liposuction in Santa Monica, you will receive an anesthetic for comfort. Dr. Shafa will discuss whether local or general anesthesia is appropriate for you. Small incisions are made to access the areas of excess fat. The cannula is then inserted to remove the fat. After completion, Dr. Shafa closes the incisions, applies bandages, and provides a compression garment to manage swelling.

What Areas Can Be Sculpted With Liposuction?

Modern liposuction techniques allow for sculpting various areas of the face and body, including:

  • Neck
  • Double chin
  • Chest
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Abdomen
  • Love handles
  • Flanks
  • Bra fat
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Ankles
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Am I A Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Candidates for liposuction should be close to their desired weight and in good health. Liposuction targets extensive fat deposits but does not address cellulite. Non-smokers generally have better outcomes. 

How Long Is Recovery From Liposuction?

While liposuction leaves minimal scarring, full recovery takes time. Dr. Shafa provides post-operative instructions for a comfortable recovery. Most patients can resume light activities within a few days and return to their routine within two weeks. Strenuous activities should be avoided for four to six weeks, and wearing the compression garment may be recommended for up to two months for optimal results.

Why Choose Dr. Shafa for My Liposuction Treatment?

Consulting with Dr. Shafa for your liposuction in Santa Monica can help restore your self-assurance if you struggle with body confidence due to excess fat. Dr. Shafa is a board-certified surgeon specializing in body contouring. He and his team offer a supportive environment that aims to be your partner in aesthetic well-being. He will work with you to develop a personalized plan to achieve your goals and address any concerns.

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