Liposuction FAQs

What is the difference between the various lipo procedures?

Some practices use different names which mean the same thing: “lipoplasty” “liposuction” or “suction lipectomy”, “micro-liposuction”, “lipo-contouring, “micro-lipo”” — they are marketing name variations of basically the same procedure.

Is there an advantage of Laserlipo, ultrasoninc lipo, water jet lipo?

While some surgeons utilize these procedures, most of the promises of improved results, less bruising, faster recovery, skin tightening are purely unsubstantiated marketing claims. Most of the scientific studies show no appreciable improvement over standard liposuction. In fact, ultrasonic and laser lipo may produce other complications, including burns and greater scarring.

What is important: individualization, narrow instrument to remove the fat (cannula), wetting solution (tumescence), proper safety precautions, experience and training of individual at the end of the instrument, how much you leave, not just what you take, an appropriate surgical facility that is accredited by a national organization, like AAAASF – not just an office treatment room that may never be examined for standards, and a fully trained anesthesia provider . No matter which technology is used, you need to be realistic about your outcome. It is not a replacement for diet and exercise nor does it replace other surgical procedures for loose sagging skin.

Is liposuction a weight reduction treatment?

No, liposuction is used to get rid of isolated areas of fat which are diet resistant to exercise and diet. It is not a treatment for weight loss.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are people at their normal weight who have isolated areas of fat. Firm, elastic skin allows for a better outcome. The patient’s age is not a factor, however, older patients have less skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as younger patients.

How long do I need to be off of work?

It is suggested that you take off of work for 3-5 days after surgery but continue to avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks after surgery.

When can I get back to my normal routine?

The recovery time differs with each La Jolla – San Diego liposuction Surgery patient. The recovery time will vary depending on how much liposuction was performed and how many areas were treated. Most patients are able to return to work 2-7 days after surgery depending on the areas treated.

When can I resume exercising?

Depending on the areas treated, most patients are able to resume exercise 2-3weeks after the procedure.

Will the fat return to the area that was treated?

If you maintain your weight after the liposuction, your result will be long standing. However, if after liposuction surgery one does not eat healthy and exercise regularly, the fat cells that remain in the treated area and those in other areas will grow. The fat cells that have been removed are gone forever. Liposuction is not meant to be used as a weight loss program.

Can I do multiple areas at the same time?

Yes. Dr. Singer will discuss which procedures may be performed at the same time while still being safe. Many patients will opt to have liposuction and breast augmentation surgery or liposuction and tummy tuck surgery at the same time. Combination surgeries can give dramatic results. In some patients, it is prudent to do several procedures in sequence, rather than all at the same time, to assure the safest outcome.

Will I be wearing any special garments after the surgery?

Yes. When you wake up after the procedure, a garment will be on the treated areas. This compressive garment is there to assist in the healing process and to decrease the amount of swelling. Dr. Singer will discuss the amount of time you will need to wear the garment – depending on what areas are treated.

What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?

Liposuction provides excellent results when used on areas in patients where there is skin good elasticity, such as the neck, face, arms abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs.

What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?

Liposuction provides excellent results when used on areas in patients where there is skin good elasticity, such as the neck, face, arms abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs

Dr. Robert Singer

Robert Singer, M.D.

Dr. Robert Singer is a board-certified plastic surgeon and former President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Aesthetic Society who gives his patients life-changing results. His technical mastery and artistic sensibilities have helped thousands of patients achieve natural-looking rejuvenation through facelifts and other complex procedures. Dr. Singer is a member of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation, Founder and Prior President
  • QUAD A, Prior President
  • San Diego Plastic Surgery Society, Prior President
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons, Prior President
  • Chosen by his peers as the inaugural visiting professor of California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) for all academic plastic surgery programs in California: UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, Loma Linda University, Stanford University, UC Irvine and USC
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Prior Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Member of numerous task forces including Patient Safety
  • American College of Surgeons 

To discover what Dr. Singer can do for you, request your consultation online or call his plastic surgery practice at (858) 455-0290.

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