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Introduction to Liposuction

For those who have tried to diet and exercise for years and have hit a ceiling with their weight loss, there is still hope! Liposuction is a ‘body sculpting procedure’ that is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed globally and in the United States.

Even though Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, it can help patients kickstart their slump from years of diet and exercise. The goal of the procedure is to improve a patient’s body contours by eradicating excess fat from their abdomen, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, and other target areas where stubborn fat is present. If you are interested in Liposuction in the greater Los Angeles and Pasadena areas, consider visiting Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Arcadia, CA, and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Yu.

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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the most frequently performed procedures in aesthetic surgery. Its main aim is to remove unwanted fat cells from a target area of the body. Recent precision in the techniques has even led to liposuction in small and sensitive areas like the chin.

Successful liposuction is dependent on a good surgeon, good instruments, and a good understanding of human body anatomy and aesthetics. Below are some of the many treatment locations that our patients in the greater Los Angeles area have utilized liposuction:

Abdomen Liposuction

Abdominal liposuction is probably the most challenging of all liposuctions because there are so many naturally existing aesthetic marks such as “six-pack,” “corset lines,” “midline groove in the upper abdomen,” the belly button, and the “groin lines.” A great plastic surgeon could almost always correct a fat tummy into something very aesthetically pleasing, showing the natural aesthetic/anatomical marks that reflect the natural tension points of the underlying abdominal muscles. Dr. Yu’s experience and expertise with the MicroAire Power-assisted liposuction device certainly contributes to the success rate for achieving great results.

Arm Liposuction

Upper arms could prove to be a tough cookie when traditional liposuction is performed. The old, manual liposuction could easily generate irregularities due to its lack of precision, and the resulting loose skin could make a person look like they have a bat wing. In Dr. Yu’s hands, the MicroAire power-assisted device provides smooth results on the arms but also tightens the skin that may otherwise require an arm lift (excision of excess skin of the arms). 

Knee Liposuction

The area just above the knee could be a troublesome area due to the skin being loose and at times, saggy. If there is extra volume in the area, it can also affect the overall appearance of your leg shape. Luckily, this problem can be drastically reduced as Dr. Yu routinely obtains good results in this region.

Upper Back and Lower Back Liposuction

Upper back is known for its fatty tissue being fibrous and tough, especially the “buffalo hump” region. This problem is best solved with our MicroAire power-assisted device.

The lower back is also called the “bra rolls”. Dr. Yu does a very thorough job here, and when necessary.

Thigh Liposuction

The thighs are divided into medial, frontal, lateral, and posterior areas. While liposuction can be done easily for the frontal and medial areas, the posterior area needs to be approached gingerly, to avoid the important neurovascular bundles. Furthermore, it is mostly unnecessary for liposuction on the lateral/outer thigh, because most people do not have much fat in the middle and the lower section, except for people with “saddlebags”.

A particularly mentionable area is the upper posterior thigh where it connects with the buttocks (Banana Roll). The liposuction done here helps to debulk and straighten up the posterior of the thigh. However, it needs to be done conservatively to avoid the possibility of the buttocks collapsing down, or losing the pillar-like support.

Waist Liposuction

Waist liposuction is easy to learn but hard to refine. While most doctors can remove fat from the waist, Dr. Yu performs liposuction in such a way that he is almost always able to obtain an “hourglass” figure for his patients.  Rather than giving our patients a straight and stiff waist, we emphasize the femininity and beauty of the female patients. The “hourglass” figure coordinates all the essential components in the region, including the lower chest, waist, hip, and tummy, to form natural lines and contours that our patients desire. 

Additionally, Dr. Yu can create an illusion of the lower extremities being lengthened, by elevating the waistline 1 to 2 inches higher.

Correction Liposuction

For people who had failed liposuction, with indentations, pits, or destroyed anatomical structures, Dr. Yu can utilize special tools to carefully recontour the body. Because of the repair power of the fat, it is highly likely that the troubled spots you have, from improperly performed liposuction in the past, could be well reshaped by our doctor.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Some of the benefits our patients who have received Liposuction in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Arcadia have reported, are:

  • Achieved a more sculpted body image
  • Better clothing fit
  • Boost in self-esteem
  • Long-lasting results
  • Permanent elimination of stubborn fat cells
  • Reduced fat
  • A boost in active lifestyle

Who are the Best Candidates for a Liposuction?

The Best Candidates for Liposuction at Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa will have the following characteristics:

  • Have a good diet and exercise plan
  • Have elastic skin to adapt to new contours
  • Have excess fat in target areas
  • No underlying medical conditions
  • Not obese
  • Not using liposuction as weight loss surgery
  • Realistic expectations
  • Want more sculpting in their body contours
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Liposuction First Step

What’s The First Step?

The first step to getting your Liposuction surgery in Los Angeles and Pasadena is to book a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Arthur Yu, at Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Arcadia, CA. During your initial consultation, you will meet with your surgeon and discuss your medical history, your challenges, and your body’s aesthetic goals and expectations. 

Dr. Yu will physically examine you, figure out the target areas for your liposuction, and assess the condition of your skin. He will also explain the various body-contouring techniques and their pros and cons. Once you’ve had a chance to share your questions and concerns and collaboratively arrive at the best direction for your body contouring journey, Dr. Yu will create your customized procedure plan, and our Patient Coordinator will be able to help you schedule your appointment, also help you with pricing as well as any pre-surgery instructions.

What to Expect on the Day of Liposuction Surgery

On the day of your procedure, you will be welcomed by our friendly staff and Dr. Yu will go over your surgical plan in case of any last-minute questions and/or concerns.The type of anesthesia will vary depending on the area of concern. For smaller areas, we will use a local anesthetic, with larger areas we will be requiring twilight anesthesia to be administered.

Dr. Yu will then begin by making strategically placed, tiny incisions, usually only a few millimeters in length. Through these small openings, a cannula (a very thin tube with a blunt tip) is then inserted to dislodge and suck out the fat cells via a high vacuum pressure machine connected to the cannula via a rubber tubing.

A Liposuction surgery length can vary from as short as thirty minutes to as long as several hours depending upon the area(s) of the body being targeted.

Liposuction Recovery

Post-surgery, you will be monitored in our recovery room until you are safe to be discharged. You will need a family member or friend available to drive you home as you may still be feeling some of the effects of the sedation.

Dr. Yu may leave a small drainage tube inserted beneath your skin for a couple of days for any fluid drainage that might occur. You may also be fitted with a snug elastic compression garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks to manage swelling, and bruising and help your skin form to its new contours.

It is common to experience minor pain, burning, swelling, bleeding, and temporary numbness. Dr. Yu can prescribe you some temporary medications to prevent infection, reduce swelling, and alleviate any pain.

It is recommended that patients take off from work and their everyday activities for about one week after the procedure. Patients should also avoid vigorous activities such as exercise for several more weeks as directed.

Liposuction Cost

How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Arcadia, CA?

The cost of Liposuction in the Los Angeles, Pasadena, and surrounding Arcadia, CA area is based on several factors such as the area of the body being targeted, anesthesia cost, and surgery cost. For the most accurate cost of your liposuction procedure, please schedule your consultation at Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa so that your surgical plan can be made and then our Patient Coordinator can help you understand your more accurate price.


Why Choose Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa?

Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa should be your choice for Liposuction. It was established in 2006 by Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Arthur Yu who has amassed over 19 years of plastic surgery experience with successful procedures of generations of patients now under his belt.  He is the inventor of ART TIPLYFT® and an award-winning surgeon with his most recent awards of Best Threads Treatment and Top 3 Best Surgery Body Shaping at the 2023 AMWC Monaco conference.

Dr. Yu completed his plastic surgery training at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic and has learned from some of the world’s most admired and respected masters of plastic and cosmetic surgery. He completed his general surgery residency at Cornell University Brooklyn Hospital Center. He completed an additional fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is a top-ranked international organization. He is a proud member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS).

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If you are in the greater Los Angeles or Pasadena area and would like to get rid of excess fat and gain rejuvenated body contours, a Liposuction surgery at Premier Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa in Arcadia could be an excellent solution. To schedule your initial consultation, please contact our office or use our website to fill out a consultation request form. We look forward to taking the first step with you in achieving your desired body shape.

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