Liposuction, or suction lipectomy, is a term used to describe removal of fat from the body through a closed suction system. Liposuction can be used to collect fat for transfer to the breasts or buttocks, or can simply be discarded. Liposuction is truly an art, as the surgeon must be careful to control suction from various regions. If there is too much suction in one spot, contour deformities may result. Liposuction has been around for a long time, but more recent advances like VASER and ultrasound, and laser-assisted liposuction will help dissolve fat cells prior to sucking them up. Dr. Zelken prefers “power assisted liposuction”, or PAL. PAL uses a vibrating liposuction tip that facilitates suction of fat and allows for smoother, more controlled passes and a more refined result.

Common misconceptions about liposuction are that it is a weight loss procedure. Although as much as 5 liters of fat can be withdrawn in a single outpatient procedure, the operation does not lead to weight loss. It is a sculpting procedure. Liposuction will not address loose, overhanging, or inelastic skin. Abdominoplasty may be recommended during your liposuction consultation. Dr. Zelken will often refine his abdominoplasty procedure with liposuction, for example, to etch a six pack, take away love handles, or enhance your hourglass figure. Liposuction can be uncomfortable for days after the procedure and Dr. Zelken will encourage you to wear compression garments for up to six weeks. In many cases, your fat may be repurposed to improve facial contour, breast, or buttock volume. The Brazilian Butt Lift takes fat from areas you do not like and tranfers it to the buttocks, for example.

If you have saddlebags, love handles, “cankles”, or stubborn tummy fat that simply won’t go away, call (949) 432-4730 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Zelken today!