For women and men in Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area, liposuction surgeons and surgery options are plentiful, but not equal. I encourage patients to explore not only my experience, but also the procedure they’re interested in. If you spend some time researching liposuction, you’ll find there are many different varieties that have their own benefits and considerations. Ultrasonic liposuction is one variety that can help you effectively rid yourself of unwanted fat.
This 27-year-old woman already had a nice figure, but she was bothered by small fatty bulges that were obvious in certain clothing. Losing weight didn't make sense for this patient because she was comfortable at her current weight and felt that if she lost more weight through diet that her face and neck would look too lean. Instead, she began... Read More
This 23-year-old woman from Europe wanted to refine her figure, but since she is a model, she was worried that her face and neck would appear undesirably too thin if she were to lose more weight through diet and exercise. She came to Dr. Stoker's practice to find a Los Angeles plastic surgeon who could help her achieve the look she wanted wit... Read More
Ultrasonic liposuction was introduced more than a decade ago, and newer techniques such as power-assisted liposuction are often utilized today. However, for some patients, liposuction using high-energy sound waves can still be the right approach. Having performed thousands of liposuction procedures during my career, I can help you understand your choices and make the right recommendation for your unique needs.
The ultrasonic liposuction technique can be a good approach for my patients who have areas of the body where fibrous tissue and fat are interspersed, such as the chest or the flanks. Sound waves are introduced to rupture the fat cells, and the liquefied material is suctioned away during a second step.
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A small wand or cannula is introduced under the skin during ultrasonic liposuction. It emits high-energy sound waves that cause fat cells to vibrate, burst and release liquefied fat. I then use gentle suction to remove the fat.
Candidates for liposuction can range from young people in their late teens to people well into their 70s. Special attention must be paid to skin laxity in older patients, however. Most liposuction procedures will result in some tightening of the skin, but as patients age, some areas of the body become less ideal targets due to natural loss of skin elasticity.
You may be a good candidate for ultrasonic liposuction if you have areas containing both fibrous tissue and fat—whether due to heredity or a previous procedure. I’ve performed ultrasonic liposuction on chests, love handles, backs, buttocks, hips, thighs, and areas of the abdomen.
Recovery is usually fairly easy for my liposuction patients. Most stay home from work for just a few days. Though bruising and swelling will take about two weeks to resolve, you’ll see positive results immediately. Final results will be visible over the next few months.
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Ultrasonic liposuction poses relatively few risks. Bleeding, infection or small burns can occur, though these are rare in my practice. It’s also possible to experience contour irregularities—these can most often be improved in a second procedure.
There are so many liposuction techniques and alternatives available today—if you feel confused about which approach is right for you, you’re not alone. It takes a knowledgeable professional with experience in a variety of approaches to tailor a liposuction procedure to your needs.
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