Nothing is more frustrating than consistently exercising and eating healthy, and yet not seeing the desired results on your body. If you find that you have tried to diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle but still have frustrating deposits of fat, you may be a candidate for liposuction.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is the surgical procedure in which helps to slim and reshape areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits to improve the contours of your body. Liposuction can be safely performed on areas of the body that include the:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Chest
  • Bra Roll
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Flanks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Legs

What Happens During a Liposuction Procedure?

Patients are typically put under general anesthesia and then a small incision is made into the specific site. The performing doctor will then insert a hollow tube into the incision, and will manipulate it deep within the fat pocket. The cannula then sucks out the unwanted fat. Most patients will be able to go home the same day of the procedure.

Who are Ideal Candidates for Liposuction?

This cosmetic surgery procedure is ideal for people who:

  • Have good skin quality and elasticity
  • Are physically healthy
  • Are of normal body weight
  • Have one or more areas of localized body fat deposits

People who have recently had surgery on the area that needs to be reshaped, who have poor circulation, or have other major medical problems are recommended to avoid liposuction.

It is important to note that liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. The procedure cannot completely change your shape or be the magic fix-it-all solution. Liposuction can help redefine or sculpt your body, however, and it can be one factor in helping you feel better about yourself.


After surgery, you will be required to wear a compression garment for about three weeks, to assist with healing and reshaping. While most of the major swelling and bruising will be resolved after this time, final results won’t be apparent until approximately three to four months after the procedure. Overall results from liposuction are long lasting provided you maintain a healthy weight.

In the end, only you and your medical team can decide if you are an ideal candidate for liposuction. By following our guidelines, and consulting with your doctor, you can determine if liposuction is what your body needs to be its best self.

Ready to schedule your liposuction consultation? Call South Coast Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA today at 949-701-4454.

South Coast Plastic Surgery also serves the greater Orange County area.