Despite how much you watch what you eat and how frequently you exercise, you might still be bothered by pockets of fat that prevent you from feeling fully confident in how you look. Dr. Karen Leong is proud to offer the latest methods to safely eliminate fat from areas of concern on your body. Surgical liposuction is a body contouring procedure that reduces fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, or where needed to produce a slimmer appearance. This fat removal surgery can be blended to treat several body parts. During your initial visit, Upland, CA plastic surgeon Dr. Leong will examine areas of your body you wish to address so you can reach your cosmetic surgery goals. We can also offer you nonsurgical skin tightening treatments with our Thermage radiofrequency energy technology to assist your skin in appearing tighter and firmer after your liposuction procedure. Our hope at each of our locations is that you look and feel amazing.
Dr. Leong makes a distinction between plain liposuction and what it does for you. Liposculpture is more than fat removal, it is the plan she makes with you to shape and sculpt your body. Sometimes, there are stubborn pockets of fat that are nearly impossible to burn off with diet and exercise. It is also difficult to tell your body exactly where and how you want your curves and lines to change with diet and exercise. With liposculpture, you will work with Dr. Leong to directly map out what you want removed. She offers power liposuction, a procedure to reduce excess body fat in specific places, without spending months dieting or exercising and making minimal progress. Today, it is also common to transfer this unwanted fat to the face, breasts, or buttocks to further enhance and sculpt your body.
"I can't say enough about Dr. Leong! I have struggled with stubborn unwanted fat around my middle section for years. Regardless of diet and exercise, I always seemed to have a muffin top that left me feeling insecure and uncomfortable. It only took one short meeting with Dr. Leong for me to finally feel confident with having her shape by middle through Liposuction and Thermage. I was previously very reluctant, but after meeting with her, I felt excited and ready. Dr. Leong's honest and straightforward, yet kind and pleasant approach put me right at ease. The proceedure itself went very smooth and Dr. Leong and her staff were helpful and available every step of the way. It has now been six months since my procedure and I am totally blown away with my results. They exceeded every possible expectation and I truly could not be happier!!"- S.K. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
Liposuction is a terrific procedure for men and women who are at a healthy weight but have troublesome areas of fat that are difficult to shed with even the most healthy lifestyle. Individuals interested in liposuction should have strong skin because liposuction does not address stretched-out skin. It is also important to know that liposuction is not a solution for losing weight. Women having liposuction should be aware that if they get pregnant after the procedure, this could compromise the results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Leong will discuss realistic expectations with a candidate for liposuction.
This treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. A very small incision is made in the skin and a cannula will be placed inside the opening. A cannula is a special tool that helps loosen the fat as it is being suctioned out. Once the fatty deposits have been eliminated, Dr. Leong will close the incision. Depending on the number of areas being treated, your surgery could last 1 – 3 hours. In our dedicated recovery area, your post-op nurse will help manage any discomfort and care for your incisions until your discharge.
What to Expect
You may need to stay at home for recovery from liposuction surgery for 1 – 3 weeks depending on the number of sections treated and the size of the treatment area. It is normal to see swelling and bruising for 1 – 2 weeks, and you can have the sutures removed on day 7 – 10. What is most important after having any surgery is to allow your body time to recover and heal. When you decide to return to work after your procedure, you should remember to minimize stress and strenuous activity. To build up your strength, stick to walking and light workouts as recommended by Dr. Leong. Keep in mind you may see some changes after six weeks, but it takes 6 – 10 months before your new body shape and contour is attained.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does liposuction cost?
The cost of liposuction will vary based on the technique being used and the number of areas being addressed for fat reduction. During your consultation, Dr. Leong will develop your personal liposuction surgical plan based on your needs and goals. She will also take into consideration your budget. Once your plan is developed, an estimated cost can be discussed.
What about nonsurgical liposuction?
Thanks to modern advancements, there are many nonsurgical options to reduce fat, like UltraShape treatments or Kybella injections (in the chin area only). While these nonsurgical treatments may help reduce small amounts of fat, liposuction is best for most patients. Liposuction surgery delivers more consistent and dramatic results. Talk to Dr. Leong about nonsurgical options during your consultation. She will go over the benefits and drawbacks of both methods and help you decide which is suitable for your needs and goals.
What about cellulite and loose skin?
Surgical liposuction only addresses excess fat in the body. If you have loose skin, Dr. Leong may suggest combining liposuction with a surgical body lift. Liposuction is often performed with skin tightening surgery, such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thigh lift, to produce the best results. For cellulite, there are several nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment options such as VelaShape III. In your consultation, tell Dr. Leong about your concerns like loose skin and cellulite so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed.
Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, incisions will be made and stitched. This will cause scars, but Dr. Leong does her best to minimize their appearance. This includes making thin incisions in the natural folds of your body or in less visible areas. After your surgery, Dr. Leong or a member of her team will teach you how to care for your stitches so they heal flat and eventually fade.
Will my results last?
Before you have liposuction surgery, it's important to be committed to maintaining your results. While liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in your body, you can still gain and lose weight. Dr. Leong recommends that you be at or near your ideal weight before having liposuction. Afterward, it is best to stay within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Pregnancy after liposuction will also alter your results; however, a second surgery or mommy makeover can be performed to refresh your appearance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $5,500
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Look Fit and Toned
Liposuction offers you the opportunity to have bothersome fat diminished almost immediately. Without liposuction, it can be frustrating to achieve the slimming results you want. We offer various alternatives for liposuction treatment based on your personal goals. We invite you to get in touch with our practice in Upland, CA and make your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Leong.