Fat is Stubborn. Show it the Door Anyway.

liposuction Some things are stubborn: a two-year-old flailing about on the floor of Ralph’s because you wouldn’t give him some candy, your boss who thinks his MBA bought him wisdom, and your mother-in-law.

And fat is stubborn, particularly in certain spots such as the outer thighs, the lower abdomen, under the chin, even under the upper arms.

Liposuction with Dr. Kearney is the way to show stubborn fat who’s the boss. Unfortunately, it can’t show your mother-in-law who’s the boss!

What is liposuction?

Year in and year out liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. It is categorized as a body contouring procedure. A cannula is inserted through a tiny incision and is used to suction out pockets of fat in unwanted areas, providing a slimmer contour. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, however, so Dr. Kearney requires his patients to be within 10 percent of their ideal weight before performing the procedure.

How is liposuction done?

Liposuction has come a long way since its debut in the United States in the 1980s. Back then it was quite a violent procedure where the large cannula had to be moved around quite aggressively to break loose and suction out the unwanted fat. This caused some intensive tissue trauma and bruising that could last for months.

Today, liposuction with Dr. Kearney is much less traumatic for your tissues. Dr. Kearney uses tumescent liposuction, which means he injects the treatment area with a saline solution that also has lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (adrenaline). The epinephrine constricts the blood vessels to minimize blood loss and bruising. Dr. Kearney also uses a power-assisted cannula, which uses tiny, rapid vibrations to break up fat cells so they can be easily suctioned away. Power-assisted liposuction allows for more fat to be removed more quickly, which also limits the tissue trauma.


Liposuction is an outpatient procedure. Patients return home wearing a compression garment over the treated areas. This acts to reduce swelling and helps the body conform to its new slimmer contours. Most bruising is gone in two to three weeks, with full results showing in two to three months. Patients can usually return to work after just a few days.

Interested in showing your stubborn fat the door? Call Dr. Kearney at (858) 677-9352 and ask about liposuction.

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