Modern liposuction has come a long way from when it was first introduced in the U.S. in the 1980s. At that time, liposuction was a pretty violent procedure that caused extensive bruising, tissue trauma, and blood loss. Patients needed to be under general anesthesia because the doctor had to move the cannula back and forth quite aggressively to break loose the fat.
What is liposuction?
Today, liposuction with Dr Kearney is much easier. Using tiny cannulas or suction tubes, Dr. Robert Kearney removes excess fat from the desired areas. Incisions are very small and placed as inconspicuously as possible. The goal of liposuction surgery in San Diego is a permanent improvement in contour and overall proportion as well as a more flattering figure or physique.
Dr. Kearney often uses power-assisted liposuction. This employs a special cannula that uses tiny, rapid vibrations to break up fat cells, making them easier to remove. This also makes these procedures quicker and creates less tissue trauma, leading to faster recovery times.
Are you a candidate for Liposuction Surgery?
You may be a candidate for liposuction if:
- You have areas of excess fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. These areas may include the chin, arms, back, chest, stomach, thighs, hips, waist, and inner knees
- You are within your ideal weight range but have a few stubborn areas of fat that bother you and you desire permanent contour changes to those areas.
What are the benefits of liposuction?
No matter what kind of shape you’re in, all of us have stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to changes in diet or exercise. Certain areas tend to accumulate fat: the lower abdomen, the flanks, the thighs, the upper arms, the jowls, and others. Liposuction with Dr. Kearney can very specifically remove this fat, and it can do so with a relatively easy recovery. Plus, the incisions used to insert the cannula are so small they usually don’t require sutures, as Dr. Kearney can simply close them with Steri-strips. Dr. Kearney also has a great eye and extensive experience when contouring these areas, creating smooth, slimmer final results.
See What Our Patients Are Saying!
"Dr Kearney and his staff were always so nice and helpful to me! I really felt comfortable with Dr. Kearney and I was impressed with how long he spent with me, answering all of my questions. It’s been over 1 year since my liposuction and I feel like I have much more confidence. Now I feel good when I go to the gym to work out, and when I’m at the beach with friends."
What are the risks involved with liposuction?
These are low-risk procedures, but there are some possible side effects. With a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Kearney, these are all quite rare. Risks include:
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Changes in skin sensation
- Fluid accumulation
- Irregular contours on the surface skin
Can liposuction be combined with other procedures?
Patients often choose to combine liposuction with other procedures at our San Diego practice. Liposuction is part of every mommy makeover, where it is combined with a tummy tuck and breast lift (with or without augmentation) to address the areas affected by pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Because liposuction involves only a limited recovery, it is a natural addition to many other procedures, from buttock and thigh lifts to an arm lift.
During your consultation with Dr. Kearney, the two of you can discuss these possibilities.
Is liposuction safe?
As mentioned above, modern liposuction is much different than it was back in the 1980s. Today, cannulas are small, as are the incisions needed. Dr. Kearney uses power-assisted liposuction, which limits the amount he has to move the cannula back and forth to break loose the pockets of unwanted fat cells. This decreases tissue trauma substantially and creates far less bruising.
These procedures have been performed millions of times around the world, and they have proven to be very safe and effective for removing stubborn pockets of fat.
How Is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?
He uses the tumescent technique, where a saline solution containing lidocaine is first injected into the target areas to minimize the pain and firm the fat, making it easier to remove. The solution also contains epinephrine to constrict the blood vessels, limiting blood loss and bruising. A cannula is then inserted to suction out the fat and liquid. The cannulas used in modern liposuction are much smaller, so the corresponding incisions needed to access the fat pockets are very small, usually not even requiring stitches.
Does Liposuction Require Anesthesia?
The procedure is typically performed under sedation or “twilight” anesthesia as an outpatient procedure.
Liposuction with Dr. Kearney
What is Recovery Like after Liposuction?
Dr. Kearney performs Liposuction in San Diego under general or local anesthesia and you may go home the day of surgery. Depending on the number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed, you are usually able to return to work a few days after the procedure. Many La Jolla patients decide to have liposuction in addition to a tummy tuck or breast augmentation surgery. Most bruising and swelling is gone within 2-4 weeks. Patients often go home with a compression garment covering the treated areas which we recommend being worn for about a month to help reduce swelling. Once pain and soreness decrease you can often switch to spandex exercise gear rather than the surgical garments.
How Long After a Liposuction Procedure Will I See My Results?
The final Liposuction results appear after 2-3 months.
Liposuction Before and After Photos
How long will my results from liposuction last?
The fat removed by Dr. Kearney is removed permanently. Once the fat is gone, it’s gone for good and it won’t accumulate there again unless the patient puts on a large amount of weight. If you maintain a healthy weight, your results from liposuction will last the rest of your life.
When can I get back to my normal activities after liposuction?
Again, this depends in part on the area or areas you had treated. If, for instance, you had bra line fat removed, you won’t have much of a recovery. Larger areas of your upper thighs will be a little more difficult. You’ll wear compression garments or compression bandages on the areas treated, and you’ll wear these for up to one month. Most people can get back to light exercise and normal other activities in a few days. Unless you had involved, multiple areas treated, you’ll probably be able to return to work in just two to three days.