In this video, Dr. Ramon Robles explains liposuction. This procedure involves removing fat from areas like the abdomen, back, waist, and thighs. He also discusses candidacy, how to find the best plastic surgeon, and how long the procedure should take.View transcript
A liposuction is a procedure to remove fat, and it's usually removal of fat in areas where it's stubborn to lose it by either weight loss or exercise. The most common areas are the abdomen, the waist, the back, the bra roll, the inner thigh, outer thighs. A good candidate for liposuction is somebody that has lost weight via workout or diet and exercise, and they have just some stubborn areas where they can't get rid of their fat, and a lot of times it's not damaged. It's just the body will hold on to fat in those areas like the hips, the waist, the outer and inner thighs. And so those patients that only have those areas are the best candidates for liposuction. But there's a lot of times the patients that just do everything to try to get some contouring of their body and they just can't. So you perform liposuction, and then you start getting some nice sculpting of the abdomen, waist, the back, the bra, the legs. So then those patients are also good candidates. And as long as you're doing it in a safe manner, you're not removing too much fat when you're doing the procedure, liposuction is a very, very safe procedure. With any type of aesthetic surgery, you have to make sure that you look at the plastic surgeon's credentials. You really look at where they trained. Did they get a full training in plastic surgery? Or did they go and learn the procedure at a weekend course? If it's just the abdomen, it's about an hour procedure, an hour and a half. If you're doing the abdomen, the waist, the back, you start adding maybe two or two and a half hours. But liposuction should be no more than three or four hours.