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Liposuction is consistently one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. and also a surgery that patients tend to have a lot of questions about. There are several types of liposuction that are advertised using different names, which can be confusing. In order to make things simpler, our liposuction surgeons in Palm Desert have provided answers here to some of the questions they hear most often.

Patients travel to our clinic for liposuction from Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, La Quinta, and throughout Riverside County, CA. Request a complimentary consultation online or call (760) 837-0364 to schedule an appointment with one of our surgeons.

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Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

Patients who benefit from liposuction are in good health and aren't looking to lose a significant amount of weight. Liposuction removes fat that doesn't respond to exercise or healthy eating habits. It can be performed in a number of different areas of the body, including the abdomen, thighs, flanks, neck or under the chin. The specialized microcannulas we use at Cosmetic Surgery Institute are efficient and safe, and enable us to treat virtually any area desired.

What is tumescent liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction is the most common technique plastic surgeons use. During tumescent liposuction, the surgeon injects a sterile liquid solution that includes an anesthetic into the fat deposits. The fat then solidifies and becomes swollen (tumescent), making it easier to break up and remove while also minimizing bleeding.

What is the difference between liposuction and liposculpture?

Liposculpture at our Palm Desert practice refers to the surgical sculpting of your body's contours during the liposuction procedure. This process requires a surgeon to create attractive results by carefully shaping the areas he or she is targeting. Without carefully sculpting the small amounts of fat that are left behind after a treatment, the area could appear uneven or lumpy. At Cosmetic Surgery Institute, our surgeons precisely sculpt the area for smooth, appealing contours.

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Plastic surgeons Dr. Mo Zakhireh and Dr. Clark Taylor balance art and science using innovative procedures with skillful execution. Under their experienced direction, you can become the best version of yourself.

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Our Doctors

Plastic surgeons Dr. Mo Zakhireh and Dr. Clark Taylor balance art and science using innovative procedures with skillful execution. Under their experienced direction, you can become the best version of yourself.

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Are the results permanent?

Fat cells removed during liposuction never come back. It's important, however, to lead a healthy lifestyle to avoid gaining a significant amount of weight, because other remaining fat cells can expand. Small weight gains aren't an issue, but increases of more than 10% of your body weight could affect the results of your liposuction procedure.

Can I combine other procedures with liposuction?

Absolutely. Many women consider combining liposuction with breast augmentation and a tummy tuck (sometimes called a mommy makeover). Men frequently combine liposuction with a tummy tuck or other procedures after a major weight loss. We can also perform liposuction along with a face and neck lift to reduce a "double chin" or other concerns.

Will liposuction remove cellulite from my thighs?

Liposuction is generally not considered an effective treatment for cellulite, which has less to do with fat and more to do with fibrous connective tissue that pulls on the skin from beneath.

What can I expect during recovery after liposuction?

Your experience after liposuction greatly depends on where on your body you had the procedure. You'll feel some general soreness, but it's quite manageable with prescribed medication. It's important to have a friend or family member who is willing to help you around the house at first, because your mobility may be limited. Although you need to begin moving around soon after surgery, be careful not to overdo it. Additionally, because liposuction requires the use of fluid in surgery, you'll experience some drainage. Be sure to have towels on hand. Most people are able to return to light office work within 3 to 5 days after surgery.

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