What is Liposuction?
Despite how much you try to lose weight, you may still see stubborn pockets of fat that prevent you from feeling completely confident in how you look. Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers the most advanced methods to safely and effectively remove unwanted fat from the body, enhancing your natural curves. An expert in high definition liposuction, fat transfer, and body contouring techniques, Dr. Motakef is known as a "Total Definer Master" having completed advanced training in high definition liposuction with the originator of these techniques, Dr. Alfredo Hoyos, in Bogota, Colombia.
Suction assisted liposuction and VASER liposuction are each body reshaping procedures that reduce fat from multiple body areas, including the flanks, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arms and more to create a leaner, slimmer appearance. During your consultation, plastic surgeon Dr. Saba Motakef will listen to your concerns to help create the perfect liposuction treatment plan to reach your aesthetic goals. If you're ready to reshape your appearance and achieve the look you want, contact our Anaheim Hills, CA office today to schedule a consultation.
what Exactly is VASER® liposuction?
For those looking for a safer, less invasive form of liposuction, Dr. Motakef and his team offer VASER ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Like traditional liposuction, during a VASER procedure, the treatment area is first filled with a medicated solution called tumescent solution. This minimizes pain and bruising after surgery. What sets VASER apart is the ultrasound energy that is used to gently liquefy the fat cells, making them easier to remove with a suction tube, or cannula. This process is known as "cavitation." None of the surrounding cells or tissues are affected, making it more gentle on your body while still allowing you to experience exceptional contouring and results. Because fat is liquefied with VASER before it is removed, less aggressive cannulas and suction are needed to then remove the fat during liposuction. Furthermore, studies show that patients get better skin contraction with VASER liposuction. During a thorough consultation at our Anaheim Hills, CA facility, Dr. Motakef can determine if you are an ideal candidate for VASER liposuction or if you are better suited for a traditional lipo procedure.
What are the benefits of liposuction?
Liposuction in Anaheim Hills, CA at Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery helps you achieve a slimmer, curvier figure. Practical and cosmetic benefits of traditional liposuction may include:
- Removes stubborn, unwanted fat
- Slims and tones the figure
- Addresses multiple body areas
- Boosts confidence and self-image
- Results can be long-lasting with a healthy lifestyle
- It's safe and effective for most patients
- Can improve health by lowering BMI (body mass index)
- Multiple treatment techniques are available
If you are intered in a more advanced form of liposuction, VASER liposuction may be the best option to help you achieve that dream figure. Benefits of VASER lipo performed by Dr. Motakef include:
- It’s more gentle than traditional liposuction
- Promotes skin tightening and firming
- Provides more precise targeting of unwanted fat pockets
- Enhances body symmetry and harmony
- Does not require general anesthesia
- It’s more suitable for fat transfer procedures
- Recovery time is typically shorter
"I highly recommend Dr. Motakef for all your plastic surgery needs. I feel like I found a gem in the rough. He is genuinely kind and respectful and truly listens to your goals and vision for yourself. He wholeheartedly cares and goes out of his way to help you reach that vision. This quality is rare in surgeons from my experience. Additionally, his work is masterful. He is passionate about his work and the results show it. The level of detail and expertise he demonstrates in his work is remarkable. I have had two surgeries with him. The first was what I was thinking would be a simple breast augmentation. Unfortunately I found out I had what are called tuberous breasts which made the surgery much more complex. Other surgeons I consulted suggested giant scars and/or implants far too big for my body size. Dr. Motakef told me he would do his best to avoid large scars but also didn’t oversell or make false promises which I appreciated. Due to his impeccable surgical skill, he was able to perform the breast lift and augmentation just through the nipple incisions and my results look fantastic. Beyond what I would have imagined possible. He also performed 360 liposuction on me and while I am still in recovery, I can tell you the results are already looking amazing. Liposuction can go very wrong with uneven contours and other issues. I finally have that beautiful hourglass shape I dreamed of because he removed some fibrotic fat that I couldn’t lose otherwise. He really personalizes your care and does not brush you off or give you generic instructions both before and after surgery. The level of care and detail in his work is reason alone to obtain care from him. His kind, patient nature and clear communication is just icing on the cake and beyond my expectations after working with other surgeons."- N.M. / Google / Jul 16, 2020
"My journey with plastic surgery started in 2019 I wanted a tummy tuck Dr.Motakef did an amazing job changed my like 👍 had no complications at all than in 2020 went somewhere else for a inner thigh lift and was not satisfied with them at all instead of going back I came to see Dr.Motakef in April 2021 explained to him I was not happy with my thighs so he suggested for me to get inner thigh Lipo and I wanted a breast lift with implants but he suggested to just get I’mplants so we went with that he did such an amazing job again to wear I didn’t need a lift im so satisfied with my body after losing 150lbs my body was a hot mess Thanks To Dr.Motakef I look and feel amazing Thank You once again you have made me feel 💯% Confident about myself and my body"- M.S. / Google / Jun 19, 2021
"I got a Tummy Tuck with Lipo 360 and upper back lipo. Dr.Motakef was amazing to work with. I was afraid of many different things and not one of them happened. He was professional, never made me feel uncomfortable. He spent as much time as was needed to answer every question and I never felt rushed. Office is clean, staff is helpful and I never had to wait long at appointments. The surgery center where I had surgery was very clean. They had me slip out of my clothes in the bathroom, put on a hospital gown, they made sure the curtain was closed while the doctor marked me up and then I only waited a few minutes for the anesthesiologist and I hardly remember anything else. I was back in the room with my surgery done. I was in no pain when I woke up. I went home soon after. Dr. Motakef gave me his personal number just in case. He gave my very square body shape a waist with a super low scar. I healed very quickly and cleanly with no issues and no infection. He is a top notch surgeon with a top notch team"- M.V. / Google / Mar 18, 2022
"I had a mommy makeover with Dr. Motakef and could not be happier! Dr. Motakef made me feel 100% comfortable from the pre op appointment to my three month post op. He explained my surgery procedure in detail and made sure he answered all of my questions. Aside from that, I really feel that Dr. Motakef was the perfect doctor for the goal I wanted to achieve. I have been working out for over ten years and lost so much weight but I was never going to get rid of my c section pouch with exercise alone. Dr. Motakef performed the right amount of liposuction to my flanks and hips and he gave me natural looking breasts, which is what I wanted. Dr. Motakef enhanced my figure and my confidence! Dr. Motakef followed up with me the night of my surgery and he was always available by phone to answer any post op concerns; he made me feel super comfortable being that this was my very first surgery. I would do my surgery with Dr. Motakef all over again."- C.V. / Google / Apr 02, 2022
"I got a Tummy Tuck with Lipo 360 and upper back lipo. Dr.Motakef was amazing to work with. I was afraid of many different things and not one of them happened. He was professional, never made me feel uncomfortable. He spent as much time as was needed to answer every question and I never felt rushed. Office is clean, staff is helpful and I never had to wait long at appointments. The surgery center where I had surgery was very clean. They had me slip out of my clothes in the bathroom, put on a hospital gown, they made sure the curtain was closed while the doctor marked me up and then I only waited a few minutes for the anesthesiologist and I hardly remember anything else. I was back in the room with my surgery done. I was in no pain when I woke up. I went home soon after. Dr. Motakef gave me his personal number just in case. He gave my very square body shape a waist with a super low scar. I healed very quickly and cleanly with no issues and no infection. I have no regrets, best decision ever! He is a top notch surgeon with a top notch team"- M.V. / Yelp / Mar 18, 2022
am i a candidate for Liposuction?
Traditional liposuction and VASER liposuction may be a great treatment for both women and men who are at a healthy weight but have troublesome areas of fat that have been hard to get rid of with exercise and a healthy diet. People considering liposuction of either kind should have good skin laxity because this procedure does not address loose or stretched-out skin. It is also important to realize that liposuction is not a weight loss surgery or a substitute for losing weight. At the time of your initial consultation, Dr. Motakef will review your treatment and help make sure you have realistic expectations for your results after liposuction surgery.
How does liposuction work?
Liposuction is completed in an outpatient setting with the patient under sedation or general anesthesia. A solution known as "tumescent solution" that contains local anesthetics and medications that help minimize bleeding is first injected in the areas of planned liposuction. One or more small incisions are placed in the skin so that a liposuction cannula can be inserted. A cannula is a special tool that helps work loose the fatty tissue that is being vacuumed or suctioned out. Once the fat deposits have been suctioned out, Dr. Motakef will close the small incision(s). A special compression garment is then placed. Your procedure could take about 1 – 3 hours or more, depending on how may body areas are being treated. After a brief period in a recovery area, you will be discharged home.
how long is recovery after liposuction?
You will likely need 5 – 7 days of time off work for recovery from liposuction, depending on which liposuction method is used and the amount of fat removed. It is typical to see bruising and swelling for two or more weeks. If non-absorbable sutures or drains are placed, you will have these removed about 7 – 10 days after surgery. Depending on the treatments performed, you may benefit from post-liposuction lymphatic massage. Dr. Motakef generally recommends 10-15 lymphatic massages after surgery and 6-8 weeks of compression garment wear after surgery. An anti-inflammatory diet and
The most important thing to do following any surgery is to give your body time to recover and heal. To increase your strength and stamina, stick to light workouts and go for walks as recommended by Dr. Motakef. Remember to go slow at first when you return to physical activity. Keep in mind, while you may see some improvements soon after your surgery, it takes around six months before your new body contour and shape is complete as swelling resolves.
What parts of the body can I use VASER lipo on?
This versatile treatment uses innovative fat reduction techniques to shape and contour your body. VASER liposuction can address the arms, stomach, chest, thighs, chin, neck, and knees.
How much does VASER liposuction cost?
The cost for VASER liposuction depends on the number of areas and the size. Generally, there is a set cost for the first area of liposuction (around $5000) with an additional fee for each additional area of liposuction (around $2000). Common areas treated include the abdomen, waist, hips, arms, back, inner thighs, and knees. Pricing may vary based on the complexity of your case. During your consultation, Dr. Motakef will create a customized liposuction plan that aligns with your needs and goals. He will also consider your budget. When your plan is ready, you can discuss estimated costs with our patient care coordinator. Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery accepts several payment options, and we can help you obtain low-interest financing.
What about cellulite and loose skin?
VASER liposuction treats excess fat in the body. While some skin tightening does occur after your procedure, it does not directly address loose skin or cellulite. The best solution for cellulite is Avéli™. If desired, an Avéli™ can be combined with your liposuction procedure to address cellulite simutaneously. For loose skin, Dr. Motakef may suggest combining liposuction with a surgical procedure. In cases where patients have significant skin laxity, liposuction is often performed with skin tightening surgery, like a tummy tuck or arm lift, to give you the best results. In your consultation, Dr. Motakef will review your areas of concern and discuss with you if these procedures would benefit you.
Will I have scars?
Since VASER liposuction is an invasive surgery, we make incisions and suture them close. However, we make tiny incisions (less than a centimeter in size) and place them in well-hidden locations, such as the armpits, belly button, or within the panty line. These incisions will leave small scars. After your surgery, Dr. Motakef or a member of his team will teach you how to care for your incisions to minimize scarring.
Will my results last?
Before liposuction, we highly recommend preparing to maintain your results. While liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in your body, you can still lose and gain weight. Dr. Motakef recommends that you be at a healthy weight before having liposuction surgery. Afterward, you should try to stay within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Getting pregnant after liposuction will also impact your results; however, a second surgery, like a mommy makeover, can refresh your results.
Can I use my liposuctioned fat for a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) or fat grafting to my breasts?
Yes! Liposuctioned fat can be used to graft the buttocks, hips, or hip dips during your liposuction procedure. Dr. Motakef is known for his ultrasound assisted fat grafting techniques, including ultrasound-guided BBL techniques. These procedures are safer and more effective than traditional fat grafting techniques. Combining fat grafting to the breasts or buttocks with your liposuction procedure can be a more effective way to create dramatic changes in the silhouette.
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Fat removal with traditional liposuction or VASER lipo at Motakef Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers you the chance to remove bothersome, stubborn fat safely and effectively without much downtime. We will work with you to personalize your liposuction treatment based on your specific concerns and aesthetic goals. We invite you to get in touch with our practice in Anaheim Hills, CA to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Saba Motakef to discuss if either form of liposuction is a good option for you.
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