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Considering liposuction?

For patients struggling with stubborn pockets of excess fat, liposuction is truly transformative. During an outpatient procedure lasting between one to four hours, Dr. Jason can help you achieve the shapely silhouette you’ve been seeking, with minimal downtime and scarring. Undergoing liposuction can change much more than your body shape: many patients find that finally being rid of the fat that just wouldn’t budge from diet and exercise motivates them to make permanent healthy lifestyle changes.

Dr. Jason performs liposuction most frequently on the abdomen and love handles. However, the back, arms, bra rolls, inner thighs, legs, and the chin area are quite popular as well. For men, the chest and abdomen are the most common areas.

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Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

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Natural looking iposuction is one of the most versatile procedures that Dr. Jason Roostaeian performs. It remains the gold standard for fat removal. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may be an ideal candidate for natural looking liposuction with Dr. Jason:

  • Double chin
  • Excess arm fat
  • Stubborn fat pockets in the abdomen, flanks, back, bra roll
  • Excess thigh fat

Natural looking liposuction results

Dr. Roostaeian specializes in creating the most stunningly natural plastic surgery, which means that when you choose him as your liposuction surgeon, you will experience a result that looks as though you may have been born with it. Dr. Jason carefully considers your aesthetic goals and vision in order to provide you with the best most natural looking result possible.

UCLA liposuction consultation

Coming in for a consultation with Dr. Roostaeian is the best way to determine whether liposuction is right for you.

During your meeting, you’ll have the chance to explain your concerns and ask as many questions as you need, without being rushed or feeling obligated to book a procedure. Dr. Roostaeian prefers to listen and get to know patients first, which helps him guide you to a solution that works best for you. Together, you’ll discuss the look you’re trying to achieve, and you’ll be able to view standardized before and after photos of Dr. Jason’s previous results that are similar to your aesthetic goals.

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All consultation fees may be credited to any subsequent service performed by Dr. Jason. To book a consultation, please complete the form and we will contact you within two business days.

Alternatively, you may call 310.825.8827 to speak with Lili to make an appointment.

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      Everything you need to know about liposuction


      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


      During your consultation, Dr. Roostaeian will listen to your goals, answer any questions, and help you determine the best treatment plan for you. If you decide to reserve a date for your liposuction, Dr. Jason’s surgery coordinator, Lili, will also schedule you a pre-op appointment to take place about a week or two prior to your surgery.

      As with any surgical procedure, you must be physically and mentally fit for liposuction. To ensure patient safety, Dr. Jason only operates on patients who do not smoke, who have achieved a healthy weight range, and who have received anesthesia clearance by their primary physician.

      Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

      Patients with good skin elasticity and tone who have stubborn, diet resistant fat pockets may be ideal candidates for liposuction with Dr. Roostaeian.

      In addition, Dr. Jason will only perform liposuction on patients who meet the following criteria:

      • Are in good health
      • Do not smoke
      • Are able to avoid any blood-thinning medications for several weeks
      • Have been cleared for surgery by a primary care physician
      • Have reasonable expectations and aesthetic goals
      How do I find the best liposuction surgeon?

      When searching for the best liposuction surgeon to perform your liposuction, Dr. Roostaeian advises you to consider several key factors:

      1. Credentials and Certifications: Research your prospective liposuction surgeon online – not just on their website, but on industry credentialing sites such as www.surgery.org, which lists board certified plastic surgeons. Do not choose a cosmetic surgeon who is a member of the ABCS – they do not receive the extensive training and oversight that plastic surgeons do. Look for plastic/cosmetic surgeons like Dr. Roostaeian, who are ABPS and ASAPS members.
      2. Before and After Photos: The doctor you choose to perform your liposuction should be happy to show you an extensive array of standardized before and after photographs. Scrutinize them carefully, making sure the lighting is consistent and the various views are shown with detail. View enough liposuction surgery pictures to determine whether or not the work is of high quality, with an aesthetic that matches your personal goals. Dr. Jason strives to provide patients with the highest quality of standardized liposuction photographs so you can feel confident in your choice. Click here to view Dr. Jason’s gallery of before and after liposuction photos. [LINK]
      3. Office and Surgery Facility: Before choosing an aesthetic surgeon to perform your liposuction surgery, closely evaluate the office staff, as well as the surgery facility. All of the staff should be helpful and friendly, and pleased to provide you with detailed information about their operating rooms and equipment. Dr. Jason and his staff are proud to be affiliated with UCLA, world renowned for state-of-the-art surgical facilities and patient care. Click to learn more about our top-ranked hospital.[LINK]
      4. Personal Connection: Seeing eye to eye with your liposuction surgeon is just as important as assessing their operating skills. Plastic surgery is a very personal endeavor, and Dr. Jason strongly believes in creating a connection with all of his patients prior to heading into the OR. 


      Click to read Dr. Jason’s blog post How to Find the Best Plastic Surgeon.

      How much does liposuction cost?

      Liposuction costs vary considerably from patient to patient. The exact cost of liposuction surgery will depend on the complexity of your procedure, and whether or not you plan to combine your liposuction with other procedures. You will receive a written quote following your consultation.

      Can I combine liposuction with other procedures?

      Yes, Dr. Jason Roostaeian often combines liposuction with other procedures of the breast, body, or face. Liposuction of the flanks and abdomen are commonly part of a “mommy makeover.” Dr. Jason was the lead author on a study, Comparison of Limited-Undermining Lipoabdominoplasty and Traditional Abdominoplasty Using Laser Fluorescence Imaging, published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal that objectively evaluated the safety of performing liposuction of belly fat at the same time as a tummy tuck. This breakthrough procedure is able to achieve more dramatic results in a single procedure.

      Should I lose weight before liposuction?

      Dr. Jason advises that in order to achieve the best possible result in body contouring it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This should be started before surgery so that you can keep it going after surgery. Although you will have to take a break from exercise for a few weeks during your recovery, it important to maintain a well-balanced diet. Many of Dr. Jason’s patients are more motivated by their new body shape following surgery and want to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

      How do I prepare for liposuction?

      When preparing for a body lift procedure, follow all instructions issued by Dr. Roostaeian, his office, and the staff at the UCLA Surgery Center. These guidelines include, but are not limited to:

      • No food or drink prior to surgery
      • Shower/cleanse the area prior to coming in for surgery
      • Avoid certain drugs and supplements before and after surgery
      • Arrange transportation
      • Ensure you will have help around the house for the first few days
      • Obtain prescription and non-prescription medications ahead of time, including pain meds
      • Choose to wear loose, comfortable clothing
      • Plan out sleeping and resting arrangements (Which side of the bed is easiest to navigate to/from? Do I have enough pillows to make sleep/rest comfortable?)
      • Have frequently used items handy – you won’t be able to lift or strain right away
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      When you arrive for your liposuction surgery, the UCLA Surgery Center nurses will prepare you for your operation. Dr. Roostaeian will stop in to answer any remaining questions you may have, and to make surgical markings for the OR.

      Once you have received the anesthesia and are comfortably sleeping, Dr. Jason will perform your liposuction as discussed during your previous meetings.

      Dr. Jason will explain to you during your consultation that sometimes, a surgical plan may need to be slightly amended depending upon what is revealed in the operating room. He will make adjustments as needed in order to achieve the results that you’ve agreed upon. 

      Will I have local or general anesthesia during my body lift?

      Liposuction surgery with Dr. Roostaeian can be under strict local, sedation with local, or general anesthesia depending on the number of areas and the amount of fat to be removed.

      Dr. Jason will review your anesthesia plan with you prior to your liposuction procedure.

      What happens during liposuction surgery?

      A liposuction procedure with Dr. Jason Roostaeian typically lasts approximately one to two hours when performed by itself. It often can be done without undergoing general anesthesia. Patients receive some oral medications to feel more relaxed when general anesthesia is not used. The procedure begins with making a very small (~5mm) incision and filling the layers underneath the skin in the areas to be treated with fluid. The purpose of the fluid is to not only numb the entire area but also to minimize bruising and facilitate fat removal. Immediately after the procedure a compression garment is placed. 

      Is liposuction an outpatient procedure?

      Typically, liposuction with Dr. Jason is an  outpatient procedure, meaning you will go home after you’re cleared by the UCLA Surgery Center staff.

      A single overnight stay can be recommended with very high volumes of fat being removed or when combined with multiple other procedures.

      How long does liposuction take?

      The duration of liposuction with Dr. Jason Roostaeian varies from patient to patient. Typically, liposuction takes 1- 4 hours depending on the number of areas and the amount of fat to be removed.

      Liposuction recovery

      Prior to your liposuction procedure, Dr. Roostaeian will go over what you can expect after your surgery and answer any questions you may have. Before being discharged from the UCLA Surgery Center, you will receive detailed post-op instructions from the staff, as well as information about your follow-up appointment with Dr. Jason. If at any time you have a question or concern after your surgery, our staff is available to assist you. Dr. Jason cares deeply about providing the highest standard of care for his patients, and will closely monitor your healing process.

      As with any surgical procedure, recovery from liposuction proceeds in stages. While everyone’s healing process is different, you may expect the immediate recovery period to take about one to two weeks, followed by an activity restriction. Full healing and results will be apparent around the 3-4 month mark, while your scar (if applicable) and swelling will continue to improve for 6 months to one year.


      When will I see my final liposuction results?

      You’ll see the final results of your liposuction surgery after about six weeks, when all swelling has subsided. For a liposuction scar to fully mature, however, it takes at least 6 months to a year. Over this time you will see your scars become barely visible, they will lighten in color and become softer to the touch.

      How long does it take to heal after liposuction?

      After a body lift procedure with Dr. Jason Roostaeian, the majority of the swelling will likely subside within a week while some mild swelling may persist for a few more weeks. Within one week after surgery you will visit Dr. Jason as a follow up so he can check on your healing and answer any questions.

      Your incisions will be healed and you can return to most activities by 6 weeks. Full activities such as strenuous workouts, running, etc. is best to wait until 3 months, when your scars have achieved full strength. Over the next six months, you will see your scars become barely visible, they will lighten in color and become softer to the touch.

      When can I exercise or work out after a liposuction?

      For the first 2 weeks following liposuction with Dr. Roostaeian, you want to avoid straining (lifting anything more than 5 lbs), or getting your heart rate/blood pressure up as this can lead to bleeding. After 2-3 weeks you should avoid mechanical forces that will stress or put tension on your healing incisions for 3 months. This means you should avoid high impact activities that lead to excessive movement of your body, such a running.  Listen to what your body is telling you at all times, for instance stop the workout if you experience any new discomfort. Remember, getting plenty of rest and reducing your overall activity will give you time to heal and speed up your recovery.

      What does a liposuction scar look like?

      The scar from liposuction with Dr. Roostaeian is very minimal and hardly noticeable (only a few millimeters at each incision point). During your initial body lift consultation with Dr. Jason he will discuss what to expect based on your personal needs and surgery.

      Please visit Dr. Jason’s liposuction gallery to view examples of typical liposuction scars.

      What is liposuction recovery like?

      Immediately after your liposuction procedure with Dr. Roostaeian, a compression garment is placed. In most cases you can go home within a few hours. For the first day or two after surgery there is some leakage from the liposuction incision sites. The majority of swelling and bruising will subside at about a week while some mild swelling can persist for a few more weeks. Within one week after surgery you will visit Dr. Jason as a follow up so he can check on your healing and answer any questions.

      When can I return to work after my liposuction?

      When you can return to work after liposuction surgery with Dr. Jason really depends on how much was removed and what you do for work. If a minimal amount is removed and you have a desk job you can typically return to work within a few days or a weekend. If your profession is more physically demanding, Dr. Jason recommends to wait at least 1 week before returning to work. Remember, you do not want to strain or lift anything that weighs more than ten pounds for the first 2 weeks.

      How long do the results of liposuction last?

      Patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle will enjoy the result of their liposuction procedure with Dr. Jason for decades. Significant increases in weight, however, may change the appearance of you result.

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      To say this man is a genius is an understatement. I knew how skilled he was based on his specialty, education, residency, etc. However, I am completely blown away by the final product of my nose.

      I had a septoplasty and rhinoplasty a week ago and at one week post-op, the results of my nose are beyond what I could have ever imagined. . .

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