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Many men and women come to Dr. Robert Cohen for his Beverly Hills/West Hollywood liposuction procedures because they’re frustrated about the areas of fat on their bodies that persist despite their dedication to a proper diet and consistent exercise routine.

Due to genetics, fat can collect more in certain areas than others—and those areas are often the most difficult to lose. Dr. Cohen performs liposuction to shape and refine contours of the face and body, taking into account the underlying muscle and bone structure, as well as the fat beneath the skin.

For the best results, Dr. Cohen carefully chooses liposuction patients who have realistic goals and the proper skin quality (i.e., enough elasticity to “shrink wrap” around the new contours).

If you’re interested in visiting Dr. Cohen’s Beverly Hills/West Hollywood office to discover if liposuction can benefit you, please request a consultation or call (310) 620-7855 to schedule an appointment.

Am I a candidate for Beverly Hills Liposuction?

Good candidates for abdominal liposuction in West Hollywood are at a stable weight, have a BMI of 30 or under, and want to slim down localized areas of fat.

Skin quality also matters. Firm, elastic skin shrinks down over contoured areas more nicely than skin that is lax, inelastic, and has a lot of stretch marks. This type of skin will likely provide sub-optimal results.

Dr. Cohen performs liposuction to contour most areas of the body, including:

  • Submental (under the chin)
  • Male chest
  • Bra fat
  • Underarm fat
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks (a.k.a. “love handles” or “muffin top”)
  • Upper arms
  • Outer thighs (a.k.a. “saddle bags”)
  • Inner thighs
  • Inner knees

Generally, men are interested in achieving a leaner, more athletic look, while women often want to highlight their feminine curves.

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Surgical details for Liposuction

Dr. Cohen typically performs West Hollywood liposuction as an outpatient procedure accompanied by a board-certified M.D. anesthesiologist. 

The liposuction procedure begins with tumescent solution being infiltrated into the areas of targeted fat to control pain, inhibit bleeding, and engorge the tissue.

Tiny incisions are made in well-hidden locations, and then a thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted into these incisions. 

Dr. Cohen then uses power-assisted liposuction, which involves a device that rapidly vibrates the cannula back and forth as the fat is suctioned away. 

These vibrations make it easier to move the cannula through the tissue, which makes fat removal gentler, enhances precision, and improves recovery time over the tumescent technique alone.

Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed with a single stitch each.

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Ideal candidates for Liposuction

Dr. Cohen shares how he determines who makes a good candidate for liposuction, and which areas of the body this versatile treatment can improve.

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Liposuction recovery and results

Because liposuction procedures vary greatly between patients, recovery time varies as well. The recovery period and experience will depend on whether other procedures are combined with liposuction and other variables, including:

  • Areas treated
  • Amount of fat removed
  • Density of fat and subcutaneous tissues
  • Individual healing rates and tolerance for pain

In general, patients experience swelling and bruising during recovery. Discomfort usually subsides after a few days and may be managed with prescription or over-the-counter pain medication.

What to expect

While it’s important to rest, you also need to walk around several times a day to increase circulation and promote healing.

Immediately after your West Hollywood liposuction surgery, the treated areas will often look slimmer, giving you a close approximation of what you will eventually look like. After that, swelling will set in and will obscure improvements temporarily.

Patients will need to wear compression garments for six weeks to limit the degree of swelling, and to help the skin to conform smoothly to their slimmer contours.

Once the swelling has dissipated (which can take 3-6 months or longer for true final results), the results should be fully visible. The incisions typically heal into tiny, thin scars and are barely noticeable.

It's important to exercise and eat properly in a consistent manner in order to maintain your newly slimmer contours.

Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction

When will I be able to get back to my normal activities?

Healing rates vary, so patients need to give themselves plenty of time to get back to their normal routines. In general, patients are ready to go back to non-strenuous jobs within a week, and activity restrictions are typically lifted within 4-6 weeks.

What’s better for me—liposuction or a tummy tuck?

Liposuction is excellent for reducing areas of excess fat. If you have a tummy bulge or lax skin on your abdomen, a tummy tuck will be needed to repair stretched and separated abdominal muscles and remove excess skin.

Dr. Cohen usually complements tummy tuck results with liposuction of the waist, flanks, and thighs.

Is it safe to combine liposuction with other plastic surgery procedures?

Yes. Dr. Cohen has published two scientific articles evaluating the safety of performing multiple, simultaneous procedures.

Each paper, which reviewed results in over 400 patients, demonstrated that the safety of combined procedures was equivalent to that of individual procedures.

Which procedures to you commonly combine with liposuction?

Although liposuction is a very effective body contouring tool on its own, Dr. Cohen frequently combines it with a tummy tuck and mommy makeover procedure for more comprehensive results.

Liposuction is also the first step in fat grafting, which can add volume to the breasts and other areas when unwanted fat is transferred from one area to another.

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