If you are considering liposuction, you may already be familiar with the surgical process and the potential results you can expect: a more sculpted body with targeted areas of fat eliminated. However, you may not know that there are actually multiple techniques for removing fat through liposuction.

William Bruno Plastic Surgery is an experienced provider of high-quality procedures in West Hollywood. Liposuction is available via the tumescent or ultrasound approach, depending on the patient’s fit with the procedure.

Tumescent Liposuction

When you think of liposuction, you’re likely thinking of tumescent liposuction as it is the most common form of the procedure.

West Hollywood plastic surgeon Dr. Bruno begins the procedure by injecting a mixture of salt water (saline), anesthetic, and a drug that constricts the blood vessels. This helps in removing the fat, relieves pain, and increases swelling in the areas from which fat will be removed.

Dr. Bruno then makes small incisions to insert the cannula: a thin tube connected to a vacuum which suctions fat and fluids out of your body. He pushes the cannula through these materials in order to break them loose. Dr. Bruno uses a steady, gentle technique to minimize trauma and aid in recovery.

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Ultrasound Liposuction

West Hollywood liposuction patients may be good candidates for an alternative type of procedure: ultrasound liposuction. In this approach, Dr. Bruno uses a specialized cannula that transmits ultrasound vibrations within the body. These vibrations destroy the walls of fat cells, turning them liquid and making them easier to remove.

The procedure offers a few benefits. For example, it takes about as long as tumescent liposuction but results in slightly less blood loss. Also, because fat is liquefied, less vigorous motions are necessary to break up the fat. This means that patients may experience less trauma from their surgery.

Developing A Plan For Your Liposuction

Regardless of the approach that Dr. Bruno uses, you can expect the same experience in the lead up to surgery and our practice’s medical support following liposuction.

  • West Hollywood liposuction patients will meet with Dr. Bruno in pre-operative visits to discuss their goals and medical history.
  • Together, they will identify areas of fat to target, whether they are in the hips, thighs, abdomen, or arms.
  • Dr. Bruno will evaluate whether the patient is a good candidate for surgery and determine whether tumescent or ultrasound liposuction is most suitable.
  • After medical clearance, our practice will schedule the procedure as an outpatient operation in an accredited medical facility.

Following surgery, Dr. Bruno and his team will visit with you to ensure that you are progressing in your recovery. The length of the recovery will depend on how extensive the operation is. However, after about three days, most patients can return to work, drive, and perform most of their regular activities.

Now that you know about some of the options available, contact William Bruno Plastic Surgery for a free consultation about liposuction in West Hollywood. Call (310) 905-8961.