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FAQ ABOUT LIPOSUCTION: Questions and Answers about Los Angeles Liposuction



  1. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is double board certified and has expertise in laser liposuction, traditional liposuction, microsculpt liposuction, and ultrasound liposuction. Laser and ultrasound liposuction use high energy to melt away fat and tighten the skin.  All procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and each liposuction type has its advantages.   Schedule a consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian to discuss your options for liposuctionWhat kind of liposuction does Dr. Karamanoukian perform?
  2. What are the most common areas for liposuction treatment? Liposuction can be performed on any area of the body, but is most commonly performed on the neck, arms, abdomen, waistline, back, thighs, and hips.  Dr. Karamanoukian will discuss the amount of liposuction that can be performed on your body after examining the skin resiliency and amount of stretch marks on the area.
  3. What is tumescent liposuction? Liposuction has been around for about thirty years.  Advancements in liposuction have allowed plastic surgeons to minimize risks with liposuction and ‘tumescent liposuction’ is a method whereby a solution of saline, numbing medication, and epinephrine are used as an anesthetic fluid.  The tumescent solution minimizes pain and also minimizes the amount of blood loss and bruising associated with liposuction.  Most liposuction performed in the United States is done with tumescent solution.
  4. How long do results last after liposuction? Unless you have significant weight gain during your life, the results of liposuction are life-long and will allow you to rid yourself of unwanted areas of fat. Results from studies have shown liposuction to be a highly gratifying cosmetic surgery procedure that achieves outstanding results if combined with a normal regimen of diet and exercise.
  5. Is the liposuction performed in the operating room? Dr. Karamanoukian adheres to the highest standards of safety and requires all liposuction procedures to be performed in an accredited and licensed operating room. This maximizes safety and allows for complete sterility during your procedure.  Liposuction can be peformed under local anesthesia for microsculpt techniques, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia.  Our office will arrange an anesthesiologist to administer the anesthetic if general anesthesia or conscious sedation is required.  All anesthesiologists on staff in our surgical center are board certified and state licensed, adhering to the highest standards of safety.
  6. Is bruising a normal part of liposuction? Most patients will have some bruising after liposuction and this usually subsides within one week of surgery.  There are ways to minimize bruising with liposuction, such as avoidance of over the counter blood thinners such as ibuprofen and aspirin.  Remember that the effects of aspirin and ibuprofen stay in your body for weeks, so avoid these medicines for two to three weeks before your procedure.  If you have taken them, simply tell Dr. Karamanoukian during your preoperative appointment.  Our office also recommends using Bruise-Pak supplements prior to surgery to reduce pain and swelling associated with the liposuction.
  7. Can I take Arnica Montana prior to liposuction? Absolutely.  Our office recommends the brand Bruise-Pak for cosmetic surgery because it is chewable and has easy-dosing.  In addition, Bruise-Pak has a more standardized dose of Arnica Montana that makes it suitable for larger cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.
  8. When can I begin exercising again after my liposuction? Dr. Karamanoukian recommends at least two follow-up visits before resuming strenuous exercise and sports activities.  You can restart a basic aerobic regimen within one week of surgery and strenuous yoga or sports about two to three weeks thereafter.
  9. Will liposuction treat my cellulite? Liposuction will improve cellulite to some degree, depending on how severe the cellulite is.  Dr. Karamanoukian is an expert in cellulite treatment and will likely recommend the Brazilian Cellulite Treatment that he developed or Endermologie, a cellulite program developed in France.


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