Many people struggle with areas of stubborn unwanted fat which remain even after following healthy diets and exercising regularly. For this reason, liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed around the world. Dr. Ourian proudly offers his signature High Definition Liposuction (or HD liposuction) procedures to his patients. Through use of these advanced liposuction techniques, patients can enjoy a natural-looking, toned, athletic, and balanced body contour. Dr. Ourian, an Ivy-League trained plastic surgeon, offers arguably the best Liposuction Los Angeles has to offer.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, also called liposculpture, body contouring, fat removal surgery, and commonly referred to as just “lipo” is a type of cosmetic surgery designed to permanently remove unwanted, stubborn fat cells. Even among the most active individuals, stubborn fat deposits can remain in so-called “problem areas,” disrupting the toned and athletic physique that so many Los Angeles area plastic surgery patients work hard for. Liposuction removes this fat, creating a sculpted body contour.


At A Glance

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Surgery Length: 1 - 5 Hours

Recovery Time: 3 - 7 Days

Anesthesia: General

Who is a Good Candidate for a Liposuction?

Before you choose to undergo liposuction in Beverly Hills, you should understand that this is not a weight-loss procedure. While liposuction permanently removes fat cells, it is not suitable for those who should lose a significant amount of weight for their health. Therefore, good candidates this procedure are at a stable weight and within 30% of their ideal, healthy weight. You should also have firm and elastic skin so that you are not left with excess loose skin after the procedure. Otherwise, good candidates should be generally healthy and, ideally, nonsmokers.

What are the various types of liposuction available?

Mini Liposuction

Mini Liposuction is a procedure that targets small, very specific areas of unwanted fat.  As this procedure is meant to provide a micro-level of contouring and correction, the “cannula” that is used during the procedure is thinner.

360 Liposuction (360 Lipo)

360 Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure, in which various areas are simultaneously liposculpted to best accentuate feminine curves.  Areas that area often treated during this procedure includes the abdomen, bra rolls, flanks, love handles, and back areas.

High definition liposuction (HD Liposuction)

HD-Lipo involves removing fat in very precise areas, while performing liposculpture around muscle groups to create a more muscular and defined physique. This can be used to create six-pack abs appearance and a V shaped torso.

Laser Liposuction (Laser lipo) and VASER Liposuction (VASER lipo)

“Laser liposuction” is a broad term that includes several technologies.  For example, VASER liposuction uses ultrasonic technology to break down fat prior to suctioning.  Other modalities of include radiofrequency, which can tighten loose skin after liposuction.

Renuvion J-Plasma

Renuvion J-Plasma is used to “shrink wrap” the skin onto the body and underlying muscles after liposuction.  This is particularly useful in patients with loose skin.

How is Liposuction Performed?

Dr. Ourian’s Beverly Hills Liposuction procedure may be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the surgery. To perform liposuction, Dr. Ourian will first make a small 5 millimeter incision or series of incisions at the treatment area. A cannula, or a thin, hollow tube, is then inserted into the incision. The cannula will first be used to manually loosen the excess fat using a controlled motion using a saline solution called tumescent. Finally, the fat will be removed using suction and the incisions will be closed using sutures. 

Liposuction can be performed to remove fat in virtually any area of the body. The most commonly treated areas are:

  • Neck and under the chin
  • Abdomen or stomach liposuction 
  • Back, commonly called the “bra roll” or “back rolls”
  • Flanks, commonly called “love handles”
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Inner thighs
  • Out thighs
  • Knees

What is Liposuction Recovery Like?

After your procedure, you can expect swelling, mild bruising, and some soreness. You will be be required to wear compression garments to help control swelling and preserve your new shape during the healing process. Dr. Ourian will advise how long you should continue wearing these garments. Because of swelling, your final results will not be visible immediately after the procedure. You can expect swelling to subside, revealing your final results, at about 6 months after the procedure.

After liposuction, most patients can return to work or other day-to-day activities within 1 week, depending on whether or not their jobs are physically demanding. More strenuous activities, like exercise, can typically be resumed after about three or four weeks.

Beverly Hills plastic surgery patients frequently combine liposuction with other body contouring procedures with the overall goal of creating a balanced and enhanced appearance throughout the body.

Liposuction is frequently combined with a Brazilian Butt Lift, or BBL. BBL utilizes liposuction to achieve lifted, sculpted buttocks, so patients commonly choose to have liposuction performed on additional areas of the body at the same time as their BBL procedure.

In addition, liposuction may be combined with breast procedures, such as a breast lift or breast augmentation. If a patient has been considering both procedures, they may find it saves them time or reduces the cost to have these performed in combination.

Finally, liposuction may be performed with various body lift procedures, such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or arm lift. This is often chosen after a patient has lost a significant amount of weight and is now left with loose skin. Liposuction paired with a body lift procedure can help these patients enjoy the body contours they have worked hard to achieve.

How Much Does Liposuction cost in Los Angeles?

The cost of liposuction in Los Angeles depends on the number of areas you are choosing to treat, the amount of fat that is being removed, the expertise of the surgeon performing your procedure, and the geographical area in which the procedure is being performed. Thus, the cost of liposuction in Beverly Hills can range considerably. Dr. Ourian’s patient concierge will be able to give you a more specific estimate for the cost of your procedure during your thorough consultation.


Frequently asked questions

How much fat can be removed with liposuction?
During a single liposuction procedure, it is possible to remove up to 5 liters or more of fat. Note that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, and that the amount of fat removed will be determined based on achieving a balanced body contour according to your aesthetic goals. Dr. Ourian will determine how much fat can be safely removed during a consultation.
Can I gain weight after liposuction?
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells. However, you can still gain weight after the procedure, and you will likely carry extra weight in different areas of the body that were not treated during your liposuction procedure. Eating a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly are key to maintaining your liposuction results.
Will I have scars after liposuction?
It is possible to have scars after liposuction, but these are small and inconspicuous. The incisions used for liposuction are small, so scarring after the procedure is minimal.
Will I have loose skin after liposuction
Depending on your skin quality, Dr. Ourian may recommend undergoing radiofrequency skin tightening, called Renuvion J-Plasma, at the time of your liposuction. This will lower the chance of having loose skin after your liposuction procedure.