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Liposuction in Santa Monica, CA

Whether from age, lifestyle, or life events, many men and women struggle with excess pockets of fat. Conversely, others suffer from volume loss in areas of their face. While these cosmetic issues can be frustrating and even cause men and women to feel self-conscious, liposuction surgery can help give patients a more youthful and contoured appearance and help solve both of the above concerns.

Liposuction surgery is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that is used to remove unwanted subcutaneous fat from various areas of the face. Not only is it a safe and effective procedure for eliminating unwanted fat, but it is also one of the most trusted plastic surgery procedures available.


What Can Liposuction Surgery Do?


Reduce Fat

Liposuction is used to remove unwanted and stubborn fat from the face and body.

During the procedure, fat in the targeted area(s) is suctioned out of the face or body to leave patients with a smoother and more contoured appearance.

With regards to the face, liposuction can be used to create a more shapely and defined jawline (getting rid of a double chin) or to remove excess fat in the neck (to help correct a “turkey neck”).


Restore Lost Volume

Fat grafting (also known as fat transfer) is one of the most transformative procedures available. Many people find themselves suffering from sunken areas of the face, especially underneath the eyes and in the cheeks, lips, and along the jawline.

For this procedure, liposuction is used to remove fat from an area of the body. This fat is then processed and injected into areas of the body where volume loss has occurred. Fat transfer helps patients enjoy a more youthful appearance.


Increase Confidence

Many people who suffer from excess fat in their faces (or from volume loss in their faces) feel embarrassed about their appearance. This can cause them to cover their faces with hats, glasses, and other accessories. However, liposuction can help patients regain confidence in the way their faces and bodies look. No longer will they feel the need to hide themselves away from others. Instead, men and women can feel comfortable with others seeing them for who they really are.

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The Liposuction Procedure Process

Liposuction Consultation

Your consultation with Dr. Butler is one of the most important aspects of your liposuction procedure.

During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic concerns and ask any questions you may have. Additionally, Dr. Butler will:

  • Examine your condition
  • Review your medical history
  • Discuss your desired goals for your liposuction
  • Create a surgical plan for you
  • Explain the surgical plan
  • Give you any pre- or post-surgical instructions


Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia; however, general anesthesia is generally reserved for patients who are undergoing more extensive liposuction procedures. Either anesthesia option will limit the pain and discomfort that you experience during your surgery.

Dr. Butler offers tumescent liposuction, which involves injecting a solution into the treatment area to expand the fat layer. The tumescent solution can help to relieve pain both during and after your liposuction procedure.

Liposuction Procedure

Once the anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Butler will make small incisions in your treatment area(s). A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is then inserted through the incisions and is used to loosen the excess fat. Once the fat is loose, it is vacuumed out of the treatment area through the cannula.

Along with increased comfort during the procedure, tumescent liposuction is generally considered a safer alternative to traditional liposuction and also does not require sutures to be used once the surgery is complete.

What to Expect After Liposuction


Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction

Am I a liposuction candidate?

Liposuction is a fantastic plastic surgery procedure for men and women who struggle with excess fat and/or areas of volume loss in the face. If you think that liposuction can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, then please schedule your consultation with Dr. Butler.

Liposuction candidates are non-smoking men and women who are at or near their ideal weight, are in good general health, and have realistic expectations for their results.

What procedures can be combined with liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the most versatile procedures available. That is because it can be used as a standalone plastic surgery procedure and can be combined with numerous other facial procedures. Some surgical procedures that liposuction can be combined with include facelift surgery and neck lift surgery.

How much is liposuction in Santa Monica?

Like with any plastic surgery or cosmetic treatment, liposuction cost varies for each individual and procedure. The cost is based on numerous factors, including the type of anesthesia used, the extent of the surgery, the number of areas being treated, and whether or not your liposuction is being combined with any other procedures.

What are the side effects of liposuction?

Every cosmetic surgery procedure includes some side effects. Liposuction side effects include:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Soreness

Though rare, there are some complications associated with liposuction surgery, including:

  • Asymmetry
  • Lumpiness in the skin
  • Numbness
  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to the anesthesia
  • Scarring

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