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Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons located in Pasadena, CA

Liposuction is the leading form of cosmetic surgery in the United States and one of the most effective ways to attain a fit and well-proportioned appearance. Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Gordon Sasaki, MD, FACS, at Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center in Pasadena, California, has worked with leading technology companies over the years to help develop ground-breaking techniques such as water-jet, ultrasonic, laser-assisted, and power-assisted liposuction. Find out which of these advanced liposuction techniques is best for you by calling Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center today or booking an appointment online.

Liposuction Q & A

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess fat from problem areas.

The healthiest way to attain a fit, toned body is through healthy eating habits and safe exercise programs. Despite these efforts, some individuals may still retain areas of localized, stubborn fat deposits that don't respond to exercise.

Areas that liposuction can treat include:

  • Cheeks
  • Neck
  • Breasts
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Ankles

If you're concerned by the extra fat bulges on your face or body, Dr. Sasaki can use liposuction techniques to remove them.

How does liposuction work?

There are several techniques Dr. Sasaki can use to perform successful liposuction:

Traditional liposuction

The original approach to liposuction involves passing a hollow tube called a cannula back and forth under negative pressure to remove fat cells.

Power-assisted liposuction (PAL)

PAL removes fat by passing a mechanically moving hollow cannula back and forth under negative pressure to sculpt the fatty layers.

Water-jet assisted liposuction

Water jets use gentle water pressure to detach fat cells from the surrounding tissues and suction them away.

Ultrasonic liposuction

Using ultrasonic sound waves and ultrasound guidance, Dr. Sasaki liquefies fat cells in the targeted area before their removal.

Laser-assisted liposuction

The laser energy heats the targeted fat cells and destroys them.

Dr. Sasaki also uses liposculpture techniques to move fat around instead of removing it, giving you a more toned and shapely appearance.

What should I do if I'm interested in having liposuction?

Your first step is a consultation with Dr. Sasaki. He reviews your complete medical history and performs a detailed physical examination. Special considerations may be necessary if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, or you've previously had surgery in the target areas.

Dr. Sasaki goes over the procedure with you and explains how liposuction can improve your body contours by removing excess areas of fat deposits. It's important that you understand what results you're likely to achieve before undergoing liposuction.

Dr. Sasaki also performs a Futrex® body composition analysis that helps determine your ideal weight and body mass index (BMI) and provides a direct measurement of body fat (essential, reserve, and excess body fat).

Futrex’s superior near-infrared technology also provides you with a personalized body metrics report of nutritional and exercise information to give you a complete picture of your fitness and wellness.

Are there alternatives to liposuction?

If you're not ready to undergo liposuction surgery, Dr. Sasaki offers noninvasive options like CoolSculpting®, which uses Cryolipolysis™ to freeze fat cells. The treated cells break down over the following months and disappear, leaving you with a more refined shape.

Dr. Sasaki also offers KYBELLA® injectable treatments to improve the appearance of moderate to severe fat beneath the chin (submental fat) by physically destroying fat cells. 

Find out more about the range of liposuction and body contouring treatments available at Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.