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Liposuction in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Beverly Hills

Liposuction involves the removal of excess fat using a few tiny incisions placed on the skin. The goal of surgery is to re-sculpt troublesome areas of the body in order to achieve a slimmer waistline, thighs, hips, torso, abdomen, calves, ankles, or jaw line.  If you are considering liposuction for your face or body, schedule a comprehensive consultation with our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Karamanoukian in his Santa Monica and Los Angeles offices by calling (310) 998-5533.

Liposuction techniques, coupled with laser skin tightening, stretch mark removal, Brazilian Cellulite Treatment, and body sculpting can give you a dream body.  Dr. Karamanoukian provides expertise in body contouring surgery.

There are several types of liposuction performed throughout the world. Essentially, there are three categories of liposuction that are most commonly performed.

1. Conventional liposuction.

2. Power-Assisted liposuction.

3. Ultrasound-Assisted liposuction.

Types of Anesthesia for Liposuction:

Depending on the area treated and the individual needs of each patient, liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia (with the patient awake), under IV sedation (twilight sleep), or under general anesthesia.

Recovery after Liposuction:

Recovery after liposuction is roughly 1 to 2 weeks and ranges from patient to patient. During this time, patients resume normal work activi- ties but may experience bruising in certain areas, and sporadic pain. A compression garment is recommended for 1 to 3 months after surgery.

Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs - Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in LA

Is chin liposuction performed under local anesthesia?  Chin liposuction can be performed with a type of local anesthesia known as tumescent liposuction.  Tumescent liposuction can be performed with a patient awake.  You will be able to discuss these options with Dr. Karamanoukian during your consultation by calling (310) 998-5533.


Laser Liposuction in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills


Laser liposuction is a special type of liposuction that uses laser energy to melt fat before it is suctioned out of the body.  The benefits of laser assisted liposuction are that it reduces the overall risk of rippling and contour irregularities while at the same time shrinking the skin.  Laser liposuction can be used to remove fat from the following areas:


Chin Liposuction


Neck Liposuction


Abdominal Liposuction


Flank LIposuction


Back Liposuction


Thigh Liposuction


Hip Liposuction


Knee Liposuction


Buttock Liposuction

Abdominal Liposuction 


If you are considering a liposuction procedure for the lower abdomen after pregnancy, a microsculpt liposuction procedure may be appropriate for you.  After pregnancy, women may develop a small area of excess fat along the lower abdomen in an area between the pubis and belly button.  This area can often be exacerbated after a C-section for women who also have a linear scar along the C-section line.  This area can be improved with diet and exercise, but some women feel that this area represents a stubborn area of fat, rendering it almost permanent given its low response rate to caloric restriction.  Physicians believe that this resistance of fat is due to hormonal fat that is more responsive to estrogen and progesterone and less responsive to metabolic caloric restriction.


Liposuction of the abdomen and waist with Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian a premier plastic surgeon at Kare Plastic Surgery in Santa Monica. Remove excess fat and contour your waistline with top surgeon Dr. Karamanoukian. Top reviews and contact information for Kare Plastic Surgery and Dr. Karamanoukian. Liposuction


The lower abdomen is particularly responsive to a technique utilized and perfected by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian. Microsculpt liposuction is performed using very small incisions placed in well hidden areas of the lower abdomen, most commonly inside the belly button.  Using these small incisions, a liposuction cannula is used to gently remove fat from the area without invasive surgery or cutting.  This avoids the need for a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck in patients who do not want to undergo major surgery or be forced to undergo a long period of recovery. 


The microsculpt liposuction for the lower abdomen is great for women who have recently been pregnant and are trying hard to restore their prepregnancy weight and body.  If you have strong abdominal muscles and are regularly dieting and exercising, the lower abdomen liposuction procedure performed in our Los Angeles plastic surgery office may help you achieve your desired body contour. 


Our office performs lower abdomen liposuction and post pregnancy mommy makeover surgery for women of all ages, whether you were just pregnant and want to improve your body, or whether you had children years ago and now want to restore a more toned body.  Abdominal liposuction, tummy tuck surgery, mini tummy tuck, breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction surgery are all options for a mommy makeover procedure. 


The first step in scheduling a liposuction procedure is to schedule a consultation with our double board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American College of Phlebology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Phlebology (Vein Surgery).


Laser liposuction is one of a number of liposuction techniques that Dr. Karamanoukian employs to sculpt the face and body.  Dr. Karamanoukian is a board certified plastic surgeon and liposuction expert who uses traditional liposuction, tumescent liposuction, ultrasound assisted liposuction, and laser liposuction to reduce unwanted areas of fat from the body.  If you are considering laser liposuction surgery, schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Karamanoukian in his Santa Monica and Los Angeles offices by calling (310) 998-5533.

Thigh Liposuction in Los Angeles


The inner thighs are common area for excess fat accumulation as a result of weight gain, hormones, pregnancy, or genetics.  The inner thighs tend to hold a disproportionate amount of fat that may make wearing jeans uncomfortable or even difficult.  The treatment of inner thighs fat revolves around techniques used for liposuction.  The inner thigh is particularly responsive to mini liposuction or laser liposuction as the area contours very well post treatment.


Many options are available for liposuction including mini liposuction of the thighs.  The mini liposuction technique involves placement of two micro incisions along the groin area in a well-hidden crease.  These incisions are then use to liposuction fat from the deeper subcutaneous areas of the inner thigh.  The procedure may take as little as one half hour to perform and can be completed under local anesthesia, tumescent anesthesia, or general anesthesia.  In our Los Angeles plastic surgery office, Dr. Karamanoukian is an expert in mini liposuction and traditional liposuction procedures.  He has received outstanding reviews and his credentials include double board certification and numerous honors and awards.  If you are considering mini liposuction to the thigh area, you are not alone.  The inner thigh is a very common area of liposuction because the presence of excess fat is pervasive among women and men.  The first step in scheduling a mini liposuction treatment to the inner thighs begins with a consultation request by calling 310-998-5533.  Our dedicated team of plastic surgery patient care coordinators can help you schedule an appointment for consultation.  During your liposuction consultation in Los Angeles, Dr. Karamanoukian will review your medical history, obtain a pertinent examination of the area, and recommend a treatment protocol that incorporates less invasive liposuction technique rather than invasive surgery.  Inner thigh liposuction is particularly beneficial for those who have lost significant amount of weight and who are still suffering from fatty areas around the thighs.


Mini liposuction can be performed alongside other areas of liposuction including the outer hips, saddlebags, lower stomach line, calves, and arms.  If you have further questions about liposuction of the inner thighs, call our office at 310-998-5533.


Chin Liposuction


Liposuction of the chin is one of the leading minimally invasive procedures for facial rejuvenations.  Many patients develop excess fatty tissue underneath the chin and jawline.  This excess fat may underline the facial contour and can obscure a definition of the jawline.


In patients with excess chin and neck fat, a chin liposuction procedure can eliminate the double chin and further define the neck line.  The procedure is performed in an ambulatory surgical center under sterile conditions.  Tumescent anesthesia is used to numb the area and a small liposuction cannula is used in a micro-sculpt fashion to remove the excess fat of the neck area and chin area.  Chin and neck liposuction can provide enormous benefits in a very short period of time using small incisions.  Recovery depends on the individual patient’s likelihood of bruising and is usually limited to several days.  If you are considering chin and neck liposuction or a facial rejuvenation procedure for the chin and neck, please call our Los Angeles plastic surgery office at 310-998-5533.



Laser Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions


What is the best method for chin liposuction or neck liposuction?  Dr. Karamanoukian performs tumescent liposuction, ultrasound liposuction, and laser assisted liposuction on the neck and chin areas.  In patients that have redundant skin, it is preferable to use laser or ultrasound assisted liposuction in order to decrease the amount of excess skin.  For more information about chin liposuction or neck liposuction, contact our office by calling (310 998-5533.

VASERlipo now available for Liposuction:

VASER liposuction and VASERlipo are different methods of body sculpting using the latest technologies available for ultrasound and liposuction. Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian uses VASERlipo to sculpt the body, waistline, and areas of excess fat.


Liposuction Revision Surgery in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles

There are several factors that determine the overall success and results of liposuction.  The quality and resiliency of the skin, the evenness of fat aspiration,  the plane of liposuction aspiration, and the area of treatment.  Studies have shown that some areas of the body do far better than others in terms of overall patient satisfaction.  Revision of liposuction scars, irregularities, and contour deficits can be challenging in some cases, and straightforward in others.  The basic premise behind liposuction revision is not to remove more fat, but to restore harmony and proportionality to an individual anatomic area and the body as a whole.

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