Liposuction Los Angeles

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that slims and reshapes certain regions of the body. Also known as lipoplasty or liposculpture, this procedure eliminates excess fat deposits through targeted surgical methods. It offers the chance for a patient to improve their body contours and proportions when diet and exercise have reached their limits. Significant advances make it a much safer procedure with fewer side effects or discomfort when performed by an experienced surgeon.

So now you can finally get rid of stubborn pockets of fat and achieve your aesthetic goals. Often, the only way to address this fat is through surgery. No matter how fit or healthy you are, stubborn pockets of fat can seem to linger forever and disrupt body contours.

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Before & Afters

Female patient before and after abdominal liposuction with significant flattening of the stomach area for a refined profile. Patient healed quickly with no complications and maintained her results easily.
Female patient before and after abdominal liposuction with significant flattening of the stomach area for a refined profile. Patient healed quickly with no complications and maintained her results easily.

Where Can Liposuction Be Used?

Liposuction treats persistent fat pockets in various regions of the body, including:
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Thighs, hips, and buttocks
  • Arms, neck, and back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest
  • Cheeks and chin
  • Calves and ankles

We perform it alone or with other plastic surgery procedures. Popular procedures that combine well with it include:

Liposuction should not be considered a treatment for obesity or a replacement for regular exercise and a healthy diet. Although it is not a cure for obesity, it does help patients with folds of fat and skin after significant weight loss.

Types of Liposuction

Dr. Gabbay works with a wide range of patients, providing several options for liposuction that are designed to match the unique needs of individual patients. At his practice in Los Angeles, he offers patients several options, including:

Traditional Liposuction

This is the tried-and-true method of liposuction that works for most patient candidates. It is highly flexible and can help patients with removing stubborn fat almost anywhere on the body.

Liposuction After Massive Weight Loss

Many of our patients seek out an option of liposuction after massive weight loss or after bariatric surgery. While it is typically for patients who have had some weight loss, the usual procedure might not be ideal for patients who have experienced more significant weight loss. The reason is that there are structural differences in the body after such large amounts of weight loss that require some adaption of the procedure in order to still produce results that patients love. That is why lipo after massive weight loss focuses not only on eliminating any remaining pockets of fat, but doing so in a weight that minimizes excess skin. Our goal is for you to have a tighter, slimmer physique that you have worked so hard for.

Liposuction 360

Dr. Gabbay specializes in providing patients with a unique experience that targets fat from multiple parts of the torso. This approach allows patients to see enhanced balance and symmetry in their results, creating a more appealing and refined profile. Patients who choose 360 lipo will have the opportunity for a single procedure that removes stubborn pockets of fat from the abdomen, back, and flanks all at once.  Liposuction 360 not only produces a more emphasized slimming effect but also results that look more natural and in tune with the patient’s body shape.

High-Definition Liposuction

For patients who want to go beyond mere volume reduction, high-definition liposuction offers an advanced form of the procedure. This new frontier for plastic surgery still allows you to remove stubborn fat, but it also can enhance a sculpted look to the treated areas. That is, you still get rid of the fat, but then you can tone the treated area for additional improvements.

How Is HD Lipo Different?

HD liposuction still uses a cannula to suction fat, but the precise techniques can differ. Namely, it takes a different approach to fat, removing it in such a way that the underlying tissues show an improved contour.

  • Muscle Definition: In particular, the procedure can sculpt away fat to enhance muscle defintion via negative space, making it ideal for treatments around the abdomen, arms, and back.
  • Natural Contouring: The fat in a treatment area is precisely removed layer by layer to generate a more natural-looking and impressive contour.
  • Ultrasound-Assisted: The procedure relies on ultrasound technology to gently liquefy fat before extraction, promoting more precise removal.
  • Fat Grafting: A unique aspect of HD lipo is that target amounts of fat can be added to specific areas to further enhance definition for a 3D result. For example, this can highlight a V-shaped torso in a male patient.

Who Can Get It?

Since hi-def lipo focuses more on sculpting fat than removing volume alone, it is best for patients closer to their ideal body weight. Typically, an ideal candidate will sit within 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of their goal weight. Additionally, candidates with good skin elasticity can see better results.


First, you receive intravenous sedation or general anesthesia in order to provide a comfortable, pain-free procedure. The ideal option for you depends on your particular surgical case and any health factors. Small, hidden incisions make modern liposuction possible, and they minimize any visible scarring. Fatty tissues are dislodged and then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe at the target areas.

When Can I Expect Results?

Improvements to the contour of your body will be evident when the swelling and fluid retention subside, which gradually go down in the weeks after your surgery. Most patients will observe 80% of their results one month after surgery. Final results often take 4 to 6 months, depending on your body, procedure type, and your individual healing process. The results are long-lasting, but maintaining them can still depend on your lifestyle. So we recommend practicing a healthy diet and getting plenty of physical activity to prevent the formation of new pockets of fat later on.
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Is Liposuction Right for Me?

When we lose weight, we cannot perfectly select which parts of our body we would like to lose the weight from. Some parts hang on to fat regardless of our efforts, resisting even extremely healthy lifestyle choices. So, trying to use exercise and diet to get rid of fat pockets can prove entirely frustrating and nearly impossible for some.

Liposuction is best suited for moderately overweight individuals seeking to slim and contour specific regions of their body. Also, there is no technical age limit for it. However, older patients typically suffer from decreased skin elasticity. This often inhibits them from achieving optimal results unless they combine it with an additional procedure.

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Healthy skin tone and elasticity
  • A stable weight with minimal fluctuations.
  • Healthy expectations and a positive attitude
  • No current smoking habits
  • Overall good health
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The Right Candidate

We do not recommend liposuction for individuals suffering from:
  • Diabetes
  • Blood clots
  • Restricted blood flow
  • Fluctuations in weight
  • A history of poor wound healing
  • Cardiac problems
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Pulmonary disease
To ensure a safe procedure, you will be required to:
  • Stop smoking at least two weeks before and after surgery
  • Stop taking any blood-thinning or anti-inflammatory drugs.


Variations of Liposuction Procedures

The different variations of liposuction procedures in Los Angeles include the following. The exact nature of your procedure varies depending on your unique needs.

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent Liposuction has revolutionized lipo by making it safer and more comfortable. The tumescent procedure uses a large amount of tumescent wetting solution. The solution contains a local anesthetic, saltwater, and adrenaline to shrink blood vessels. It puts much less strain on your body than general anesthesia, allowing shorter recovery overall.

Ultrasound-Assisted Lipo

This process uses ultrasonic energy (sound waves) to break down fat cells before removing them. Dr. Gabbay uses a small probe that emits ultrasonic energy to break down fat cells. As technology progresses, the probes get smaller and smaller. That means:
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less trauma
  • Faster healing times
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses:
  • Local anesthesia
  • General anesthesia
  • Or an epidural

Water-Assisted Liposuction

This technique uses pulsating jets of water to wash away and remove unwanted fat cells. Water-assisted liposuction involves injecting harvested fat cells in other areas of the body to plump up lost volume.
This outpatient procedure may take 1-3 hours to perform, depending on the area’s size. Total recovery times vary, but many patients have no discomfort after a few days.

Laser-Assisted Lipo

Laser-assisted liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States. Dr. Gabbay uses laser energy to heat and soften fat cells, making them easier to remove. The laser energy also tightens and rejuvenates your skin. It is typically an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia or IV sedation.

Standard Liposuction

Standard is also known as suction-assisted lipoplasty (SAL). It involves removing fat via a pump that generates a vacuum. Power-assisted liposuction (PAL) refers to the use of a motorized cannula swaying back and forth. The entire procedure can take from 1-4 hours, depending on the amount of fat.


Liposculpture does remove stubborn fat like liposuction. But, it also focuses on reinjecting fat at target areas to create your desired body contours. This way, you can slim down certain areas of your body while enhancing the form and volume of others. It focuses on redistributing your body fat to create an improved figure.

What Are My Options With Liposculpture?

Many patients choose to plump up their breasts or buttocks during liposculpture. First, Dr. Gabbay removes fat from areas you want to slim down. After purifying and preparing that fat, it can be injected into other target areas. The procedures are called:
  • Breast augmentation with fat transfer
  • Brazilian butt lift

Since the process uses only your own body fat, you won’t require any other implants or synthetic injections. When performed by a skilled professional, your results will be stunning, yet maintain a natural appearance. Every procedure is fully tailored to your specific goals and expectations.

How Long Is Recovery?

When your liposuction procedure is complete, you may experience some soreness and discomfort. But, pain medication may help with this.
After your observation period, you will be permitted to go home with a family member or friend. Have someone assist you at home for at least 48 hours after your procedure. For the first few days, you should rest quietly and elevate the treated body part if possible.
You will experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising following your procedure. The majority of this should subside within 7-10 days. Typically, Dr. Gabbay removes stitches within a week of surgery.
Avoid straining, bending, or lifting during the early recovery period. Most patients can resume their regular routine within ten days or less. However, the exact length of the recovery period varies among patients. It depends upon the number of areas treated and the healing capacity of your body.


Although rare, potential complications do exist. Dr. Gabbay will fully discuss them with you. Following Dr. Gabbay’s instructions will help ensure a safe and successful surgical outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is performed through small strategic incisions. Fat is extracted through these incisions with various techniques.It

The fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back. As long you do not gain an excessive amount of weight, your shapely new figure will last a very long time.
  • Plan to have reliable and competent help to drive you home and stay with you
  • Arrange to take time off from work and household chores

For two weeks before surgery, discontinue using products like aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, Motrin, and other blood thinners.

You will always receive thorough instructions from Dr. Gabbay.

It depends on the size and number of areas being treated. Most liposuction procedures are completed in 1-4 hours.
After the age of 30, an individual tends to add fat according to a genetically predetermined pattern. This type of fat distribution is often resistant to exercise and dieting. For many people, liposuction is the only realistic means of significantly changing the body’s shape.
In most cases, patients can return home on the same day as their liposuction procedure. However, you cannot drive yourself home because of the anesthesia.
As with any surgical procedure, liposuction is associated with certain common side effects such as swelling, bruising, and temporary numbness. Side effects have been minimized since smaller microcannulas are now available.

Although the results of lipo are quite dramatic, it does not eliminate cellulite. Liposuction with the tumescent technique does reduce but not eliminate cellulite.

Most liposuction patients are able to return to work within one week, although in most cases, you will still experience some discomfort and you should avoid strenuous activity. You may resume exercise programs and sports activities in 4-6 weeks.
All of the liposuction techniques offer advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Gabbay will tailor your liposuction with the best possible technique for you.
Scars from liposuction are minimal, and Dr. Gabbay will place the small incisions in the most inconspicuous areas possible.
Generally, it is agreed that a person should be at least 18 years old. They should have the maturity and motivation to lose weight through exercise and diet.
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