Liposuction is the second most popular cosmetic procedure, with 235,237 performed last year alone according to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The versatility of the procedure allows patients to choose to reduce troublesome fat on almost any area of the body, such as the arms, back, abdomen, hips, and thighs. In recent years, techniques have been perfected, and non-surgical options are now available to produce results similar to those of standard liposuction. Both standard and non-invasive liposuction have their advantages, but one may benefit you more than the other. Below is a comparison of both options to consider before your consultation.


Liposuction is for those who are near their ideal weight and size but have localized fat deposits that have proven difficult to remove with diet and exercise. The most common area of concern is the midsection: the abdomen, “love handles,” and bra fat on the back. Our non-invasive option for liposuction, called Liposonix®, is mainly applied to these areas. Unlike surgical liposuction, Liposonix® uses high-intensity ultrasound technology to target the unwanted subcutaneous fat without harming the skin. No needles or knives are required during the one-hour treatment, and patients can resume normal activities immediately. Patients typically lose about one inch from their waistline, which can translate to one dress or pant size. These results will continue to improve and become noticeable between 8 and 12 weeks after treatment.


Standard liposuction is a surgical procedure that requires a few very short incisions in the area(s) of concern, which can be the midsection or almost any other area of the body. Patients may have fat reduced from multiple areas during one procedure while under general anesthesia. Unlike non-invasive liposuction, results with standard liposuction are apparent soon after surgery once swelling subsides. There are more risks associated with standard liposuction and general anesthesia, but patients can experience more inches lost and from various areas of the body. Recovery time is approximately two weeks depending on the extent of the procedure.

During your consultation, Charles Galanis, M.D., will evaluate your desires as well as your health history and physical anatomy to help you determine which liposuction procedure is right for you. To schedule your appointment, please call (310) 858-8930 or fill out our online contact form today.

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