Vatche B. Bardakjian, MD -  - Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon

Cosmetic Surgery Glendale

Vatche B. Bardakjian, MD

Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon located in Glendale, CA

Liposuction can be an effective tool for removing stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Cosmetic Surgery Glendale uses the most innovative, safest and most effective approaches for liposuction in men and women throughout the Glendale, CA, region for superior results based on each patient's unique needs.

Liposuction Q & A

How does liposuction work?

Liposuction removes excess fat via suction, using a thin, flexible tube called a cannula which is inserted into areas of unwanted fat through very small incisions. The cannula also helps break fat deposits apart to make removal easier. Liposuction is not intended as a replacement for diet and exercise, but it is often used for people who have already lost weight and still have areas of fat that simply don't respond to diet and exercise routines. It can also be used in people who are not overweight to remove stubborn pockets of fat.

What areas can be treated with liposuction?

Liposuction can be used to treat many areas, including:

  • The belly
  • The waist
  • The buttocks
  • The hips
  • The back
  • The knees
  • The chin and neck areas

Liposuction can help make all these areas appear slimmer, firmer and more toned. In the abdomen and other areas of the torso, liposuction also helps reveal the underlying muscles, so the effects of exercise are more visible.

What happens during the liposuction procedure?

Before liposuction is performed, a physical exam and medical assessment will be performed to determine the best approach as well as the best incision sites to provide access to the treatment areas. During the procedure, small incisions will be made through the skin and into the deeper layers where fat is located. Fluid will also be administered through the cannula into the treatment area to make it easier for the fat to be suctioned away and to help control bleeding. The cannula will be moved back and forth through the treatment area to ensure an adequate amount of fat is removed. Once fat removal is complete, the incisions will be closed, and a bandage will be placed on top of each incision site. Procedures are performed under general anesthesia, and in some cases, ultrasound may be used in conjunction with liposuction to liquefy the fat so it can be more easily extracted.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Plastic surgery is often considered “elective surgery” which is not covered by most insurance plans. There are some operations that have a significant functional aspect such as breast reduction because the weight of your breasts causes you pain or interferes with normal activities. In this instance, it may be considered reconstructive rather than cosmetic. Please call our office and we may recommend that your insurance company is contacted before surgery to determine whether coverage is available. For those patients desiring alternative payment methods, most credit cards, cashier's checks and cash are also accepted. We also deal directly with Care Credit for patient financing.

Blue Shield of California