Liposuction In Beverly Hills

Liposuction or "lipo," removes fat from areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. These areas include the abdomen, hips, thighs, neck, arms, back, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles.

Dr. Cat Begovic is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California. She is a three-time winner of Best of Beverly Hills Award in the cosmetic surgeons category.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction removes fat from areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. These areas include the abdomen, hips, thighs, neck, arms, back, thighs, knees, calves and ankles. Liposuction is also a surgical technique that is used to perform the Brazilian Butt Lift procedure. Liposuction must be performed skillfully, technically precise, and must shape the body with gentle curves and blend into surrounding areas seamlessly. I have personally performed thousands of liposuction cases here in Beverly Hills. I treat every patient as an individual with different problem areas and different goals. Many of my patients use liposuction as a kickstart towards a healthier lifestyle. I am a liposuction patient myself and had surgery myself about 10 years ago. I have always been active and in good shape, however, I had isolated extra fat in my inner thigh and around my knees that I just could not get rid of – no matter how thin I was there was just a bulge in both areas. Liposuction helped me get rid of those two fat pockets – even though not a lot of fat was removed, it improved the contour of my leg. Having a better contour motivated me even more to exercise and maintain my results. Honestly, I wish I had done it sooner. Liposuction is most successful in people with good skin tone who have fatty deposits. I want to emphasize that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. If weight gain occurs following liposuction, each fat cell left behind will get bigger and you will get bigger everywhere. The good thing is that if you continue to diet and exercise after surgery – each fat cell will get smaller so you will get an even better result in the areas you’ve had liposuction. Almost all of my patients lost weight after their surgery because they felt better about themselves and were more motivated to stay healthy. To maintain the safety of the procedure, there is a limit on how much can be done at one time. For proper blending and for natural body contouring, often liposuction 360 is performed. Liposuction 360 involves liposuction of the abdomen, hips, flanks, and back so they naturally blend into each other and the surrounding areas. Liposuction is often combined with fat grafting. Additionally, you’d be glad to know that if you’re in Beverly Hills and looking out for options in Liposuctions or a Tummy Tuck procedure in Beverly Hills, we’ve got you covered. Our surgeons can guide you in undergoing such complex yet extremely result driven procedure to get a perfect body shape.

Things You Should Know Before Your Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction removes and thins excess fat that does not respond to diet and exercise. It cannot correct underlying muscle separation, hanging skin, or hernias. Sometimes in patients with poor elasticity, liposuction actually makes their skin hang more. I spend a lot of time with my patients talking about what can and cannot be fixed with liposuction. It is VERY important for patients to have realistic expectations after liposuction. 

What Happens During Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is done under general anesthesia or IV sedation. With very small isolated areas, I sometimes perform liposuction under local anesthesia. I have developed a special multi-staged technique that removes fat in an even and gentle fashion. The details of this and why it is important will be explained to you in your consultation. A thin liposuction cannula is inserted in a small incision and attached to a suction machine. The procedure may take an hour or several hours, depending on how many areas are involved. I take pride in creating even, symmetric, and natural-looking results. As I specialize in Revision Liposuction (fixing liposuction errors), I take extra time and care with every single stroke and motion and with the shaping of the body. Too often I see liposuction performed over-aggressively resulting in bumps, irregularities, injuries to the skin and tissues that are often irreversible. Like everything else, liposuction requires meticulous attention to detail and artistry to create the best possible results.

Liposuction Results & Recovery: What To Expect

Recovery from liposuction is relatively easy. A few hours after surgery you should be up and walking around. Many of my patients return to work a few days after surgery. I have developed a gentle liposuction technique that has minimal pain and a quick recovery. Swelling and some bruising is normal the first two weeks. You will wear special garments that are measured for your body and provided to you to apply pressure, minimize swelling and provide support while healing. These garments also assist in the retraction of the skin. I use dissolvable sutures so they don’t need to be removed. The scars will be almost invisible. (I’ll show you mine – you can barely see them). Overall, my patients are extremely happy after liposuction. They finally feel they are rid of “problem areas” they lived with for a long time even despite diet and exercise. They have a smoother contour and a more proportionate shape. I truly enjoy performing liposuction and feel like a sculptor, helping my patients achieve the aesthetic shape they desire.

  • When you wake up from your liposuction surgery, you will be in the compression garment already. It will feel a little damp, but that is completely normal. It is best to bring a split open trash bag to cover the seat of your car.
  • It is extremely important to keep the liposuction garment on for six weeks after the surgery. Any swelling you have will decrease significantly if you wear your garment properly. You will also have foam pads inside your garment, just to make sure the skin stays smooth and flat. We recommend keeping the foams inside your garment for two weeks and to make sure the garment is straight, without any wrinkles or creases in it.
  • When you wash your garment you should be out of it for only up to 30 minutes at a time. Quickly hand wash it with some detergent and put it in the dryer for 15-20 minutes.
  • If you’re having liposuction on your inner thigh, you need to make sure the garment comes all the way up on your leg.
  • It is important to walk several times the evening of surgery, up until two weeks after surgery.
  • Have someone assist you in getting in and out of bed and going to the restroom right after your liposuction surgery, but you may slowly resume normal activities 3-4 days after the surgery.
  • You should wait for two days after your liposuction until you shower. You need to give the incisions time to heal before you get your body wet.
  • Take off your compression garment when you shower and make sure you do this with assistance as people can faint during removal of garments or feel faint in the shower. Do not scrub any of the incisions, just let the water flow over them.
  • After your liposuction in Beverly Hills, you will have several little holes in your body which will be closed by dissolvable little sutures. Those sutures should dissolve on their own, but if they don’t, we can help dissolve them in our office.
  • After liposuction, it is very common to be swollen for a few months. Maximal swelling is usually around day three, then as the fluids leave your body you should see your swelling go down.
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About Dr. Cat

Liposuction Specialist In Beverly Hills Dr. Cat Begovic is a Liposuction specialist, known for her gentle techniques resulting in quick recovery with no pain. She believes plastic surgery is a combination of science, art, and creativity and she enjoys seeing great results. Dr. Cat’s unique liposuction techniques allow for the fat to blend properly into each other and avoid situations with dents, irregularities, or shelves around different sections of the body.  Dr. Cat’s passion for plastic surgery and for women’s transformation, her meticulous attention to detail, and her unique and artistic surgical skills are a few of the many reasons why patients seek Dr. Cat for their Liposuction procedures.

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Before & After Photos

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Liposuction of the back, flanks, and hips.

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Liposuction of the abdomen and flanks


Can Liposuction help me lose weight?

Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for diet and exercise. It is for re-shaping the body to treat areas that have a dis-proportionate amount of fat. Liposuction is ideally designed for pockets of fat in isolated areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. Also, the law limits the total amount of liposuction that can be removed at one time to 5L of liposuction for safety reasons. I always tell my patients to start with diet and exercise and to maintain a stable weight before undergoing liposuction. However, having liposuction often motivates patients who look better in their leggings or workout clothes, to begin a healthier lifestyle, and many people lose even more weight after their procedure.

I’m fit but I don’t like a pocket of fat that bulges - Am I still able to have liposuction?

I would say that the ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is of healthy height and weight with small pockets of fat that they just can’t lose despite diet and exercise. As long as there are a few centimeters of fat present in an area, it can be removed. Many of my patients are very fit bikini models who don’t like the extra fat bulge or shape of their inner or outer thigh, or feel that they have a “muffin top” making their waistline bigger than desired. Liposuction is ideal for this type of re-shaping. I had an extremely small amount of fat removed from my knees and inner thighs over 10 years ago when I was modeling – so I can really relate to wanting removal of these small fat pockets. On the other hand, I have turned away patients who just didn’t have enough fat to be removed. In general, if you’re unsure, it’s best to see a plastic surgeon in consultation to evaluate your particular anatomy and decide if you are a candidate for liposuction.

Will liposuction hinder my ability to lose weight in areas I did not have liposuction?

I perform liposuction in a way where all areas blend naturally into the surrounding areas. It doesn’t prevent fat loss. I would recommend you schedule a consultation where we can have an in depth discussion about this and all of your questions.

Why Do I have to wear compression garments?

The liposuction cannulas make tiny tracks as they remove fat. I tell patients to imagine a sponge with small holes. The compression garments help squeeze all the fluid and tissues down to allow for a smooth flat thin contour. They are sometimes cumbersome to wear, but worth it to have the best possible outcome. One of my celebrity liposuction patients who had to do several red carpet events soon after her surgery found some compression garments that give a nice smooth contour under clothing. I now use these often for my patients so the garments are less obvious under clothing.

Is liposuction Dangerous?

Any surgical procedure has risks of anesthesia, risks of getting a blood clot, and a number of other complications. Many of the serious complications from liposuction in the past involved cardiac reactions to the local anesthesia injected in the body before the procedure. Also, procedures involving large volumes of liposuction (> 5L) resulted in fluid shifts that caused cardiac and respiratory problems. These occurrences are now quite rare. A safe, well-trained surgeon will carefully calculate and keep track of the amount of local anesthesia used as well as the amount of liposuction removed. A partnership and good communication with the anesthesiologist will help to ensure the safest conditions possible.

I’ve seen some bad liposuction performed by other surgeons. What happened there?

I know exactly what you are talking about – I can spot bad liposuction a mile away. There is always the possibility of asymmetry, skin dents, wrinkling, or folding. However, an experienced liposuction surgeon should be able to avoid most of these things from happening. Most of the really bad liposuction results often come from over suctioning the fat causing the skin to stick unnaturally to the underlying structures. I always tell patients that I have to leave a small cushion of fat under the skin to keep this from happening. I do the majority of the fat removal through surgery, and they do the rest with diet and exercise.


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