Lately, various minimally-invasive fat loss methods like freezing, heating or injection have been branded and popularized by companies like Coolsculpting which touts the ability to “freeze” unwanted fat away without surgery. But, unfortunately, “too good to be true” procedures like these are just gimmicks that provide sub-optimal results. Don’t waste your time and hard-earned money on non-effective procedures, only to end up, inevitably, considering the GOLD STANDARD of unwanted fat reduction and body contouring, traditional liposuction. Why is this? Let me explain.

Body fat is located in two layers, a superficial layer (containing 20-30 % of fat) and a deep layer (containing 60-70%). The superficial fat layer is beneficial and should NEVER be removed as it provides a thin and uniform sheet layer for maintaining a smooth contour to the skin. In contrast, removal of the deeper fat layer is ideal and will not adversely affect contour, but, it needs to be removed in its entirety. I will explain this further, but first, let’s talk about trendy methods like Coolsculpting which utilizes probes to “freeze” fat cells. The problem with this is that it results in killing of the fat that is closest to the freezing probe. The freezing of your superficial (good) layer of fat is unavoidable and can lead to less-than-ideal results like dimpling, divots, and contour irregularities.

In my practice, I have met (and treated) many disgruntled liposuction patients who’ve had their procedure done at a non-credited facility using only local anesthetic. Now, these patients have at least, had the correct deeper layer of fat removed; however, their results are usually compromised because the patient will inevitably beg the doctor to stop liposuctioning as the last 20% of the fat is being removed.  This happens because the last bit of fat tends to be close to muscle where the pain fibers reside; as the surgeon gets closer to completing all of the fat removal, patients become less tolerant due to increased tenderness.

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Pictured: A cannula removing the deep fat layer, while leaving the superficial layer intact.


Pictured: Poor results caused by an improper fat removal procedure.

Remember, to get optimum results, you do not want to touch the superficial fat layer, and you need to completely deplete the deeper layer. For this, the patient must be provided with proper pain management and comfort. This is why we take extreme care to minimize the stress and discomfort of surgery through our Perfect Change Program.

The truth about unwanted fat removal is that, for the best and longest lasting result, you must choose VASER High Definition Liposuction, which involves the complete and meticulous removal of your deep fat, while keeping your superficial (good) fat layer perfectly intact. This can only be done while you are under anesthesia, as the last 20% of fat removed requires scraping it off of the muscle layer which would be too uncomfortable for you if awake. High definition liposuction can only be performed by a highly-trained and skilled surgeon who utilizes the proper tools. Using an array of cannula sizes (from 3mm to 9mm) allows Dr. Mowlavi to remove and properly contour the deep layer of fat, resulting in beautiful, six-pack results.

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Pictured: Succesful abdominal liposuction results.

VASER Liposuction Patient – Before & After

A 45 year old female from Laguna Beach, CA three months post VASER liposuction of the arms, underarms, upper and lower back, flanks, and abdomen. This patient is also one year post suction assisted liposuction of the abdomen, lateral thighs, medial thighs, medial knees, mini tummy tuck, and fat graft to the breasts.

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For more information and to determine if you are a good candidate for this specialized procedure, please schedule a consultation Dr. Mowlavi, Orange County’s top VASER Liposuction surgeon.

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