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Stubborn fat is the bane of many men and women, and bothersome fatty tissue can be resistant to correction using diet and exercise. You may have become frustrated about not being able to achieve the tone and definition you desire. Excess pockets of fat can lead to a flabby, undefined appearance. Dr. Kao performs liposuction on patients with problem fat to restore a lean and fit appearance.


Ideal candidates for liposuction should be in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. Liposuction should only be performed as a stand-alone procedure on patients with good skin elasticity. If you have skin laxity, you might consider combining liposuction with other body contouring procedures to remove excess skin.

Potential candidates may desire to reduce fat in one or more of the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Arms
  • Breast/chest
  • Neck

The Liposuction Procedure

Dr. Kao performs liposuction using either local anesthesia or general anesthesia depending on the extent of correction needed and your personal preference. He begins by injecting a tumescent fluid that helps break up the fat for safer and easier removal. Dr. Kao then creates small incisions that are hidden in the natural folds of the skin or a mole so that the incisions (and resulting scars) are hidden. Using a 3.7mm or smaller cannula, Dr. Kao thins the superficial layer of fat and the deeper layer of fat to sculpt your body’s contours. Although the smaller cannula requires Dr. Kao to spend more time removing the unwanted fat, he believes this is safer for the patient and results in fewer complications. The results Dr. Kao achieves is all about the time he spends meticulously shaping and contouring each area of your body.

Fat Transfer

Dr. Kao always utilizes liposuction to remove fat and use it for fat transfer to augment other areas of the face and body. As a safe and natural way to restore lost volume, fat transfer can provide excellent correction to areas when you desire not to use synthetic products. You can use fat transfer to beautifully enhance the appearance of your breasts, buttocks, or face.


All of Dr. Kao’s patients have the option to stay at an aftercare facility following their procedure. Serenity is a post-surgical care facility situated just across the street from Dr. Kao’s surgical facility, and it is located in a federally and state-licensed healthcare center.

You may experience bruising, swelling, and tightness around the liposuction site. Dr. Kao places silicone-sheeted pads to keep compression on the skin, which prevents fluid buildup and reduces scar tissue formation. Patients will also wear a specialized foam pad for one week following their procedure. Patients will then wear a specialized garment for three weeks and then wear SPANX® for four weeks.

Most patients can return to work within two weeks and resume their normal physical activities within three to four weeks. Most major swelling should begin to subside after six weeks.

Ten days after your liposuction procedure, Dr. Kao will have you undergo SmoothShapes treatments. These laser-assisted treatments for cellulite will help improve the appearance of your skin and produce more defined contours and smoother results. Patients will typically undergo two sessions per week for three to four weeks.

If you wish to slim and tone your appearance by removing excess fat, schedule your consultation today. Dr. Kao is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He and his helpful, friendly staff are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Contact our office at 310-315-9211 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.

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