Liposuction is an effective means of improving body contour by removing unwanted fat from thighs, abdomen, flanks, back, arms, chin, and chest, using minimal incisions. Liposuction is not for weight reduction, but a method for removing pockets of fat that do not respond to weight loss.

Is Liposuction Right For Me?

The best candidates are healthy people with firm elastic skin who have well defined pockets of fat. Age is not a factor, although older patients have less elasticity in their skin and may not achieve the same results. The biggest drawback with liposuction occurs in an individual with poor skin quality. They may have excess saggy skin after the procedure.

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The Procedure

To obtain the maximum amount of skin shrinkage, Dr. Nitta utilizes the VASERlipo® technology for all of her patients. Vaser liposuction utilizes ultrasonic energy to melt and loosen a higher volume of fat cells while minimizing the risk for irregularities. The heat generated with the Vaser method allows for optimal post-operative skin shrinkage. There is also less bruising with this particular method as compared to other liposuction techniques. Vaser technology requires fewer incisions.

Dr. Nitta prefers using general anesthesia for liposuction procedures as it is safe and requires less local anesthesia. Once the patient is asleep, a few small incisions are made. A tumescent solution is then administered through these incisions and a Vaser cannula is used to melt the fat. Next, a liposuction cannula is inserted to remove the melted fat. Once fat removal is completed, the incisions are sutured closed and covered with a plastic dressing. The area treated is also fitted and wrapped in a compression garment prior to leaving the operating room.


Patients will need to wear the fitted compression garment 24/7. On the second day after surgery, this garment can be removed to shower. There will be foam padding from the garment that may be discarded, however, the plastic dressing should remain as is. Apart from showering, the compression garment must be worn for 3 weeks.

Depending on what part of the body received liposuction, Spanx may be worn instead. Patients should expect to experience pain for the first 24-48 hours, and pain is proportional to the amount of fat removed. Medication will be prescribed to help manage any discomfort.

Results from the procedure will be immediately noticeable and will continue to improve over the course of a year. If you’re happy with how you look one week after surgery, you will be even happier by the 6-month mark.

If you are considering reclaiming your body with a mommy makeover, call our office at (949) 722-6644 to schedule a consultation with Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Katharine C. Nitta today

Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess fat from targeted areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, and arms, to improve body contour and proportion.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction in Newport Beach?

Ideal candidates for liposuction are individuals who are in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and are looking to remove localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

The recovery period can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Generally, most patients can return to normal activities within 1-2 weeks, following Dr. Nitta’s post-operative care instructions.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment for Liposuction?

To schedule a consultation for liposuction, you can call Dr. Katharine Nitta, a renowned plastic surgeon in Orange County, by calling (949)722-6644 or by filling out the “Request A Consultation” form on the website.

Where Can I Get Liposuction near Orange County?

Dr. Katharine Nitta offers liposuction procedures in Orange County. Her expertise ensures that you’ll receive the best possible care and results.

Is Dr. Katharine Nitta's clinic easily accessible from Newport Beach?

Yes, Dr. Nitta’s clinic is conveniently located in Orange County, making it easily accessible for residents of Newport Beach and the surrounding areas.

What are the payment options for liposuction?

Various payment options are available, including credit cards and financing plans, to make the procedure more affordable.

What can I expect after undergoing liposuction?

After the procedure, you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Dr. Nitta will provide specific post-operative care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

When can I resume exercise after liposuction?

It’s generally recommended to wait at least 2-4 weeks before resuming light exercise, and longer for more strenuous activities. Dr. Nitta will provide personalized guidance based on your recovery.

Can liposuction be combined with other procedures?

Yes, liposuction is often combined with other cosmetic procedures like tummy tucks or body lifts to achieve more comprehensive body contouring results.

How long do the results of liposuction last?

The results of liposuction are generally long-lasting, especially if you maintain a stable weight and healthy lifestyle.