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Reshape Your Body with Liposuction

Beautifully slim, tone and contour the body with liposuction in Santa Clarita, CA

The number of fat cells in your body is predetermined, which is why diet and exercise alone do not always provide people with the look they desire.

If you’re dissatisfied with your figure, liposuction in Valencia from Dr. Howard Hu of Valencia Plastic Surgery could be the answer.

Dr. Hu is known for his compassionate yet meticulously detailed approach, and has been noted by his peers and clients alike for offering among the best liposuction results in Valencia and beyond.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a type of cosmetic procedure in which fat in the body is broken up and suctioned out. To do this, Dr. Hu will use a hollow, thin instrument called a cannula, which is attached to a high-pressure vacuum.

This type of procedure can be performed on many different body parts such as the abdomen, thighs, arms, neck, calves, chin, abdomen, flanks, and buttocks.

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Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction is a minimally invasive medical procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis. Among liposuction’s other benefits are the following:

  • Removes stubborn excess fat that won’t disappear with diet and exercise
  • Sculpts problem areas to restore balance in body proportion
  • Improves body image
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Effective in gynecomastia treatment for men
  • Long-lasting, sustainable results

How is Liposuction Performed?

Prior to your Valencia liposuction surgery, Dr. Hu will mark the area to be worked on with a surgical marker. This will help him determine where to make an incision, in addition to guiding him in the sculpting process.

Liposuction can be performed under general or local anesthesia. The use of the SmartLipo laser can be used to safely perform liposuction under local anesthesia. At the time of consultation, Dr. Hu can discuss both traditional tumescent liposuction and SmartLipo to determine which modality would be best suited for your goals.

Tumescent Lipo

The tumescent liposuction technique involves Dr. Hu giving the patient an injection under the skin. This injection contains salt water that includes lidocaine, small amounts of adrenaline, and a general anesthetic. This combination of elements works to break up fat cells and results in less bleeding and bruising than traditional liposuction.

Dr. Hu will make a small incision in the area to be worked on and then insert a thin tube. The tube is connected to a vacuum-like machine that works to remove excess fat. This also allows Dr. Hu to contour the area so you can have a more toned appearance.


For SmartLipo, tumescent fluid is also used. However, before the fat is sucked out, the SmartLipo machine is used to insert a small laser underneath the skin to help melt the fat prior to extraction. Because the fat has melted, it requires less force when the fat is sucked out, and therefore the patient will feel less discomfort, which is why SmartLipo can be performed without the need for general anesthesia.

Recovery After Liposuction

At Valencia Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hu uses both tumescent liposuction and SmartLipo for body sculpting. Either procedure will require some recovery time, but these modern techniques allow for superior, smoother results, and a faster recovery time.

What to Expect After Liposuction

After a lipo procedure, it is normal to experience swelling. As your body heals, your new contours will be revealed. Swelling is typically greatly improved within a few weeks. You will wear a compression garment during recovery to help resculpt your figure and limit pain.

Will I Feel Pain or Discomfort During Recovery?

You may be uncomfortable after your procedure, but this is easily managed with pain medication, and is not excessive. In the early stages (the first few days), it is important to limit your physical activities, with easy, gentle walks helpful for circulation – no vigorous exercises or motions should be performed until you are given the okay by Dr. Hu.

How To Recover Faster from Liposuction? Read These Tips.

To speed your recovery, follow these simple rules:

  • Rest and relax.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Eat healthy foods, particularly fruits and vegetables and foods with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Wear your compression garments.
  • Take walks.
  • No hot tubs or swimming pools during recovery.
  • Perform massage as directed by Dr. Hu.

Why Choose Dr. Howard Hu for Liposuction?

If you are in the Valencia, Santa Clarita area and are considering liposuction, Dr. Howard Hu should be your surgeon of choice. Dr. Hu was drawn to this profession because of the artistic elements involved in sculpting his patients’ bodies to a more pleasing shape. He listens to every one of his patients and will always consider your goals when performing a procedure.

If you are unhappy with certain body parts and find that exercise and weight loss have left you with unsatisfactory results, you could need liposuction to help you gain the figure you dream of. To find out more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Howard Hu of Valencia Plastic Surgery by contacting us at 661-222-1122.

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Best doctor and staff and I would recommend to anyone. I am 100% happy with Doc Hu and will go back again!:)

- Ashley M.

My whole experience with Doctor Howard Hu has been a 5 star plus rating. Dr Howard is extremely professional and you feel very comfortable with him. Then there is Amanda who just confirms that you're making the right choice!!! She's amazing!!! I couldn't be happier with my results and with Dr Howard and his staff!! Thank you!

- Jeanette R.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Areas of my Body Can Be Treated with Liposuction?

While lipo is not a weight loss procedure, it can produce truly remarkable results in sculpting various areas of the body, including:

  • Neck
  • Back
  • Love handles
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Breasts
  • Saddle bags
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Bra fat

How Long is the Recovery Time After Liposuction?

Typically, full results are visible after about four to six weeks, but you will feel comfortable and see significant changes in your body contour far earlier.

Will the Fat Grow Back?

As the fat cells are extracted, they cannot grow back. It is important to keep in mind that if you gain weight, the remaining fat cells can grow, but less fat will be deposited in the areas treated.

Will I Have Scars After Liposuction?

The lipo procedure is performed with a tiny cannula – a small hollow needle – so the incision sites are very small. There are typically no visible scars to contend with after you have recovered.

How is SmartLipo Different?

SmartLipo is a less-invasive, laser-assisted form of liposuction that allows for a faster recovery than tradition liposuction. It has the added benefit of tightening the skin – which traditional liposuction does not do.

What is Tumescent Liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction is considered the “gold standard” in modern liposuction. It involves injecting local anesthesia into the fat to be extracted as the first step. The formula aids in patient comfort, ease of fat extraction, reduced bruising and swelling, and a faster recovery.

How Should I Prepare for a Lipo Treatment?

There is little involved in preparation, although if you take any blood-thinning medications or supplements, you may need to stop taking these products prior to treatment to limit the risk of excessive bruising.

How Much Weight Can I Lose with Liposuction?

Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment, but that doesn’t mean you won’t lose weight. As fat is extracted from your body, which has weight, you will be lighter after your procedure.

What is the Liposuction Procedure Like?

The area to be treated will be numbed, so you should not have any fears about pain. You will lie back comfortably after the areas to be treated are marked. A tiny cannula (small hollow needle) will be inserted into the fatty area, and the fat gently extracted.

Why Choose Valencia Plastic Surgery for Liposuction?

At Valencia Plastic Surgery, Dr. Hu uses advanced techniques and systems for body sculpting. As a plastic surgeon, he has extensive experience with liposuction, and offers his patients modern systems that produce better results, and a faster recovery time.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The cost of the procedure will vary, based upon the number and size of the areas that are being treated. The only way to know exactly the cost is to speak with us at Valencia Plastic Surgery. We offer some easy payment options that can allow you to have lipo without paying the full amount at the time of the procedure.

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

If you would like to reduce fat deposits throughout your body, you may be a good candidate for our liposuction in Santa Clarita. Dr. Hu will provide you access to our before and after photos of patients who have achieved their best liposuction results in various parts of their bodies.

Keep in mind that not every patient achieves the same results, as age, anatomy, and the amount of fatty tissue that is present will all affect the outcome. Our Santa Clarita patients have been very pleased with their liposuction results from Dr. Hu at Valencia Plastic Surgery.

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