I was trained in Liposuction during my cosmetic surgery fellowship at Columbia University in NY where I continued as an assistant clinical professor teaching dermatologic surgery including liposuction to other doctors. When I moved to LA about 25 years ago I first took the position of Director of Liposuction for California Laser Centers in both Los Angles and San Francisco. During that time I was performing up to 20 liposuctions a month.
For the past 20 years, I have been director of the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Santa Monica where cosmetic liposuction has remained one of our favorite procedures.
No. This technique is not meant for weight reduction or for the correction of generalized obesity. However, tumescent liposuction is a wonderful way to get rid of stubborn fatty areas and improve the overall contour of your body.
The best candidates have distinct areas that are out of proportion with the rest of their body and are in good general health.
Yes. In general men do very well with tumescent liposuction. They usually have good skin tone with well-defined localized areas that need treatment. As men tend to have a thicker dermis (the undersurface of the skin) and a more fibrous fatty layer, liposuction can be a little more difficult to perform. However, for the same reasons, in experienced hands men often get the best results of all. While experience is important for all cosmetic surgery this is particularly true for liposuction in men where a different set of cannulas and a modified technique is needed to optimize results. Areas that we commonly treat in men include the neck and jowls, chest, abdomen and love handles.
In men the most common areas we treat are the neck and jowls, or a second chin, the chest, abdomen and love-handles. In women the neck, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs tend to be the main areas of concern although upper arms, buttocks, knees and even ankles are also treated.
Until recently, procedures for body contouring through fat removal involved extensive operations. These resulted in large scars and significant safety risks. Several years ago, dermatologists developed tumescent liposuction. This allows fat removal through tiny incisions that do not leave significantly visible scars. A large volume of extremely dilute local anaesthetic is infiltrated into the area to be treated. Then utilizing straw like, extremely thin metal tubes (cannulas) and a high-pressure suction system, the fat cells are extracted through tiny incisions.
Yes, very safe. For Dr. Massey safety is the first priority with any surgery. He has personally performed hundreds of liposuction surgeries, and none of his patients has had any type of serious complication. Indeed in a recent study of over 15,000 patients treated with tumescent liposuction there was not a single serious complication. Furthermore, the Cosmetic Surgery Center of Santa Monica is an IMQ accredited surgery center, adhering to the highest possible safety standards and using only the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
No. Dr. Massey has perfected a technique of tumescent local anesthesia combined with minimal, carefully controlled sedation. With his technique patients are awake, listening to their favorite CD or talking with us throughout the procedure. This method has allowed us to optimize patient safety by avoiding the risks associated with general anesthesia, while keeping our patients totally comfortable. A further benefit is that our patients can freely move from side to side for us during the procedure and even stand up just before we do our final fine-tuning at the end of the procedure.
Fat removed through tumescent liposuction.
Large selection of cannulas used by Dr. Massey allowing him to individualize the treatment approach for each body area and each patient rather than a one size fits all approach.
Old large cannula above with new thinner cannula below allowing a gentler more precise body contouring to be achieved.
"Dr Massey, you are a rarity today and a fine representation of what a doctor should be… caring for the patient above all else. Thank you most deeply for your beautiful work on my nose. Thank you most especially for seeing me through a very traumatic experience with outstanding care, sensitivity and professionalism."
For Dr. Massey safety is the first priority with any surgery. He has personally performed hundreds of liposuction surgeries, and none of his patients has had any type of serious complication. Indeed in a recent study of over 15,000 patients treated with tumescent liposuction there was not a single serious complication.