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Dr. David Amron: My Profile
Getting To Know Me
|Thousands of patients have trusted in Dr. David Amron’s expertise as a liposuction surgeon. With more than 14 years of experience, Dr. Amron has been and continues to be highly respected for his special, individualized approach to liposculpture surgery. He is an artist and a perfectionist who prides himself on consistently achieving a properly proportioned and well balanced look for his patients.
Raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Amron attended both U.C.L.A. and U.C. San Diego where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He was awarded his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. The doctor then returned to Southern California to continue his residency at U.C. San Diego and research fellowship at U.C.L.A. Dr. Amron is a board certified dermatological surgeon. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Liposuction Surgery and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Amron has published numerous articles in the medical literature and has authored dermatologic surgery and medical textbook chapters.
Dr. Amron has a worldwide reputation as an expert in liposuction surgery. He is a specialist in revision liposuction surgery, and his patients travel from all over the world so that he can improve or perfect results from previous procedures done by cosmetic surgeons. He has meticulously sculpted thousands of patients and is highly respected for achieving consistent and outstanding results with pure tumescent liposuction. He has instructed other surgeons on his philosophy and techniques in fat reductions and removal. Dr. Amron is also an outspoken advocate of mini liposuction, which is performed in less than one hour and focuses on one or two trouble spots.
As the host of the popular Los Angeles Radio Show, A Cut Above with co-host Kerri Kasem, Dr. Amron answers questions on the dos and don'ts of liposuction every Saturday from 4-5 pm on KFWB 980 AM, or listen live at: www.kfwb.com. Dr. Amron is also the specialist advisor on liposuction for national online patient chat rooms such as Make Me Heal and Real Self where he educates patients. (See Proper Liposuction Evaluation and Technique: Whats New, Whats Old and What Works, An Expert Opinion.) Dr. Amron has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, BBC, KCBS Channel 2 News, Fox Good Day L.A., Extra, Inside Edition, KCBS Women to Women, KCAL Channel 9 News, VHI and ABC News. He has also been featured in numerous articles on liposuction and cosmetic surgery, appearing in various magazines and newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Cosmopolitan magazine. Entertainment Tonight calls Dr. Amron the Guru of Liposuction.
Dr. Amron's creativity extends outside of medicine with an interest in music. He is an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter. He also enjoys skiing, fishing and playing tennis.
|WHAT SETS YOU APART?
I strongly feel that the patient being conscious during liposuction is essential to achieving optimal results. The reason for this is that precise patient positioning is only possible under local anesthesia. Remember that Liposuction is sculpting the body and I feel it is much more difficult if not impossible to meticulously sculpt an area without the patient being able to assume exact positions during the procedures. With liposuction patient positioning is crucial to achieving an outstanding result. If the angle of entry of the liposuction cannula is not always kept parallel to the skin surface irregularities and dimples may result. My technique is to start in the deep fat and gradually tunnel to the surface using progressively smaller and flatter cannulas. I also prefer to “crisscross” my passes with the cannula, creating a precise network of tunnels in the fat ensuring a smooth natural looking result.
DR. AMRON’S PHILOSOPHY ON LIPOSUCTION
As liposuction is the only major cosmetic surgery I perform, my approach to evaluating every potential candidate is taken very seriously. It is important to note that not everybody is a good candidate for liposuction. It is not about being fat or overweight. Simply put as I always say, “Liposuction is all about balancing a person’s proportions and removing genetically disproportionate areas of fat storage. It is a technique to reduce areas of fatty tissue that cannot be reduced by diet and exercise.”
A good candidate for liposuction is someone who is disproportionate, but not necessarily overweight. For example, a patient who is thin may be an excellent candidate if he/she is disproportionate. If an individual diets, exercises, and has stubborn areas that do not go away – say the love handles, the thighs or abdomen area - it is likely that they have excess fatty tissue in these areas that can only be removed with liposuction. Some of the best candidates for liposuction can be thin but disproportionate; many times this is due to genetics.
I feel it is inappropriate to perform surgery on a person who is simply overweight but has a proportionate body shape. This is a mistake made by many surgeons and does the patient a disservice because it can permanently throw them out of proportion and the fat can disproportionately store in other areas. It is recommended that an overweight proportionate person should loose weight and exercise.
However, for many people seeking liposuction, it is because they have a combination of being a little overweight and disproportionate in certain areas. I believe it is not always necessary to lose the extra weight first. However, when I perform liposuction on this type of patient, it is imperative to critically determine where they are out of proportion. I then only targets those areas, so as to balance their proportion. It is then up to the patient to diet and exercise to lose the extra weight. Many times the rapid results from the liposuction of the stubborn disproportionate areas are the motivational factor for the patient to eliminate the rest of the weight.
|A patient is first given a complimentary consultation with Dr. Amron to see if he/she is a good candidate for the surgery. During the consultation, he describes the procedure and the results that should be realistically expected. He will also review alternative treatment options and explain the possible risks and complications that may occur. Dr. Amron personally evaluates each patient from head to toe, and shares his expert opinion on stubborn, fatty areas that may be removed from his/her body by liposuction. A quote is then given for the procedure.
|PRE & POST-OP
A complete medical history is taken and a careful examination is conducted in order to evaluate the patient’s condition. Photographs are frequently taken before and after surgery to help evaluate the amount of improvement. Paperwork including agreements and contracts is completed. Blood work is done and medications are prescribed. Patients are advised to take the prescribed Vitamin K and mild antibiotic prior to the surgery. Finally, any questions and concerns are addressed by Dr. Amron.
Most surgeries are between 45 minutes and 2 ½ hours. Liposuction is performed on the patient in a fully accredited operating room and patients are monitored in the safest, most sterile environment. Dr. Amron and his staff create a soothing atmosphere for his patients where quiet, relaxing music is being played in the background.
On the day of the surgery, valium is given to patients as a means for relaxation. Dr. Amron marks all areas and photos are taken of the patient’s body. Incisions also called access points are numbed using a tiny needle with local anesthesia; this takes about 1-2 minutes.
For the first 15-30 minutes, large volumes of a solution containing dilute lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and dilute epinephinne (a drug to shrink capillaries and prevent blood loss) are injected with minimal discomfort directly into key areas of excessive fatty deposits. A round-ended cannula is used for this injection and patients feel slight pinching during this process. This infiltration step along with all other steps is conducted solely by Dr. Amron.
Once the liquid is injected, a tube connected to a vacuum is inserted into the fatty layer. Using to and fro movements with the cannula, the fat is drawn through the tube into a collection system. Dr Amron’s technique is to start in the deep fat and gradually tunnel to the surface using progressively smaller and flatter cannulas. He also prefers to “crisscross” his passes with the cannula, creating a precise network of tunnels in the fat ensuring a smooth natural looking result. These techniques are essential because, if the angle of entry of the liposuction cannula is not always kept parallel to the skin surface irregularities and dimples may result. This process feels like a massage and it takes about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. Patients are fully awake and talking with Dr. Amron. They are also moved to different positions to allow Dr. Amron to meticulously sculpt their stubborn, fatty areas.
Finally, Dr. Amron and his operating room attendants gently massage excess fluids out of patients’ bodies. Throughout the entire process, patients are fully awake and alert. Patients are fitted into garments and allowed to take a short rest in the recovery room. Then, they are escorted out of the center by a staff member.
Patients are allowed to return home or back to their hotel rooms as long as they are accompanied by a friend or family member. They can resume a normal diet and should continue to take their prescribed Vitamin K and mild antibiotics. Most patients are able to return to work in two days. Only one in ten patients take pain medication after the surgery due to Dr. Amron’s gentle approach to performing liposuction. The local anesthesia injected into the tissue remains for 13 to 24 hours following liposuction surgery. This greatly minimizes postoperative pain. After tumescent liposuction, patients are usually alert and able to function without nausea, grogginess, and the “washed out” feeling commonly associated with general anesthesia. With the tumescent technique, there is minimal bruising, and many patients do not require postoperative care for pain. Incision points are left open to drain, and most patients are completely drained of the local anesthesia within 12-48 hours; the faster the drainage of these liquids, the less bruising there will be on the patient’s body. Patients are able to shower the very next day, and Dr. Amron highly recommends that the patient walk for at least two miles the following day to promote faster healing. Surgery garments should be worn for 24 hours of the day for 7-10 days, and 12 hours a day for the next 10 days. These garments will assist in healing.
Dr. Amron asks to see his patients 2-7 days after the surgery for a quick check-up on the incisions and the healing process. Most bruising diminishes after 3 weeks from the surgery and most patients start looking better than before their surgeries. After 3-4 months, patients return to the office to have their post-op photos taken. At this point, patients would have achieved 75-80% of their final results.