LIPOSUCTION IN NEWPORT BEACH
Liposuction has been around since the 70’s and continues to be the gold standard for fat removal and body contouring. While there are many new devices being marketed for non-surgical fat removal, liposuction still remains the most predictable way of removing significant fat and improving body shape. Liposuction is a relatively simple and straightforward compared to other cosmetic procedures.
Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is not meant to be used for instant and dramatic weight loss, such as a way to control morbid obesity or reduce loose skin. Instead, liposuction is meant to sculpt a person’s body that is already near their target weight. Healthy, elastic skin that can recover quickly from modification is a must if liposuction is to be beneficial to the patient.
Unfortunately, less experienced plastic surgeons performing liposuction may not have the experience to recognize that a different procedure (such as a tummy tuck) may provide a better result for the patient.
If you are struggling with excess fat on your body and wish to improve your body contour, liposuction may be right for you.
IS LIPOSUCTION RIGHT FOR ME?
Liposuction is performed on both men and women of all sizes and shapes. Some of the most common goals of having liposuction include wanting to look better in a bathing suit, being able to fit more comfortably in clothing, having more clothing options, feeling more comfortable in your own skin.
The ideal liposuction patient has localized fat deposits and good skin tone.
If any of the below apply to you, liposuction may be right for you.
- Excess fat on the upper or lower abdomen, hips, thighs, neck, back, knees, or arms.
- Fat is resistant to diet and/or exercise.
- Problem areas are out of proportion with the rest of your body.
- Good skin elasticity. Sagging, lose skin is not an issue.
- At or near your desired body weight. You are not using this procedure for weight loss.
- You are healthy and don’t have any medical issues which would preclude you from having surgery.
Liposuction isn’t right for everyone. Your goals must be realistic about what the procedure can and cannot do for you. Liposuction alone may not be right for you if you have poor skin quality or if you want to lose a significant amount of weight. Liposuction will help improve your body shape, which can help you look thinner and lose inches, however it is not to be used as a weight loss method. If you have sagging skin, we may recommend a skin tightening procedure such as a tummy tuck.
Liposuction will only address subcutaneous fat, which is the fat located just below the skin’s surface. It will not remove visceral fat, also known as intra-abdominal fat, which is internal fat located around the liver, stomach and other organs. This type of fat can only be addressed through weight loss resulting from diet and exercise.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE SUBCUTANEOUS FAT OR VISCERAL FAT?
There are two maneuvers you can try to get an idea if the fat can be treated with liposuction. Lie down on a flat surface and see if your abdomen rises higher than your ribs. If it does, this is almost always visceral or internal fat, which cannot be removed with liposuction. The other way is to stand up, tighten your abs and try to grab your fat. If it is visceral, you will not be able to grab it. Visceral fat is also usually hard compared to subcutaneous fat, which is squishy.
A physical examination with a board-certified plastic surgeon and liposuction specialist is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate.
Liposuction can be used to treat the following areas:
- Under the neck
- Upper arms
- Upper and lower back
- Breast roll
At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, our doctors may perform liposuction (suction assisted lipectomy (SAL) or laser assisted liposculpting) in conjunction with other body contouring procedures, such as tummy tuck, thigh lift, buttock augmentation, facelift, neck lift and chin augmentation.
In order to ensure you are getting the right cosmetic procedure, contact our trusted Newport Beach plastic surgeons. Call (949) 565-2121 today for more information.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIPOSUCTION
With improved liposuction techniques and surgical expertise, our plastic surgeons can remove larger areas of fat at one time and precisely sculpt and contour the treated area. Additional liposuction techniques such as Power Assisted Liposuction, Laser or Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction techniques are available and may be recommended by your plastic surgeon.
Suction Assisted Lipectomy (SAL) or Traditional Liposuction is a surgical technique in which the removal of fat deposits reshapes a specific part of the body, such as the face, neck, arms, abdomen, hips, or thighs. It has become the most requested aesthetic surgical procedure in the United States in recent years. The popularity of this operation is based on its relative simplicity, which requires only a small incision, usually well-hidden in a normal fold of skin.
Laser Assisted Liposuction is used to precisely sculpt and contour the treated area. It is a variation of traditional liposuction that uses low-wave laser energy to liquefy fat before it is removed. This technique makes it easier to remove the fat, resulting in a less invasive procedure with quicker downtime.
LIPOSUCTION’S BEST USES
Liposuction has been labeled as a way for a patient to reduce their weight from obese to normal or healthy in one afternoon. This is not the intent or the typical usage of liposuction. In fact, instantaneous and significant weight loss can create health complications. For a patient that needs to lose a great amount of weight, it is always recommended that exercise and diet be followed until liposuction would be more effective. One way to view liposuction is as an advanced way to sculpt portions of the body, allowing people to lose inches off their frame but not necessarily pounds of fat. Furthermore, the fat removed through liposuction is gone for good and, if the patient does put on weight in the future, the fat buildup will look more natural and less obtrusive.
- A permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas.
- A more flattering figure or physique, in or out of clothing.
Liposuction can be performed in an outpatient session, such as the surgeon’s office or Outpatient Surgery Facility. The procedure can last from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on how many body areas are being operated upon. The type of anesthesia will also vary. Local anesthetic with sedation can be used for small areas; however, more extensive procedures usually require general anesthesia. Through a small incision, usually less than one-half inch, a blunt-tipped instrument called a cannula is passed back and forth, essentially vacuuming out the fat. The cannula is connected to rubber tubing which in turn attaches to a machine which generates high vacuum pressure. Following surgery, a firm elasticized garment is used to provide compression and reduce swelling and discoloration to the surgical site.
SPECIFIC POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
EXPOSURE TO SUNLIGHT
BRUISING AND SWELLING
Are the results permanent?
Can the operation be repeated?