Doctor’s Thoughts on Liposuction

At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, we strive to provide the best liposuction Newport Beach has to offer. That’s why we want to understand your unique concerns and goals to determine the right treatment plan for you. When it comes to a surgical procedure like liposuction, we will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option. For many, the significant results of liposuction can save them time and money in the long run, reducing the need for numerous nonsurgical fat reduction treatment sessions. At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, our board-certified surgeons have helped thousands of patients achieve long-lasting results from their liposuction procedures for a slimmer, more proportionate figure. Our surgeons aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and request a consultation.

What Is Liposuction?

The surgical term for a liposuction procedure is lipoplasty. Liposuction is a surgical fat reduction method that can be performed alone, or combined with other plastic surgeries including a facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck. Liposuction is a highly popular cosmetic procedure, significantly improving the contour and figure in just one treatment session. Liposuction can treat areas including your thighs, abdomen, hips, buttocks, upper arms, back, and chest. The procedure can also reduce fat deposits in your cheeks, chin, and neck.

It is important to know that liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. Nor is it a treatment for dimpled skin known as cellulite. Liposuction will not repair or remove stretch marks. If you are interested in treating cellulite or stretch marks, we may have other treatment options for you.

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How is Liposuction Performed?

Dr. Nichter or Dr. Horowitz will deliver general or local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. Tiny incisions will be made over the treatment area, where a cannula can be inserted to break up & remove stubborn fat cells. There are many different types of liposuction techniques that can be used.

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Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction should not be chosen as an alternative to weight loss. Those who are already within their ideal weight range but struggle to remove lingering pockets of fat will find the most satisfying results. Establishing a healthy routine with proper diet and regular exercise will help you achieve long-lasting results after treatment.

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What is Recovery Like After Liposuction?

After liposuction, you can expect 1-2 weeks of recovery, depending on the size of the areas you had treated and how much fat was removed. Swelling, bruising, and general discomfort can be expected during this time. Patients typically return to work within one week and are encouraged to start moving around the day after treatment.

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction surgery is offered to both women and men. Candidates for liposuction surgery should be in good health and any conditions that can increase surgical risks and side effects should be discussed with your surgeon. If you smoke, you will need to quit for a period before and after your liposuction procedure as determined by your doctor. Our team will carefully review your medical history before scheduling a liposuction procedure. You may be directed to stop some medications and supplements you are taking. You may also need certain lab tests done before your procedure. This is all in an effort to ensure your safety and the best possible outcome.

Liposuction Risks And Possible Side Effects

Like any surgery, liposuction comes with risks including infection, bleeding, poor healing, complications from anesthesia, and allergic reactions to medications and/or materials used in surgery. You may experience bruising for up to four weeks following liposuction. Some patients also have some postoperative numbness that subsides over time.

Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in specific areas. Your fat cells can increase in size and volume. The procedure will produce permanent results in your body contours as long as your weight remains stable.

What You Can Expect On The Day Of Your Liposuction Surgery

After checking in at the surgical facility, you’ll be prepped for your surgery with a thorough skin cleansing to guard against infection and your appropriate form of anesthesia will be administered. Once you are properly sedated, your target areas will be injected with medications that will help break up fat cells.

Your surgeon at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery will select one of several available techniques based on your treatment goals and the areas of your body to be treated. Your surgeon may use ultrasound and/or lasers as part of your procedure. Following your surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area where your vital signs will continue to be monitored as your body clears the effects of your anesthesia. After a short amount of time (typically, just a few hours), you may have someone drive you home. We recommend that you arrange to have someone stay with you, such as a spouse, family member, or friend, for at least the first night following your procedure.

What Is Recovery Like After Liposuction?

After liposuction, you can expect a couple weeks of recovery, depending on the size of the areas you had treated and how much fat was removed. Swelling, bruising, and general discomfort can be expected during this time. Your doctor will prescribe pain control medication as needed and appropriate. You may need to wear compression garments (except for showering) for a few weeks. Patients typically return to work within one week and are encouraged to start moving around the day after treatment.

Liposuction Results

After the procedure, Newport Beach liposuction patients can expect a slimmer contour with fewer pockets of stubborn fat. Some swelling can linger for months, hiding your true results, so it’s important to be patient with your healing process. Most patients will see 90 percent of their desired outcome within three months after their surgery. It may take up to six months for your treated areas to heal completely.

Once stubborn fat cells are removed, they cannot return or “grow back.” However, you can still gain weight and fat in untreated areas. That is why it’s important to maintain your healthy weight through the right diet and exercise routine. Recent national survey data shows that liposuction surgery results rank very high in patient satisfaction.

Liposuction Costs

The cost of your liposuction surgery will vary according to the scope of your treatment. Since liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, it is unlikely that your insurance will cover any costs. The doctors and staff at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach will be happy to answer your questions.

Insist On The Best Surgeons For Your Liposuction Procedure

Many women and men have found that liposuction surgery has improved their appearance, their outlook, their self-esteem, and their quality of life. Our board-certified plastic surgeons and patient care team at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach have the training, the experience, and the “personal touch” needed to maximize your results and satisfaction from liposuction surgery. We warmly invite you to schedule a consultation to meet with us today.

Your Consultation at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery

To learn more about your liposuction procedure at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Dr. Nichter and Dr. Horowitz will discuss your body contouring options to determine if liposuction is right for you.