Liposuction begins with a small incision in the area to be treated. Next, a thin, hollow tube is inserted into the incision and fat cells, pockets and tissues are vacuumed out and discarded. Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia and can last two or more hours.
Common side effects include temporary bruising, numbness, soreness and burning sensations, but most of these effects will subside within a few days or weeks time. Once the area has healed, the patient should notice a firmer, tighter physique.
Patients are recommended proper rest during the recovery and they are advised to refrain from engaging in physical exertion. Complete healing takes up to three months and any rigorous activity such as going to the gym should be resumed only after that. The ideal wait period is four months.
* Results and patient experience may vary.
Liposuction in Brentwood is not designed for weight loss – that should be accomplished through diet and exercise, or specialized weight loss surgical procedures. However, for many people, no matter how rigorously they exercise or how carefully they count calories, carb grams, or fat grams, it can only do so much to overcome genetic code. People are predisposed to accumulate fat in certain areas, and unfortunately, in many cases those areas are not where we want the fat to go.
When stubborn fat deposits resist all your best efforts, consider treatment with liposuction at Advanced Skin Care, Dermatology, and Plastic Surgery in Fullerton, Newport Beach, and Brentwood. Our state-of-the-art liposuction procedures are skillfully performed to remove targeted pockets of fat to achieve a more toned and sculpted body.
The best results are observed in patients who are healthy and have no medical conditions that can obstruct the healing process. Patients with a fairly good muscle tone and firm skin end up with satisfactory results.
Medical technology in the area of liposuction has advanced in recent years. New, improved techniques have made liposuction safer and easier to perform, with less post-operative pain and discomfort and shorter downtime than ever before. Our skilled plastic surgeon can recommend the most appropriate liposuction techniques for your custom-tailored procedure.
Thin tubes called cannulas are used in liposuction procedures. In tumescent liposuction, local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the cannula will be inserted. Large amounts of an anesthetic solution containing lidocaine (anesthetic) and epinephrine (adrenaline produced in a laboratory) are then injected into the fatty tissues before liposuction is performed.
This procedure is often performed without general anesthesia and can reduce some of the side effects associated with traditional liposuction. Because the solution injected into the fatty tissues temporarily shrinks the capillaries, it can dramatically reduce bleeding, swelling, and post-surgical pain for a faster, easier recovery.
A slight weight gain after the procedure may be inevitable. Weight gain up to 5 pounds does not have much impact on the results of the surgery.
Considerable weight gain however, can cause fat cells to develop in the areas treated by liposuction. Even in such cases, patients still look better than they did before the surgery.
Your surgeon is likely to recommend a maintenance weight after the procedure.
Liposuction essentially destroys fat cells. Following a proper diet and adding a workout routine to your schedule can help the results to last longer.
In this procedure, ultrasound is used to liquefy the fat, making it easier to remove. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) uses high-pitched sound waves to liquefy fat, typically in specific difficult-to-treat areas, such as the cheeks, chin, neck, ankles, calves, and knees. It can be performed in combination with tumescent liposuction for patients who need more precise contouring.
The first step in a UAL procedure is the injection of a tumescent fluid into the fatty tissues. This fluid is a mixture of salt water solution, anesthetic, and epinephrine. This helps prevent fluid loss during the procedure and makes fat deposits easier to remove. To remove the fat deposits, ultrasound waves produced by a generator are transmitted to a cannula, which liquefies the fat cells upon contact, after which they can be easily suctioned out.
Our Fullerton liposuction techniques are performed to sculpt and reshape the body. They can be used on problem areas that have not responded well to diet and exercise. Commonly treated areas include:
Advanced liposuction procedures performed by our board-certified plastic surgeons at Advanced Skin Care have many benefits for patients, including:
At ADV in Brentwood, patient experience is key. Our goal is for you to look and feel your best. Our team works together to ensure that your experience is pleasant, discreet, and comfortable. Schedule a consultation today for arguably the best treatment of liposuction Brentwood and Fullerton has to offer.
Liposuction is often mistaken for tummy tuck. Contrary to this misconception, however, liposuction and tummy tuck differ in terms of technique and complexity. Tummy tuck is a much more invasive procedure than liposuction and a tummy tuck, as the name suggests is limited to the abdomen. A tummy tuck involves removal of excess fat and skin whereas a liposuction involves only the removal of excess fat from certain areas.
This being said, both tummy tuck and liposuction are used to improve the body contours and are often used in conjunction with one another.
The total cost of liposuction varies depending upon a number of factors. Generally, the average cost amounts to $3,200. Fees depend on the surgeon's experience, complexity of the procedure, facilities, techniques, anesthesia, medical tests, and medication.
Surgeons at the Ascmed Center use the Brentwood liposuction, a technique that the center has perfected to a fine art.