Liposuction Surgery Plastic Surgeon Newport Beach Los Angeles CA
Liposuction is typically performed to sculpt the body and reduce unwanted fat from areas such as: hips, buttocks, thighs, abdomen, knees, upper arms, cheeks, chin and neck. There have been many advancements with technology and new types of liposuction have be used with great success. Tumescent liposuction and other liposuction techniques are providing quicker recovery times and more pinpoint accuracy. Liposuction surgery time can vary considerably, it depends on the area of your body and the amount of fat being removed, the technique used and the type of anesthesia.
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Candidates for Liposuction
The best candidates for liposuction are those who are close to their ideal weight and have fatty areas that are unresponsive to exercise and diet. For those patients that are moderately overweight, liposuction could be an incentive for additional weight loss through proper diet and exercise. Liposuction alone should not be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. The best time to consider liposuction is after a patient has stabilized their weight. Ideal liposuction patients have good skin tone and good skin elasticity, clear of stretch marks, thus allowing skin to properly tighten after the removal of fat without leaving results of any skin looseness or bagginess.
What areas of the body can be improved with liposuction?
Areas of liposuction for men and women are generally the abdomen, the hips, the flanks, the inner and outer thighs, the arms, the chin (submental), the bra area and the pubic area. For men with projecting breast tissue, liposuction can also be performed to remove unwanted breast tissue that has formed. Other less common areas of liposuction include calves, forearms and the fatty area directly above the tailbone.
How does Liposuction work?
Liposuction is performed with a patient under general anesthesia. Traditional liposuction is performed by making small incisions that are often less than 1/4 of an inch in length. Usually two incisions are required for adequate treatment of each area. If possible, incisions will be placed in the natural fold of a patients body, in pubic hair or inside the belly button. Once matured and with proper post surgical care, scars are small and hardly noticeable. A small canella is then inserted into the incision that was made. As the surgeon makes slow passes to remove fat beneath the skins surface, the body area being targeted is infused with a solution that helps break up fat and helps with the removal process. The surgeon must make slow, detailed maneuvers as this is when the surgeon is contouring and shaping the figure. This is where the surgeon becomes the artist and it is essential that a patient feel comfortable that both the surgeon and the patient share the same vision.
Is Liposuction safe?
As with any surgical procedure, liposuction carries risks. With our patients safety being our number one priority, Dr. Bandy strictly adheres to recommendations placed by the American Board of Plastic Surgery stating that 5 liters should be the maximum amount of aspirate (fluid, fat and blood) that is removed during any liposuction procedure. Patients requesting a total volume reduction of greater than 5 liters would need to have a second liposuction procedure to accommodate their requests. Prior to a procedure, a patient answers a thorough health and family health history questionnaire to determine if a patient is more at risk for certain post surgical complications such as blood clotting. Patient blood samples are also sent to pathology for certain testing to determine if the patient can sustain a procedure like liposuction. All precautions are taken to ensure that the patient have a pleasant experience with the best results possible.
How is recovery from Liposuction?
Patients that undergo a liposuction procedure are usually required to wear a specialty compression garment for several weeks to achieve maximum results. These garments provide firm compression and support to suctioned areas, also allowing for skin retraction to optimize final body contour. The garments used are required to be worn on a continuous basis day and night, however will be removed for bathing. Dr. Bandy does provide these garments for her patients, however additional garment purchase is recommended and can be purchased at an additional cost from our office. The amount of time a patient is required to wear this specialty garment is determined by Dr. Bandy and varies depending on the area(s) that are treated, how much fatty tissue is suctioned and how the patient is healing. Recovery is dependant on which area(s) are being suctioned as well as if multiple areas are suctioned simultaneously. Patients should expect significant bruising to certain areas of the body. A bruising period can last for several weeks and is not uncommon for bruising to last for a month. Pain can be controlled by medication that is prescribed at the time of the patients pre-operative appointment usually 1-2 weeks prior to a patients scheduled surgical date.
Will the fat grow back with weight gain?
This is a question that until answered correctly, sometimes haunts patients. No, this fat will not grow back. Humans are born with a number of fat cells which are not able to be reproduced with growth or aging. Each individual cell can grow bigger or smaller with weight gain or weight loss, but there will never be an instance where someone grows additional fat cells. A patient that continues with an improper diet and no exercise can still gain weight as each fat cell that remains can still significantly expand, however some patients notice that areas that once stayed small with weight gain might now expand. The fat that is accumulated with weight gain still needs to be stored somewhere, and with fat cells in areas treated with liposuction no longer being present, new fat is forced to be stored in the fat cells that remain. This is why it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle after any liposuction treatment.
Can Liposuction Treat Cellulite?
Cellulite is a woman's worst enemy. Many patients have the misconception that with the removal of fat, cellulite will no longer exist in the treated area. This is not the case. Any area present of cellulite that is treated with liposuction may show signs of improvement, however it is not always the case. Cellulite is formed by fibrous tissue within the body that is interwoven through tissue and fat. Cellulite appearance can be improved with diet and exercise, but can change with puberty, metabolism, diet, exercise, weight loss, weight gain, and fluctuation in skin laxity. There is no proven treatment to correct cellulite. However, there have been several advances in the aesthetic industry and there are options which have been shown to improve the appearance of cellulite. These options may be discussed at the time of a pre or post operative consultation with Dr. Bandy and/or her staff.
What about my husbands protruding beer belly?
A beer belly is not treatable by liposuction. Typically, any fat that is on an upper abdomen that is hard to the touch is only controllable through diet and exercise. This fat is untreatable with liposuction because this fat is under the abdominal muscle and is not situated directly under the dermis. This fat is unreachable and is too closely surrounded by organs. Don't lose faith, this area will shrink in size with a proper diet and a well maintained exercise program.
Newport Beach Liposuction • Dr. Amy Bandy - Plastic Surgeon