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Liposuction at UCI Plastic Surgery

You eat a healthy diet and are physically active, but you still have localized bulges of fat you can’t seem to get rid of. You’re not alone with this problem. As we mature and our weight fluctuates, many of us develop unwanted pockets of fat in specific parts of our body. If that describes you, you may be a good candidate for liposuction with UCI Plastic Surgery.

Liposuction slims and reshapes selected areas of the body to improve your contours and balance your proportions.

Our team of plastic surgeons is skilled in using liposuction to sculpt and re-contour your body. To learn more about liposuction in southern California and what it can do for you, contact UCI Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation at one of our locations in Orange County, CA. We have offices in Orange, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Newport, and Yorba Linda, CA.

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What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure to remove excess fat from areas of the body. It uses a thin surgical tube, or cannula, to suction fat out of the treated area and smooth the remaining tissue for a contoured, natural-looking appearance.

While liposuction removes fat from your body, it is a body-contouring procedure and not a weight-loss method. The goal of this surgery is to reduce stubborn diet- and exercise-resistant pockets of fat in specific parts of the body, not to remove large amounts of fat over broad areas.

Why Might I Consider Liposuction?

Liposuction can trim your waistline, flatten a double chin, or remove excess fat from your chest or thighs. It’s an excellent long-term solution to localized pockets of fat that resist slimming despite your best efforts in the gym and the kitchen.

Fat can persist in your body for many reasons, including:

  • A slowing metabolism
  • The after-effects of pregnancy
  • Genetics
  • Longer hours spent working at a desk
  • An injury or other medical conditions that may limit mobility
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Liposuction is a way to put the finishing touches on your weight-management efforts by slimming the areas of your body that most stubbornly retain excess fat. Popular parts of the body for liposuction treatment in women include the:

  • Abdomen
  • Chest and back
  • Hips and thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Buttocks
  • Calves and ankles
  • Chin and neck

For men, the most popular treatment areas are the:

  • Chin and neck
  • Abdomen
  • Chest

A surgeon can inject a portion of the fat removed with liposuction into another part of the body, in a fat grafting procedure, to add volume where it is lacking. Fat grafting can:

  • Fill lines, wrinkles, and creases on the face
  • Add volume to hollowed cheeks
  • Plump the lips
  • Augment a woman’s breasts

The best candidates for liposuction are in good health, within 20 to 30 pounds of their ideal weight, and have good skin tone, but still find themselves troubled by excess fat.

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What to Expect During the Liposuction Procedure

When you have liposuction at UCI Plastic Surgery, you will be under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will make tiny incisions near the treatment area, through which they’ll insert a cannula into the layer of fat beneath the skin. A cannula is a thin tube connected to a vacuum for the removal of fatty tissue. Your plastic surgeon will carefully maneuver the cannula to break up the underlying fat and remove it from your body.

The length of the procedure will depend on the extent of your concerns. It can range from under an hour to more than three hours.

When you are alert again, after waking up from the anesthesia, you will be able to go home. You’ll need someone to drive you.

Some sites expand on this by describing ways the fat is broken up — with tumescent, ultrasound-assisted, laser-assisted, or power-assisted liposuction. If UCI Plastic Surgery uses any of these, brief descriptions could be added here. That might be an added draw for a comparison shopper.

What to Expect in Recovery

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With today’s advanced techniques, recovery from liposuction can be remarkably fast. You should expect some swelling and bruising at first, which you can control and make more comfortable by wearing a compression garment. That initial response to the procedure will fade as your body heals. Most patients can resume light activities and return to work about a week after their liposuction treatment, depending on the extent and area of the procedure. After that, you’ll be able to slowly build up to more strenuous activities over the next few weeks, following your doctor’s instructions.

Liposuction removes fat immediately, but it can take a few weeks for the final results to appear as the remaining fat settles into position and your contours even and smooth. The small scars left by liposuction gradually lighten to match your skin color, until they are barely visible after about a year.

FAQs About Liposuction

The fat removed with liposuction will be gone forever. You’ll have fewer fat cells in that area, and they will not return. If you gain weight, however, the fat cells throughout your body will grow in size, so you’ll want to maintain a stable weight for optimal long-term results.

Liposuction does not address another aspect of the aging process: loosening skin. If you have resilient and flexible skin at the time of your procedure, your skin should tighten over the treated area to give a smooth, toned appearance. As your skin ages and becomes more lax, you may benefit from a future skin-tightening procedure such as a facelift, neck lift, or tummy tuck.

CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive body-contouring technology that uses low temperatures (cryolipolysis) to destroy fat cells without harming the surrounding tissue or skin. CoolSculpting requires no downtime for recovery, but the results take longer to appear, and you might need more than one treatment to attain the desired contours. After a single CoolSculpting treatment, your body’s normal metabolic process will eliminate the damaged fat cells over the next few months.

Yes. Many of our patients opt to combine liposuction with other plastic surgery procedures, such as a tummy tuck, a facelift, or breast reduction.

Unfortunately, no. Liposuction removes deeper layers of fat, not the cellulite that causes bulges and dimpling just below the surface of the skin. But by reducing the layer of fat below the cellulite, liposuction may make cellulite less noticeable.

Schedule a Consultation

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out whether a liposuction is right for you. We’ll answer your questions and explain what you can expect from the procedure. We serve the Los Angeles area with offices in Orange, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Newport, and Yorba Linda, CA.

The doctors at UCI Plastic Surgery are leaders in the field of cosmetic surgery. Through their teaching and lecturing roles at UCI, they stay current with state-of-the-art techniques and technology. With their advanced technical skills, they consistently produce better, more natural-looking results for their patients.