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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that breaks up and suctions fat from the body. It can be used on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, calves, back, neck, and chin. If you’re looking for an effective way to reshape, sculpt, or reduce areas of excess fat on your body, liposuction can help you get there.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

The ideal candidates for liposuction are in good mental and physical health and have realistic expectations about what results to expect. Liposuction can be a very effective method of targeting stubborn fat deposits and shaping certain areas of your body. However, it is important to keep in mind that it does not serve as a weight-loss alternative and cannot get rid of cellulite, so the best candidates for lipo should be near their goal weight already. Liposuction offers a way to address specific areas of fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise.

Why choose the Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery?

  • At Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery, we provide state-of-the-art treatments performed by experienced medical professionals in a safe, warm, friendly environment
  • Dr. Nirav Savalia serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at UCI Medical Center and Keck School of Medicine
  • He is listed in Orange Coast Top Doctors and Castle Connolly Top Doctors for 2019

What can I expect with liposuction in Newport Beach?

Dr. Savalia performs traditional tumescent liposuction and power-assisted liposuction. Both procedures begin with several very small incisions near the target area, each one typically shorter than the width of a pencil eraser. He carefully places incisions in inconspicuous areas, and with proper care, these incisions should not be noticeable when healed.

Through these access points, Dr. Savalia saturates the area with a sterile saline tumescent solution. This helps break apart the fat cells for easier, more comfortable removal. Next, he uses a cannula—a hollow surgical tube—to separate the fatty deposits. This is done solely by hand in traditional liposuction, while power-assisted liposuction uses a special mechanized cannula that vibrates very rapidly to help Dr. Savalia loosen the cells. Finally, the fat is removed with gentle suction, creating a smoother, more sculpted shape.

Liposuction and Body Contouring Alternatives

These days, there are many different fat reduction methods such as Smartlipo®, CoolSculpting®, and Zerona®, in addition to traditional liposuction. Some of our patients have heard that these branded procedures are as effective as traditional liposuction techniques. In our experience, it is important to understand the limitations of these newer technologies and focus primarily on the quality of results.

Dr. Savalia has found that traditional or power-assisted liposuction techniques offer our patients safe, predictable treatment for small to large areas of unwanted fat. He trusts these techniques to help him achieve excellent results for patients who want to slim down areas of excess fat.

Although liposuction removes fat cells for the long term, it is important to keep in mind that it is not a solution for weight loss. Instead, liposuction is ideal for smoothing away those isolated problem areas that may look disproportionate to the rest of your body; areas that remain notoriously resistant to diet and exercise, such as the thighs, “love handles” or “muffin top.”

It is very common to combine liposuction with other body and breast enhancements, including abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, or a breast reduction. Dr. Savalia can also use liposuction to remove unwanted fat on the face and neck.

Dr. Savalia and his staff far exceeded my expectations. I love the results of my surgery! My clothes fit better, I have more confidence, and I feel like I’m back to where I was before having children.

What are some common reasons to have liposuction?

If you want to tone and shape an area or two on your body, liposuction can be an excellent choice. We see very good results using traditional tumescent and power-assisted techniques. Liposuction smooths and sculpts, and trims your figure to address problem areas that may remain behind even if you eat right and stay active.

Here are some of the common reasons we hear about why a person is considering liposuction:

  • I have tried and tried but just can’t get rid of this problem area on my stomach/hips/thighs
  • I eat a healthy diet, but my body holds onto fat in certain areas

Once you feel ready, please contact us to schedule your liposuction consultation at Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery in Orange County. Dr. Savalia and his staff are completely committed to making your experience enjoyable and positive, from consultation through recovery, as we help you reach your cosmetic goals.

What type of liposuction should I have?

There are a few different types of liposuction, as well as various nonsurgical body contouring alternatives. In our practice, however, Dr. Savalia offers both tumescent and power liposuction, as he has found these to be most effective for our patients.

  • Tumescent liposuction: During tumescent liposuction (sometimes called traditional liposuction), Dr. Savalia makes very small incisions near the target area, typically shorter than the width of a pencil eraser. Through these access points, he saturates the area with a solution that helps break apart fat cells for easy removal. Finally, the fat cells are removed via suction through a tube called a cannula.
  • Power-assisted liposuction: Power-assisted liposuction is essentially the same as tumescent lipo, except it uses a special mechanized cannula that vibrates rapidly to break up fat cells, making extracting them even easier. This method can be most effective in areas that are notoriously difficult to treat with tumescent liposuction, such as male breasts, inner thighs, and the belly button area. In your consultation, you can discuss which type of liposuction Dr. Savalia would recommend for your specific target areas.

If you are wanting to tone and shape an area or two on your body, liposuction can be an excellent choice. I see very good results using traditional tumescent and power-assisted techniques.

Liposuction FAQ

If you’re considering liposuction, you probably have plenty of questions. Committing to any surgical procedure can feel like a huge decision, and you should think it over carefully before making a final commitment. To help his patients feel as comfortable as possible about moving forward, Dr. Savalia makes sure he provides all the information associated with the procedure in question. Below are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from men and women considering liposuction as a method of body contouring.

Will I be “put under” for the procedure?

Whether general anesthesia is required during your liposuction appointment depends on the size of the areas being treated. For only small sections, you will most likely only need localized anesthesia so that you are awake during the procedure. For larger sections, Dr. Savalia may recommend using general anesthesia.

What is the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck?

These are two commonly confused body contouring procedures. A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is focused on eliminating excess skin around the stomach and repairing lax or separated abdominal muscles. Liposuction effectively removes fat cells but does not improve sagging skin or address abdominal muscles. Either surgery can deliver beautiful results in the right patient and can be combined in some cases for more comprehensive body contouring results.

What about nonsurgical alternatives?

There are several new procedures advertised as nonsurgical alternatives to liposuction, such as CoolSculpting®, Smartlipo®, and others. These procedures are all fairly new, and therefore many of them have not undergone thorough long-term testing. If you research reviews of any of these liposuction alternatives, you will notice that feedback is hit or miss. Some people seem to swear by them, while others claim there were no results. Liposuction, on the other hand, has been through decades of testing and has a proven track record of impressive, long-lasting results.

What should I expect during my consultation?

In your initial consultation, you and Dr. Savalia will have the opportunity to get to know each other, so he can better understand your goals for liposuction and what your expectations are. He will also evaluate the target areas to develop an informed idea of the best approach to take. Finally, you will talk about the benefits and risks associated with liposuction, and he will give you more information about what to expect during your surgery and recovery.

What is recovery like after liposuction?

Following liposuction, you’ll be asked to wear a special compression garment to help your body conform to its new contours. You’ll also be provided with detailed post-operative instructions to ensure that your healing goes as smoothly as possible.

When will I see results?

Immediately after your surgery, your results are obscured by swelling, and the treated area is bandaged. Dr. Savalia will ask you to wear special compression garments, to help your body conform to its new contours, and provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions. As the swelling subsides over the following one to three months, you should be able to see your final results more clearly. While you can expect to see a noticeable improvement in your body shape after lipo, it is still important to control your weight to maintain your results long-term.

Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery

Please contact us today to schedule a liposuction consultation. At Newport Beach Center for Plastic Surgery, we are committed to helping you reach your cosmetic goals. Dr. Savalia will take the time necessary during your consultation to educate you about liposuction and to give you his recommendations.

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