Dr. Richard H. Lee is sympathetic to the fact that sometimes adhering to a healthy diet and exercise routine is not enough to get rid of stubborn deposits of fat that can accumulate under the skin. Sometimes, individuals who are at or slightly above their ideal weight still suffer from localized pockets of fat that are resistant to healthy lifestyle habits.
That is why Dr. Lee offers liposuction in Newport Beach. He can contour almost any area of the body. Liposuction is an effective way to remove unwanted fat from the abdomen, upper back, knees, hips, thighs, buttocks, upper arms, neck, chin and cheeks.
Suitable candidates for liposuction have sufficient skin elasticity, so that their skin can “shrink” back to a smaller size or shape once the fat has been removed. This is why certain parts of the body respond to liposuction better than others. For example, the outer thighs and flanks, or love handles, are typically tighter in skin elasticity. These areas tend to respond the best to liposuction, because the skin overlying the area “shrink wraps” around the smaller area, once the fat is removed. Other areas such as the inner thighs and abdomen respond well too, but if a patient has had pregnancies or major weight fluctuations, performing liposuction in these areas may result in loose skin. Individuals with poor skin elasticity may be better candidates for tummy tuck or another body lift surgical procedure involving the removal of excess skin.
There are many different techniques for liposuction, and this can be confusing to patients who research liposuction online. One way of simplifying the concept of liposuction is that in all different versions of the procedure, the fat under the skin surface has to be removed using small cannulas through small incisions. Typically, all plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only organization that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties for certifying plastic surgeons, will use some form of tumescent formula (i.e., a fluid mixture containing lidocaine, a numbing medication) and epinephrine (i.e., medicine that shrinks blood vessels temporarily). This is to make the liposuction comfortable for the patient and also to decrease bleeding and bruising.
Laser liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, cryo-freeze liposuction, Smart Lipo, Vaser liposuction, power-assisted liposuction and all other techniques used for liposuction involve a technology that helps break up the fat cells before they are removed. Some of these techniques also claim to help shrink the overlying skin, so that the plastic surgeon does not have to excise the loose skin that may have remained in the treated area after liposuction with earlier-generation liposuction methods. This assertion has proved to be untrue and can lead to potential complications such as burns to the skin and internal scarring, which can lead to uneven skin texture. The bottom line is this: Studies have shown that each of these techniques do not make a difference in the results. The only factor that does make a difference is the qualification and experience of the surgeon. So, please… buyer, beware. You want your liposuction to be done by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon.
Liposuction is an advanced body contouring procedure, and can be performed on its own, or in combination with other procedures such as abdominoplasty, mommy makeover, arm lift, male breast reduction and more.
What Patients Can Expect During Liposuction
In general, liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is usually performed under general anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort.
To begin the liposuction procedure, Dr. Lee makes a very small incision on or near the treatment area. The incisions are placed in areas of the body that are easily concealed, either by clothing or by the body’s natural shape. Dr. Lee then inserts a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) through the incision and gently suctions out the unwanted fat.
In the majority of cases, Dr. Lee performs tumescent liposuction. This liposuction technique involves injecting a tumescent solution comprised of saline solution (sterile saltwater), lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a medication that temporarily shrinks blood vessels) into the treatment area before removing the fat to minimize swelling, bleeding and bruising. Dr. Lee closes the incisions with dissolving sutures that do not require removal. Dr. Lee typically uses a method called power-assisted liposuction, which allows for quick and efficient fat removal.
Schedule a Liposuction Consultation Today
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed each year, and it is important to choose a qualified, experienced surgeon in order to ensure the best possible results. If you are considering liposuction, learn more about the procedure from top surgeon Dr. Richard Lee. Contact his Newport Beach cosmetic surgery office today at 949-548-9312 to schedule a consultation.