Are you frustrated by stubborn fat deposits that seem to stick around no matter how you diet or exercise? If so, you may be a prime candidate for our Newport Beach Liposuction. Lipo is one of the most common (and yet among the most misunderstood) plastic surgery procedures.
Dr. Douglas Hendricks is a triple board-certified Newport Beach plastic surgeon and liposuction expert. At the Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Hendricks makes sure his patients understand how it works and what its limitations are before they undergo any procedure.
His pioneering work with Smartlipo and other lipo procedures has made him a source of knowledge for other plastic surgeons, who he routinely trains in these procedures. Learn more by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Hendricks online or by calling his office.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure where a hollow tube known as a "cannula" is inserted into the body through a tiny incision for the purpose of extracting fat from the body. The cannula is often attached to an aspirator that is used to pull the fat from the body through the tube.
There are many variations on this traditional model of lipo, including:
Suction-assisted liposuction is what most people think of when they think of lipo. Officially called "suction-assisted lipectomy", suction-assisted liposuction is a procedure where fat is removed from the body from a cannula attached to an aspirator to create negative pressure.
In this form of liposuction, a specific type of cannula that vibrates is used in the body. These vibrating wands allow more fat to be collected and removed with less energy compared to simple suction-assisted lipos. Power-assisted liposuction is generally used in difficult or scarred areas, or in "fat transfer" operations where fat is harvested from one location to be injected somewhere else in the body, such as with a fat transfer breast augmentation.
This technique uses a special wand that produces a fan-shaped jet of water and anesthetic into the body and then sucks out the fat with the solution.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is used in areas where fat is difficult to remove, or in areas that have already been treated with lipo. In this method, an ultrasound emits pulses of energy into the body to break up difficult to remove fat for extraction through a specialized cannula.
Laser-assisted liposuction (Smartlipo)
Laser-assisted liposuction (also known as Smartlipo) uses a laser to liquefy and coagulate the fat inside the body during the procedure. The liquid is then either removed from the body or reabsorbed. The process increases the body's ability to produce collagen in the treated area, resulting in tighter, smoother skin following the procedure. Dr. Hendricks is one of the nation's premier Smartlipo practitioners. For more information on this innovative procedure, please refer to our Smartlipo page.
Dr. Hendricks offers multiple types of liposuction to address the specific needs of his patients and can guide you through the different lipo innovations that have been made through the years to determine exactly which liposuction procedure would best help you address pockets of stubborn fat. These fat deposits tend to form in several areas, including:
Once the fat is removed from these areas, the results are long-lasting - and in many cases, permanent. However, liposuction does not prevent you from forming new fat cells in the area, so it is vital to make sure that liposuction is done as part of a comprehensive wellness plan that includes proper diet and exercise to make sure that you maintain your results.
During Liposuction Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Hendricks uses his expert-level knowledge of the human body to make sure that your procedure is done correctly and safely. He will provide you with vital aftercare instructions to help you maximize the benefits of your lipo procedure for years to come.
The most immediate benefits of liposuction can be seen in the mirror following the procedure: pounds of stubborn fat - gone. The change is often subtle at first; like Dr. Hendricks says, "plastic surgery must always whisper - never scream!"
However, the results are often transformational. It is impossible to overstate how inspiring it feels to finally get rid of that stubborn belly fat and see your ideal self in the mirror. For many, it is literally a life-changing event. Since liposuction is often that final hurdle patients have to clear to reach their ideal bodies, once they are there, the motivation to maintain that look is easy to find.
As one of the leading liposuction practitioners in the country, Dr. Hendricks makes sure that his patients have all the information they need following their procedures to learn how to make this transformation permanent. The fat can come back without proper diet and exercise. Dr. Hendricks knows how to give his patients the best chance to keep that from happening.
Liposuction is considered a very safe procedure, with a low risk of side effects. That risk is further mitigated in the hands of a board-certified leader in the field like Dr. Hendricks. As a liposuction innovator who teaches other plastic surgeons the latest techniques, Dr. Hendricks is acutely aware of potential complications from liposuction and how to prevent them. These complications are extremely rare, but can include:
Exactly how rare are these risks? A 2009 study found that out of more than three thousand cases, there were no deaths and no hospitalizations due to complications from liposuction. The overall risk of side effects from lipo was calculated at less than 1.6% in a similar study in 2015.
With low risk and transformational results, the popularity of the procedure has steadily grown. Lipo recently passed breast augmentation as the most common cosmetic procedure in the United States.
Are you close to your goal weight and just need to get rid of those last few stubborn areas of fat? That is when lipo is at its best and safest.
It is not recommended to attempt to remove more than 10 pounds of fat with lipo, as it increases the risk for a number of complications. Liposuction is not the ideal way to solve obesity, nor is it a weight-loss procedure. Rather, it is a way for those who are on the verge of their ideal weight to get to the finish line.
Regardless of where you are on your weight journey, talk to Dr. Hendricks about your body goals. He can steer you to the right solution to get from where you are to where you want to be.
Since lipo is performed using anesthetics, the procedure itself is not painful. Expect some discomfort for the next few days. Most people can return to work within a week post-procedure.
Liposuction is generally safe, but there are risks with any surgery. These risks include bleeding and anesthesia reaction.
By itself, liposuction cannot treat cellulite. However, when used in combination with laser therapy, it can get rid of cellulite dimpling.
The tiny incisions used for lipo do leave scars. However, these liposuction scars are barely noticeable.
The cost of liposuction depends upon the size of the treatment area.
Since lipo is a cosmetic procedure, insurance will not cover it.