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Liposuction, also referred to as “lipo” or suction-assisted lipectomy, is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States and Orange County. This procedure eliminates certain areas of stubborn fat while simultaneously transforming your body to help you achieve the curves and toned look you always desired. To enhance your figure and provide you with cutting-edge results, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richland commonly combines liposuction with Renuvion, an advanced RF plasma technology, to help tighten and tone your skin as well.
Exploring Your Candidacy
The ideal candidates for liposuction are healthy patients, without significant skin excess, who have persistent areas of fat that remain despite diet and exercise. Liposuction is not a replacement for healthy eating and exercise but rather is used to slim, tone, and recontour targeted areas of the body.
Dr. Richland uses a tumescent liposuction technique which involves infiltrating the target area with a dilute solution of lidocaine and epinephrine. The lidocaine is a local anesthetic, while the epinephrine helps shrink the small blood vessels in the area. The tumescent fluid surrounds the fat allowing for the cannula to more easily suction out the fat. This ultimately leads to a better result and smoother contour, better pain control, less blood loss during surgery, and less swelling and bruising post-operatively.
Renuvion is a minimally invasive but powerful skin tightening technology. After the liposuction is performed, the Renuvion probe is inserted through the existing liposuction incisions. A targeted beam of helium and RF-derived plasma then heats up the subdermal tissue to internally tighten the skin. Dr. Richland commonly combines liposuction with Renuvion to help tighten and tone your skin.
One of the major benefits of skin tightening after liposuction is that it allows more volume to be removed than if liposuction alone were performed. One potential downside of too much liposuction is that if too much volume is removed, it may result in saggy, wrinkly skin. This is especially common on the anterior abdomen, upper arms, and upper thighs. Skin tightening helps prevent this. Another benefit is allowing patients with mild to moderate skin laxity, who would otherwise need a full excisional procedure (example: full incision facelift, neck lift, arm lift, tummy tuck, or thigh lift), to actually avoid the large incision and instead have the minimally invasive Renuvion procedure with liposuction.
While some patients wish to never see their stubborn fat again, others may wish to augment certain volume-depleted areas. The fat can be purified and re-injected into areas such as the face, breasts or buttocks to replace lost volume.
VASER liposuction refers to a technology that utilizes ultrasonic vibration to break up fat and free it up from the surrounding tissue. This allows the fat to then be suctioned up by the liposuction cannula with less trauma (and less bruising, swelling and pain) than traditional techniques. Additionally, the ultrasonic waves assist with skin tightening (although not as powerful as Renuvion), but when combined with Renuvion, a powerful skin tightening effect is achieved. In all, the advanced VASER liposuction technology helps achieve a smooth body contour and faster recovery.
Depending on your preference, liposuction can be performed either in the office under local anesthesia or in the operating room under general anesthesia with you asleep. Generally, smaller areas of liposuction such as the neck are well tolerated in the office, while larger areas such as the flanks and abdomen are performed in the operating room, but this ultimately depends on your preference and your discussion with Dr. Richland.
You will see the results immediately. However, your shape and figure will continue to improve as your swelling decreases over the next several months.
You will be placed in a post-surgical compression wrap or garment. If a wrap was placed, you will be changed into a compression garment for around one week. It is important to wear this compression garment as much as possible for the first four to six weeks to reduce swelling and obtain a smooth contour. Depending on the treated area, most Newport Beach liposuction patients return to normal activities and work within several days and to full physical activity in about two to three weeks.
At a glance, here’s the process you can look forward to when you begin your transformation with Dr. Richland
Dr. Richland, first and foremost, puts the patient’s individual goals, health, and safety at the heart of every case. He will begin by listening and understanding your lifestyle, goals, concerns, and issues to ensure your results and surgical procedure are tailored uniquely to you.
Dr. Richland will examine your body and concerns to determine what surgical plans best suit your needs. With experience that encompasses patients of all ages, body types, and conditions, you can rest assured that your confidential consultation will empower you with the knowledge and unbiased guidance to make an informed decision and help you achieve your natural outcome.
Dr. Richland will work with you to discover which options are best for your specific anatomy – including a comprehensive overview of how each procedure delivers unique advantages and considerations for each patient’s unique anatomy.
Refreshed, never overdone. Rejuvenated, never obvious. There’s no one definition of best – and together with Dr. Richland, your outcome will reflect your aspirations and desires.
This procedure is medically named submental liposuction and is commonly referred to as double chin surgery. The goal of the procedure is to remove the "double chin" and enhance your jawline definition. Excess fat underneath your chin can have a variety of causes, including genetics, weight gain, anatomy, and the positioning of your airway.
Chin lipo is:
You may not be a good candidate for chin lipo if your skin lacks elasticity or has a loose or saggy appearance. In these cases, your surgeon may recommend a neck lift, which can remove excess skin under the chin and on the neck. During your consultation with Dr. Richland, ask about what results you can reasonably expect with your double chin surgery, how you can minimize your risks of complications and when you should call if you have concerns during your recovery.
Newport Beach chin liposuction is typically performed using local anesthesia. Dr. Richland will examine your chin and neck and make markings with a pen to precisely locate cannula insertion sites. Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed to minimize the risk of infection. Then, Dr. Richland will make small incisions to introduce the cannula. Using a back-and-forth or fanning motion, he will remove excess fat from each area, making sure to achieve a smooth and even facial appearance. The procedure ends with placing a special chin strap to support your skin while it heals.
You may have some light drainage from your incision sites for a day or two and will likely experience some mild bruising and swelling for several weeks. The compression strap will need to be worn for several weeks. Dr. Richland will prescribe pain medication as necessary and appropriate. The results of your chin liposuction will be long-lasting as long as you maintain a consistent weight. The cost of your chin lipo will depend on your surgeon’s time, facility and staff fees, medication and instrument fees, and anesthesia fees.
If you are considering Liposuction Newport Beach plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon Richland serves patients in both Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, CA. Liposuction with Dr. Richland offers beautifully sculpted body contours, so you can live life more fully and confidently.
Yes, all surgical procedures leave scars. Dr. Richland keeps the scar size to 2-3mm and hides them in natural folds and anatomic junctions when possible. Over time, these small scars fade and commonly look like small freckles or even disappear altogether.
It is normal to be sore and experience bruising and swelling after liposuction. This is minimized by Dr. Richland’s tumescent technique for liposuction. The post-surgical wrap and compression garment will help with recovery as well.
You will see the results of liposuction immediately. However, your shape, contour, and figure will continue to improve as your swelling decreases over the next several months.
The liposuction results can last decades, as long as your weight remains stable. Weight fluctuation will alter the final result. Even if you maintain a stable weight and the fat does not return, the aging process will continue, and your skin may sag over time. Skin laxity is not treated by liposuction alone but can be improved upon with Renuvion.
If you gain weight after liposuction, your surgical results will be compromised. Weight will be gained throughout your entire body, including the liposuctioned area (although the gain may be proportionally less in the liposuctioned area as there are now fewer fat cells there). It is best to be at or around your target body weight before liposuction.
A small amount of weight loss after liposuction will likely not compromise results. However, significant weight loss or fluctuations in weight may result in issues. If you had pre-existing skin laxity that was not treated, you may end up with more excess skin after the weight loss. It is best to be at or around your target body weight before liposuction.
The fat cells removed with liposuction do not grow back. However, the remaining fat cells can and will enlarge with weight gain. As weight is gained, you may proportionally gain less weight in the liposuctioned area as there are now fewer fat cells there.
While both liposuction and CoolSculpting seek to remove unwanted fat in targeted areas, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Liposuction is a surgical procedure performed either under local or general anesthesia and can produce dramatic results in just one treatment. CoolSculpting is an in-office procedure using a non-invasive device that produces less dramatic results and requires multiple treatments. One risk of CoolSculpting is called paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, where instead of becoming smaller, the treated area enlarges. The treatment for this paradoxical fat gain is then liposuction.
While each of the above is a separate technology and used for a different reason, Dr. Richland commonly combines two or three for the best result. Traditional liposuction refers to suctioning up fat cells through a hollow cannula. VASER liposuction utilizes ultrasonic vibrations to help free fat cells from the surrounding connective tissue. This allows for a less traumatic suctioning effect when the liposuction is performed, resulting in a smoother contour, less swelling, bruising, and pain, and a quicker recovery. Renuvion is the most advanced skin tightening technology that helps tighten the skin once the fat has been removed.
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