Liposuction is a safe and effective procedure designed to remove stubborn pockets of fat from virtually any part of the body. If your diet and exercise regimen isn’t producing the trim, fit look you’ve worked so hard for, liposuction can help you achieve a toned, sculpted physique.
To learn if liposuction is right for you, contact Orange County Cosmetic Surgery today online or at 714-379-9777 to schedule a free consultation with cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony Miller. Our friendly, state-of-the-art facility welcomes women and men from across California, including Orange County, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and nearby areas.
Read more about liposuction:
- Areas Liposuction Can Treat
- Liposuction Benefits
- Lipoplasty Candidates
- Tumescent Liposuction
- How Long Do Liposuction Results Last?
- Maintaining Your Liposuction Results
- Will I Have Liposuction Scars?
- How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
- Why Choose Dr. Miller?
- Schedule Your Free Lipo Consultation Today
Even if you are at or near your ideal weight, there still may be areas of your body that harbor pockets of diet and exercise-resistant fat. Many patients consider liposuction as just a treatment for the thighs, hips and buttocks, but the procedure can be performed on virtually any part of the body, such as:
- Inner knee
The removal of stubborn fat enhances more than just your figure, it improves the way clothes fit you. This is particularly true with areas such as the thighs, waist, hips and bust; contouring these proportions inherently improve the way clothes fit.
For many Orange County Cosmetic Surgery patients, liposuction can be a life-changing experience. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony Miller has helped numerous women and men enjoy the benefits of liposuction, which include:
- A more proportional and balanced figure
- Improved tone and definition in the treatment area
- Improved appearance in clothing and swimsuits
- Increased self-confidence
The desire to maintain attractive, long-lasting results motivates many patients to live active, healthy lifestyles after lipo surgery. Not only will these new lifestyle changes help you look your best, but they also provide far-reaching health benefits as you get older.
A healthy diet and regular exercise are crucial to helping you look and feel your best. When it comes to fat loss, there are simply some things that a healthy lifestyle can’t accomplish. Many people, no matter how in-shape they are, struggle with one or two “problem areas” where fat stubbornly lingers. This can be caused by genetics or a variety of other factors that can’t be controlled.
If the presence of unsightly pockets of fat is causing you embarrassment or self-consciousness, you are likely a good candidate for liposuction surgery. It is, however, important to understand that liposuction is a body contouring procedure, and not a weight loss surgery. Good lipo candidates are generally healthy and at or near their ideal body weight. Removing excessive amounts of weight through liposuction can increase the risk of complication.
Ideal candidates for liposuction should be:
- In generally good physical health
- Do not smoke or use nicotine replacement options or e-cigarettes – all of which can complicate your recovery and results
- Prepared to undergo a surgical procedure
- Capable of taking time away from work or other responsibilities for a brief recovery period
- Able to follow all of Dr. Miller’s pre and postoperative instructions
- Willing to limit physical activity according to Dr. Miller’s recommendations
This list is only a very general overview and should not be considered a substitute for meeting personally with Dr. Miller to assess your liposuction candidacy. During your free initial consult, Dr. Miller will discuss your expectations and options. He will answer your questions, address your concerns, review your medical history and determine your candidacy for liposuction.
Tumescent liposuction, also known as traditional liposuction, is performed as an outpatient procedure, which allows you to begin your recuperation in the comfort of your home on the day of your surgery. The length of time required for your procedure will depend on the number and location of areas you want to treat, in addition to the amount of fat you want to remove.
Tumescent liposuction involves the use of a sterile saline solution containing lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a capillary constrictor). This tumescent fluid is injected into the targeted fat, breaking it up for easier and more comfortable removal. Tumescent fluid:
- Speeds recovery
- Reduces bruising
- Decreases bleeding risks
- Minimizes the impact to surrounding tissue
- Reduces swelling
- Provides local anesthesia
A small, hollow tube called a cannula is then inserted into tiny incisions near the treatment area. The targeted fat is suctioned out through the cannula.
The lidocaine in tumescent fluid remains active in your body for nearly 24 hours, easing discomfort well after the procedure has ended. Once the effects of lidocaine have subsided, you can effectively manage discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Dr. Miller will be happy to answer any questions you may have during your initial consultation.
In a certain respect, liposuction results are permanent, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still gain weight after the procedure. This means that you play an active role in determining how long your results last. Generally speaking, you can expect the following long-term results from liposuction:
- Permanent removal of fat cells: Once fat cells are removed, they will not return.
- Weight gain is still possible: Any fat cells left behind, or surrounding the treatment area, can still fluctuate in size and affect your body shape. If you gain a significant amount of weight, regions other than the treated area are typically affected first. If you continue to put on weight, even the treated areas can be affected.
If you undergo lipoplasty, it is important to maintain a stable weight after your procedure. Liposuction is not a weight loss method and your results are dependent on your adherence to a healthy, active lifestyle.
Since fat cells are removed with lipo surgery, they can’t “grow back.” However, liposuction cannot prevent new weight gain, so it’s up to you to take proper care of your body. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a triathlete to maintain your liposuction results; you just have to make certain smart decisions.
The following are some useful tips to help maintain your liposuction results:
- Nutrition: Eat meals centered on vegetables and lean meats, snack on fruits and nuts, reduce your sugar intake and avoid processed foods.
- Stay active: For at least 60 minutes a day, walk, jog, swim, bike or engage in some other form of mild exercise.
- Work out: Although you don’t have to hit the gym for more advanced types of exercise, power yoga, resistance training or weight training are all great ways to enhance your results and help you feel as good as you look.
The long-term quality of your lipo results depends on the amount of effort you put into maintaining them. Some patients benefit from the assistance of fitness trainers and nutritionists, but common sense and hard work go a long way. Smart choices and dedication to healthy living can help your liposuction results to last for a lifetime.
Incisions are necessary in liposuction surgery, which will inevitably result in scarring. As a fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Miller understands how to strategically position the cannula in a way that minimizes scarring. He will also provide you with detailed pre and postoperative instructions that, if followed closely, will help ensure that your scars heal well and are discreet and not overly noticeable.
The cost of liposuction varies from patient to patient, depending on a number of factors, such as what areas are being treated and the amount of work necessary to achieve your unique goals. During your initial consultation, Dr. Miller will provide you with a cost estimate for your individualized treatment plan. At Orange County Cosmetic Surgery, we believe that you deserve to feel confident in your appearance, which is why we offer a variety of payment and financing options to help transform your aesthetic dreams into reality.
When choosing a physician to perform your liposuction, the skill and experience of your surgeon are critical considerations. Your choice of surgeon is the single most important factor affecting the outcome of your surgery. As a fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon, you can expect from Dr. Miller results that are elegant, refined and natural-looking.
A key to Dr. Miller’s success is his steadfast commitment to individualized patient care. During your initial consultation, he will take time to understand your unique concerns and desired outcome. He will work closely with you to design a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.
If you live in or around Orange County, Huntington Beach or Newport Beach and want to find out how Dr. Miller can help you look and feel your best with lipo surgery, call Orange County Cosmetic Surgery today at 714-379-9777 to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to meeting you!