Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgeon Addresses Liposuction Myths

Liposuction was the 2nd most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2016 (breast augmentation was the 1st). Everyone has heard of liposuction but there are still myths that we get asked about at our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery practice. Here we address some of the most common preconceptions:

Liposuction is a great procedure for weight loss. Not true! Liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure. Most of the patients we treat are near, or at, their ideal weight and want to get rid of stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to exercise and a healthy diet such as the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, or upper arms.

Liposuction is only for women. Again, not true. While most of the people seeking liposuction are women, men also have the procedure done. In 2016, 11% of liposuction procedures done were on men. Popular treatment areas include the “love handles”, abdomen, and neck for men.

Liposuction gets rid of cellulite. Liposuction removes deep fat just beneath the skin but it may not necessarily remove the cellulite. At my Santa Barbara medical spa, Evolutions, there is a one-time cellulite treatment called Cellfina that is clinically proven to treat the primary structural cause of cellulite and offers long term results (3+ years).

Abdominal liposuction and tummy tucks are the same thing. Liposuction and tummy tucks are not the same thing. A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is done to address excess abdominal skin and tightening of the abdominal muscles. Liposuction simply removes the fat. Liposuction is often used in a tummy tuck procedure.

Liposuction is much more expensive than CoolSculpting or SculpSure. This may not necessarily be true. The price difference may be much less than you think. Non-invasive body contouring procedures (such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure) take multiple treatments. states that cost “typically ranges between $2,000 to $4,000” for a personalized treatment plan.

Is Liposuction right for you?
Liposuction can quickly and permanently contour your body with just one treatment.  We are able to perform all of our liposuction procedures comfortably and safely using local anesthesia plus sedation – no general anesthesia needed. Our patients feel that liposuction was an easy and effective way to improve their contours.

If you are interested in a liposuction treatment in Santa Barbara, call my office – 805-563-0000 – to schedule a consultation. 

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Abdominal Liposuction and Tummy Tucks

We’re pretty sure you’ve heard of the expression “muffin top” and not in reference to baked goods! The popularity of low-rise jeans has helped contribute to this slang term which refers to overhanging fat that protrudes or spills over the waistline of jeans or pants. Women are usually more subject to a muffin top and that may be because women tend to put on weight in the hips and thighs more readily than men. Other women develop muffin tops after going through pregnancy due to stretched out skin and extra weight that is gained in the midsection. Either way, the general consensus amongst many cosmetic surgery patients is that the muffin top is one of the hardest areas to trim down and that is when they turn to Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins for help.

Most women who seek out abdominal cosmetic surgery have reached their goal weight and are in good physical shape. Despite endless hours at the gym and mindful eating habits, the bulge in the abdominal area won’t budge. If this is the case for you, then you may be a good candidate for abdominal liposuction or even a Mini or regular Tummy Tuck.

Abdominal Liposuction is done with small incisions that are hidden in the navel, pubic hair or under the bikini line. Dr. Perkins will evenly remove the fat so that you are left with a uniform thin layer of fat instead of a bulge.

For some people, the removal of excess skin is needed to get a better result. When this is the case, the surgery becomes known as a Mini Tummy Tuck. The ideal candidate for a Mini Tummy Tuck has most of their issues below the belly button. The incision is similar to that of a C-section incision and is done at upper edge of the pubic hair and can be well hidden underneath bathing suit bottoms and underwear. If there is a larger amount of excess skin that needs to be removed, then a regular Tummy Tuck can be done. The incision may extend from hip to hip and the abdominal muscles are sewn together to further flatten the lower abdomen.

For any of the above procedures, the end result is more definition of the waistline, a tighter, flatter abdomen and no more referrals to “muffin top”, unless you’re at a bakery!

To schedule an appointment with Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins, please call 805-563-0000.