Liposuction Body Contouring in Santa Barbara

Do you have a fat bulge on your body that is resistant to diet and exercise?

If so, you are not alone. Many women and men have problem areas that they cannot reduce and that is when they look to a cosmetic surgeon for help. 

Lately we have seen ads for very enticing non-invasive body contouring options, however liposuction remains the most reliable and quickest way to significantly improve contour issues on any part of the body. Liposuction is a “one and done” treatment and if there is excess skin, it can be removed at the same time. 

At Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we offer liposuction for many parts of the body:

  • Arms: The most common concern is the upper arm area (above the elbow) where fat and excess skin can result in a “bat wing” appearance. Fat can be removed through liposuction and if skin removal is needed, the scar is placed on the inside of the arm (against the body) so it is not visible from the front or back.
  • Abdomen: Bulges in the abdomen area can be treated with liposuction. Incisions are hidden in the navel, pubic hair, or under the bikini line. If skin removal is needed, often a “mini tummy tuck” is sufficient.
  • Legs and Thighs: Inner and outer (saddlebag area) thighs can almost always be treated with liposuction. The overall goal is to decrease bulk with a smooth end result. 
  • Knees, Calves, and Ankles: These areas should only be done by experienced surgeons as fat removal needs to be precise and conservative while leaving a normal appearing shape that blends naturally into surrounding contours. Over-treatment can be difficult to correct.

Many people are surprised to find out the following facts about liposuction when done in our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery practice:

  • General anesthesia is not needed; Oral and IV sedation plus dilute local anesthesia allows us to comfortably perform the procedure.
  • Incisions are small (less than 1/4 inch) and are placed in “hidden” locations.
  • A blunt cannula is used to selectively remove fat without injuring other tissues. 
  • Post-operative pain is usually minor (and controlled with Tylenol or ibuprofen).
  • Light physical activity can be resumed a few days after treatment.

Is liposuction the right choice for you?

If you have a larger amount of fat, are looking for a dramatic change, or just want to do 1 treatment and be done, then liposuction is a great choice.

See before and after liposuction photos performed at our Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, CA.

Schedule a consultation to talk about your liposuction options by calling our office – 805-563-0000. 

Liposuction in Santa Barbara by Dr. Perkins

Stubborn fat bulges that are resistant to diet and exercise are frustrating! Many women and men have this issue and – especially as summer beach days approach – they start to look for a solution. While there are many new non-invasive body contouring options on the market, liposuction still remains the most reliable and quickest way to significantly improve contour issues on any part of the body and it only takes one treatment!

We have gotten a lot of inquiries about CoolSculpting as people have seen advertisements around town. In light of this, I want to share with you information about CoolSculpting and Liposuction.

CoolSculpting is done without surgery or downtime for recovery. This is probably the biggest “draw” to the treatment. The procedure freezes the unwanted fat cells in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. The cold that the cells are subjected to causes an “injury” to the fat cells and encourages apoptosis – death of the cells. Following the treatments, there maybe numbness, swelling, stinging, bruising, or pain. Over a period of weeks the cells die and they are eliminated from the body. The optimum result is a 20% reduction, but this is not a guarantee. Most likely more than 1 treatment will be necessary to see the full 20% reduction and the results may not be seen for 2 to 3 months post treatment.

Liposuction is not what it used to be in the past. We have refined our technique so that general anesthesia is not needed to perform the procedure. Oral and IV sedation plus dilute local anesthesia allows us to comfortably perform the procedure and patients do not have the post-operative general anesthesia “hangover”. One liposuction treatment guarantees noticeable results to the area being contoured. The extra bonus is that excess skin can be surgically removed at the same time to help with the result. I do feel that it is important to stress that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but instead it is used to improve body contours.

One way to determine which procedure is right for you is to think about how much improvement you are looking for.

  • CoolSculpting will most likely take multiple treatments and may improve contours but the improvement may be minimal and not noticeable to others.
  • Liposuction is “one and done” and will give you a dramatic result.

View some of my before and after liposuction photos here.

If you are interested in liposuction in Santa Barbara, please call my office (805-563-0000) to schedule a consultation today.

Top Cosmetic Surgery Procedures in 2017

According to the annual report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were almost 1.8 million cosmetic surgery procedures last year (a 1% increase from 2016) done in the United States.

Here are the top 10 cosmetic surgery procedures in 2017:

Any of the procedures listed above with a clickable link are those that we perform at the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara.

Contact us today (online or at 805-563-0000) to schedule consultation. 

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. CoolSculpting.com 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. 

Cosmetic Surgery on the Rise Worldwide

At the annual IMCAS Aesthetic Surgery & Cosmetic Dermatology World Congress it was reported that the cosmetic surgery market worldwide grew by 8.3% in 2016 with about $8.9 billion spent on cosmetic surgery procedures and non-invasive aesthetic treatments. The prediction for 2017 and beyond is that the number will keep growing.

The trend towards people wanting to “look their best” is due to many factors, but what we commonly hear in our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery office is:

  • I want to look the age that I feel.
  • My face reflects a look that says sad/tired/upset/unhappy when I’m not.
  • I need to look younger because the job market is competitive.

Cosmetic surgery is also on the rise because techniques have far advanced since surgeries of a few decades ago which means less downtime and better results. Also, there are many minimally-invasive plastic surgery options available that are less expensive with a shorter recovery time that give a nice, natural result. In addition to better surgery procedures, many patients are surprised that all of our cosmetic surgeries can be performed without going under general anesthesia. We use a combination of local anesthesia and oral sedation alone, or in combination with intravenous sedation that provides relaxation and amnesia.

If you are interested in turning back the clock and desire a natural, rested, “non-operated” look, call our office (805-563-0000) to schedule a consultation today. We specialize in facial rejuvenation and liposuction body contouring.

Plastic Surgery for Men in Santa Barbara

There aren’t as many articles and blog posts about men having plastic surgery (versus women) but in the last 5 to 7 years, the number of men who have gotten plastic surgery has increased by more than 40%. Men may share less publicly about their plastic surgery experience, but the reality is that they are getting it done.

Most of the men I have seen are interested in plastic surgery for facial rejuvenation, body contouring, or the desire to enhance their appearance. Here are the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for men in my Santa Barbara plastic surgery practice.

Facial Rejuvenation for Men
I have heard from many men that the workplace can be competitive. Looking more youthful, especially when interviewing for a job or going up for a promotion, often works in the candidates favor. These two surgeries can rejuvenate an appearance, without looking “done”:

  • Forehead Lift. Relaxation of the forehead tissue can result in a heaviness of the upper lids. This can make the person appear tired or unhappy. A Forehead lift repositions the forehead and brow upward to re-open the eyes, which often changes the appearance of the person to more approachable and happy. 
  • Eyelid Lift. Sagging skin, dark circles, and fat bulges around the eyes can make you appear older and tired. Eyelid surgery can correct these problems to give you a more rested and pleasant appearance.
Body Contouring for Men
Liposuction is an effective way to remove fat and improve body contouring (note that it is not a weight loss procedure). For men, abdominal liposuction can effectively treat the “love handles” and other areas that are tough to work off. 
Appearance Enhancement for Men
Some men are just interested in improving their facial appearance. Two of the most popular surgeries are:
  • Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery). This surgery can change the external shape of the nose. It can get rid of bumps or correct asymmetry. Nasal surgery can also be done to correct breathing function.
  • Chin Augmentation. A “weak” chin can create facial imbalance in relation to other features of the face. Chin augmentation can be done using a custom implant to create more balance with the features. If the issue is a prominent chin, it can be reduced by removing some bone or soft tissue. 
I specialize in performing cosmetic surgeries that give a natural, rested, “non-operated” look. My clients – men and women – often say that after their surgery they receive many positive compliments on their appearance, without people guessing that they have had work “done”. 

If you are interested in plastic surgery in Santa Barbara, call my office (805) 563-0000 to schedule a consultation today. 

A Look at CoolSculpting and Liposuction in Santa Barbara

leg-liposuction-santa-barbaraWe are certainly enjoying beautiful Spring weather in Santa Barbara, California, even though we should be in the middle of winter. With beach or pool outings on the mind, this is one of the most popular times for people to inquire about sculpting their body for the upcoming summer and beyond.
The idea of wearing swim suits, shorts, and skirts, brings many people into my office who are interested in losing inches around their thighs. As a Santa Barbara plastic surgeon, I know that outer and inner thigh fat can be the most stubborn fat on a person’s body. I have seen people who exercise regularly, have a healthy diet, and maintain a normal weight, and still are unable to shed the fat on their inner thighs and/or their outer thigh/hip area (often referred to as “saddlebags”). I recommend Liposuction to improve the contours of the legs (and arms, torso and/or breasts).Recently, I have noticed people inquiring about CoolSculpting – a non-surgical treatment to remove unwanted fat – that is being advertised in town. In light of this, I will share with you information about CoolSculpting and Liposuction.

What is CoolSculpting?
The biggest “draw” to CoolSculpting is that it is done without surgery or downtime for recovery. As the name implies, the procedure freezes fat cells that are resistant to diet and exercise. The cold that the cells are subjected to causes an “injury” to the fat cells and encourages apoptosis – death of the cells. As the cells die – which happens over a period of weeks – they are eliminated from the body. People experience tugging, pinching, pulling, and numbness. Following the treatment, as the cells die, there may be more numbness, swelling, bruising, stinging, or pain.

The optimum result is a 20% reduction. Keep in mind that this is not a guarantee. More than 1 treatment may be necessary to see the full 20% reduction and the results may not be seen for 2 to 3 months.

What is Liposuction?
Almost everyone is familiar with Liposuction. It is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat deposits from “problem” areas on the body. If necessary, skin removal can be done during the procedure to remove excess skin that is too loose.

Liposuction is not what it used to be in the “old” days. Many people are surprised to find out that they do not have to go under general anesthesia for the procedure. We use a combination of local anesthesia, oral and intravenous sedation that provides comfort and amnesia throughout the procedure.

Liposuction only needs to be done once and has guaranteed results to improve body contours and proportion dramatically. I feel it is important to stress that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but instead it is used to improve body contours.

What procedure is right for you?
This depends on how much improvement you are looking for:

  • CoolSculpting may improve contours but the improvement may be minimal and not noticeable to other people.
  • Liposuction is only done once and will give you a dramatic result.
If you are interested in body contouring liposuction in Santa Barbara, I invite you to call my Cosmetic Surgery Center practice (805-563-0000) to schedule a consultation today. 

 

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Terry J. Perkins has been practicing cosmetic surgery in Santa Barbara for more than three decades. He specializes in facial rejuvenation including facelifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasty nose surgery, and much more. He also does body contouring through liposuction.

Schedule consultation with Dr. Perkins by calling his Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center office: 805-563-0000.

Liposuction, Vanquish, and CoolSculpting in Santa Barbara

Over more than three decades of my cosmetic surgery practice, I have found Spring and Summer to be a popular time for people to “renew” their appearance. In preparation for beach gatherings and pool parties, body contouring is often addressed. While liposuction is undoubtedly the most reliable and quickest way to improve contour issues on any part of the body, patients are hearing/seeing advertising about non-invasive fat reduction and I thought I would use this blog post to discuss the pros and cons of liposuction versus non-invasive techniques currently available.

LIPOSUCTION
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is now most frequently done using oral and intravenous sedation plus local anesthesia (so patients don’t have any added risk with general anesthesia). The procedure permanently removes excess fat from beneath the skin to improve “problem” areas and if you have excess skin this can often be removed at the same time. Liposuction incisions are small (less than 1/4 inch) and placed in “hidden” locations. Pain is usually minor – often controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol – and light activity can be resumed a few days after the procedure.

NON-INVASIVE FAT REDUCTION PROCEDURES
Non-invasive fat reduction has been around for a few years now and we know that it can work. For patients who do not want or cannot have surgery, several devices are currently available and others are on the horizon. Two technologies currently available are CoolSculpting (freezes fat cells) and Vanquish (heats fat cells). Both devices cause cell injury that leads to eventual death and elimination resulting in less fat volume. Non-invasive methods involve a series of treatments and the results are not as predictable or dramatic as liposuction but there is usually some noticeable contour improvement.

COOLSCULPTING
CoolSculpting (or cryolipolysis) uses a vacuum-like applicator with cooling plates that cools skin and destroys fat cells by freezing some of them. The frozen cells die and are “cleaned up” over the next 2 to 3 months. An “optimum” result is about a 20% reduction, so several treatments are usually needed to obtain the contouring goal.

VANQUISH
Vanquish is a selective radio freqency treatment that targets the deeper subcutaneous fat and heats the cells to cause destruction. As with cryolipolysis, the cells are “cleaned up” over the next few weeks. Treatment time is much faster than with CoolSculpting. The percentage reduction is variable but at least 20% is common. A series of treatments is recommended. A side-effect “bonus” with radio frequency is that some degree of skin tightening is also seen.

WHAT TREATMENT IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
The answer depends on the amount of improvement you are looking to achieve. If you want a more dramatic change, have a larger amount of fat, or want to do just 1 treatment and be done, then liposuction is probably the better choice. Those needing only small changes, or who cannot take any time off and don’t mind doing a series of treatments to achieve an end result, may do well with non-invasive options.

CONTACT DR. PERKINS

If you would like to discuss your concerns, contact my office (Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara) to make a consultation appointment (805-563-0000). I look forward to bringing out the best in your appearance now or any other time of the year.

Abdominal Liposuction and Tummy Tuck in Santa Barbara

Bulges and excess skin in the abdominal area can be hard to reduce, especially for those who have lost a large amount of weight or for women who have had children. It can be especially discouraging for those who watch what they eat and exercise consistently but can’t get rid of their “pouch” or love handles. Luckily, there are several cosmetic surgery options, depending upon a person’s concerns and end goal.

Abdominal Liposuction
If there is not a lot of excess skin, liposuction in Santa Barbara is a great option. Small incisions are used to insert a small tube (called a cannula) into the skin to remove and contour fat beneath the skin. It should be noted that fatty tissue is soft and not attached as firmly to the skin, muscle, nerves, and blood vessels so it can be selectively removed without injuring other tissues. Abdominal Liposuction will nicely shape an area. Liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss procedure.
Tummy Tuck (Abdominal Liposuction with Skin Excision)
If there is a lot of excess skin then skin excision may be recommended for the best result. This procedure is called abdominoplasty and is commonly referred to as a “Tummy Tuck“. A standard Tummy Tuck involves the full abdomen. The procedure includes detachment and repositioning of the belly button and tightening the abdominal muscle. Excess skin is removed. The incision is longer than a C-section but can be hidden by a swim suit or underwear. There is also a less involved procedure referred to as a “Mini” Tummy Tuck. This addresses the lower abdomen only, below the belly button. The incision is similar to a C-section incision in length and placement. 
For all of these procedures, there is no need for general anesthesia. A combination of local anesthesia, oral and intravenous sedation provides comfort and amnesia throughout the procedure and patients are pleased to not have the “hangover” of general anesthesia. 
Interested in abdominal liposuction or a tummy tuck in Santa Barbara? Contact my Cosmetic Surgery Center Santa Barbara practice at 805-563-0000 to schedule a consultation.