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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. 

Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Surgery Options in Santa Barbara

Do you want to improve your appearance with lower cost and less downtime? 

Minimally invasive (MI) surgery is intended to give you noticeable improvement with less cost, less “downtime”, as well as smaller or no visible incisions.

Ideal candidates for MI surgery include:

  • People with early changes
  • People who want to “maintain” the benefit of a previous surgery
  • Medical spa clients who want to delay a larger surgery

Our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery practice offers a variety of MI surgery procedures:

Temporal (Brow) Lift: Open up the eye area so you look more approachable (instead of tired, unhappy, or angry) through a brow lift that elevates the outer half of the brows and improves crow’s feet. A 1/4″ incision is hidden in the hair.

MI Lower Eyelid Surgery: Improve the lower eye area for a more youthful, rested appearance by removing a small “pinch” of extra skin that will tighten lower lid wrinkles or by removing fat from inside the lower lid (leaving no visible scar).

MI Cheek Lift: Lift and restore the cheek area (with the option of adding volume) by tightening the deep supporting tissue with a small amount of skin removal. During the procedure, you may choose to add volume to the mid-face, nasolabial folds, and/or pre-jowel area through injections of your own fat to further enhance your results.

Fat Transplantation (or Fat Grafting): Improve age-related volume loss almost anywhere in the face or body though fat grafting. A small of fat is taken from an unwanted bulge using a small cannula and the fat is redistributed.

  • Fat Transplantation for the Face: Restore youthful contours. Fat can be place in the brows, temporal hollows, under frown lines, deep circles around the eyes, apples of the cheeks, high cheekbone region, nasolabial folds (groove between the nose and corner of the mouth), lips, pre-jowel area (marinate lines), and the angle of the jaw.
  • Fat Transplantation for Hands: Fat is used to fill the back of hands to obscure prominent veins and tendons that show as we age. Lasers or peels can be done to address brown (“liver”) spots for an even more desirable result.

MI Neck (Submentum): This is a good option for those who are starting to see a “turkey neck”. The MI Neck procedure involves sewing the muscle bands together and removal of extra skin to re-contour the neck area. Another contouring option is submental liposuction to “sculpt” the tissues so the neck looks like it did many years ago.

We have many options to improve your appearance. Schedule a consultation by calling 805-563-0000 to discuss if an MI procedure (versus more extensive surgical treatments) may be right for you. 

Eyelid Lift Surgery in Santa Barbara

Eyes are often the first thing people notice. They convey so much without a word being spoken.

Unfortunately, aging, stress, smoking, excess drinking and/or sun damage can dramatically affect the delicate skin around the eye area resulting in sagging skin, fat bulges, hooded eyelids, fine lines, wrinkles, and/or bags. When any (or many) of these symptoms arise, a person may appear tired, unhappy or unapproachable when they are not.

Fortunately we can restore the appearance around the eyes with blepharoplasty – the medical term for eyelid enhancement surgery.

Here are your options for eyelid surgery in Santa Barbara.

Upper Eyelid Surgery addresses:

  • Excess or overhanging upper eyelid skin
  • Inner corner fat bulges

Facts About Upper Eyelid Surgery:

  • Incisions are made in the natural creases of the eye and are well hidden when healed.
  • A conservative approach is generally better to avoid looking “operated”. Especially for men, too much visible lid gives a feminine appearance.

Lower Eyelid Surgery addresses:

  • Dark circles
  • Fat bulges
  • Skin laxity under the eyes

Facts About Lower Eyelid Surgery:

  • For those who have fat bulges but little excess skin, incisions are made on the inside of the lower lid. Fat is removed and sutures are usually not required.

General Facts About Eyelid Surgery

  • General anesthesia is not need for eyelid surgery.
  • We can perform the surgery under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation.
  • Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
  • Most people take one week off work for recovery.

At the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, our goal is to give you  natural looking rejuvenation so other people will notice that you look well-rested but will most likely not guess that you have had something done.

View some of our before and after eyelid surgery photos here.

Call our Santa Barbara cosmetic surgery office (805-563-0000) to schedule a consultation for eyelid surgery or another cosmetic procedure

Neck Rejuvenation in Santa Barbara

Is your neck giving away your “true” age? 

The neck area is comprised of delicate skin and as we age it becomes susceptible to wrinkles, pigmentation, and a “hanging” appearance. The reasons for this include sun damage, gravity, fat accumulation and heredity. Neck rejuvenation is a wonderful way to restore youthful contours and make a positive difference in your appearance. As the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we offer various surgical neck rejuvenation options (all done without general anesthesia) and a surprising non-invasive option for a younger-looking neck.

Neck Lift. If your neck has sagging skin with excess wrinkling, neck lift surgery is a good option.

  • The skin is tightened and muscles are often tied together in the midline to help create a “sling effect” for better support.
  • Excess fat is removed and a suspension suture is often placed to give more long-lasting support to the neck.
  • The surgery is usually done hiding incisions behind the ears and a small one under the chin.

Submentoplasty. The area under your chin is also known as the submentum and will often develop bands of excess and “stringy” muscles as we age. A submentoplasty is less extensive than a neck lift procedure:

  • The muscle bands are sewn together and extra fat is trimmed.
  • Sagging skin is removed to re-contour the neck.
  • A short zig-zag incision is hidden behind the chin.
  • Especially good for men who are starting to see a “turkey neck”.

Submental Liposuction. Improving your double chin can often be done with liposuction. This procedure will remove excess subcutaneous fat and is best done on patients with good skin tone.

  • Liposuction can address the submentum, anterior neck and even some of the jowls.
  • It can be done through a tiny incision hidden behind the chin.
  • When properly done it will “sculpt” the tissues so the youthful contour of your neck will be restored.

Platysma Plication. The platysma muscle stretches from the clavicle (collar bone) to the lower face. As we age the skin elasticity of the neck decreases and contraction of the platysma starts to cause banding of the overlying skin creating a “turkey neck” appearance.

  • Plication means sewing the right and left platysma muscles together in the midline to allow them to return to their normal position.
  • This is accomplished through a small incision hidden in the crease behind the chin.

Minimally-Invasive Neck Suture Lift. This surgery is designed to lift and support the neck skin with special sutures that encourage scar tissue in-growth to “attach” the skin to the suture.

  • Sometimes referred to as a “thread lift”.
  • Less invasive than a traditional neck lift with a shorter healing time.
  • Ideal for a person who’s aging neck issues are in the earlier stages.

Non-Surgical Neck Rejuvenation. Many people are surprised to find out that Botox and Dysport an be used for non-surgical neck rejuvenation.

  • Botox or Dysport is injected into the platysma muscle causing relaxation of the muscle.
  • When the muscle is relaxed, the appearance of the neck banding or “turkey neck” is reduced.
  • Results last about 3 to 4 months.

Neck rejuvenation can truly turn back the clock on your appearance and there are many options for different stages of the aging neck.

Call our office – 805-563-0000 – to schedule a neck rejuvenation consultation today.

Chemabrasion Skin Resurfacing in Santa Barbara

Do you feel self-conscious about your skin’s textural irregularities from scarring (acne or otherwise), wrinkles, fine lines, and/or unwanted pigmentation? While there are many options – medical spa treatments and pharmaceutical grade products – can bring you closer to smooth skin, there is one option that can dramatically improve a person’s skin in just one procedurechemabrasion. Most people will see a 70-80% decrease in wrinkles and a 50% (or greater) improvement in scars.

At the Cosmetic Surgery Center in Santa Barbara, we combine a medium depth chemical peel with a light to moderate depth dermabrasion (note: dermabrasion is not the same as microdermabrasion) in our chemabrasion procedure. Together they remove and smooth the top layers of the skin.

Chemabrasion is often done on the entire face, although in can be performed in areas such as around the eyes (to address crow’s feet), the mouth (to address smoker’s lines), or the cheeks. Most people are relieved to find out that general anesthesia is not necessary for the procedure. Local anesthesia in addition to oral sedation alone (or in combination with intravenous sedation) is sufficient to make a person feel comfortable, relaxed, and unaware.

We stress that post-procedure wound care is essential to get the maximum benefit. The skin must be kept clean and well hydrated to prevent crust formation. The skin will initially be pink, but will gradually less in 1 to 2 months. Mineral make-up and physical sunblock (such as TiZo) may be starts when the new skin has regrown, usually 5 to 10 days after the procedure.

View some of our before-and-after Chemabrasion photos.

Call (805) 563-0000 to schedule a consultation at Cosmetic Surgery Center for Chemabrasion skin resurfacing.

Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery: Facial Augmentation with Implants

If a person feels that one of their facial features is “weak” and thereby creating an imbalance in their appearance then facial augmentation with implants may be a good choice for them. Facial implants are popular because they are a more permanent option for aesthetic improvement (as opposed to dermal fillers) and because they come in many shapes and sizes or can be customizable to individually suit the person’s face.

At our Santa Barbara Cosmetic Surgery Center, we can use facial implants for all areas of the face.

Cheek Implants add volume and contouring to the cheek area that may have lost the curvature due to genetics, age or extreme weight loss. When fat is lost in the cheek area, the hollows in the under eye area and the nasolabial folds may become more pronounced, making a person appear tired or unhappy. Cheek implants restore the volume and give the overall face a “lift”.

Chin Implants are used to strengthen a chin that has a noticeably weak definition. An under-projected chin can make the nose and/or neck appear larger than they are. The proper size and shaped chin implant will re-create definition. As an extra bonus, we often hear patients say the newly defined chin makes them look like they have lost weight!

Nasal Implants can be used to elevate the nasal bridge and/or improve the tip. The implant can be custom-sized to best fit the person’s face and compliment the other features.

Mandibular Angle Implants are used to create a stronger and more defined jaw. This surgery is more common for men because a wider lower face is seen as desirable.

There are many surgical and non-invasive augmentation options and combinations that can be done to improve one’s appearance.

Contact us at 805-563-0000 to schedule a consultation to discuss what options would be best for you.

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.