Before & After Gallery
This 28 year old woman complained of excessive fatty tissue of the “saddlebag area” as well as excessive fatty tissue of the inner thighs and the “banana roll” area. She underwent power-assisted liposuction of these areas, and her postoperative result is seen three months after the procedure.
This 36 year old gentleman complained of excessive fatty tissue in the submental region beneath the neck. He underwent liposuction of this area with removal of 80 cc of fat. His postoperative result is shown at one year.
This 36 year old gentleman complained of fatty tissue of the breast area (gynecomastia) as well as excessive fatty tissue of the lower abdomen and the hip roll or love handle area. He underwent liposuction of these areas, and his postoperative result is shown three months after the procedure.
This 42 year old male patient complained of prominent love handles and excessive fatty tissue of the abdomen. He underwent liposuction using the power-assisted liposuction technique for removal of unwanted fat from these areas. His postoperative result is shown six months after the operation.
This 44 year old woman complained of excessive fatty tissue of the submental or neck area. She underwent suction-assisted lipectomy and her postoperative result is shown three months after the procedure.
This 38 year old white male complained of excessive subcutaneous fat of the abdomen and love handle or hip roll area. He also had modest gynecomastia. He underwent suction-assisted lipectomy of the chest for gynecomastia, the abdomen and the love handle area and his postoperative results are seen six months after the procedure.
Liposuction is a technique for reduction of excessive subcutaneous fat (sometimes called lipodystrophy) that is resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is not a substitute for “weight loss” and is generally not applicable to patients who have extreme obesity. However, there are many patients who either are not overweight or are close to their ideal body weight who have diet and exercise resistant pockets of fatty tissue. In women, the typical areas of lipodystrophy include the abdomen, the hip roll or “muffin top” area, the saddlebags, the inner and outer thighs, the back and the arms. In men, we often see excessive accumulations of subcutaneous fat in the neck area, in the breasts (gynecomastia), the abdomen and the love handles. All of these areas are quite amenable to improvement using liposuction.
The principles of liposuction are relatively simple. A hollow tube (known as a cannula) is inserted beneath the skin through a tiny puncture incision. Suction along with mechanical vibration is used to remove the excessive fatty tissue. The technique that Dr. Handel prefers is the MicroAire PAL (power-assisted liposuction) technique that combines both vacuum suction and mechanical oscillation to more efficiently remove fat. After trying all of the different modalities, including laser-assisted liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction, Dr. Handel has concluded that the MicroAire PAL system is the most efficient, safest and most effective means for patients to achieve their desired result.
Liposuction Surgery | Santa Barbara | Dr. Neal HandelLiposuction is typically performed using the “tumescent technique.” This means that the tissues are first infiltrated with dilute local anesthetic solution, including adrenaline, to reduce bleeding. After waiting several moments, liposuction is initiated. By using the tumescent technique with infiltration of dilute local anesthetic, we can much more efficiently remove fat and greatly reduce blood loss. In fact, most patients lose little, if any, blood during the entire procedure.
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited ambulatory surgical facility. The anesthetic will be provided by a board certified physician-anesthesiologist experienced in outpatient procedures. After liposuction, patients are placed in garments or elastic supports to provide compression to the areas of surgery. These are continuously worn for at least two to four weeks after surgery. Most patients are comfortable after the operation, although there can be “soreness” which subsides over several days. Patients are up and around within a day or two after the operation but for a period of four to six weeks after surgery, must refrain from vigorous physical activities, aerobic exercise, contact sports or other activities, which may cause injury to their soft tissues.
Liposuction is one of the most effective, successful and popular procedures currently performed in the United States. Patient satisfaction rates are extremely high and the risks of complications are extremely low. During your consultation, Dr. Handel and his staff will be happy to discuss all aspects of liposuction, including the anticipated results, the postoperative convalescence and the potential risks and complications.