What is Liposuction?
Sometimes, watching what you eat and maintaining the strictest exercise routine can't even get rid of those stubborn pockets of fat. The Plastics Doc offers the latest techniques to effectively rid fat from the body. Wide awake liposuction is a less invasive surgical body contouring treatment that reduces fat from the flanks, tummy, buttocks, and thighs to give you a more contoured appearance. This cosmetic procedure at either of our Corona or Beverly Hills, CA locations can be blended to treat several body parts. With the help of plastic surgeon Dr. Samuel Salcedo, you can address your problem areas so you can reach your cosmetic goals. We want to help you look and feel amazing.
What Is VASER Liposuction?
VASER liposuction is a cutting-edge cosmetic liposuction procedure to break up and remove fat cells with ultrasound technology. Using focused sound waves, the fat is heated and loosened, allowing it to be removed more effectively and gently than traditional liposuction techniques. At The Plastics Doc, Dr. Salcedo uses VASER liposuction to remove unwanted fat from just about any area of the body, including the:
During a VASER liposuction procedure, we use mild conscious sedation to keep you comfortable while Dr. Salcedo works. In the target area, a mix of anesthetic and saline or tumescent fluid will be injected, and then the ultrasound probe is inserted. The ultrasound waves work to gently break up the fat tissue allowing it to be removed more easily. The results can be dramatic, giving many of our patients a leaner, slimmer profile.
What Are The Benefits Of VASER Liposuction?
VASER Liposuction has a number of benefits in addition to getting rid of stubborn fat in problem areas, including:
- More gentle than traditional liposuction, with less blood loss and bruising
- Targets fat cells without damaging surrounding nearby healthy tissue, reducing chances of contour deformities
- Makes it easier to transfer fat cells to other body areas for aesthetic improvements
- Virtually pain-free with the ability to be performed under local anesthesia and mild IV sedation instead of general anesthesia
- Faster recovery time, in as little as 12 hours with full recovery in 2 - 3 weeks
- Ultrasound heating helps to tighten skin
"Let me start off by saying that Dr. Salcedo is a miracle worker and beyond amazing!!!I had been diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2018. After chemotherapy, removal of the tumor, and extensive rounds of radiation my breasts were very different in size and deflated. I knew I needed breast reduction surgery. I came to Dr. Salcedo for a consultation and he immeadiatley made me feel at ease and comfortable. He explained the whole process to me and also informed me of complications that may arise due to my history. I decided to go ahead with the surgery and knew I had found the right surgeon for me. I had my surgery almost 3 weeks ago and could not be happier. Everyone close to me is amazed at how fantastic everything looks and can not believe that it turned out so well.Dr. Salcedo takes his time whenever I meet with him. I never feel rushed or that I can not get all my questions answered. His staff is very caring as well.I wish I could give more than 5*!!"- P. / Healthgrades / Dec 06, 2019
"I got my lips filled and wow what a amazing difference! Dr. Salcedo did such a great job and I could not be happier! Thank you so much!"- M.R. / Google / Oct 06, 2020
"I had an amazing experience with Dr. Salcedo today. He really took the time to listen and recommended just the right amount of Botox units. Dr. Salcedo was very gentle and I barely felt the injections. I will definitely be coming back soon for more treatments, and would recommend Dr. Salcedo and his team to anyone!"- A.G. / Google / Oct 06, 2020
"I want to let everyone know hands down this is an amazing doctor with a friendly bedside manner from the beginning of before and after care. I could not be happier with my breast implants and the end results . The staff is very friendly and professional. Thank you for giving me my inner confidence back ."- C.T. / Google / Sep 06, 2020
"From the first visit to many since then, I have had confirmation from the excellent reviews given of. Dr.S. Salcedo and his staff. I met Dr. Salcedo in the middle of my breast reconstruction journey. Surgery delayed due to my prior Plastic surgeon leaving her practice and Covid. I felt discouraged and anxious. His pleasant and positive approach to my needs along with his excellent surgical skills and the final reconstructions processes yet to be, I know that he will fulfill and maximize my out come. This review is not only from a nurse's point of view but from a women that lost her breasts to cancer and now well on her way to normality."- I.V. / Google / Aug 06, 2020
Can I Get Liposuction?
Liposuction is a great procedure for men and women who are at a healthy weight but still have pesky areas of fat that they are struggling to get rid of. If you are considering liposuction, you should have skin that is taut because liposuction is not a treatment for stretched-out skin. Liposuction is also not a solution for weight loss so you should be at your goal weight or very close to it. Women undergoing liposuction should have no plans to become pregnant again as this could compromise future results. At the time of your consult for surgery, Dr. Salcedo will help you set realistic expectations.
What is the Wide Awake Lipo Procedure?
At The Plastics Doc, we use the wide awake liposuction method. This is a less invasive form of liposuction that uses a mild intravenous sedation so you will be awake during the procedure but will not feel any pain. A tiny incision is placed through the skin so a cannula will be inserted to work loose the fatty tissue as it is being vacuumed out. After the desired amount of fatty tissue has been suctioned out, Dr. Samuel Salcedo will close the incision. Based on the number of areas being treated, your surgery may take 1 – 3 hours. In the dedicated recovery area, your post-op nurse will assist you in managing your pain and care for your incisions until you are discharged. Generally, wide awake liposuction allows patients to go home sooner and feel better in a quicker amount of time than with general anesthesia. However, we realize not everyone will want wide awake liposuction. In the case general anesthesia is needed, we can accommodate that.
What Happens After Liposuction?
Depending on what areas you had treated, you should expect to spend some downtime at home. Since wide awake liposuction is a less invasive technique, your downtime will be much less than general liposuction. You should expect about 1 – 2 weeks of recovery as opposed to 3 – 4 weeks. It's normal to see swelling and bruising after your surgery while you recover. What is most important after having lipo is to give your body time to rest and recover. Once you go back to your job after your surgery, you should remember to minimize stress and strenuous activity. To build up your strength, try walking and light workouts as advised by Dr. Salcedo. Keep in mind, you may notice some improvements soon after your surgery, but it can take between 6 – 10 months until your new body shape and contour is complete.
How much does liposuction cost?
The overall price of liposuction will vary based on the technique being used and the number of areas being addressed. In your consultation, Dr. Salcedo will develop your unique liposuction surgical plan to meet your needs and goals. He will also take into consideration your budget. When your plan is ready, estimated costs can be discussed. To make your surgery as affordable as possible, The Plastics Doc takes several payment methods and we can help you find low-interest medical financing.
Are there nonsurgical alternatives to liposuction?
There are many nonsurgical procedures to reduce body fat. Although these nonsurgical treatments may help some patients reduce small amounts of fat, surgical liposuction is best for most patients. Liposuction surgery delivers more consistent and dramatic results. Ask Dr. Salcedo about nonsurgical liposuction during your consultation. He will go over the benefits of both methods and help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.
Can liposuction treat cellulite and loose skin?
Liposuction surgery only corrects excess fat in the body. If you have loose skin, Dr. Salcedo may suggest combining liposuction with a surgical body lift. Liposuction is often performed along with skin tightening surgery, like a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thighplasty, to produce the best results. To correct cellulite, there are many minimally invasive and nonsurgical treatments that can be scheduled at any time. In your consultation, talk to Dr. Salcedo about all your concerns, like loose skin and cellulite, so your best treatment plan can be created.
Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, incisions will be made and stitched. This will cause scars, but Dr. Salcedo does his best to minimize their appearance. This starts with making small, thin incisions in the natural folds of your body or in less visible areas. After your surgery, a member of our team will explain how to care for your stitches so they heal properly and eventually fade.
Will my results last?
Before you have liposuction surgery, it is important to be committed to maintaining your results. Although liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in your body, you can still lose and gain weight. Dr. Salcedo recommends that you be at or near a healthy weight prior to liposuction surgery. Afterward, it's best to stay within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Pregnancy after liposuction will also impact your results; however, a second surgery or mommy makeover can be performed to refresh your appearance.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,500 - $8,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 week or less
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-4 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 day, 3 weeks, 3 months
- Procedure Recovery Location
Look Fit and Toned with Less Down Time
Wide awake liposuction at The Plastics Doc offers both women and men the chance to have unwanted fat diminished almost immediately using a less invasive technique than normal liposuction. Sometimes, it can seem impossible to drop those stubborn pockets of fat and create the slimming outcomes you want. However, we can recommend various choices for liposuction treatment to give you the look you've been dreaming about. Contact our practice in Corona, CA or Beverly Hills, CA, and schedule your private consultation with Dr. Samuel Salcedo or have any of your questions regarding cost, financing, and insurance answered.
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