All You Need to Know About Liposuction

Due to its many benefits, liposuction is the most requested plastic surgery procedure patients seek after breast augmentations. Sometimes referred to as lipoplasty or body contouring, liposuction is a minimally invasive treatment that slims and shapes body areas that haven’t responded to weight loss or exercise.

The highly skilled surgeons at Napa Solano Plastic Surgery use leading-edge liposuction tools and techniques to reduce stubborn localized fat on the abdomen, thighs, arms, buttocks, and more.

The Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction offers many advantages, including being an outpatient procedure with a relatively quick recovery. Other benefits include:

  • It’s safe. Liposuction only requires small incisions to the targeted areas.
  • It permanently removes fat cells. Once the fat cells are removed, they do not grow back, though you can gain fat in another area.
  • Improved health. Because liposuction removes unwanted fat deposits, it helps you move closer to your ideal weight and BMI (body mass index).
  • Enhanced appearance. A more aesthetically appealing shape can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

If you’ve tried eating well and working out but still have body fat in places you wish you didn’t, liposuction can be the right treatment for you.

The Liposuction Procedure

After the minor incisions are made, the surgeon injects a fluid to anesthetize the area and break up the fat cells. A tiny tube or cannula is then inserted into the incision, suction is applied, and a pure, free-of-blood form of fat is removed.

Once your procedure is over, you might experience some soreness for the first 24 to 72 hours, and you might have some swelling of the treated areas. Bruising can occur but is usually mild. In fact, most of our patients return to most normal activities within a day or two. However, we do recommend you refrain from strenuous activities for approximately two to three weeks following your liposuction procedure.

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Napa Solano Plastic Surgery provides our patients with a welcoming and professional environment for their liposuction treatments. Our expert medical team has been providing plastic and reconstructive surgery care to patients in Northern California since 1984. We use the latest technologies and techniques to perform our liposuction treatments, focusing on natural and pleasing results.

Whether you choose to consult our nationally certified Napa or Vacaville facility, you can rest assured that your care and safety are our priority. Our entire staff is here to support you before, during, and after your liposuction procedure.

If you’d like to learn more about our liposuction procedures or the other life-enhancing cosmetic surgery procedures we offer through our medical spa, we invite you to schedule a consultation appointment today.

What is Abdominoplasty?

Even if you eat right and exercise regularly, it can be challenging to shed abdominal fat, particularly as you age. Whether your “belly pooch” is the result of weight gain or loss, pregnancy, or the natural aging process, abdominoplasty can be an effective way to achieve a smoother, more contoured abdomen.

Napa Solano Plastic Surgery uses leading-edge plastic surgery techniques to perform abdominoplasty surgery that slims and tightens the midsection to reestablish your waistline. Our professional staff is known for its compassionate patient care and can help you achieve your desired aesthetic results.

What Is an Abdominoplasty?

Also known as “tummy tucks,” abdominoplasties are surgical procedures that tighten stomach muscles and help eliminate excess skin and abdominal creases. It’s a popular choice for people who want a more toned stomach and flattering body appearance.

There are various cosmetic and medical reasons people get tummy tucks, including to:

  • Tighten abdominal muscles
  • Remove excess skin
  • Remove fat
  • Repair a ventral hernia
  • Remove scars
  • Improve stress-related urinary incontinence
  • Decrease back pain and improve posture

Patients who get a tummy tuck for purely cosmetic reasons report that it helps improve their self-confidence. And women who struggle to get back to their former selves post-pregnancy find that an abdominoplasty as part of a “mommy makeover” helps them look and feel their best.

Risks and Rewards of Abdominoplasty

Tummy tucks are popular, but they’re also major surgical procedures that require general anesthesia, take up to five hours or more to complete, and call for several weeks in recovery. Complications are rare, but diabetic patients in particular are more susceptible to problems like infections, as they are with most cosmetic surgery procedures.

Are Tummy Tucks Good for Weight Loss?

Only a certain amount of body fat is safe to remove during abdominoplasty, so the procedure shouldn’t be viewed as a weight-loss method. Plus, a tummy tuck doesn’t typically improve a person’s blood pressure, cholesterol level, or other obesity-related issues. Most doctors recommend changes to diet and lifestyle as safer, more practical ways to lose weight.

Is Abdominoplasty Right For You?

If you think a tummy tuck is the right decision for you, it’s time to consult with one of the board-certified plastic surgeons at Napa Solano Plastic Surgery. We’ll discuss everything you need to know about what’s involved with the procedure, how you should prepare for it, the risks involved, and what you should expect during recovery.

Contact us today to learn more about how a tummy tuck can deliver physical and psychological dividends that can last a lifetime.

Autologous Fat Grafting

Autologous fat grafting (also referred to as autologous fat transfer or fat injection) transfers your body’s fat from one area to another to:

  • Create volume
  • Enhance contours
  • Smooth depressions

It produces long-lasting results and is most commonly used for lip, buttock (Brazilian butt lift), and breast augmentation, as well as facial rejuvenation. It can also be used to fill out depressed scars on any part of your body.

Autologous Fat Grafting v. Liposuction

We’re often asked if fat grafting is the same as liposuction. The two procedures do focus on fat, but they offer different results.

  1. Liposuction removes fat from unwanted areas like the waist, hips, and thighs.
  2. Autologous fat grafting takes fat from one area of your body and places it where you want more fullness and shape, such as the breasts, buttocks, or face.

Some people choose to combine the two procedures, such as a facelift with fat grafting or liposuction with fat transfer to the buttocks or breasts.

Is Autologous Fat Grafting Safe?

Fat grafting is seen as a major breakthrough in reconstructive plastic surgery, with research involving over 50 studies showing it to be safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon.

During the procedure, fat is harvested from anywhere in your body, including the abdomen and flanks. The fat cells are then processed and transferred back into the body area you want to enhance. Approximately 60 to 70% of the transplanted fat cells typically survive and become permanent live cells in their new location.

Typical areas of fat augmentation include:

Breast Augmentation

Natural breast augmentation with fat transfer can enhance your breasts’ size, shape, and contour while eliminating the need for artificial breast implants. Women who choose augmentation say they love how the results are softer, subtler, and more natural-looking. The procedure is also a popular choice for breast reconstruction after surgery.

Buttocks

People who want to increase the size of their buttocks to achieve a more pleasing shape can choose fat grafting over implants. During the procedure, liposuction is used to remove excess fat from the thighs, hips, and lower back which is then strategically injected in small volume into the buttocks.

Face

Fat grafting is an effective way to transfer fat to facial areas that could benefit from volume and structural support. The procedure uses your own fat cells to restore fullness and support, improving the signs of aging. The most commonly treated areas are the undereye and cheeks, but some people use the procedure to treat other areas, such as the chin and eye creases.

Are You a Good Candidate for Autologous Fat Grafting?

Breast, buttock, and face augmentation are some of the most popular and frequently requested body-enhancing procedures. To learn more about whether autologous fat grafting is right for you, schedule an appointment to speak with one of the doctors at Napa Solano Plastic Surgery. We’ll answer any questions you might have and help determine if you’re a good candidate.

 

Facelift vs Better Skincare Routine

Facelift surgery can help smooth wrinkles and tighten loose skin. While the procedure is considered extremely safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, many people who consult us ask if there are other, non-surgical treatments they can try first.

If you’re seeking an alternative path to reducing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin, you might be interested in exploring treatments like:

  • FaceTite radio frequency skin tightening
  • SCITON® erbium laser skin resurfacing
  • LiteLift® is a “mini-facelift” performed under local anesthesia and gentle sedation. It’s best for those who only need minimal improvement around the lower face.

Looking for yet another great way to put off or avoid plastic surgery? Adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes a better skincare routine can enhance your natural beauty and prevent aging skin. Lastly, you can complement your at-home skincare regimen with other facial services from Napa Solano MediSpa, like microneedling, hydrafacials, micro and other chemical peels, and jelly mask cleansing facials.

When to Consider a Facelift

Most people start looking into cosmetic surgery when they hear friends and relatives talking about it. It sparks an interest in what they might look like with an improved jawline and fewer wrinkles.

In most cases, the best age for a facelift is in your 40s, 50, and 60s, when aging signs become more noticeable and prevalent, and you begin to see an increase in fine and deep lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. That said, there’s no specific “best” age for a facelift, as everyone’s face ages at different rates. However, the best time to consider a facelift is when you’re bothered by the signs of aging and non-surgical treatments are no longer producing the results you desire.

Keep in mind that the longer you wait to have cosmetic surgery, the work will be more extensive, and the results will be more noticeable. Having surgery at a younger age comes with some additional benefits, too:

  • Any surgery, including plastic surgery, is generally safer the younger you are.
  • Your body heals more quickly when you’re younger.
  • Results are less dramatic.

No matter what route you choose, you should not make the decision to invest in cosmetic surgery lightly. It’s not the solution to an emotional upheaval or a way to get the latest celebrity look.

Before making up your mind, you should give a lot of thought to:

  • Your expectations. Do you hope plastic surgery will turn you into a model or a sexier version of yourself at 40? That isn’t what happens. But it can boost your confidence, which can lead to positive changes in your life. People who report the greatest satisfaction after a facelift are those who keep expectations realistic and do the procedure for their own well-being.
  • Whether you can afford it. Elective procedures like facelifts are rarely if ever covered by health insurance. And you don’t want to settle for a bargain procedure. A facelift is a time and financial investment. Some surgeries are more complex than others, and they may include additional procedures. Talk to your cosmetic surgeon about all your options and what the final costs will be before making up your mind.
  • The risks and recovery time. Every surgery comes with risk, and recovery times differ depending on the procedure and what you do to assist your healing post-surgery. You should discuss these items at length with your plastic physician.

As mentioned, people often choose to have other cosmetic facial procedures such as browlifts, eyelid lifts, and neck lifts done at the same time as their facelifts. This is often more effective than having multiple surgeries over an extended time.

Can a Skincare Routine Work Like Cosmetic Surgery?

Beware of skincare products that claim to work “just like cosmetic surgery.” No product can do that. However, a comprehensive skincare routine that includes well-formulated, proven products can make a significant difference in your skin’s appearance.

The skilled and compassionate aestheticians at Napa Solano MediSpa perform a range of services that pamper your skin and keep it looking younger longer. While these non-surgical treatments won’t give you the dramatic results of a surgical facelift, they can be highly effective in improving wrinkles and deep creases, lost facial volume, and skin tone and texture.

Plastic Surgery or Improved Skincare Routine?

Ultimately, the decision to invest in a facelift or not is deeply personal. And while other, non-invasive options are available, plastic surgery can be an excellent choice if you want improved facial definition and a more sizable youthful appearance.

Our best advice is to take your time before making up your mind. Do your research and then talk to one of the trusted surgeons at Napa Solano Plastic Surgery about what you’d like to have done. Our doctors have been providing plastic surgery care, including facelifts, to Northern California patients since 1984. During your consultation, your surgeon will carefully and thoroughly walk you through the procedure, so you feel informed and empowered to make the right decision for yourself.

To learn more or to get any other questions you might have about facelifts vs. better skincare routines answered, contact Napa Solano Plastic Surgery today.

Botox – Neuromodulator, Does it Fix Everything?

While you may worry about the onset of facial lines that will appear as time passes, you should know that scientists have developed non-invasive injectables known as Neuromodulators that help to keep you looking as young as you feel. Treatments can hide and even retard the effects of aging on one’s appearance.

Administered by a cosmetic surgery professional, injections of botulinum toxin, commercially known as Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, or Jeuveau, will reduce or even eliminate fine facial lines and wrinkles like crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead creases. These substances can also slow the increasing intensity of those lines as you age. 

How Do Neuromodulators Work?

Over time, repetitive muscle action from common facial expressions will cause lines and wrinkles to appear. Injecting Botulinum toxin (or Botox), a purified wrinkle-relaxing solution, blocks the nerve signals to the muscles nearest the injection. When this occurs, the muscles will not contract, and the unwanted facial lines and wrinkles will begin to disappear.

Neurotoxin treatments work best on “dynamic” lines that result from particular facial expressions. More permanent or “static” lines are better treated with fillers or plastic surgery procedures, completely different medical approaches.

Botox or neuromodulator treatments are effective for glabellar lines or furrows between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, bunny lines on the nose, TMJ (jaw) disorders, masseter hypertrophy bruxism, neck bands, and even excessive sweating.

Also, “micro-botox” treatments, injections of a smaller dose of neurotoxin, will diminish less prominent fine lines, texture issues, large pores, and rosacea.

Consultation with a plastic surgery specialist at Napa Solano Plastic Surgery will help you determine which procedure is best. Factors like metabolism and the amount of neuromodulation and muscle relaxation you may need will help determine the amount of product to be injected.

When to Consider a Neuromodulator Discussion and Treatment

Subjects should not wait until those facial lines and creases become severe before considering treatments. Many people forestall the development of severe lines and wrinkles by undergoing Botox treatments before those lines become apparent. Waiting longer, after the creases are more notably etched into the skin, makes erasing them more difficult.

Contact Napa Solano Plastic Surgery

If you are concerned about your appearance and the effects of aging on your facial features and other parts of your body, contact Napa Solano Plastic Surgery for a confidential consultation. Whether the solution is a Botox Neuromodulator injection to erase those “dynamic” facial lines or a more aggressive solution to restore that youthful appearance, the award-winning, highly professional team at Napa Solano will provide the best solutions.

Learn more about their many appearance-enhancing solutions by visiting the Napa Solano Plastic Surgery website, where you can review the many procedures and options the group offers.

Complete the Contact Us Page on the Napa Solano Plastic Surgery website to schedule your private consultation. One of our professional staff will be pleased to schedule an appointment.

Considering a Neck Lift?

Eventually, most people will start noticing their neck contours changing, usually while viewing themselves in a mirror or a photograph. A common problem, virtually everyone will experience these changes to some degree.

The good news is that there are solutions.

Sagging and laxity of neck skin are correctible problems thanks to several advanced non-surgical and surgical treatment options administered by skilled professionals.

Neck contour problems manifest themselves in several ways. The issue may be fullness caused by excess fat, loose skin, prominent neck muscle bands, or, in most cases, a combination of these.

And depending on the severity of the condition, one or more professionally administered treatments can improve the situation and restore that neck contour of prior times.

A reputable, professional plastic surgeon will tailor a neck lift program that will work best, employing the lowest level of invasiveness possible to achieve the desired result. The surgeon may recommend multiple solutions in instances where more than one issue is present.

Non-Invasive Technologies

Each treatment is designed to correct different issues and locations. These non-invasive options are typically effective in cases where skin laxity is not extensive.

Depending on the objective, the following procedures can be effective for melting fat or tightening skin in the neck area:

Fat Melting:

  • Mesotherapy
  • Kybella
  • Coolsculpting

Skin Tightening:

Your plastic surgery professionals can describe how each procedure works and how one may be the most effective option for your circumstances.

Surgical Solutions: Liposuction

Moderate to severe skin laxity may require a more aggressive approach, including surgery and neck liposuction procedures for a lasting and effective neck lift.

Fat can be effectively removed by liposuction or direct excision with a surgical neck lift.

Less severe Platysmal or neck band problems may be “softened” with Botox injections, while severe banding must be corrected with surgery.  The surgery may require a small incision beneath the chin or an additional incision around the ear and hairline if the laxity is considered more severe.

Consult with Napa Solano Plastic Surgery

An in-person evaluation by a respected plastic surgeon is essential to establishing a perfectly tailored treatment for each patient. 

The essential first step to addressing a sagging neck or any other cosmetic issue

is to arrange a confidential consultation with the professionals at Napa

Solano Plastic Surgery. While there, one of their expert physicians will tailor a   program that best meets your needs.

The Napa Solano Plastic Surgery professionals are committed to three basic principles:

  • Operations are absolutely safe.
  • Selected Operations have low complication rates.
  • Patients will look Natural after any procedure.

You can schedule your consultation by visiting the Napa Solano Plastic Surgery website. While viewing their site, learn about this award-winning clinic, the professional staff of doctors and aestheticians, and the full range of procedures available.