When performed by a board certified plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara such as Dr. Lowenstein, you can be assured of not only the best results but also the safest procedures. Liposuction has been the subject of so much marketing and has had so much media presence that getting the right information can be difficult. In Santa Barbara, Dr. Lowenstein performs liposuction to help sculpt and shape the body in a manner to create a beautiful, natural appearing contour to your body. The use of liposuction by an experienced Board Certified plastic surgeon can provide a smooth and attractive shape, while avoiding some of the concerning irregularities that are seen following liposuction in excessively aggressive or inexperienced hands. When performing liposuction in Santa Barbara, Dr. Lowenstein starts with an injection of special solution made to help not only with pain control, but also to help prevent unwanted bleeding.

The liposuction itself is performed using a “crosshatching” technique in which the liposuction cannulas (the tube- like instruments used for liposuction) are introduced in different directions to avoid a wavy and irregular postoperative appearance. This crosshatch technique helps create a smooth and natural outcome. Liposuction is performed for both the deep and superficial fat, though the thin layer of fat just under the surface of the skin is best retained to ensure good blood flow to the skin and healing to the underlying tissue. A smooth, non-operated look is the goal with all of Dr. Lowenstein’s patients, and his Santa Barbara liposuction patients are no exception.
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Since its introduction in the 1980s, liposuction has become one of the most common plastic surgery procedures.

Not Just Thinner... Tighter Too!

With Dr. Lowenstein’s passion for the best and latest technology, we have added J-Plasma skin tightening to many of our liposuction procedures to tighten the skin after the fat is removed. Many, in fact most patients with excess fat requiring liposuction still suffer from the jiggle of excess skin after the fat is removed by liposuction alone. With the discovery of the effects of the J-Plasma ionized helium stream and it’s amazing ability to shrink and tighten skin, Dr. Lowenstein now performs both procedures together to achieve previously unattainable results. While J-Plasma can be used as a stand-alone skin tightener when loose skin is the only problem, the use of liposuction and J-Plasma can achieve what we previously thought impossible without major surgery- a thinner, TIGHTER you!!!

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Candidates for Liposuction

Popular areas for liposuction in Santa Barbara include the abdomen, the flanks, the buttocks, and the thighs. Liposuction can additionally be utilized in the arms, knees, neck, chest, and sides of the breast. Liposuction is often performed in men as well as well as women. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a means of weight loss, nor a substitute for a good diet and exercise.

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Because the treatment of excess fat on the body is one of the most requested plastic surgery procedures in Santa Barbara, Dr. Lowenstein has one of the busiest body contouring practices on the west coast. In an effort to provide the best options for all of his patients seeking liposuction in Santa Barbara, Dr. Lowenstein has both operative and non-operative treatments to provide fat reduction. Having multiple modalities including both operative liposuction and non-operative CoolSculpting and Ultherapy, Dr. Lowenstein is uniquely able to recommend the optimal treatment for all of his body contouring patients.

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FAQs: Liposuction

  • How is Liposuction performed?

    Liposuction is performed by first applying a special solution to the area of concern, which allows for access to the fatty tissue as well as reduction of bleeding and improved anesthesia. Very small incisions are then made to access the areas of fat. Special instruments, called cannulas, are then used to remove the fatty tissue with suction. Popular names for this procedure are liposculpture and liposelection. These are really just refined techniques of liposuction, which may include re-application of fat in other regions to augment certain areas.

  • Does the fat come back?

    Fat removal techniques such as liposuction, CoolSculpting, and abdominoplasty are permanent. Each of these techniques provides a new “reset point” for your body. In maintaining your healthy lifestyle, you can expect that removed fat will stay away following liposuction.

  • Is liposuction painful?

    Liposuction is very well tolerated and not a very painful procedure. Patients may experience some burning and numbing sensations, but rarely complain of significant discomfort.

  • What is recovery like after liposuction?

    Following liposuction in Santa Barbara, a compressive garment is worn to help ensure a well-contoured result. Recovery from this procedure is usually rapid and easy, with a short period of withholding from strenuous physical activity following your operation.

  • What are different types of liposuction?

    There are too many different types of liposuction to list here. Different surgeons promote different modalities- ultrasound, water jet, power assisted, and laser liposuction are a few of these types of liposuction that aid in marketing. While the results of all of these liposuction techniques are similar, they allow surgeons to market their practices and differentiate themselves from others.

  • How much does liposuction cost?

    Liposuction in Santa Barbara is usually charged by the area treated- treatment of one or two areas is often done for a single low fee. When used as a refining technique or as an “add-on” to other procedures, however, the fee for liposuction is usually even lower. Please call the office at 805-969-9004 regarding specific costs, as our patient coordinator often runs liposuction specials.

  • How long does swelling persist following liposuction in Santa Barbara?

    Swelling after liposuction happens because of two things- injection of the fluid used during the liposuction procedure, and normal swelling of the area that happens in most surgical procedures. While the contour of the area where liposuction is performed is most often markedly improved immediately after the procedure, the body will take a few days to completely absorb all of the operative fluid. As in a breast or face or other body procedure, normal swelling of the body after surgery can persist while gently improving for a few weeks following your liposuction operation.

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