Liposuction is a versatile body-slimming technique that can be performed almost anywhere on the body to selectively remove unwanted fat. The surgery can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or as a supporting step in a number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Board certified plastic surgeon Jon Sattler M.D. performs liposuction at his practice in Glendora, LA County, along with many other procedures for body contouring surgery.
Liposuction is best for individuals with persistent areas of fat. Dr. Sattler may recommend liposuction to slim down problem areas like the thighs, back of the arms, or tummy. Because the technique is so versatile, there is a danger in regarding liposuction as a cure-all procedure, which it is not. Liposuction is not a weight loss technique; it is a method of surgical fat removal for localized areas of the body. If you have body fat that does not respond to exercise and diet, you may be a good candidate for liposuction. You should be in good health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations for the procedure.
Your liposuction procedure will be performed in an outpatient setting with general or local anesthesia, and may require 45 minutes to 2 hours of operating time. Small incisions are made near the targeted areas through which the cannula, or thin tube, will be inserted. Next, a saline solution with diluted lidocaine and epinephrine will be injected into the area under treatment. This anesthetic causes the fat to become ‘tumescent’, or swollen, which aids removal by firming the fat tissue. Dr. Sattler then dislodges and removes the unwanted fat tissue with a vacuuming device that suctions fat from the area. Several body areas can be treated, sometimes in the same session, including the:
Recovery from liposuction depends largely on the amount of fat that was removed, and whether the technique was performed as a part of a more extensive procedure like breast reduction. You may experience some numbness, burning, swelling and brusing. You will need to wear a compression garment to encourage the skin to heal and contract, and that you begin to walk as quickly after the procedure as possible. Follow-up liposuction sessions may be necessary in helping you achieve the results you desire. Please see liposuctions that Dr. Sattler has performed in the before and after section.
The anesthesia requirements are reduced and blood loss is minimized with tumescent liposuction, but patients still face the same risks and cosmetic complications associated with traditional liposuction. Risks specifically associated with the tumescent technique include pulmonary edema (the collection of fluid in the lungs), which may occur if too much fluid is administered; and lidocaine toxicity, which occurs if the lidocaine content is too high. You can minimize your surgery risks by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Sattler who has extensive experience with the tumescent technique.
For many patients, general anesthesia is the best option. For others, the anesthetic contained in the solution combined with sedation may provide sufficient comfort during the procedure. Or, if Dr Sattler feels it's appropriate, the tumescent solution itself may serve as the sole means of anesthesia.
In tumescent liposuction, the warmed tumescent liquid—a dilute solution containing lidocaine, epinephrine and intravenous fluid—is injected into the area to be treated. As the liquid enters the fat, it becomes swollen, firm and blanched. Liposuction in Glendora & Los Angeles is then performed on the tumesced areas.
The long-acting effects of the anesthetic solution help to provide pain relief after the procedure and decrease the need for additional pain medication. For the first day or two after surgery, most patients experience swelling in the treated areas, as well as some fluid drainage from the incision sites. Light activity is usually resumed within the first few days after tumescent liposuction; normal activity can be resumed within a few weeks. Please contact Dr. Sattler if you would like to set up a time to discuss your concerns about liposuction. We are conveniently located in Glendora, a short commute from Pasadena or Rancho Cucamonga in LA County.
During tummy tuck surgery, or abdominoplasty, Dr. Sattler removes skin and fat, and may repair the muscles of the abdominal wall. The tummy tuck can yield a more smoothly contoured, firmer abdomen, and is commonly performed after major weight loss or pregnancy to tighten loose skin.
Tummy tucks may also be performed as part of a comprehensive post-bariatric body contouring effort. Dr. Jon Sattler offers the tummy tuck procedure at his practice in Glendora, along with many other procedures in surgical body contouring.
Those who are ready to undergo abdominoplasty should be at a stable weight, have good overall health, and realistic expectations for surgery. Generally speaking, individuals receiving the tummy tuck will have:
A loss of skin elasticity around midsection
Midsection disproportionate to body
Excess tummy skin and fat
Weakened abdominal muscles
You can expect to be in surgery for approximately 1.5-2 hours. Before surgery Glendora & Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Sattler will plan your surgery by marking the incision sites on your body, being careful to minimize visible scarring if possible. Incisions for tummy tucks are often made in the lower abdomen at or below the pubic hairline extending out laterally to a bony prominence of the hip. Dr. Sattler tries to keep the scar inside the panty line so it won’t be obvious at the beach in a bikini. After the incisions are completed, the excess skin in this area is pulled down and inward. Abdominal muscles that have been stretched out from previous weight or pregnancy are repaired and tightened with sutures. The skin is then re-draped, and the incision closed. The procedure may also be combined with liposuction of the hips and flanks. Be sure to discuss with your surgeon your goals for surgery so that adaptations to the procedure, like liposuction to the hips, can be included with your tummy tuck.
After tummy tuck surgery in Glendora or Los Angeles, Dr. Sattler and our staff will ensure that you have the aftercare instructions you need. Most patients are asked to remain in the ambulatory surgery center between 12 -18 hours after surgery for monitoring. If used, drains usually will be removed within 3 days post-surgery Dr. Sattler wants you to have a comfortable surgical experience therefore he uses absorbable sutures that don’t have to be removed. He dresses your wound with a petroleum based dressing that allows the dressing to come off without sticking in the wound. He never allows tape to be placed on the breast to avoid “tape burn”. You will wear a compression garment for up to 6 weeks following the procedure. You will be followed closely to evaluate your healing. Normal activity can typically be resumed between 2-3 weeks after the operation. Please contact Dr. Sattler’s office in Glendora from nearby Arcadia or Azusa if you have any questions or concerns regarding the tummy tuck. Dr. Sattler is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery serving the San Gabriel Valley and LA County.
Saggy upper arms are a common condition among individuals who have fluctuated in weight, and those who are experiencing the effects of aging. Unfortunately, the symptoms do not necessarily diminish with diet and exercise. Even a person committed to a healthy diet and fitness can exhibit saggy, droopy upper arms.
During arm lift surgery, or brachioplasty, the localized skin and fat deposits in the problem area are removed, and the underlying tissues are tightened, giving the upper arm a more contoured, smoother appearance. Plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Sattler in Glendora & Los Angeles area provides free consults for arm lift surgery at his plastic surgery practice in Glendora, along with many other procedures in body contouring.
The most common symptoms treated with arm lift surgery are excess skin and fat in the upper arm region between the underarm and the elbow. Additional markers that signal a person’s candidacy for arm lift surgery are:
Self-consciousness about flabby arms
General good health
Willingness to accept scars as trade-off
Adequate skin elasticity
During a consultation, Glendora & Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Sattler can determine if the arm lift can satisfy your goals for a slimmer arm shape.
Arm lift surgery often takes place in an outpatient setting. You may be given either local or general anesthesia depending on the extent of the surgery and your personal needs. After anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Sattler places an incision in the inside of the upper arm, either extending from the underarm to the elbow, or a shorter length.
Before and After Brachioplasty
The length of the incision depends on factors like location and amount of skin and fat to be removed. Sometimes liposuction surgery alone suffices, other times it is combined with surgical excision to achieve the desired result. After the underlying tissues are tightened, the excess skin is removed, and sutures are placed to close the incisions and help maintain shape. One drawback is the surgery scar that is left on the inside portion of the upper arm, which many patients are willing to accept in exchange for the overall cosmetic improvement.
After your arm lift in Glendora & Los Angeles, Dr. Sattler or the staff will provide you with specific instructions for post-operative care. Expect some bruising, swelling and discomfort. Dr. Sattler will typically prescribe pain medications and antibiotics to support you in your recovery. He will also give you instructions on how to care for the compression garments applied after surgery, as well as the drains that are temporarily placed under the skin to remove excess fluid and blood. Most patients recover from arm surgery somewhere between 1-2 weeks once the swelling and bruising has dissipated. It will be several weeks for the incisions to heal. Do you have questions and concerns about arm lift surgery in the Arcadia and Azusa area? Please contact the plastic surgery practice of Jon Sattler M.D. in Glendora to set up a complimentary consultation.
You probably know that in order to achieve a well-toned, athletic body we need to commit ourselves to regular exercise and a healthy diet. While this guideline holds true in general, many individuals struggle to meet the expectations for what a healthy body should look like even if they exercise and watch their diets diligently.
For these individuals, aging, sun damage, pregnancy, genetics, and fluctuations in body weight have contributed to poor tissue elasticity, and the subsequent sagging of the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. The body lift procedure seeks to reshape and revive the areas of the body that need it most, and can be combined with one or more of a variety of cosmetic procedures including the tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift, and buttock lift. Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat and to achieve a more aesthetic contour. Commonly reported benefits of the body lift include:
Improved physical appearance and hygiene
Increased motivation to remain active
Candidates for body lift surgery display an excess amount of skin and fat at the abdomen, hips, inner or outer thighs, or buttocks. Some individuals struggle with hygiene issues connected to skin folds. As with all cosmetic procedures, it is essential that the individual have realistic expectations for surgery. Body weight should be stable, and any significant weight loss goals should be met prior to surgery.
Depending on the extensiveness of the procedure to be conducted, your body lift Glendora may be performed in your plastic surgeon’s facility, or in a hospital as an inpatient or outpatient. Most body lifts are performed under general anesthesia, although local anesthesia with sedation may be used.
Belt lipectomy removes the "belt" of excess skin from the midsection
Regardless of the part of the body being worked on, body lift surgery tends to follow a basic routine. First the incision areas are marked, and the anesthesia administered. Your surgeon places incisions along the natural folds of your skin where they can remain hidden if possible. The loose skin around the incision is lifted and removed, and liposuction is conducted for contouring as needed. The incisions are then closed with staples or sutures. Treatment may be performed in stages depending on the complexity of your surgical goals.
Bed rest is often prescribed for the first 24 hours after surgery. Many patients are asked to begin walking with assistance by the second day. The drains that were placed to collect fluid during the recovery process are typically removed one week following surgery. Most patients recover within 4-6 weeks, though this time varies from person to person. Please talk with your surgeon so that you have all the information you need in order to ensure the quickest possible recovery. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about how the body lift in Los Angeles can work for you. Dr. Sattler's office is located in Glendora, a short drive from San Dimas, Pasadena or Rancho Cucamonga in LA County.
The three thigh lift approaches (thighplasty) specialized to target specific areas of the thigh the inner, medial, and bilateral thigh lifts are performed to help patients improve the contour of their thighs after weight loss and aging. During the procedure, excess skin and fat are removed, and the skin is lifted to promote smoother, more natural lines. Dr. Sattler offers thigh lift surgery at his plastic surgery practice in Glendora, and often meets with patients from nearby communities of San Dimas, Pasadena and Rancho Cucamonga. The thigh lift procedure presents a number of possible benefits such as:
Tauter, smoother skin
Less visible cellulite
Before and After Thigh Lift in Glendora, CA
Common complaints about the thigh area are saggy skin, thigh circumference, and friction caused by the thighs rubbing together. You may want to consider a thigh lift if you deal with sagging skin of the thighs as a product of weight loss or aging. Ideal candidates are in good general health, non-smokers, and have realistic expectations for cosmetic surgery.
Thigh lifts are usually conducted in an outpatient setting using general or local anesthesia. The duration for the procedure is estimated to last between 2-3 hours. In the approaches to thigh lift surgery, the skin is lifted and redraped after excess skin and fat have been removed.
During the inner thigh lift, the incision is made in the groin area. If the problem area is the upper part of the inner thigh, a medial thigh lift in Glendora will be performed. Here, the plastic surgeon makes an incision beginning in the groin area that extends around the inner thigh to the buttock. During the bilateral thigh lift, the focus is on the excess skin and fat at the outside, and front of the thigh. To access this area, the surgeon makes an incision at the top of the leg and along the panty or bikini line.
Your surgeon may recommend that you begin walking the day after surgery in order to speed the recovery process. Light exercise may be resumed within 2 weeks. Compression garments should be worn for approximately 3-4 weeks following the procedure. Most patients need between 4-6 weeks to fully recover from thigh surgery, though this varies according among individuals. If you are interested in discussing your interest in thigh lift surgery, or would like to know more about thigh lifts in the Arcadia and Azusa area, please contact Dr. Sattler for a complementary consultation. His office is located in Glendora, a convenient commute for residents throughout Southern California.
Plastic surgeons routinely perform procedures to benefit patients that have experienced major weight loss. After a major reduction in body weight, it’s common for people to experience problems with excess skin and loose tissue.
One or more of these surgical procedures commonly referred to as “body contouring after weight loss” is designed to improve skin tone, body contours and ultimately, the patient’s quality of life. Board Certified plastic surgeon Jon Sattler M.D. Sattler offers body contouring procedures here in Glendora, California.
Body contouring Glendora after weight loss may involve several procedures for a comprehensive approach. The goal is to help you achieve a smooth, more youthful body contour that allows you to enjoy the rewards of weight loss. Dr. Sattler may recommend procedures such as:
A body contouring procedure can involve a single operation or a series of operations performed in stages.
Many candidates for this procedure have lost a large amount of weight through diet and exercise. But a growing number of patients are seeking body contouring after bariatric surgery, i.e. lap band, gastric bypass. Before considering a post-weight loss surgery, you should reach a stable body weight and be in good physical and mental health. Tell Dr. Sattler if you are a smoker or if you have a medical condition that may impair healing. During a complimentary consultation at the Plastic Surgery Center of Glendora, Dr Sattler can evaluate your medical history to determine if you are a suitable candidate. The details of each procedure will vary depending on the specific areas that need to be addressed. Surgery requires incisions in strategic areas that allow for excision of loose skin with minimal scarring.
When procedures are performed concurrently, the recovery time can be lengthy. You may need several weeks to recuperate and allow for proper healing. Dr. Sattler will prescribe medications to help you manage pain and help promote a safe recovery. Compression garments are usually worn on the area(s) treated to minimize post-operative swelling and help with skin contraction. Follow Dr. Sattler’s instructions closely and attend all follow-up appointments as scheduled. Do you have questions or concerns about post weight loss body contouring? Contact Dr. Sattler at the Plastic Surgery Center of Glendora to get more information on your options for body contouring in Glendora.
The tumescent liposuction technique in Glendora or Los Angeles areas is the gold standard in liposuction. It’s a method that helps to reduce post-operative bruising, swelling and pain. Blood loss is minimized during tumescent liposuction, so the technique reduces the chance that a blood transfusion will be needed.
Dr. Jon Sattler offers tumescent liposuction, along with several other procedures in surgical body contouring in LA County. During tumescent liposuction, areas of excess fat are injected with a large amount of anesthetic liquid before liposuction is performed. The liquid causes the compartments of fat to become swollen and firm or "tumesced." The expanded fat compartments allow the liposuction cannula to travel smoothly beneath the skin as the fat is removed.
Patients who are good candidates for traditional liposuction may also be good candidates for the tumescent technique. Although it can be used on any area of the body, tumescent lipo is commonly used on areas that require enhanced precision, such as the face, neck, arms, calves and ankles. Individuals who have large areas of excess fat may also be good candidates for tumescent liposuction.
The anesthesia requirements are reduced and blood loss is minimized with tumescent liposuction, but patients still face the same risks and cosmetic complications associated with traditional liposuction.
Risks specifically associated with the tumescent technique include pulmonary edema (the collection of fluid in the lungs), which may occur if too much fluid is administered; and lidocaine toxicity, which occurs if the lidocaine content is too high.
You can minimize your surgery risks by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who has adequate experience with the tumescent technique.
For many patients, general anesthesia is the best option. For others, the anesthetic contained in the solution combined with sedation may provide sufficient comfort during the procedure. Or, if your doctor feels it's appropriate, the tumescent solution itself may serve as the sole means of anesthesia.
In tumescent liposuction, the warmed tumescent liquid—a dilute solution containing lidocaine, epinephrine and intravenous fluid—is injected into the area to be treated. As the liquid enters the fat, it becomes swollen, firm and blanched. Liposuction is then performed on the tumesced areas.
The long-acting effects of the anesthetic solution help to provide pain relief after the procedure and decrease the need for additional pain medication.
For the first day or two after surgery, most patients experience swelling in the treated areas, as well as some fluid drainage from the incision sites.
Light activity is usually resumed within the first few days after tumescent liposuction; normal activity can be resumed within a few weeks.
Do you have questions about tumescent liposuction in LA County? Contact the Glendora plastic surgery practice of Jon Sattler M.D. from nearby Arcadia and Azusa to learn more about this procedure.
Male breast reduction surgery, also known as gynecomastia correction, is designed to reduce excess breast tissue in males using liposuction and surgical excision. The term comes from "gyne," meaning woman and "mastia," meaning breast. Other suitable names for the condition may be "hypermastia" or "macromastia." By removing excess fat and tissue, the patient can realize a flatter, more masculine chest contour. Dr. Jon Sattler offers male breast reduction at his plastic surgery practice in Glendora, along with a wide variety of procedures for surgical body contouring.
Before and After Male Breast Reduction in Glendora, CA
Men who suffer from excess breast tissue a combination of fat and glandular tissue may be candidates for breast reduction surgery. Along with excess breast tissue, these men can experience sensitivity or tenderness in the area. This combination of symptoms may be diagnosed as gynecomastia. The cause of gynecomastia is not known, but many physicians believe it is a hormonal problem, and is often connected to drug use and lifestyle. Gynecomastia occurs in both adolescents and adults. For children ages 14-15, the occurrence of male breast enlargement may be as high as 65%, tapering off to just under 8% by age 17. Men may also experience hypermastia between ages 50-70. Possible causes include impaired liver function, testosterone deficiency, and use of estrogen-containing medications or anabolic steroids. Other medications that are believed to possibly lead to gynecomastia may include marijuana, zantac, tagemet and nizoral. Men who seek cosmetic surgery for this problem are often embarrassed that they have the disorder and sometimes even too embarrassed to deal with it.
Dr. Sattler may ask that you undergo a medical examination prior to surgery in order to get a thorough look at factors that may be causing your condition. An MRI or mammogram may also be requested so that the surgeon can inspect the composition of the breast tissue. The surgery itself lasts approximately 2 hours, and will be conducted under general anesthesia for large removal, local for minor removal. If the procedure is targeted mostly at removing glandular tissue, the surgeon may use exclusively surgical excision when conducting your male breast reduction. In this case, he will make an incision under the arm or the areola, through which glandular tissue and fat will be removed. If both fat and glandular tissue need to be removed, then the surgeon will combine the excision approach with liposuction. In the combined approach, liposuction will be performed following the excision. During liposuction, a cannula, or thin tube, is inserted into the tiny incisions that removes the fat by way of a vacuum device.
Many men are back to work as quickly as 3-7 days following breast reduction surgery. Expect some swelling, decreased sensation and bruising to occur after surgery. This usually resolves in 2-3 weeks. Dr. Sattler will advise you to postpone exercise for about 4 weeks, and you may need to wait a few months to appreciate the final result of your surgery. It should also be emphasized that regular exercise, and healthy choices and lifestyle are necessary in ensuring lasting results. Dr. Sattler welcomes your questions and concerns about male breast reduction surgery in LA County. Please contact us at our office in Glendora located near Arcadia and Azusa if you would like to learn more about the cost, risks, and benefits of male breast reduction. You should know that some insurance companies pay for having this procedure done.