What’s the Best Way to Get Rid of Unwanted Fat?

Perhaps you’re genetically predisposed to carrying weight in your thighs or hips; or maybe you’ve noticed with age that you’re putting on weight in those areas. If diet and exercise efforts won’t help to slim these bothersome areas of excess fat, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso of Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center can help. Here, they explain some of the treatment options that are available at our Bay Area plastic surgery practice

Liposuction for Unwanted Body Fat

Liposuction is the most popular procedure to reduce areas of diet- and exercise-resistant body fat. It can safely and effectively slim the abdomen, thighs, flanks, back, arms and many other areas of the body.

During a liposuction procedure in the Bay Area, Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso will create small incisions in the targeted area and insert a thin, hollow tube called a cannula. The plastic surgeon moves the cannula through the fat to break it up, and then applies suction to remove the fat from the body. Once the fat has been removed, it won’t return. The result is a slimmer, more sculpted body contour.

Kybella for Unwanted Fat Under the Chin

Unwanted fat under the chin is a common problem, and one that we can treat non-invasively. Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso offer Kybella, an injectable product that breaks up unwanted fat under the chin without surgery, incisions or anesthesia. Small amounts of Kybella are injected under the chin and the active ingredient destroys the fat, which is later filtered from the body. Removing selective fat under the chin and along the jawline with Kybella can make the entire face look slimmer and more defined.

Lift Procedures for Unwanted Fat and Loose Skin

Sometimes Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso see patients that are bothered by a combination of excess fat and loose, saggy skin. Often these patients have lost a significant amount of weight through diet and exercise or bariatric surgery, but their smaller physique is concealed beneath loose folds of skin and localized fat pockets.

Body lift procedures are a good option because they simultaneously treat the fat and skin. Lower body lift is the most comprehensive of these procedures, and targets the lower torso, thighs and buttocks. Thigh lift isolates and treats excess fat and skin on the upper thighs, and arm lift treats the upper arms. Our plastic surgeons in the Bay Area can recommend the most suitable treatment option after examining your area(s) of concern and learning more about your specific goals.

Discuss Your Treatment Options with Our Plastic Surgeons

To discuss your particular body contouring needs with Dr. Pearl or Dr. Ereso, please call or email our practice today and request an appointment.

Introducing the Liposuction S.A.F.E. Technique

Are you frustrated because you consistently make healthy diet and exercise decisions, yet you aren’t seeing the fat reduction results you desire?

Unfortunately, some problem areas of the body simply won’t respond to lifestyle efforts. It might be time to explore a surgical alternative with liposuction. Traditional liposuction is generally a safe procedure, but it has its limitations. Dr. Samuel Pearlhas discovered an advanced liposuction system that improves upon traditional liposuction and provides smoother, more natural-looking body contouring results. Dr. Pearl is pleased to offer SAFELipo to his Mountain View liposuction patients.

More about SAFELipo

S.A.F.E. Liposuction is a technique developed by Dr. Simeon Wall from Shreveport, La., and has truly improved Dr. Pearl’s results. S.A.F.E. stands for Separation, Aspiration and Fatty Equilibration!

SAFELipo can be used to remove excess fat around the thighs, knees, waist, upper arms and neck. It can also be combined with another body contouring procedure, such as abdominoplasty or breast enhancement surgery.

Treatment Steps

First, Dr. Pearl will use special power-assisted liposuction probes to carefully loosen the targeted fat and separate the cells from each other and the supporting framework, without damaging the delicate surrounding structures. No suctioning is used during this portion of the procedure and no fat is removed. SAFELipo does not use thermal energy, which means that there is no risk of any heat damage.

Then, Dr. Pearl will use gentle suction to remove the fat cells from the body. Because the targeted fat has already been separated from the surrounding structures in the previous stage, Dr. Pearl is usually able to remove the fat with less effort. The approach is less traumatic than traditional liposuction and reduces post-operative bruising, swelling and internal scarring.

The final, crucial step of the SAFELipo procedure is what differentiates it from other liposuction approaches. Dr. Pearl will treat the remaining thin layer of subcutaneous fat that remains in the body and is essential for smooth, natural-looking results. He will use special probes to equalize this fat, therefore preventing the skin from adhering to the underlying muscle layer. This helps to prevent contour irregularities (e.g., lumps, divots, “wavy” skin) that can compromise the cosmetic effects of traditional liposuction treatment.

Schedule a SAFELipo Consultation

If you would like more information about SAFELipo, please contact Dr. Pearl at our Mountain View plastic surgery practice. Call (650) 964-6600 or send us an email at pearlmd@pearlmd.com.

Fat Grafting for Buttock Augmentation

Full breasts and toned tummies have always been attention-grabbing body parts, but in the past few years, another area of the body has garnered plenty of attention: the buttocks.

If you desire a shapely buttocks, but were not born with a lot of natural volume in your backside, there is a procedure designed specifically for your needs — and it offers some incredible benefits!

The Brazilian Butt Lift uses fat grafting, a technique that involves transplanting surplus fat from another area of the body (e.g., thighs, abdomen) and injecting it into the buttocks to add shape and volume.

Brazilian Butt Lift is quickly growing in popularity. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the procedure saw a 16 percent increase last year. What’s more: the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery claims it is the fastest-growing procedure in the country. This year’s statistics will almost certainly show the trend continuing.

Brazilian Butt Lift is available at the Mountain View plastic surgery practice of Dr. Samuel Pearl. Dr. Pearl is always on the lookout for the latest, greatest and safest procedures and techniques, and is happy to incorporate the revolutionary butt lift procedure into his repertoire.

More about the Procedure

Brazilian Butt Lift is a two-part procedure. First, Dr. Pearl uses liposuction techniques to remove excess unwanted fat from the donor area of the body. This could be the abdomen, hips, lower back or thighs. Then, he purifies the fat and prepares it for re-injection. Finally, he injects the fat into the buttocks, with a focus on enhancing the upper quadrant of the behind to give it a “lifted” appearance. A multiple pass technique is used injecting small amounts of fat with each pass of the syringe into the soft tissues of the buttock. This increases the “take” or the survival of the fat injected.

If you are very thin and do not have enough donor fat to use, Dr. Pearl may advise you to gain weight. Or, he may explore your alternatives to fat injections.

Why You Will Love the Brazilian Butt Lift

There are several advantages of Brazilian Butt Lift over traditional buttock augmentation with an artificial implant. First, since the BBL uses your own fat, there is reduced risk of infection or adverse reaction. (With traditional buttock augmentation, placing a foreign implant device can run the risk of complications.)

Another advantage to using your own fat? It produces a much more natural result, which is important to many of Dr. Pearl’s patients who want to avoid an over-exaggerated or “cartoonish” look.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of Brazilian Butt Lift is that the donor area of the body receives liposuction to look slimmer. By redistributing the fat, Dr. Pearl simultaneously enhances the shape of the buttocks, hips and thighs. Suctioning the fatty tissues of the lower back, flanks and the superior most part of the buttocks with special attention to detail, is essential to obtain the best appearance and provide a comprehensive body sculpting result!

Schedule an Informational Consultation

Dr. Pearl would be happy to tell you more about buttock augmentation with fat grafting. Please contact our office to schedule a personal consultation with him. Call (650) 964-6600 or send us an email at pearlmd@pearlmd.com.