Category Archives: liposuction

How Many Areas Can Be Liposuctioned At One Time?

shutterstock_243030061Nearly everyone is bothered by one “problem” area of excess body fat that they would like removed with liposuction. But what if you have two, or three, or even five problematic areas? Is liposuction able to treat multiple areas at one time? In this blog post, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso explain whether it is possible to address more than one problem area in a single liposuction operation. Continue reading

Can I Get Lipo on My Neck and Chin?

Some patients who desire a younger and more attractive appearance without extensive treatment and recovery time choose to have liposuction (lipo) on their neck and chin instead of a full facelift. Liposuction can remove stubborn fat deposits and give the neck, chin and jawline a more elegant and refined appearance. Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso of the Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center would like to share some information about this option, along with information about Kybella injections as an alternative to lipo. Continue reading

How to Get Your Body Back after Baby

Post-Pregnancy Cosmetic SurgeryRecently, celebrity moms like Mila Kunis and Blake Lively have been lavished with praise for losing their baby weight seemingly overnight and hitting the red carpet looking as svelte as ever. This is just the latest example of the rabid coverage of Hollywood moms snapping back after baby, which sets an impossible standard for the average woman.

If you are a new mother concerned with losing baby weight, Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso encourage you to relax and spend the first few months to a year concentrating on your child’s needs. Follow your obstetrician’s guidelines for gradually returning to exercise. Breastfeeding, eating and sleeping well will also help you shed baby weight.

But what about post-baby body issues that aren’t weight-related? For example, you may reach your pre-pregnancy weight but still have lax looking abdominal skin and sagging breasts. Drs. Pearl and Ereso caution that some pregnancy-related issues will not resolve naturally. Sadly, no amount of diet or exercise will repair lax skin and saggy tissue after giving birth. Surgical correction is the best solution.

Tummy Tuck for a Flatter, Firmer Abdomen

Tummy tuck is designed to address several common post-pregnancy issues in the abdomen. The goal is a firmer, flatter abdomen.

During tummy tuck, excess abdominal skin under the navel is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened. This often minimizes or removes stretch marks on the skin below the navel. Abdominal muscles that have weakened or separated during pregnancy (causing abdominal protrusion) are repaired. And, if needed, excess abdominal fat is removed by incorporating liposuction techniques into the operation.

Breast Lift for Perky, Youthful-Looking Breasts

Breast lift corrects breast sagging after pregnancy and nursing and improves the overall shape and position of the breasts (and nipples).

During breast lift, the breast tissue is sculpted to create the breast mound higher on the chest wall. Excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is tightened. Downward-pointing nipples are corrected, and enlarged areolas are reduced. Very frequently, breast implants are added to the breast lift. This improves upper pole fullness as well as enhances the size of the breasts.

Breast Augmentation for Bigger, Fuller Breasts

If nursing has left the breasts looking small and “deflated,” saline or silicone breast implants can be used to add volume and boost cleavage. Breast augmentation may be combined with breast lift to improve the size, shape and position of the breasts.

Want a natural alternative to breast implants? Drs. Pearl and Ereso can perform breast augmentation with fat transfer, which uses donor fat from another area of the body to add breast volume and cleavage. Fat transfer can be combined with breast implant placement to soften and narrow the cleavage area, or it can be performed as a separate procedure at a later time.

Learn More about Post-Pregnancy Plastic Surgery

If your post-baby body isn’t what it used to be, Drs. Pearl and Ereso can help. Schedule a private consultation with the surgeons to discuss your treatment needs and goals. Call (650) 964-6600 today to make an appointment.

Improving Tummy Tuck Results with Lipoabdominoplasty

The benefits of lipoabdominoplastyWhen performed as a standalone procedure, abdominoplasty (a.k.a., tummy tuck) can be incredibly transformative. The procedure is designed to treat excess belly fat, loose skin and weakened/separated muscles along the abdominal wall.

Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso, plastic surgeons in Mountain View, can improve upon the results of traditional tummy tuck by incorporating advanced liposuction techniques. This combination approach is known as lipoabdominoplasty, and produces an even sleeker and sexier looking body.

What Tummy Tuck Will Accomplish

Before we address the benefits of the combination approach, let’s remember what tummy tuck will accomplish on its own:

  • Remove surplus fat to reduce abdominal protrusion
  • Repair separated or weakened abdominal muscles
  • Remove loose skin
  • Tighten the remaining skin
  • Relocate the navel to a higher position on the abdomen

Tummy tuck is often requested by two types of patients: individuals that have lost a lot of weight but are left with a saggy or protruding belly, and women that have stretched skin and muscles from pregnancy.

More about Lipoabdominoplasty

Lipoabdominoplasty will produce results that are vastly superior to those achieved by traditional tummy tuck. It is designed for those that are deemed to be good candidates and desire dramatic improvement in the stomach, hip and flank area.

In the first stage of the operation, Drs. Pearl and Ereso will perform tummy tuck as normal. This involves making a horizontal incision from hipbone to hipbone right above the pubic area. Through the incision, the surgeon will remove fatty tissue and skin. He will repair the abdominal muscles, stitching them together into an internal corset.

During lipoabdominoplasty, the surgeon will continue with the operation with additional steps. He will use advanced liposuction techniques to remove excess fat from the flanks, hips and lower back. This gives the entire area a more sculpted, attractive shape. The mid- to lower body will look firmer, flatter and sexier.

Patients that seek a comprehensive body transformation may opt to include another procedure, depending on their personal cosmetic goals. Some women choose to have breast lift or breast augmentation. Men with excessive breast tissue may be interested in male breast reduction. Our surgeons will work with every patient on an individual basis to develop a customized surgical plan.

Contact Our Practice

For more information about lipoabdominoplasty, tummy tuck, liposuction or another plastic surgery procedure of your choice, please contact the practice of Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso. Call (650) 964-6600 or send us an email at pearlmd@pearlmd.com to make an appointment.

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

iStock_000005834226SmallAre 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 Pearl has 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.