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Capsular Contraction Corrections: Which Choice Is Best for You?

Regardless of the skill of your plastic surgeon or how perfectly your implant surgery goes, there is a small chance that complications may arise during or after the procedure. Everybody is unique, and each person’s breast tissue heals and accustoms to foreign objects differently.

From the same surgery, some patients may only see subtle scarring that fades over time while others can develop thick scar tissue. Complications are very rare thanks to the modern advances in surgical techniques, and surgeons’ have developed increased abilities to predict which patients have a higher likelihood of experiencing any complications.

However, a small percentage (under 10 percent worldwide) of women may begin to develop capsular contraction. A natural bodily response to the implant procedure, contracture can progress through four stages if left untreated (though the later stages are incredibly rare). At each “grade” of contracture, you have options to reverse any discomfort and get great-looking results. Dr. Sayed offers several treatments to fit your unique circumstances.

Read on to learn more about which is right for you. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to give our San Diego, CA, office a call today at 1-858-247-2933.

Non-invasive Options for Treating Early Stages of Contracture

Initially, after surgery, several options can treat any early complications and improve implant appearance. Two of the most effective are self-massage and ultrasound therapy. 

Self-Massage

Massaging your breasts as they heal can prevent capsular contracture, as it encourages breast tissue to remain pliable.  However, it is essential to get permission and guidance from Dr. Sayed before massaging your implants. This ensures you conduct self-massage properly so you will not disturb the tissue of your breasts as they heal from surgery, possibly damaging the tissue inadvertently and making capsular contracture more likely.

Ultrasound Therapy

Ultrasound Therapy has been one of the most popular and successful advances in treating early stages of capsular contraction. It is entirely non-invasive, pain-free, and does not increase the risk of capsular contracture in the future.

During the procedure, a special device utilizes precise ultrasound waves to encourage healthy collagen grown. This therapy increases elasticity around the implant and within the breasts, to make them feel more soft and pliable.

Generally, the therapy is completed over two or three weeks in combination with antibiotics to target capsular contracture’s root cause. Studies have shown ultrasound therapy to be effective in treating and reversing grade two and grade three cases of capsular contracture.

Treating Advanced Capsular Contracture

For patients who develop more advanced cases of capsular contracture (grade three or four), surgical interventions may be required. Here are the most effective options available:

Capsulectomy

A capsulectomy is complete or partial removal of the affected implant as well as the surrounding capsule. Dr. Sayed will replace the implant during capsulectomy to avoid any chance of contamination and infection.

In some cases, changing the implant pocket location may decrease contracture. For instance, if your implant was previously beneath the chest muscle, the new implant may be placed above the muscle to lower the chance of recurrence.

Capsulotomy

During a capsulotomy, Dr. Sayed will score or otherwise partially release the capsule, allowing the implant to better settle. In most cases, Dr. Sayed will make an incision into the capsule and perhaps remove some of it. Some patients require an implant replacement during capsulotomy, in which case Dr. Sayed will remove and replace your existing implant.

Implant and Capsule Removal Without Replacement of the Implant

While most clients wish to save their augmentation in the case of capsular contracture, some opt to remove their implants and capsule entirely without replacement. This procedure is known as en bloc breast implant removal and is one of the safest and most proven ways to reverse grade four capsular contracture.

Once Dr. Sayed has completed this procedure, you will be able to undergo a new augmentation process with a healthier pocket. This is a specialized surgery, and not every surgeon can offer excellent results. Dr. Sayed has particular expertise in breast anatomy and surgery and will work to give you the best possible outcome.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have any concerns about capsular contracture or would like to discuss the particulars of your situation, please call our San Diego, CA, office at 1-858-247-2933, or schedule a consultation online.

Dr. Sayed is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has a high success record in the correction and improvement of capsular contracture.

Breast Implant Removal: San Diego Women’s Top 5 Reasons

Last year, nearly 24,000 women—most between the ages of 30 and 54—decided to remove their breast implants. In San Diego, as in the rest of the US, tastes and lifestyles are changing. Women are fitter than ever, and large breast implants can interfere with some types of exercise or may begin to look unproportional after weight loss.

Each woman chooses to undergo explant surgery for her own unique reasons. Whether you are inspired by celebrities like Victoria Beckham and Sharon Osbourne (both who have been open about their implant removal) or are among the small number of patients who experience breast implant complications—Dr. Sayed can help.

Read on to learn more about the top 5 reasons women are choosing to change their breast contour. If you have any further questions, please give us a call at 1-858-247-2933 today.

1. “My Implants No Longer Fit My Lifestyle”

Many of our patients who choose to remove their breast implants do so to better fit their lifestyles. Over the years, your body, routine, and activities change.

At the gym or on the track, large implants can cause discomfort during cardiovascular workouts or upper body toning. Often, women who have had their implants for several years may be due for a replacement surgery anyway and choose to remove them.

In some cases, older women feel their implants have “done their job” and no longer wish to have them as they enter a different phase of life. Whatever the case may be, we are here to help you feel at home and in love with your body.

2. Ease Neck and Back Pain

Large fake breasts may also cause shoulder, neck, and back troubles (just as in women with naturally large breasts who can face persistent pain). The larger your implants, the more your center of gravity is affected. In some cases, this can lead to an undue force exerted on your spine. After menopause, these symptoms can become even more pronounced as your weight fluctuates due to hormonal changes.

3. Avoid Future Corrections, Deflation or Rupture

Implants are not designed to last a lifetime. The longer you have them, the likelihood of needing additional surgeries to replace or remove implants increases. Some San Diego women choose to remove their implants rather than take on additional surgeries (and their associated costs and recovery times) down the line.

A small number of patients (10 to 20 percent) may experience rupture or deflation and choose to remove their implants. Though rare, another concern some women face is capsular contracture

Though industry changes and modern techniques have considerably lowered the risk, some patients will still develop this condition, even as long as several years after the surgery. Capsular contracture is characterized by stiffening of scar tissue, which can lead to pain or in extreme cases, hard, misshapen breasts.

Implant removal is a solution to any of these complications and a guaranteed means of avoiding them in the future.

4. Ensure Mammogram Accuracy

Some patients choose explant surgery due to the small but very real chance of implants complicating the accuracy of future mammograms. Especially for women with implants placed on top of the chest muscle, technicians can face slightly more difficulty in ensuring a simple mammography process. Some patients may need additional films.

For some of our patients, this slight chance of experiencing mammogram complications is a health risk they don’t want to take. This can be especially true for patients with a family history of breast cancer.

5. “It’s Time to Do Something For Me”

Finally, women may just decide they want a change of breast shape or size. Over time, as our bodies change, so do our opinions and preferences.  Patients may want to “do something for themselves,” and may feel encouraged by the wave of body positivity we’ve seen as a country over the last few years. Some say returning to their natural breast size increases their confidence and comfort in their skin.

Schedule a Consultation
What’s most important is to do what makes you content and comfortable. If you think implant removal may be right for you or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed, please call our San Diego, CA, office at 1-858-247-2933, or contact us here.

Dr. Sayed Weighs in on the Allergan Textured Breast Implant Recall

You’ve probably heard that the FDA asked Allergan, the manufacturer of textured breast implants made with Biocell(R) technology, to voluntarily recall these implants from the US market. 

After reviewing 573 new cases of ALCL compiled from worldwide data by Medical Device Reports (MDRs), the FDA found that 83% of these patients had Allergan textured implants in place at the time of diagnosis. Of the 33 of these cases that ended in patient death, 92% had Allergan textured implants. 

I was concerned on hearing this news because I know there are women without symptoms of the rare ALCL cancer who will be worried about the risk of developing the disease and will want to have their textured Allergan (Biocell technology) implants removed.

If you have any concerns related to your breast implants or further questions, do not hesitate to call 1-858-247-2933.

Who Should Be Concerned?

Historically, plastic surgeons recommended the textured breast implant for a few potential reasons. These include shaped (teardrop) implants, often used in reconstruction for cancer 

but sometimes in cosmetic enhancement too. Additionally, some surgeons feel that texturing helps “hold up” the implant in its pocket with less risk of the implant “bottoming out” (dropping.) However, there is some data that textured implants may be at a higher risk of leakage.

Not many women who underwent augmentation in the United States chose the textured breast implant upfront because they are not as widely adopted in the US, whereas textured implants are more commonly used in Latin America and Europe. In recent years there has been an upswing in the use of textured shaped implants for breast cancer reconstruction patients undergoing mastectomy, but not all of these patients have Allergan implants (many surgeons prefer devices by Mentor or Sientra).

All the FDA-approved implant companies in the U.S. that sell silicone implants (Mentor, Allergan, and Sientra) have offered textured implants among the options, but only Allergan’s devices used a process called “Biocell” texturing, which has been demonstrated to increase the risk of ALCL when compared to other companies’ texturing or when compared to smooth (non-textured) implants. 

This Biocell material prompted the FDA to advise Allergan to voluntarily remove its textured devices from the US market, after they had already been removed from the European market a few months earlier. Allergan is offering replacement devices with smooth implants for patients wishing to exchange their textured implants under a coverage policy.

Do I Need to Consider Implant Removal?

Yes. Patients who have textured Allergan implants in place should consider removal, although the recall does not specifically recommend removal in patients with no symptoms of ALCL (fluid around the implant, redness in the breast, and other symptoms). 

However, I would advise my own family member, if she had a textured Allergan implant, to get it removed. Overwhelmingly the majority of women with textured Allergan implants will never develop ALCL, but patients who DO develop ALCL are usually ones who have Allergan textured devices, so in an abundance of caution it would make sense to exchange the implant, especially if Allergan is offering a free replacement device (this does not mean they will cover all costs of a replacement surgery, like anesthesia, facility or certain surgeon fees). 

If you don’t remember which device you received, contact your plastic surgeon who may still have records. For those who received implants many years ago and are unable to get access to their records, I recommend contacting Allergan directly to see if your data is in their implant registry.

Key Takeaways from the Allergan Textured Breast Implant Recall

It is very important to understand that this recall strictly means Allergan will no longer sell its textured Biocell devices. It does not require you to remove or replace yours, but as a plastic surgeon, I’d strongly recommend you consider it. 

It is also important to distinguish that ALCL is not the same thing as “Breast Implant Illness,” a nonspecific set of constitutional and other symptoms which may be seen in a small minority of women with smooth or textured, saline or silicone implants. 

The recall of Allergan textured implants does not necessarily suggest that Mentor or Sientra textured implants (which use a totally different method to create texture), or any smooth implants from any of the companies, are at imminent risk for recall. 

Breast implant illness patients need to make a personal decision regarding removal of their devices and capsules and confer with an experienced plastic surgeon who performs en bloc capsulectomy routinely, in order to learn more about what we understand and don’t understand about Biocell and to discuss options for their personal circumstances.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA (858-247-2933) offices or contact us here to schedule a consultation today.

Exercising after the Brazilian Butt Lift: Do’s and Don’ts

A large, full buttocks is highly desirable, but not something you can achieve at the gym. Either you’re born with one or you’ll need cosmetic surgery to achieve those shapely curves. Brazilian butt lifts are a great way to enhance natural curves without having to turn to implants. During the procedure, fat is removed via liposuction from one part of the body and re-injected into the derriere. 

While you can’t achieve a full and rounded buttocks with exercise alone, after surgery you can enhance your results by hitting the gym. Check out our guide to the do’s and don’ts of working out after a BBL.

Do: Go for Gluteal Intensive Exercises

What do squats, lunges, and HITT training all have in common? Each of these workout varieties focus heavily on building muscle mass in the buttocks. Once you’ve been given the green light to work out, try to build a workout routine that includes muscle building movements that enhance your new curves. 

Don’t: Immediately Go to the Highest Weight Possible

While BBLs are designed to be less invasive than other buttock enhancement procedures, the two-step process can still be physically taxing on your body. Gradually work your way up to intensive workouts. Start with gentle walks around the neighborhood each day after surgery. As the days progress, go a little further and increase your pace to get your body back in the swing of physical exertion and to promote healthy circulation. Once you’ve been cleared for weightlifting, start off light and work your way back up to your pre-surgery gains. 

Easy does it. Slowly returning to exercise prevents injuries. 

Don’t: Jump Back into Fat Burning

Burning fat shrinks fall cells, and when fat is the basis for your new curves, this can spell disaster for your results. Great results from BBLs depend on being able to maintain fat cell size in the months following surgery. We recommend that patients achieve their goal-weight, or close to it, before surgery. Other counterproductive exercises include cross-fit, cycling, and other exercises where you’re sitting.

After a BBL, fat loss can mean booty loss. 

Do: Eat!

If you have a hard time staying away from the elliptical or fitness bootcamp, not to worry – a balanced diet with plenty of calories can help offset any potential fat burning you may be inadvertently doing. As you get back into a workout routine, we recommend working with a personal trainer to create a meal plan strategy that keeps you healthy without compromising your results. 

Learn More from Our San Diego Plastic Surgeon

With the right long-term strategy, the results of your Brazilian butt lift can last years and even improve over time. At Dr. Tim Sayed’s offices in Newport Beach and La Jolla, our specialist plastic surgeon focuses on helping patients build long-term treatment plans that extend beyond surgery to ensure long-lasting results. Learn more about buttock augmentation in San Diego at your personalized consultation with Dr. Sayed.

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Capsular Contraction Correction Surgeon

Breast hardening, distortion, and pain are all symptoms of capsular contracture, a breast augmentation complication. While improvements in breast augmentation technique have reduced the risk of capsular contracture, the condition still occurs in a small number of implant patients. Women who develop the characteristic asymmetry or implant distortion usually must undergo corrective surgery to remove the capsule and reposition or replace the implant.

Although the prospect of additional surgical treatment may seem invasive, visiting an experienced plastic surgeon can ensure you receive the best care possible. A skilled plastic surgeon can correct the deformities and discomfort and restore the breast’s appearance.

Questions are a must. Asking plenty of questions during your initial consultation can help ensure that you are fully aware of what corrective treatment looks like for your unique situation.

Be sure to bring these top 10 questions to your consultation visit and for additional questions, contact our San Diego plastic surgeon.

  1. How Severe Is My Capsular Contracture?

Capsular contraction correction is determined based on the extent of the contraction. During your visit, your surgeon will evaluate and classify your symptoms according to the Baker classification – a grading system that categorizes symptoms in grades from one to four. Baker Grade 1 classification is the most minor form of capsular contraction. At this stage, contraction is imperceptible. Grade 4 contractures are characterized by an abnormal-looking breast accompanied by painful hardening.

  1. What Are My Treatment Options?

There are many treatment options for capsular contracture. These include:

  • Capsulectomy- Removal of the capsule and removal and replacement of the breast implant.
  • Capsulotomy- Scoring or partially releasing the capsule.
  • Implant Exchange- Implant is removed and replaced with a new breast implant.
  • Implant and Capsule Removal Without Replacement
  • Ultrasound and Massage

Your surgeon will outline the treatment options that are available to you.

  1. Do All Corrective Treatments Require Surgery?

Not all capsular contracture patients will require going under the knife again. In some early and mild cases of contracture, a specialist may recommend non-invasive ultrasound and massage therapy to alleviate pain and reduce contraction risks.

Surgery is often required for effective treatment but talk with your plastic surgeon to discover all available options.

  1. How Will My Implant Placement Influence Surgery?

Capsular contracture is less likely when a breast implant is placed under the chest muscle. When treating this condition, your surgeon may recommend changing your implant placement to reduce the risk of recurrence.

  1. Have You Treated Patients with Similar Forms of Capsular Contracture?

As with choosing the right breast implant doctor, finding the best surgeon for breast revision treatment is vital to achieving natural-looking results. In Newport Beach and La Jolla, Dr. Sayed is happy to help patients by providing a second opinion regarding their capsular contracture. He regularly treats this condition and has high levels of success.

  1. What Are the Warning Signs of Worsening Capsular Contracture?

Capsular contracture may not develop for several months following initial breast augmentation surgery. The most noticeable signs to watch out for are soft breasts becoming firmer or rounder, excessive bleeding around the incision site and chronic pain around the breasts.

  1. How Can I Prepare for Surgery?

Preparing for corrective surgery is similar to other breast surgery procedures. Patients first undergo an extensive evaluation during which a skilled surgeon will identify the best surgical approach. In the weeks leading up to surgery, patients will be advised to stop smoking. Your doctor may recommend vitamins, supplements, and other preparations.

  1. How Long Is Recovery After Capsular Contracture Correction?

Following corrective surgery, we recommend patients give themselves several days of recovery before heading back to work and avoid strenuous activity for two to six weeks following surgery. During your consultation, your specialist will provide you with a personalized recovery timeline.

Your recovery timeline will depend on the techniques used for your correction.

  1. Is it Safe to Replace Implants After Corrective Surgery?

Yes, so long as you don’t use the same implants. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon can help you identify the right implant type and how to reduce your risk of future contracture.

Dr. Sayed uses specialized protocols to reduce capsular contracture risk including antibiotics in the breast implant pocket, special handling of the implants, a Keller funnel, and a no-touch technique on the skin.

  1. What Is the Likelihood of Recurrence?

While initial capsular contracture is relatively rare, recurrent contracture is high. If a surgeon is not diligent and fails to remove all signs of biofilm or bacteria, patients may end up with capsular contracture again.

Choosing a skilled breast surgeon with experience treating capsular contracture is essential to reduce this risk.

Bring Your Questions to Dr. Sayed

To learn more about correcting capsular contracture, call 858-247-2933 and schedule your consultation with our plastic surgeon.

 

 

Tips on Safe Clothing Choices after Butt and Breast Lifts

If you love to shop, you’re in luck. Undergoing either a butt or breast lift means you get a brand new body, and new clothes to cover it. What should you wear? How do you best show off those brand new curves?

We’re here to help with all the necessary info to style yourself post-op with confidence and safety. Read on to learn more about the best styles, local and online shopping options, and breakdowns of how your options expand as you heal.

If you have any further questions or would like personalized advice from the members of our team, please feel free to call 1-858-247-2933 today. We look forward to talking and helping you get the best out of your new body.

What to Wear After a Butt Lift

 Immediately After Surgery

As with any surgical procedure, after your butt lift, you will experience some swelling. To help aid in the healing process and relieve swelling, we usually send our patients home wearing a specialized compression garment.

While it may not be the sexiest pair of underwear you’ve ever seen, covering the upper part of your legs and the entire buttocks, it is essential to wear it all day, every day.

Dr. Sayed will instruct you on how long the compression garment is necessary. And after the initial healing period, when you no longer need it for added comfort and swelling relief, you can return to regular underwear, whatever style you prefer.

Once the Compression Garment Comes Off

So you have a new, fuller, confidence-boosting butt. What now? Getting used to your new shape can take a little while. You’ve spent a whole lifetime with one body shape, adjusting to another will take time.

For some patients, your fuller shape will mean an increase in jean or dress sizes. A bigger booty may mean a need to buy dresses that run a bit longer. We recommend trying out stores that offer a variety of styles and sizes. If you prefer online shopping, both Fashion Nova and Zulily offer styles specifically for women with fuller booties.

Clothing for Post-Breast Lift Busts

After your breast enhancement, most patients’ bra sizes change. This can affect both your bra size and the way shirts fit. Embrace the chance to revamp your style and check out these suggestions.

First things first, you will need to give yourself time to properly heal before embarking on the shopping spree.

Immediately After Surgery

Right after surgery, you’ll likely experience discomfort when lifting the arms. It can be difficult to raise the arms. We recommend our patients wear loose clothing that is easy to take off or put on. A simple zip-up hoodie or a flowing button-up blouse works perfectly for the first week. Zippers and buttons are key to easy on and easy off tops after breast surgery.

For the majority of patients, you will receive a compression bra. This offers support, with a zipper in the front and a soft band to prevent any irritation to the incisionThis compression bra should be worn as directed.

After Week One

After a week, most patients can wear whatever clothing they want, at least for the outer layers. Under the clothes, you will need to stick to a soft compression sports bra, usually for the first three weeks.

Victoria’s Secret offers some great products, especially their full coverage bras, which are comfy enough to sleep in. If you have any questions about whether the style you’ve found is safe, please contact Dr. Sayed.

We recommend avoiding underwires as they can damage fresh incisions and may slow the recovery process.

After Three Weeks

Patients may return to a soft, non-underwire/non-push-up bra during the day or while at work. At home, you should still wear a sports bra to aid in healing. Avoid lace bras or structured lingerie as these may distort the breast.

Six Weeks – Back to Your New Normal

After six weeks, the sky is the limit. Wear what you like and enjoy your new look. A good rule of thumb is that if something causes you pain, don’t wear it.

At this point, we also recommend you get fitted for new bras. A professional fitting will help you discover the correct size for your new breasts. Indeed, a shocking number of women are wearing the wrong bra size. Here are two lists of the top fitting locations in both La Jolla and Newport Beach.

Your breast size may continue to change and adjust. The implants will need to go through a settling process, when the implant drops and expands over time. This can take a few months to occur, so be patient.

More Questions? Don’t Hesitate to Ask

Dr. Sayed is happy to answer any further questions about the best clothing options for after a butt or breast lift. If you’d like to talk more, please call us at 1-858-247-2933 or contact us here.

Breast Implant Removal: Why Thousands of Women are Doing It

Since it was first introduced, breast augmentation has become one of the most popular and best-known plastic surgeries available. For countless patients, the procedure has provided the opportunity to enjoy renewed self-confidence and comfort in their appearance. In recent years, however, the number of women seeking implant removal has increased dramatically.  While the reasons may be personal, they can often be sorted into three distinct categories:

Changing Ideals

As with every generation, the features that are considered beautiful change over time. Today’s trends of creating more natural enhancements to a woman’s body is a complete 180 from the old mantra “bigger is better”. As a result, some women are seeking breast implant removal as a means of updating their appearance to match this newer emphasis on natural curves. Unnaturally large breasts can also impede a woman’s ability to participate in certain physical activities like jogging and weight training. For women committed to getting fit and staying that way, breast implant removal can eliminate discomfort when running and alleviate undue pressure on the spine and back caused by disproportionately large breasts. 

Ongoing Maintenance

Like any other medical device, breast implants are not meant to last forever. Rupture is a constant risk with implants and deflation usually occur about 10 years following placement, requiring that patients either replace surviving implants in order to retain their shape. In order to replace worn implants, patients must undergo surgery – meaning time off from work and several weeks of recovery. While some patients may not mind undergoing routine replacement, others may find the upkeep to become physically taxing and choose to have their implants removed instead of replaced. 

Secondary Illness

While neither implant types have been directly correlated to increased risk of cancer, recent years have also seen the rise of secondary health issues related to breast implants. For patients experiencing breast implant illness, symptoms like headaches, chronic fatigue, fever, and joint pain can be especially debilitating and provide enough reason for women to seek explant. Furthermore, the FDA has identified over 450 cases of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma – a rare form of cancer that can develop in the scar tissue around the implant. In the face of these very real medical concerns, many patients have chosen to implant removal as a means of protecting their overall health.

Get the Scoop from Dr. Sayed

When it comes to the impacts of surgery, having a thorough understanding of all available options and risks can make a tremendous difference in the long-term results. At Dr. Sayed’s offices in Newport Beach and La Jolla San Diego, our experienced plastic surgeon is committed to patient education. Starting with your first consultation, Dr. Sayed focuses on the facts of each procedure, ensuring you know both the pros and cons and can make an informed decision about your treatments. To learn more about breast implant placement, risk, and removal, we encourage you to schedule your consultation today.

Pairing Surgical Body Contouring Procedures: Which Go Together?

When diet and exercise aren’t enough, many men and women turn to body contouring to finally achieve their dream figure. For some though, procedures like liposuction may only address part of the problem behind a bumpy figure. In these instances, combining body contouring with more comprehensive plastic surgery is a great way of addressing all trouble spots at once. 

Tummy Tuck

Body contouring is more than simply removing unwanted fat cells. While liposuction can remove stubborn, unwanted pockets of fat, the procedure does nothing to tighten the left behind sagging skin. To help address the issue of excess skin, abdominoplasty is a popular surgical add-on for many liposuction candidates. During the tummy tuck procedure, excess sagging skin is removed while loose muscle tissue is tightened. The procedure helps complement the results of the initial body contouring procedure while also creating a trimmer looking figure.

Arm Lift

One of the reasons why body contouring treatments are so popular is that they can be combined and applied to different parts of the body that are often difficult to target with exercise or non-surgical skin tightening. For instance, liposuction and brachioplasty (arm lift) are excellent companion treatments that can be used in tandem to tackle sagging skin and stubborn fat pockets that accompany weight loss. 

Breast Augmentation

While it may sound counter-intuitive, breast augmentation and liposuction go hand in hand. Breast augmentation is a great way to enhance a woman’s natural curves, helping them achieve the highly sought-after hourglass shape. To help create and accentuate newly created curves, liposuction can be used to subtly contour the waist and hips, helping women achieve their desired look. 

Brazilian Butt Lift

Breast augmentation accounts for the upper half of an hourglass figure. To create curves below the waist, liposuction can be used to both remove unwanted fat and add volume to other areas. Known as a Brazilian butt lift, this procedure uses liposuction to remove stubborn fat pockets that can develop around the arms, thighs, and abdomen then re-inject it into the buttocks. The result is a firmer, larger rear created your body’s own fat tissue – thereby minimize the risk of rejection that can occur with implants or other approaches to buttock augmentation. 

Mommy Makeover

Having kids can be life-changing in many positive ways. For mothers, the rare minute alone is often spent on other pressing matters rather than personal care or exercise. To help busy moms regain their pre-baby bodies, mommy makeovers can be used to tighten and restore a woman’s figure. Depending on the problem areas, this multi-procedure treatment often combines multiple forms of body contouring treatments including liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast implant.   

Get Started with Dr. Sayed

Everyone has unique goals for their figure. By building trusting and collaborative relationships with each individual, we’re able to help patients understand all available options and choose procedures that will help them reach their aesthetic goals. If you’re considering body contouring as a means of finally achieving your dream figure, call (858) 247-2933 and schedule your first consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon today!

Liposuction Differences in Men vs. Women

It’s no wonder why liposuction is one of the top requested procedures for men and women. But did you know that the procedure affects each patient differently? Here are just a few differences that can require different approaches for men and women. 

Different goals for different patients

While the liposuction procedure is the same for both men and women, the reasons behind why each patient pursues treatment can vary. 

For starters, where men and women carry their fat varies tremendously. Women tend to carry more fat on their bodies, which tends to be stored around the hips and thighs, or the gluteal-femoral area. This part of the body tends to be difficult to target with diet and exercise. In contrast, men carry fat around their midsection – think the stereotypical “beer gut”.

This difference is where excess fat is stored changes the goals for each patient. Since fat around the stomach is often easier to lose than fat in the gluteal-femoral area, liposuction isn’t used to remove fat so much as add definition. As a result, when men visit Dr. Sayed’s offices in Newport Beach or La Jolla, most use liposuction to improve muscle definition and create a more masculine figure. 

On the flip side, women find liposuction to be the ideal way to remove excess fat cells from the areas they accumulate. In addition to recontouring stubborn pockets of fat, liposuction is an excellent way for women to regain a more feminine figure. At Sr. Sayed’s practice, we find that many women use liposuction in tandem with other cosmetic procedures, such as Brazilian Butt Lifts or fat transfer to help reshape their entire body in one comprehensive procedure. These combination treatments are especially popular post-baby or following substantial weight loss. 

Physical differences in fat composition

Aesthetic goals aren’t the only differences in liposuction treatment between men and women. Fat cell composition and accumulation below the skin also require different approaches. For example, fat cells in men tend to be thicker, more fibrous and stick close together to create a layer right above the muscle. The way in which fat cells develop, accumulate and expand so closely to the muscle tissue make removal a challenge – even with highly-targeted liposuction. 

Women don’t face this issue. Instead, women are genetically designed to carry more fat healthily (nature’s answer to helping nourish babies in the womb). This causes fat cells to develop subcutaneously, making them easier to remove with liposuction. This placement of fat changes the way our experienced plastic surgeon targets fat cells and pockets during the procedure and ensures the best results. 

Develop Your Treatment Strategy at Dr. Tim Sayed MD

For men and women alike, the decision to undergo liposuction treatment can be life-changing. Following treatment, many patients find a renewed sense of self-confidence and pride in their appearance. Creating the long-lasting, great-looking results starts with an in-depth consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sayed. During this visit, our specialist will work with you to identify the best treatment strategy and provide you with a liposuction procedure that helps you achieve your cosmetic goals. Discover the benefits of liposuction and how this procedure can change your life – call our offices in Newport Beach or La Jolla and schedule your one-on-one consultation today!