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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!

How young is too young for a facelift?

Facelifts have long been the golden standard for advanced facial restoration. But determining when the right time to get the treatment can be a challenge. For many patients concerned about how quickly their skin is showing the wear of aging, getting a facelift as soon as possible becomes the priority. 

In addition to outlining who is a candidate for this procedure, one of the most common questions our La Jolla surgeon gets about facelifts is about how young is too young for a facelift.

When Do I Need a Facelift?

Every patient will experience the process of aging differently. For some, wrinkles around the eyes and mouth are the first be noticeable. For others, its volume loss across the face and sagging skin.  In either scenario, a facelift can be an excellent option that allows patients to improve the texture of their skin, overall appearance, and self-confidence. 

While technologies and techniques have advanced over the years, the procedure is still fairly a form of plastic surgery and is often considered as one of the most invasive rejuvenation procedures available. As such, not all patients may need or want to go through with the treatment as their first facial restoration procedure. Instead, the value of undergoing treatment is determined by several factors:


The condition of your skin is one of the main factors that determine whether a patient is a candidate for a facelift. While it can go hand-in-hand with how old a patient is, the life experiences a person goes through can also impact how their skin ages. A lifetime out in the sun or behaviors that damage skin can accelerate how your skin ages, meaning that a facelift or other treatment may be valuable sooner rather than later. 


When it comes to establishing candidacy for a facelift, one of the top questions we get is “How young is too young for a facelift.” While it would be great to provide a specific age, there are multiple other factors that go into determining whether a person is a candidate for a facelift. Skin condition, genetic predisposition and a myriad of other factors come into play when determining the right time to invest in surgical facial rejuvenation. 

With that being said, our team has seen excellent treatment longevity from patients who receive facelifts in their early-to-mid forties then use secondary facelifts in their 50s and 60s to touch-up the initial treatment results. Given the extensive nature of facelifts, it is rare that patients under the age of 35 undergo treatment – most opt for non-surgical alternatives like injectables or liquid facelift before taking the plunge and committing to surgery. 

Find the perfect time for your facelift

Making the decision to undergo facelift treatment is a very personal choice that requires evaluating a number of different factors. For Dr. Sayed, the initial and pre-surgery consultation provide valuable time for our La Jolla plastic surgeon to get to know patients and goals. Our one-on-one approach to treatment allows Dr. Sayed to provide each individual with the personalized high-quality care we’re known for. Start your treatment journey by calling 858-247-2933 today and scheduling your consultation with our specialist today!

Different Types of Facelift: Which Technique Is Best for You?

Different Types of Facelift: Which Technique Is Best for You?

Clever terms and catchphrases are the bread and butter of facelift surgery for many cosmetic surgeons. They entice patients to their practices with the mini-facelift, MACS lift, composite facelift, deep plane SMAS lift, mid face lift, lunchtime facelift, and an assortment of other complicated facelift terms. This sea of possibilities leaves patients wondering, “Which facelift technique is right for me?”

Many of these terms are simply marketing ploys, ways to encourage patients to seek facelift surgery. Dr. Sayed doesn’t need or use these terms to attract potential patients. Our facelift patients come to us for our results, and many travel great distances for facelift surgery with our double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tim Sayed. Forget about the MACS lift and the mini facelift and choose a surgeon that will customize your approach, creating a natural looking facelift result, no fancy terminology needed.

A Customized Facelift Approach for Better Results

Your face is one of a kind. Your facelift surgery should be too. We believe in providing a personalized facelift experience to each of our patients. Dr. Sayed will work with you to customize your surgery and to integrate the surgical techniques that will yield your best results. He is well versed in the many different types of facelift surgery available, and will create a custom-to-you facial rejuvenation plan that taps into these techniques for a smooth, natural looking result.

Dr. Sayed begins the facelift process with an in-depth consultation. This consultation is the key to his success as a plastic surgeon. Dr. Sayed will examine your face and pinpoint your biggest areas of concern. We’ll talk about lifestyle, goals, and priorities for your surgery. We’ll review your medical and health history to ensure facelift surgery is a safe option. Once he understands your objectives for surgery, Dr. Sayed will share his recommendations for facial rejuvenation. We typically recommend a comprehensive approach that combines facelift surgery with other procedures like a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or laser rejuvenation. Your plan will be meticulously crafted to address your concerns and goals. We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all.

Achieving Your Best Facelift Results

Although we don’t use marketing jargon and branded terms to describe our facelifts, we do rely on carefully developed and executed techniques. Dr. Sayed is a double board certified plastic surgeon with extensive training in plastic surgery for the face and body. He performs facelift surgery using sophisticated techniques that address the underlying causes of aging, creating a result that will last and age gracefully as the aging process continues.

Our facelift does more than simply tighten facial tissues, it addresses aging deep within the face, lifting and tightening the deeper layers under the skin. SMAS, a layer of connective tissue and musculature under the skin, is tightened and lifted using internal sutures. We may also use fat grafting to restore a youthful facial volume or internal grafting to support facial tissues. Since each procedure is customized to the patient’s needs, your facelift may use these techniques or others. One thing is consistent through all of our facelifts and that is our commitment to achieving the best possible results.

What type of facelift is best for you? Come in for a consultation with Dr. Sayed. With our personalized approach, you won’t need to worry about terminology. We’ll create your one-of-a-kind facelift.

Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss

Body Contouring After Extreme Weight Loss

Weight loss is a journey, not an event, especially when there’s a lot of weight to lose. Surgical weight loss procedures like gastric bypass, intragastric balloons, and gastric sleeve restriction are helping thousands to conquer lifelong weight problems and achieve a healthier body, but many of these patients are disappointed by their results. Not by the weight loss, as these procedures are very effective for helping patients to drop pounds, but by the excess skin that remains after the extra weight is gone.

Finish your weight loss journey with post-bariatric surgery in Southern California with Dr. Tim Sayed.

Excess Skin and Weight Loss- What to Expect

Skin is highly elastic, expanding as the body grows or gains weight and contracting when weight is lost. There are limits to skin contraction. Genetics, total weight loss, skin quality, age, the amount of time that a patient was overweight, and other factors determine the extent of skin contraction after weight loss. Patients that undergo bariatric surgery often lose a significant amount of weight, so much that the skin is unable to contract sufficiently. This leaves loose, sagging skin on areas like the abdomen, waist, back, arms, and legs.

This excess skin is heavy, often keeping patients from achieving their final weight loss goals. Bacteria can easily grow under the flaps of skin, creating odor, rashes, and infection. Excess skin also makes exercise difficult and uncomfortable. Many patients struggle to find clothing that fits well with their new body shape. Our patients report feeling disappointed and embarrassed by their post-weight loss appearance.

Diet and exercise will help maintain weight loss and build muscle, but they won’t significantly shrink skin. Post-bariatric surgery is one of the most effective options for body contouring after extreme weight loss. Body contouring helps patients to finish their weight loss journey, rediscover confidence, increase hygiene, and maintain their results after bariatric surgery.

Body Contouring After Weight Loss- What Are My Options?

A lower body lift is one of our most popular options for body contouring after extreme weight loss. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Sayed and learn more about the body lift and your options for post-bariatric surgery body contouring.

What is a lower body lift? We like to think of it as an extension of a conventional tummy tuck, one that addresses the entire mid-section including the front, back, and sides. Since the lower body lift provides 360 degree results, we occasionally call it a “360” lift. This procedure isn’t one-size-fits-all; we customize surgical options for each patient to carefully address their problem areas.
A lower body lift may include:

– Removing excess skin from the abdomen, thighs, waist, and other areas
– Tightening muscle and rebuilding structure in the abdominal core
– Lifting the pubic triangle
– Lifting and reshaping the buttocks
– Belly button enhancement

A lower body lift may be combined with liposuction to address stubborn areas of fat that remain after weight loss. This isn’t a weight loss treatment, but many patients lose significant weight due to the fat, skin, and tissue removal required for the procedure.

Body Contouring After Weight Loss in Southern California

We’ve built our practice on the simple belief that everyone is a VIP. As a VIP, we believe that you deserve the very best medical and aesthetic care available. From body contouring to breast augmentation to facelift surgery, we strive to ensure that each patient has a positive experience when they visit one of our beautiful Southern California offices. If you’ve considered body contouring after weight loss, come explore your options with Dr. Sayed.

The first step is a consultation, a one-on-one exploration of your options. Visit one of our offices in San Diego or Newport Beach for your personalized consultation. We provide information, but never hard sell or pressure patients into treatment. After exploring your options, we’ll create a customized body contouring plan that corrects your areas of concern.

Dr. Sayed has performed many body lift procedures, on patients from around the world. He prioritizes safety, aesthetic results, and compassionate care. Call us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Tim Sayed, double board-certified plastic surgeon.

The Risks of Breast Implants: Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (ALCL) & Breast Implant Illness

Silicone gel breast implants

In the decades since breast implants were first released, studies have tried to link the devices to a range of chronic illness and other conditions. Known collectively as breast implant illness, the term covers conditions that affect nearly all of the body’s major systems, include the central nervous, musculoskeletal, immune, GI, and integument. While these conditions have led to implant removal for countless patients, directly tying the procedure to the condition has been difficult.

It wasn’t until 2011 however, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was able to positively identify a potential association between implants and cancer. Known as breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma, this form of cancer is especially rare – the condition has been reported over 400 times in the United States and over 600 times globally.

While the disease affects tissue near the breast and implant, ALCL is not breast cancer. Instead, it is a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or cancer of the immune system. Malignant cells start in the scar tissue and fluid near the implant but can spread throughout the body as the disease progresses.

Symptoms of Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma

As there have been so few cases, there is little literature regarding the disease and early warning signs. Most diagnoses occur when late-stage symptoms start to develop, usually around three to 14 years following surgery. These include:

  • Persistent swelling or pain near the implant
  • Collection of fluid around the implant (in the capsule)
  • Lump under the skin or around part of the implant

Since the disease is not true breast cancer, cancer cells develop in the tissues that surround the implant, not in the breast tissue.

What Causes BIA-ALCL?

Since the disease was discovered recently, there is still very little literature on the causes and risk factors behind breast implant-associated ALCL. However, limited studies on recorded cases suggest that the disease occurs when the tissue around the implant and capsule become inflamed. This causes more fluid to accumulate, damaging cells which can, in turn, mutate into malignant cells. If these cells enter the breast implant pocket, it can access the lymph nodes and spread throughout the body. Other studies have suggested that the disease occurs more frequently in patients with textured implants and that the type of implant (saline or silicone) does not affect patient risk.

Routine check-ups during annual wellness exams are critical to early diagnosis of BIA-ALCL. During these visits, your surgeon or gynecologist will biopsy any fluid from the tissue around the implant to screen for lymphoma. If identified early enough, the most effective treatment is to remove the breast implant and surrounding tissue.

Reducing Risk

While the BIA-ALCL is certainly a serious concern for many patients, it shouldn’t be an end all deterrent. In fact, a recent study of patients who received their diagnosis early and treated their condition as soon possible showed that 93% of the patients were disease-free within three years.

Like most other major surgeries, breast augmentation comes with risks, and this should be considered one of them. As with any other elective surgery, patients considered breast implants should do their research on the procedure and discuss the risks and benefits with their plastic surgeon.

Situations like these are another reason why choosing an experienced surgeon is so valuable. Being able to trust your surgeon and effectively communicate your concerns regarding ALCL and other risks can help patients feel more comfortable making important decisions about their health. Furthermore, an experienced surgeon can better explain the risks associated with your specific treatment and help develops solutions that mitigate those risks during and after the procedure.

Schedule Your Consultation

Cancer alone is intimidating. Cancer caused by elective surgery can be even more overwhelming. At Dr. Tim Sayed’s practice, our team focuses on providing patients with the information they need to make informed healthcare decisions. Whether you’re considering breast implants or have had implants placed already, our plastic surgeon is here to help you stay healthy and identify potential abnormalities before they can compromise your health. We encourage you to contact our offices in Orange County or La Jolla and schedule your consultation to discuss any questions or concerns.

Your Guide to Liposuction for Men

In recent years, the taboos surrounding plastic surgery have diminished. Treatments previously considered very feminine such as dermal fillers and Botox® are now finding their way to the top of most requested procedures for men. In addition to these minimally invasive options, liposuction is quickly gaining popularity among male patients.

If you’re one of the countless men with plans to look your best this year, consider this your guide to liposuction.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is among the most popular cosmetic body contouring procedures available among both men and women. Unlike other body sculpting procedures that can require invasive surgery and muscle readjustments, liposuction is conducted through strategically placed entry points around the area of concern.

During the procedure, a mixture of medications is administered to the excess fat tissue to help numb and loosen fat cells. Ultra-thin needles called cannulas are then used to gently disrupt and remove unwanted fat cells from the body. The results of treatment leave patients with a more defined figure.

Who is a candidate?

Another important advantage of liposuction is how adaptable the treatment can be. As we age, excess fat can stubbornly become attached to certain parts of the body. While women may see accumulation around the hips and buttocks, men tend to see extra fat pocket around the abdomen, below the chin, jowls and breast.

Liposuction is a great option for finally saying goodbye to unwanted fat pockets that can develop over time and seem resistant to strict diet and exercise. As the treatment removes fat rather than weight loss, many men find the treatment results last longer when they’ve already reached and maintained their goal weight.

What to expect during treatment and recovery

While liposuction is still a form of cosmetic surgery, the procedure itself is minimally invasive compared to other body shaping procedures. In most cases, the procedure is an outpatient treatment in which patients go home soon after their procedure is over. During the recovery period, patients do need to wear special compression garments to help mitigate post-operative swelling and help loose skin tighten back up. Usually, these garments are worn for around three months under clothing, making them a discreet addition to daily outfits.

Going further with liposculpture

Some patients don’t just want to streamline their physique – they want to add definition to their figure as well. Hi-def liposculpture is a popular option for men looking to enhance their musculature.

Like traditional liposuction, liposculpture removes fat cells from the body. However, this treatment is unique in several ways. For starters, hi-def liposculpture uses radiofrequency waves to gently loosen and remove the unwanted fat cell. Additionally, while liposuction targets fat cells all over the body, liposculpture focuses on the grooves of the abdominal muscles, creating the ultra-toned appearance many patients are looking for.

If your goals are simply to smooth or hone in on musculature and tone your body, both liposuction and liposculpture treatments offer men the chance to look and feel confident. Communicating your treatment goals to an experienced surgeon can help ensure that you achieve your dream figure.

Start Treatment with The Experts

Feeling confident in your body can be life changing, helping men feel younger and better about themselves. If you’re ready for a change, it’s time to schedule your consultation with the experts. At Tim Sayed MD, our Southern California plastic surgeon has extensive experience helping countless men look and feel their absolute best. Learn how you can transform your appearance with liposuction by calling 858-247-2933 and scheduling your consultation today.



Get Ready to Say I Do with These Treatments and Procedures

bridal pre-wedding cosmetic procedures

Now that spring is here; wedding season is just around the corner. With countless brides and grooms preparing their dream wedding, thinking about your self-care and looks can quickly fall to the wayside. Rather than waiting until the last minute, consider adding these treatments and procedures into your wedding prep plans and feel confident when you walk down the aisle.

Cosmetic Treatments

Preparing for your wedding day is a stressful experience. Late nights pulling together guests lists and the emotional toll of dealing with relatives can quickly take a toll on any one’s appearance. The last things you need to be worrying about are new wrinkles or dull-looking skin in photos on your big day. Instead, consider adding these minimally-invasive, non-surgical treatments to your pre-wedding regimen and enjoy your special day worry free.


While Botox® is often associated with anti-aging skincare routines, this injectable can be a valuable addition for patients at any age. The treatment temporarily paralyzes muscle-caused wrinkles from deepening and helps smooth existing wrinkles and fine lines across the patient’s face. When applied as a preventive treatment against aging, Botox® can even help slow down the overall aging process, helping the patient enjoy smoother skin longer.


Dermal fillers are another popular pre-wedding treatment, particularly for women looking to add a little more volume to their appearance before they head down the aisle. For some, this may mean adding a small amount of filler to lips to create the perfect pout, while others may choose to use dermal fillers to lift sagging cheeks and fill in hollows.

Surgical Solutions

Have more time to prepare for your big day? For many brides and grooms, an upcoming wedding day can be a huge motivator to finally shed stubborn weight and make much-needed changes to their diet and exercise habits. After working hard in the gym and reaching your goal weight, some patients may opt for surgical procedures that showcase their efforts and help them finally reach their ideal body shape.

Some of the most popular pre-wedding minimally-invasive surgical procedures fall under the category of “body sculpting” – treatments that help patients add definition to their figures and gain extra confidence in their figure. These include:

Brazilian Butt Lift:

One of the most popular procedures available, Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBLs) use fat tissue from other parts of your body and add it to your rear, adding an extra lift to sagging behinds. Less invasive than traditional butt implants, BBLs are an excellent option for enhancing curves and redistributing unwanted fat cells elsewhere on your body.


Another popular plastic surgery procedure, liposuction allows patients to remove stubborn fat cells permanently. As the procedure uses an extremely small cannula to remove excess fat cells, the entire treatment is minimally invasive, shrinking down recovery time for patients.

Hi-Def Liposculpture

For some, pre-wedding preparation includes adding definition and sculpting the perfect body. Where liposuction helps smooth out unwanted lumps, hi-def liposculpture uses a combination of ultrasonic vibrations and liposuction to remove fat covering muscle groups and add much-desired definition. Generally recommended for individuals who are already in excellent shape, this procedure is especially popular among men who want to highlight their hard work in the gym and look their absolute best before heading down the aisle and off on their honeymoon.

Say I Do – Contact our Plastic Surgery Offices in San Diego and Newport Beach

Your wedding day is one you’ll remember forever and deserve to enjoy. Planning cosmetic treatments ahead of time can ensure you get the enjoy the day to its fullest, without stressing about what future photos will look like. At Tim Sayed MD, our goal is to help patients enhance their natural beauty with cosmetic non-invasive and surgical treatments. Call and schedule your consultation today!

Did You Get a Facelift? No, I Got Something Better

A “liquid facelift” could be your key to appear a younger and glowing you, without the surgery! The semi-permanent injectable procedure creates a soft and effortless look by enhancing and polishing the facial features. To learn more, please read our infographic below.

To schedule a consultation, please contact us at 858-247-2933.

Refresh Your Skin for Spring with HA Fillers

Just because Southern California doesn’t have to deal with snow and ice doesn’t mean SoCal natives don’t have the same skin troubles caused by winter weather.

During the winter, humidity takes a plunge. The drier weather has an adverse effect on different skin types. For some, the decrease in moisture causes the skin to over-produce oils as a way of keeping it hydrated. This overproduction increases the number of acne breakouts. For others with already dry skin, the seasonally dry weather can exacerbate existing skin problems and stresses skin, causing damage faster than usual. For both types of patients, the consequences of winter weather can leave skin looking dull and damaged. Luckily, non-surgical solutions like hyaluronic acid fillers, or HA fillers, give patients plenty of options for refreshing their skin.

Why Hyaluronic Fillers?

The drying effects of winter weather can not only wreak havoc on your skin’s day-to-day appearance – it can also impact its long-term appearance. As the weather warms, patients often notice the addition of fine lines or hollows across their face. While not the culprit per se, winter weather can make the signs of aging more pronounced, causing patients a certain amount of distress. This is where HA fillers come in.

HA fillers get their name from the hyaluronic acid used to create the formula. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance that helps skin cells retain moisture, and therefore volume. Like collagen and other important proteins, hyaluronic acid production diminishes over time, causing the skin to lose it’s healthy-looking volume and glow. HA fillers are designed to help support your facial appearance by adding all-important hyaluronic acid back into depleted skin cells. When injected, most HA dermal fillers help the skin regain the ability to hold onto moisture, bringing back volume to hollowed or sagging areas. The result is a totally refreshed, rejuvenated face that looks completely natural.

While there are plenty of facial rejuvenation procedures that can help mitigate the symptoms of aging, dermal fillers are among a few treatment options that are non-surgical. Whereas rejuvenation options like chemical peels or laser treatment can penetrate deep below the surface, these cosmetic treatments require several days of recovery. HA fillers require no recovery time. Busy patients can get back to their routine following their treatment sessions without looking as if they’ve just had injectable treatment. The natural-looking results make the treatment a very popular option among men and women who want to enhance and rejuvenate their looks in just a few short appointments.

Choosing the Right Filler for Your Appearance

Hyaluronic acid fillers offer a wide range of formulas designed to address different parts of the face with the same successful results. With so many popular and proven options available, countless men and women have found HA fillers provides a uniquely personalized solution to refreshing their appearance. For example, at Dr. Tim Sayed’s Newport Beach and San Diego offices, our plastic surgeon offers many different filler options, including the full suite of Juvéderm® products and the full line of Restylane® products, as well as other dermal filler options. By working with patients during their consultation to identify their concerns, Dr. Sayed can identify the perfect HA filler solution for enhancing their features and refreshing their appearance.

Refresh Your Looks with Dr. Sayed

At Tim Sayed, MD, our goal is to help patients naturally enhance their looks with cosmetic treatments tailored to their goals. Whether you’re just looking to enjoy the springtime weather feeling refreshed or considering a more comprehensive treatment solution, our plastic surgeon is here to help. Call 858-247-2933 today and schedule your visit with our team today!