Pacific Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery Center located in Santa Barbara, CA

Did you know that over the last 40 years the average American man’s waist has increased 5 inches, and for women, it’s 7 inches? Board-certified plastic surgeon Douglas J. Mackenzie, MD, at Pacific Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara, California, is an expert in helping men and women remove stubborn areas of fat with liposuction. Although diet and exercise should always be the first resort, liposuction is a great technique to treat problem areas on your body. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today to learn more.


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What areas does liposuction address?

Depending on your age and body type, liposuction can help with common cosmetic problems like the male “spare tire” or as part of a mommy makeover. Liposuction eliminates accumulations of fat cells in many areas of your body, including your:

  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Abdomen
  • Buttocks

Since liposuction isn’t a weight-loss technique, the best candidates for surgery are already near their ideal body weight with good skin elasticity, but have troublesome fat pockets that are out of proportion with the rest of their body.


What are the different types of liposuction?

Liposuction technology has advanced to where certain devices offer powerful tools over conventional liposuction. Dr. Mackenzie offers the following types of liposuction at Pacific Plastic Surgery:

  • Traditional liposuction
  • Power assisted liposuction using the MicroAire PALⓇ system
  • Laser-assisted liposuction using SmartlipoⓇ
  • Water-assisted, or body jet, liposuction with CellulazeⓇ cellulite treatment

The Smartlipo procedure, which has a skin tightening and firming effect, is especially popular as it can have double the skin shrinking effect of conventional liposuction.

Alternatively, water-assisted liposuction with Cellulaze cellulite treatment offers a range of options that allow Dr. Mackenzie to customize the body contouring procedure to your individual needs.


What should I expect during a liposuction procedure?

Liposuction is done under general anesthesia, but can be performed under local anesthesia in limited areas or for less invasive techniques like Smartlipo.

During the procedure, Dr. Mackenzie makes small incisions near the area getting contoured. Through these incisions, he instills a tumescent solution, and then uses narrow metal tubes called cannulas to suction the excess fat out of the problem areas.

Once the area has reached the desired contour, he closes each incision with a single stitch. The tiny Smartlipo holes generally don’t even require a stitch, though dressings and a compression garment are applied.


What is recovery like following liposuction?

Temporary side effects of liposuction include:

  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Burning sensations

These side effects begin to subside in a few days as you begin to enjoy your new contour, although it can take several months before you’ll see the full results.

Skin care is integral to getting the best aesthetic result after surgery, and Dr. Mackenzie offers SkinCeuticals products as part of your surgery package. These products help in a variety of ways, including by cooling, tightening, and hydrating your skin.

Call Pacific Plastic Surgery or use online booking to schedule a liposuction consultation today.