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Liposuction Santa Barbara Montecito Ventura CA | Body Contouring 


Liposuction, also known as lipo, is one of the most common and transformative plastic surgery procedures to slim and reshape areas of the body with body contouring that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Dr. Sheffield of SB Aesthetics is a specialist employing all of the latest techniques for liposuction Santa Barbara with the idea of creating a natural looking result. The popularity of this plastic surgery procedure for most patients is relatively simple to explain.



Tumescent liposuction in Santa Barbara is a minimally-invasive body contouring technique where excess fat and fat cells are removed from areas like hips, buttocks, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts, neck, and arms. This local anesthesia technique can be performed by itself or in combination with others to achieve the desired results.

When should you consider liposuction Santa Barbara?

  • If you are looking for definition in specific areas of your body such as the hips, arms, thighs or to improve the apperance of the abdomen with a tummy tuck.
  • If you are looking to fat removal in areas where the skin is not saggy, remember that liposuction guarantees definition but not skin tightening.
  • If you look to achieve a more proportional body silhouette

Neck Liposuction Before and After


The Benefits
  • Doesn’t have to involve general anesthesia or IV sedation, so downtime is shorter
  • Incisions are small with no visible scarring
  • Will improve your body shape, making it slimmer.
The Downsides
  • Doesn’t improve saggy skin or cellulite
  • Not everybody is the perfect candidate; you might have to lose some weight before the procedure to achieve the desired result.
  • Aging, pregnancy, and weight gain can modify your results.


People that found it difficult to eliminate stubborn fat in certain areas of the body. Also, some other conditions like:

  • Abdomen, thighs, necks, and arms with stubborn deposit fat don’t disappear after diet or exercise, as well as chin fat for facial liposuction.
  • Good skin elasticity with low excess skin; if you plan to go for surgery but don’t have any of these conditions, your overall result won’t be aesthetic. Excess skin is a contraindication for this procedure.
  • If your main concern is cellulite, this might not be the procedure for you; other minimally-invasive treatments can be recommended to address this area.
  • If you want to improve your body shape but you don’t have over 20 pounds overweight.


A consultation with Dr. Sheffield is the first step to do the full assessment and determine if you are the right candidate for the Santa Barbara liposuction surgery; before and after pictures are always taking during the evaluations. Your medical history will be examined together with your current and previous medications or supplements during this consultation.


After choosing the right advanced cosmetic surgery for you, Dr. Sheffield will go through a series  of specific explanations and recommendations in each case:

  • Discussing the cosmetic surgery procedure you will have done.
  • The doctor will share some before and after pictures from previous patients to show possible results.
  • The results you will achieve.
  • The possible complications during the procedure and how to deal with them.
  • Anesthesia used.
  • Instructions before and after the surgery.


During your consultation, the doctor will go through all the process and some frequently asked questions and discuss cosmetic goals; however, don’t forget to include your personal questions; some of these common questions are:

  • Who is a good candidate for this cosmetic procedure?
  • Can I see any real patient’s photos showing before and after results?
  • Are my expectations realistic?
  • Will I have scars? Where will I see them?
  • How much money do I need to invest in my surgery?
  • What type of anesthesia will be used?
  • How is the recovery process?
  • When can I go back to my regular activities?
  • What is the risk involved in this surgery?
  • In case of complications, how can they be handled?


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Abdominal Liposuction Before and After



Small cannulas are inserted through the small cuts in your skin to remove the underlying fat using suction. These cannulas are moved around the area to suction this unwanted fat. During the Santa Barbara liposuction procedure, only local anesthesia is used mixed with a vasoconstrictor drug to reduce bleeding risk compared to other techniques developed in the past.

The doctor will guide you about the preparation for your procedure and give you some instructions similar to these:

  • Smoking needs to be stopped two weeks before surgery; otherwise, it will interfere with wound healing.
  • Do not remove hair in the areas close to being treated to avoid further ingrown hairs.
  • Avoid consuming drinks or food the night before surgery.
  • Do not wear tight or difficult clothes to remove.


The first step will be to infiltrate a solution made of epinephrin that will act as vasoconstrictor and lidocaine into the areas that will be treated. This will make the area tumescent (swollen). The epinephrine works, reducing the blood loss during the treatment hence dropping the risk of bruising. The next step will be to make the incisions and insert the cannulas linked to the vacuum device connected to a collection system; the cannula will be moved across the area to treat to remove the fat cells, and no stitches are needed thanks to the incision size, these are only a few millimeters.


Tylenol is indicated to manage the discomfort even if the anesthetic injected usually reduces the pain for the next 24 hours after the procedure. Ambulation is recommended as soon as possible to increase the recovery process, but exercise can be started one week after the procedure is done. Improvement will be noticeable in the new weeks, but the full result can take up to six months. A compression garment is worn usually 1-2 weeks following the procedure to aid in recovery.


Complications are minimal, and they include lumpiness, loose skin, dimpling, infection, and scaring. Most of them reversible. When choosing a board-certified specialist in the area, the risk of complications is reduced.


Once the fat tissue is removed, you will see your results; however, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid gaining the fat tissue again. Pregnancy, aging, and lifestyles will determine the length of your results.


After your procedure, you need to go back to your doctor’s office for a follow-up consultation. In this consultation, the Dr. Sheffield will guide you through any additional aftercare and recommendations for this cosmetic plastic surgery.

Hips and Thighs Liposuction Before and After


Tumescent liposuction, often known as awake liposuction, is the medical term for the technique. When something is tumescent, it means bloated or hardened. In the same way that traditional liposuction does, the purpose of awake liposuction is to remove troublesome regions of the body’s adipose tissue. Tumescent liposuction is less intrusive than standard liposuction and does not require anesthesia, which is an essential consideration.

Awake liposuction is the fastest, safest, and most cost-effective surgical option for you to get the body contouring results that you desire. A tumescent solution is injected into the treated area through small incisions. The tumescent solution is a specialized solution with epinephrine, a clotting agent, and pain reliever lidocaine are combined to minimize bleeding and bruising. Finally, the suction-aided aspiration of the area is performed using a cannula for contouring and removing undesired fat. Awake tumescent liposuction is appropriate for high volume liposuction in the right surgical hands. This sort of liposuction is appropriate for people who are in good health but are not seeing the greatest and fastest results from standard weight loss methods.

For more information on tumescent liposuction, please contact our Santa Barbara, California office to make an appointment with Dr. Sheffield.

Liposuction Cost Santa Barbara

The national average surgeon price for liposuction is $3,619 per treatment area. There is a $2,000-$18,000 pricing range for liposuction in California. Experience, procedures, treatment area size, and geographic location all factor towards surgeon fees. A doctor’s fee, on the other hand, is only a small fraction of the total cost. There is a possibility of additional liposuction-related expenditures beyond what is shown above.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

Liposuction prices are influenced by a variety of factors, some more significant than others. The averages vary widely from state to state and from surgeon to surgeon, as well. In addition to the technique itself, we’ve listed some of the most critical aspects in the table below:

If you live in a region with a high cost of living or a high concentration of cosmetic surgeons, the cost of the treatment will be higher. Costs aren’t necessarily a guarantee of success, especially when it comes to location.

For example, lab tests and screenings are included in medical fees. Prior to surgery, surgeons conduct tests and evaluations to assure the patient’s safety and reduce the likelihood of complications. Anesthesia and supplies like as compression garments are also included in the overall price tag.

Fees for the surgical facility: The surgical facility typically charges its own fees for maintenance and other costs.

Depending on their level of training, experience, and credentials, surgeons and medical providers charge by the specialty in which they specialize.

Investing in the right tools and technology is critical. The costs associated with various methods and pieces of equipment vary widely.

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Tumescent means swollen, also can be related to terms like distended or bloated.
The word tumescent means swollen; hence, a large volume of dilute lidocaine (local anesthetic) and epinephrine is infiltrated into subcutaneous tissue before the liposuction itself, making this tissue tumescent (swollen).
During this procedure, a large amount of a solution made with local anesthesia called lidocaine and a vasoconstrictor like epinephrine is infiltrated into the subcutaneous fat making this area tumescent. Combining these medications will cause vasoconstriction, reduce bleeding risk during the procedure, and apply local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia or IV sedation.
This technique offers some benefits over older liposuction techniques, avoid the use of sedative drugs or general anesthesia, changing this for local anesthesia instead, and reducing the risk of bleeding even after the procedure due to the epinephrin application directly into the subcutaneous fat that will be removed.
This tumescent technique was developed in 1985 by Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein, a dermatologist in California, and published two years later in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. The first liposuction technique was developed in the late 70’s in Europe and could only be performed under general anesthesia, and blood loss was an issue. This led to Dr. Klein developing this technique where the downtime is minimal, there is no need for general surgery, and blood loss is kept to the minimum.
One of the benefits of this technique against the previous liposuction technique is the modest amount of blood loss. In the older techniques, significant blood volume was involved, and sometimes blood transfusions were part of the recovery.
Bruising during the liposuction body contouring procedure is less compared to other techniques. First of all, the incisions’ size during the tumescent technique is minimal; between 1-3mm, these are non-sutured incisions called adits; this maintains these incisions open for about 48 hours and permits to drain out the remaining fluid. Also, with the vasoconstriction caused by adrenaline, the blood release under the skin is minimal, so the chances of bruising are minimized.
Contour irregularities can occur if liposuction is too superficial. Infection, lidocaine toxicity and fat embolism have been reported, but are very uncommon.

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Interested to know about your liposuction body contouring options? Whether you are thinking about having cosmetic surgery, facial plastic surgery, Montecito plastic surgery, reconstructive surgery, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon that specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering services to those in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities at his plastic surgery center. Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation , call (805) 318-3280 today.

Robert W. Sheffield, MD FACS – Plastic Surgery Santa Barbara

601 E Arrellaga St #101

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

(805) 318-3280


If you are considering plastic surgery in Santa Barbara, CA, or anywhere around Santa Barbara County, contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation with top plastic surgeon Dr. Sheffield

601 E Arrellaga St #101, Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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