3 Places for Liposuction You Didn’t Know About

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today. When most people think of liposuction, sculpting of the waistline or thighs comes to mind. Liposuction is much more versatile than just addressing love handles or a “muffin top.” For satisfactory results, all that’s required is good skin elasticity.


Excess fat doesn’t just accumulate below the waistline. Some people find the buildup of fat around the neck and jaw line to be even more bothersome. Liposuction is an effective way to remove those excess pockets of fat below the chin and around the neck for a smoother facial profile. This can have a result that looks similar to weight loss. For even more dramatic results, consider a combination of liposuction and a skin rejuvenation procedure.


The upper arm area is another popular place for a liposuction procedure. This area is a common place for fat to accumulate, leading to arms that are embarrassing to flaunt during the warm weather months. Liposuction removes those excess fat pockets for smoother, younger looking arms. The procedure is usually recommended for patients with good skin elasticity. Patients that have excess sagging skin, as well as fat pockets, may need to combine liposuction with an arm lift for the best possible results.

Inner Knees

The inner knee is another common area of the body where excess fat gets stored. That accumulated fat can result in knees that appear disproportionate to the rest of the leg. If those knees are not responding to diet and exercise as you hoped, liposuction for the inner knee can immediately remove stubborn fat pockets for a leaner, sexier leg that you will love to show off under shorts and skirts. Keep in mind that recovery from liposuction of the knees may take a bit longer, since the knees are further from the heart than other areas where liposuction is commonly used.

Liposuction continues to be one of the top choices in body sculpting procedures today. This minimally-invasive procedure provides stellar results with little discomfort or downtime afterwards. To learn more about how liposuction can help you achieve a smoother, sleeker body contour, contact the staff at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery. Call today: 888-418-7756

What is the Difference Between Liposuction and SmartLipo?

When it comes to liposuction procedures today, there are many options available. For example, SmartLipo brings a newer type of technology to the procedure table, using laser energy to make the liposuction process more efficient and less uncomfortable. But is SmartLipo the best option for you, or would you get more benefit from a traditional liposuction procedure? What is the difference between the two procedures?

About Liposuction

Traditional liposuction uses a narrow tube called a cannula, which is inserted directly into the fatty deposits targeted for treatment. The cannula loosens the fat, while a gentle suction device attached removes the fat cells from the body. Very small incisions are required for insertion of the cannula, which may require sutures after the procedure. Patients will experience some bruising and swelling after the procedure.


Introducing SmartLipo

Also referred to as laser-assisted liposuction, SmartLipo integrates laser energy into the procedure to liquefy fat for easier removal from the body. The procedure also helps tighten the skin in treated areas. SmartLipo has also been shown to cause less bruising and swelling after the procedure, which can lead to a faster recovery time.


Making the Choice

So which treatment is best for you? For most patients, the two are combined for best results. In our experience, combining traditional liposuction with laser-assisted liposuction has provided our patients with the best possible results. The most important factor in the success of the procedure is the skill and experience of the physician. If you select a doctor who is highly trained in liposuction procedures, your chances for positive results are greatly increased.

At Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery, we have extensive experience in liposuction procedures to help patients get the precise results they desire. Our professional staff with spend time speaking with you about your concerns and treatment goals before recommending the best technique for your specific needs. To learn more about your choices in liposuction at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery, contact our staff at 888-418-7756.

How do I pick a Doctor for my Cosmetic Procedure?

Choosing the right doctor for your plastic surgery

When you decide to have plastic surgery, the right doctor can make all the difference in the success of your procedure. But how do you know which physician to choose? By considering a few key factors as you search for the best doctor for your needs.

Look for Board Certification

Board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery is the first qualification the cosmetic surgeon should have. This certification lets patients know the physician has completed a minimum of 3-5 years of training in general surgery and another 2-3 years of training in plastic surgery. In addition, board-certified physicians have undergone a variety of examinations to prove their expertise in the area of plastic surgery.

Consider Training and Experience

Qualified physicians will provide plenty of information about their education and experience in the field, including the schools where they earned their degrees and the hospitals where they did their internships and residencies. This information lets you know whether the doctor has worked specifically in the area of cosmetic surgery as a part of the training process.

Ask about Hospital Privileges

Even plastic surgeons that perform the majority of their procedures at their own outpatient facility should have privileges at one or more area hospitals. This is a good factor to weigh, since hospitals offer their own system of checks and balances to ensure the competency of each physician that works there. It also provides an option for patients who may need a hospital facility during or after their cosmetic surgery.

Ask for Referrals

Don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon for referrals from previous patients. Patients can let you know many key details about the quality of care the physician and staff provide, in addition to the results of the procedures. In addition, most physicians will share before and after photos of previous patients to give new patients an idea of what they might expect from their procedure.

Bring Questions to Consultation

When you schedule a consultation with a cosmetic doctor, bring a list of questions you want to ask to that appointment. The physician should be willing to take the time to answer all your questions and thoroughly explain the procedure you are interested in. If you don’t feel you get sufficient time and attention at this appointment, you may not receive the quality of care you are hoping for during your procedure.

Dr. William Umanksy and Dr. Jeffrey Umansky pride themselves on offering the highest level of care to patients at their medical center. To learn more about the procedures offered by this experienced, talented team, contact the staff at Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery.

Breastfeeding with Implants: Is it Possible?

Breastfeeding with breast implants

Many women who are considering breast implants worry that their decision might impact their ability to breastfeed in the future. The good news is this concern may be unfounded for many women, as long as they approach their surgery with the ability to breastfeed in the future in mind. When breast augmentation is performed by an experienced surgeon who understands the need to protect the breasts for future nursing, the risk is minimal.


Risks before Surgery

In some cases, the very reasons a woman might seek breast augmentation are the same reasons why breastfeeding might not be as successful. These circumstances might include:


  • Underdeveloped breasts
  • Tubular (cone-shaped) breasts


If a woman has one or more of these risk factors prior to breast surgery, breastfeeding may already be a challenge. Augmentation surgery properly performed should not help or hinder breastfeeding efforts for these women.


Risks after Surgery

The placement of the implant could also impact breast milk production. Implants placed immediately under glandular tissue are more likely to put pressure on milk ducts. Implants placed under the chest muscle should not impact milk production or milk ejection. The type of implant – saline or silicone – does not have any bearing on a woman’s ability to breastfeed.



Waiting for breast augmentation until after children is one way to ensure changes to the breasts during pregnancy and nursing don’t affect the results of your surgery. However, women who choose to nurse with implants in place usually don’t need to worry about implants affecting their ability to breastfeed. For more information about breast augmentation procedures, contact our staff at the Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery.


3 Tips to Help Men Turn Back the Clock

While anti-aging treatments tend to focus much of their attention on the female patient, men want to know how to turn back the clock as well. Fortunately, many of the procedures that have been highly touted as anti-aging treatments for women work equally well for men. Check out these three options that are helping men achieve a more youthful look at any stage of life.



For stellar results without invasive surgical procedures, many men are turning to injectable treatments today. Botox and Dysport work by relaxing facial muscles that lead to the formation of forehead and frown lines. Fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane, restore lost volume underneath the skin’s surface, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles from the inside out.


Injectable treatments take just a few minutes to complete and patients can return to normal activities immediately afterward. Results from filler can be seen right away. Botox and Dysport take about a week to show full results. The duration of results may vary, lasting anywhere from three to four months for Botox and Dysport.  Fillers usually last from four months to one year.


Cool Sculpting

Cool Sculpting is another non-invasive procedure that targets small pockets of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. The procedure uses a device that delivers cooling to the localized area, which reduces fat cells for a smoother body contour. For men fighting the lower abdominal bulge or “love handles,” this procedure may effectively slim those areas.



For more dramatic results, some men are also turning to facelifts today to reduce the appearance of neck folds and sagging jowls. These surgical procedures remove excess fat and skin, while tightening facial muscles in the area. Incisions are generally hidden in the hairline so there is little visible scarring afterward.


Facelifts may be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures like a forehead lift or eyelid surgery. Some patients also get excellent results combining a facelift with laser treatment that diminishes the fine lines. This procedure does require recovery time afterward, but offers noticeable results that last for many years.


Women are not the only ones to benefit from enhancement procedures. Men can also achieve a younger, more vibrant appearance with the right treatment. These procedures provide often subtle, natural results that help men look and feel their best without telling the world they just came from their doctor’s office. To learn more about options in cosmetic treatments for men, contact the Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery today.

More Than Just Looks: How a Mommy Makeover can Change Your Life

The mommy makeover has become a popular way for moms to regain their youthful figure. A combination of procedures can be customized to the unique needs and desired results of each individual patient. While the primary goal of a mommy makeover is to enhance one’s physical looks, the benefits of the procedures are much more far-reaching.

What is a Mommy Makeover?
A mommy makeover is a combination of procedures that might include any of the following:

  • Breast Lift
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Tummy Tuck
  • Liposuction

The primary goal is to restore the body to its pre-pregnancy look. This might include lifting sagging breasts, tightening loose abdominal muscles and removing unwanted areas of fat with laser assisted liposuction (“SmartLipo”) that developed with the pregnancy. Loose abdominal skin can be removed as part of a tummy tuck procedure. Additional procedures may also be recommended, based on the specific needs of the patient.

Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

A mommy makeover can produce dramatic improvements to the overall body contour. Clothes begin to fit better and the body looks and feels more like it did prior to pregnancy. Other benefits of a mommy makeover might include:

  • Improved confidence
  • Higher self-esteem
  • Starting point for healthy lifestyle changes
  • Ability to wear different clothing
  • Opportunities to pursue new activities

Recovery Information

Mommy makeovers may be performed in a single session, so as to have only one recovery period. Recovery is usually relatively short, with most patients returning to their normal day to day activities within 10-14 days after each procedure. While there is some discomfort associated with a mommy makeover, this can be managed with pain medication.  Most of the bruising and swelling after the procedure is generally resolved by 2-3 weeks.

Moms tend to put all of themselves into the raising of their little ones, with little left over for their own physical and mental well-being. A mommy makeover is one way moms can focus on themselves for a period of time, giving themselves the necessary help to regain their old bodies and appearance. When women look good, they usually feel better as well.

If you are interested in a mommy makeover, Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery can help. Contact our office today to learn more about the various procedure options for a mommy makeover and other choices in cosmetic treatment. We are ready to help you look and feel your absolute best.

Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation or Both: Which is Right for You?

Cosmetic breast surgery involves a number of options today, and it can be difficult to know which of those options will provide you with the specific outcome you desire. The two most common types of breast surgery are a breast lift and breast augmentation. Both procedures come with their own benefits and it is important to weigh the differences to determine which procedure is right for you.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A breast lift adds a more youthful contour to the breast without changing breast size. The procedure involves excision of skin, which allows the surgeon to reshape the breast and to reposition the nipple. This procedure is particularly beneficial to women who have noticed sagging in their breasts as a result of breastfeeding or the aging process. It does require a fair amount of scarring, which is the major trade off.

Breast Augmentation (Implants)

Breast augmentation is a procedure to increase the size of the breasts through the use of implants. Implants come in different sizes and shapes, allowing the physician to customize the new breast size and shape to the desired outcome of the patient.

A Personal Choice

The choice between a breast lift and breast augmentation is a very personal one. Some reasons to consider a breast lift might include:

  • Breasts have lost their youthful contour
  • Breasts have begun to sag after pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Breasts have changed shape after weight loss

It is important to note there is typically a significant amount of scarring with a breast lift.. Women who choose this procedure are generally happy with the size of their breasts, and simply want to enhance the contour of the breasts.

Possible reasons to consider breast augmentation might include:

  • Desire to increase cup size
  • Asymmetrical breasts (one is noticeably larger than the other)
  • Lack of cleavage

Breast augmentation often involves smaller incisions and can be customized to a patient’s unique desired outcome. However, implants must be monitored for a lifetime. They also may skew mammogram results, making it more difficult to screen for breast cancer and other health issues.

In some cases, the best choice might be a combination of breast augmentation and a breast lift. This procedure increases the size of the breast and enhances the breast shape at the same time. For more information about which breast surgery is best for you, contact the staff at Umansky Medical Center today.

Everything You Need to Know about COOLSCULPTING

Reduce those stubborn pockets of fat with a non-invasive, innovative procedure known as CoolSculpting. This treatment uses a cooling device to target fat cells, eliminating the fat without damaging surrounding skin and tissue. With little to no discomfort or downtime, it’s no wonder CoolSculpting is quickly gaining popularity as a go-to procedure for enhancing the body contour.

What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that delivers cooling to the area targeted for treatment. The cooling process is FDA-approved and shown in studies to reduce up to 20% of fat in a single area in just one treatment. The procedure involves cryolipolysis, freezing fat cells, which results in the death of the cells and natural elimination by the body.

How does it Work?

CoolSculpting is performed in office. The CoolSculpting tool draws the fat cells between two cooling panels, cooling the selected tissue so that fat cells may be eliminated. The entire procedure typically takes about one hour to complete, depending on the size of the treatment area.

Does it Hurt?

Patients may feel some pressure in the treatment area, which can be uncomfortable at the beginning of the procedure. However, after the first few minutes, most patients find they can relax throughout the rest of the treatment. In fact, some people read a book, take a nap, use their ipad or listen to music during the treatments.

What about Results?

The results of CoolSculpting are typically seen within three weeks after the procedure. Results continue to improve over the next 1-3 months as pockets of fat will be visibly reduced. The results may last for many years, if proper diet and exercise are practiced daily.

What Types of Results will I See?

Results of CoolSculpting are relatively subtle, but you should notice a visible reduction of those fat pockets. Clothing may begin to fit better and people may start to ask if you have lost weight. Since your body will continue to flush fat cells over a number of months, your results will continue to improve for some time.

The best candidates for CoolSculpting are those who have achieved a healthy weight but still have stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. The procedure offers subtle results that gradually improve over time. If you would like to learn more about the CoolSculpting procedure, contact our staff at the Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery today.

Tips for Successful Liposuction Procedures

Liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure that removes unwanted pockets of fat from the body. It is recommended for patients of average body weight with areas of fat that are not responding to diet and exercise. This outpatient procedure allows patients to enjoy a better body contour. To help ensure a successful liposuction result, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

Where Liposuction Works
There are a number of trouble spots where liposuction may be used as an effective treatment, including:

• Hips
• Thighs
• Waist
• Abdomen
• Chest
• Neck and Chin
• Arms

The best locations for liposuction are areas where there is good skin elasticity. SmartLipo uses a laser to help tighten the skin to achieve better results. In areas where skin has become too lax, other cosmetic procedures may be performed to help achieve the best possible outcome. Your doctor should be able to provide you with more information about where liposuction tends to provide the best results.

Choosing a Doctor
The right physician can make all the difference in the success of your liposuction treatment. Be certain to consult directly with a board certified plastic surgeon. You should avoid practices like Sono Bello San Diego. This is a national company that markets heavily and then hires doctors to perform the procedures. Sono Bello consultations are not usually performed by a plastic surgeon, but by high pressure sales people. It is easy to research Sono Bello on the internet where one can find numerous complaints.

So, when you begin the search for a plastic surgeon, consider the following factors:

• Board certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery
• Membership with a reputable organization, such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
• Extensive experience with liposuction
• Spends ample time with each patient to collect a full medical history and answer questions
• Support staff that makes patients feel comfortable and relaxed about the procedure ahead

An experienced physician will be able to explain to the patient why a specific procedure might be the best choice, based on the results the patient hopes to achieve. The doctor should also provide patients with plenty of information about what to expect during the procedure, what the recovery will be like and when results will become apparent. Be sure to look at before and after photos of previous patients.

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today. By educating yourself about the procedure and potential outcome, you are more likely to be satisfied with the results of your own treatment. For more information about liposuction, or any plastic surgery treatment, contact Umansky Medical Center for Plastic Surgery today!

Zeltiq Event Nov 16th @ Umansky Plastic Surgery

Please join us at 5:30pm for our Fall event introducing CoolSculpting by Zeltiq.

Zeltiq uses a precisely controlled cooling method called Cryolipolysis to target, cool and eliminate
fat cells, without damage to other tissue.

The best part- No Surgery, and No Downtime!
Eat, Drink and be Merry while learning how you can rid yourself of unwanted bulges
prior to the holidays.

Food and Wine catered by French Gourmet

Event pricing only!! Schedule a Zeltiq procedure that evening and receive 50%
off your first application.

Space is limited to the first 30 people that RSVP.


(Reservation is Required)

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