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Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that is used to sculpt one or multiple body parts that are affected by stubborn, localized fat deposits. Liposuction removes fat from a specific area such as the neck, arms, legs, cheeks, chest (gynecomastia), thighs, hips, buttocks, knees and flanks. A successful Newport Beach liposuction surgeon, Dr. Sundine utilizes the most advanced liposuction techniques to remove fat, thereby helping you achieve a slimmer, more attractive figure.

To learn more about liposuction, please read the paragraphs below. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sundine, please contact his plastic surgery Orange County office at 949 706 3100.

Who Is a Candidate for Liposuction Surgery?

The best candidates for lipo surgery are healthy individuals who are not extremely overweight but are concerned with localized fat deposits affecting specific areas of the body. It is important to mention that, contrary to common belief, lipo is not a weight loss procedure. Rather, this treatment helps slim and sculpt certain body areas for a more aesthetically pleasing physique. Your skin characteristics are an important factor; for example, older patients who have reduced skin elasticity may not attain results that are achievable in younger patients. Dr. Sundine will help you form realistic expectations after closely examining your areas of concern.

Your Liposuction will be performed by Dr. Michael Sundine at his office located in Newport Beach

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons-Fellow
  • American Academy of Pediatrics-Fellow
  • International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Association of Plastic Surgery

Liposuction Before and After Results
Liposuction Before and After Results

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The Liposuction Procedure

Dr. Sundine begins liposuction by administering general or local anesthesia and creating small incisions. The number and size of the incisions may vary depending on the amount of fat to be removed and the size of the treatment area. Dr. Sundine then infuses a specific amount of fluid under the skin to minimize blood loss. During ultrasound liposuction, a special cannula (a hollow tube) is used, which emits sound waves to break up the fat. Once this is accomplished, a liposuction cannula is used to extract the fat cells from under the skin. Finally, the incisions are closed and the treatment area is wrapped in surgical dressings. Liposuction techniques may also be used during other body contouring procedures such as arm lift or tummy tuck in Newport Beach.

Recovering after Liposuction Surgery

After lipo, the treated areas will be swollen and bruised. Mild discomfort is likely for a few days, but is easily treated with pain medication. Dr. Sundine will give you specific instructions on how to care for your incisions, and he will provide you with antibiotics to reduce the possibility of infection. The treatment area will be wrapped in surgical garments, which protect the area and help with skin retraction after the procedure. The garments may be worn for several weeks. You will be able to return to work within five to seven days. Final results may not be visible for up to three months or longer. Maintaining your ideal weight during recovery and thereafter is essential for long-lasting results.

Liposuction Cost

The cost of your liposuction procedure will depend on the number of areas being treated and the amount of work required to attain your ideal results. We do offer financing options for our patients. Dr. Sundine can address any questions you may have regarding the price of liposuction and the financing options available to you during the consultation process. 

Schedule a Consultation for Your Liposuction 

Dr. Michael Sundine is a well-known Orange County body contouring surgeon offering advanced procedures such as liposuction, tummy tuck and arm lift in Newport Beach. He is also a leading provider of breast and facial plastic surgeries such as breast augmentation, eyelid lift and nose surgery in Orange County. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sundine, contact his office at 949 706 3100.

Liposuction After Care Instructions

  • Post-Operative Instructions

    After surgery, it is important for you to have someone available to stay with you for the first 24-48 hours, as you will be weak and drowsy. You may require help the first few times you get out of bed.

    It is important to be walking early and frequently, move your legs and ankles when in bed. Keep your legs elevated, when in bed, for the first 2-3 days. Please do not cross your legs as this can increase the risk for blood clots.

    Please take deep breaths frequently to keep your lungs clear (15-20 per time).

    A light diet is best for the day of surgery. Begin by taking liquids slowly and progress to soups or Jello. You may start a regular diet the next day.

    Most people experience muscle soreness as opposed to sharp pains for about 5-7 days after surgery. The pain medication that has been prescribed should relieve your discomfort. You may take the pain medication as prescribed for the first 2-3 days after the surgery for pain and/or discomfort. It is best to take pain medication with crackers, Jello, etc. Do not drink alcohol while taking pain medication.

    It is important to refrain from any strenuous activities for 3 weeks after surgery. Keep the heart rate below 100 beats per minute. Gradually work to pre-surgical activities beginning slowly after the 3rd week postoperatively.

    You will be seen on the first postoperative day where the Reston foam that is in place will be loosened to prevent blistering of your skin. It will be replaced and should be kept in place until the 3rd postoperative day when the pressure garment can be removed and you may shower. The purpose of the foam is to prevent bruising and swelling.

    The pressure garment must be worn AT ALL TIMES for THREE WEEKS. You may remove the girdle beginning on the 3rd day before showering. Be sure that someone helps you remove the girdle the first time you take it off. Some people feel dizziness/lightheaded when the girdle comes off. This is normal. Sit or lay down for about 20 minutes BEFORE you shower.

    You can put the pressure garment in the washer and dryer while you are showering and then put it back on in 1-2 hours. You then wear the girdle at all times for 3 weeks except when showering. Many patients continue to wear the garment for comfort. You may wish to purchase a full length Lycra girdle without zipper at a department store to wear for comfort.

    The body retains fluids in response to surgery, so do not expect to see any immediate weight loss for the first 2-3 weeks. In the long run you will see more of a change in the way your clothes fit than a decrease in pounds.

    Swelling and bruising are a normal expectation following surgery. Bruising could be apparent for as long as 3-4 months afterwards. The bruises will move down your body as they are absorbed.

    Massage to the surgical sites will help increase circulation and alleviate the hardness felt underneath the skin . Massage can begin 2 weeks after surgery. Request a Swedish lymphatic massage therapist.

    It is normal to have an itching sensation and/or numbness following surgery in the areas that underwent liposuction. This will gradually subside over the next 2-3 months.

    Do not use a heating pad under any circumstances. Because of the potential numbness in the treated areas, the use of a heating pad may cause skin burns.

    General Information

    Avoid strenuous activity and lifting of objects heavier than 10 pounds for 3 weeks (keep heart rate less than 100 beats per minute)

    All incisions will be extremely sensitive to sunlight during the healing phase. Direct sun contact is to be avoided and use a sunscreen with SPF 20 or greater for at least 6 months that has both UVA and UVB protection.

    Please take all medication carefully and as directed.

    If you have nausea, vomiting, rash, shortness of breath, or diarrhea after taking your medications please call my office.

    If you develop a fever (oral temperature greater than 101), redness, or increased pain at the surgical incisions, please call immediately.

    Return to the office for a check-up, usually 1-2 days following surgery. The office will schedule an appointment for you.

    *Call our office if you have any questions, if any problems should arise, or if you have been having any signs or symptoms of infection (redness, fever, drainage). 949-706-3100 (Costa Mesa Office) or 949- 677-5845 (Dr. Sundine’s cell).



Our Reviews

  • - Written on October 20, 2018


    • My experience with Dr. Sundine was AWESOME! He did such an amazing job on my nose. My nose had basically collapsed and Dr. Sundine made it look normal again. He helped me restore my self confidence. I am so happy with the results. Dr. Sundine explained everything in detail prior to surgery along with my follow up visits. I highly recommend him. He is very professional, knowledgeable and kind.

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  • - Written on January 27, 2018

    “Thank you so much for your time and generosity!”

    Dr. Sundine,

    Thank you so much for your time and generosity! I just love my results and feel fortunate to have had you as my surgeon

    P.S. Have a healthy, happy, & prosperous New Year

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018


    Excellent. I found Dr. Sundine to be a very competent surgeon and a really good person. His personal manner made a sometimes difficult, time-consuming process (tissue expansion) much easier. I’m glad we pursued the expansion option and I was fortunate to have had him as my surgeon. I recommend Dr. Sundine to anyone who is in need of Plastic / Reconstructive Surgery.

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018


    Dr. Sundine is an outstanding doctor. His technique, his expertise and the care with which he approached my surgery were exceptional. I wasn’t surprised. I chose him because I knew that his training and skills are terrific. Dr. Sundine and his staff still exceeded my expectations, however, and the complete experience – consultation, surgery and follow-up– have been wonderful. As I did, I encourage everyone to do your due diligence and research alternatives, but at the end of the day there is no better choice than Dr. Sundine. Amazing results…

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “I RECOMMEND HIM 100%”

    Dr. Sundine is a gifted, highly trained plastic surgeon who achieves amazing, natural looking, aesthetic results in facial and body plastic surgery. My facelift is 4 years old. Even people who don’t know me comment I look wonderful. Others often ask me about Dr. Sundine… …and of course I recommend him 100%. In addition to being highly skilled and knowledgeable Dr. Sundine is caring, compassionate, communicative and professional. Finally, his office staff is friendly and efficient. I have never waited more than 5 minutes..

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  • - Written on February 1, 2018

    “Dr. Sundin did a terrific job”

    Dear Dr. Sundine & staff, Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I loved your caring & professional work. Dr. Sundin did a terrific job on a very hard surgery below my right eye due to a skin cancer removal. I will recommend him to all I come in contact with. Thanks again and I owe you all a big hug & sincere thanks to all you did for me. L.A.

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  • - Written on February 12, 2018

    “He truly deserved the highest reviews on every level”

    I gave Dr. Sundine the highest possible review in each category because he truly deserved the highest reviews on every level. I am a very well recognized lawyer on the West Coast. My firm has spent millions of dollars on television advertising in which I appear. I could not afford to have a bad face lift or even for people to notice I had a face lift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine because he performs highly complex complete facial reconstruction procedures on children.

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  • - Written on February 4, 2018

    “Special thank you to Dr. Sundine! So happy!!”

    My keloid surgery was an absolute success. I am so pleased with the results and grateful to the staff pre & post surgery. I was so nervous and scared to precede w/ the procedure. For I never had a surgery or general anesthesia before.:(

    Dr. Sundine with his exceeding professionalism gave me gentle kind assurance that all will be fine. In addition, educated me to his full knowledge and experience in detail what to expect. I felt safe and secure in his hands. Very kind soul. Post surgery I had radiation at another location, and it was a success. I am still in the healing process and my ear aesthetically looks next to perfect. I’m free of the disfigurement and I have a renewed confidence keloid Free!! :-)

    It was like 1 2 3!!

    Thank you Dr. Sundine, the friendly staff/ nurses You ALL Rock!! & I couldn’t ask for any better.:)

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  • - Written on September 19, 2017


    Dr. Sundine and his staff were absolutley wonderful ! Very personable, caring and professional. His nurse Toni was so kind and answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. The procedure went very well, with very little bruising or down time. Dr. Sundine is truly an exceptional plastic surgeon and I will definitely be using his services in the future. Thank you very much Dr Sundine and your magnificent team !

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  • - Written on September 19, 2017


    I chose Dr. Sundine because he is an expert in a highly regarded surgical technique that delivers a completely natural result. It takes longer on the operating table and it requires specialized training which many doctors just don’t want to invest in. The results, however, are nothing short of spectacular.

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