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Many people focus on being the best they can be, physically and mentally. Achieving your ideal figure can be a struggle, and sometimes, even with a strict diet and exercise regimen, stubborn pockets of fat just won’t budge. Your body’s natural ability to burn fat slows with age and decreases in Metabolism depositing fat in unusual areas like the neck and waist. Liposuction is an excellent option for those tired of battling excess pockets of fat, as this body contouring procedure is entirely customizable and applicable to many different areas of the body.

Dr. Joseph Bivens is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Orange County who is an expert in body contouring and advanced liposuction techniques, having specialized in this procedure for over 25 years. Dr. Bivens and our team at Optimal Plastic Surgery are committed to providing our patients with an exemplary plastic surgery experience and stunning results.

What Is

Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure that permanently removes fat cells from a targeted treatment area and allows the plastic surgeon to sculpt the body for a more pleasing contour. This procedure is ideal for the treatment of fatty deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise and can be performed in areas all over the body. Some popular liposuction treatment areas include the following:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips and flanks
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs and knees
  • Arms
  • Face
  • Neck and chin

What Are the
Benefits of Liposuction?

Liposuction is an incredibly versatile procedure that allows Dr. Bivens to remove pockets of excess fat and contour the body for a smooth, natural-looking result. One of the main benefits of liposuction is that fat cells are permanently removed and  with proper maintenance, which include exercise and sensible eating habits, you can enjoy your results for years to come. Liposuction is a precise procedure allowing Dr. Bivens to carefully remove fat exactly where you don’t want it–and leave it where you do.

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Am I a Candidate
for Liposuction?

While liposuction is a safe and effective body contouring procedure, it might not be for everyone.

Candidates should:

  • Be generally in good health
  • Be nonsmokers or willing to quit
  • Have realistic expectations for results
  • Have good skin elasticity

Additionally, it’s important that candidates understand that liposuction is not meant to be a weight loss solution; liposuction has the best results when the patient is as close to their goal weight as possible and is looking to remove specific pockets of fat.

What Are My 
Liposuction Options?

Liposuction can be successfully performed alone or in conjunction with another procedure. Some popular combinations include:

Mommy Makeover

A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures targeting areas of a woman’s body most affected by aging and childbirth, and liposuction is a very popular procedure to include. If you want a full-body transformation, a Mommy Makeover with liposuction may be the ideal choice.

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

During the BBL procedure, liposuction is used as part of the fat grafting process. However, for a more comprehensive slimming result, Dr. Bivens can utilize liposuction on other areas of the body, such as the stomach or hips, to create a more streamlined body contouring result.

If you are interested in liposuction and would like to learn more about the procedure and see if it is a good fit for you, call Optimal Plastic Surgery today at (657) 444-9291 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bivens.


No words can express how grateful I am to Dr. Joseph Bivens. He is definitely a blessing to all of his patients and the staff. Dr. Bivens is very knowledgeable and he will take his time to address all the questions and concerns that the patient may have. The entire team has a high level of professionalism and is very efficient to respond to any issues or concerns.

Cristina K.
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How Is 
Liposuction Performed?

Your Consultation

At Optimal Plastic Surgery, the consultation is a key part of your plastic surgery process. During your consultation with Dr. Bivens, he will listen to your goals and concerns regarding your liposuction procedure before discussing your options with you. He will also go over your medical history, examine the treatment area, and create a surgical plan that best addresses your needs.

It’s a good idea to prepare for your consultation with questions for Dr. Bivens, your full medical history, and a list of all medications and supplements you are currently taking. Dr. Bivens may advise you to stop taking certain medications prior to your procedure and will be able to give you a realistic estimate of the surgical results.

The Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under either local or general anesthesia, depending on the size of the treatment area and Dr. Biven’s recommendations. On the day of surgery, Dr. Bivens will begin by marking where your incisions will go around the treatment area. Then, your anesthesia will be administered. He will then make small incisions on the pre-marked locations before inserting a small, thin tube called a cannula, which is used to break up fat deposits and vacuum the unwanted fat.

Dr. Bivens utilizes varying liposuction techniques based on your specific needs and goals, your health history, and the specific treatment location. Some possible liposuction types include tumescent, ultrasound-assisted, laser-assisted, and power-assisted. The fat is gently removed using a back-and-forth movement to maintain a smooth and natural-looking contour.

Once an adequate amount of fat has been removed and Dr. Bivens is satisfied with the result, he will carefully close the incisions.

Dr. Bivens in the Surgery Suite

Before & After Photos

Before and after liposuction, surgery by Optimal Plastic Surgery

Before and after liposuction, surgery by Dr. Joseph Bivens

What Is Liposuction
Recovery Like?

Immediately following your liposuction procedure, you will experience some swelling and bruising. You may have surgical drains placed at the incision sites, which prevent fluid from building up. You may also have a compression garment, which reduces swelling and helps to maintain the shape of your body’s contour. Dr. Bivens will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incisions, how long to wear your garment, or when to return to have your drains removed.

You should be able to return to work after a few days as long as strenuous activities are limited. Be sure to get plenty of rest as you recover.

When Will I
See My Liposuction Results?

Most patients can see an immediate difference following their liposuction procedure, although the full results will not be visible for some time. Once the swelling and bruising have dissipated and you are cleared to remove your compression garment, you should be able to notice your full results around six weeks postoperatively.

After your recovery period, you can enjoy a slimmer physique that blends naturally with the rest of your body.

How Much Does a
Liposuction Cost?

The cost of liposuction in Orange County, CA, will vary depending on the specifics of your surgical plan, such as the type of liposuction and anesthesia used, the size of the treatment area, and if you have combined your liposuction with any other procedures.

Once Dr. Bivens has created a customized surgical plan for you, we will happily provide you with an accurate cost estimate.

Interested in
Liposuction in Orange County, CA?

If you’re ready to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat for good, call Optimal Plastic Surgery today at (657) 444-9291 or fill out our online contact form. We’re ready to answer any questions you have and schedule a consultation.

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