Friday, November 22, 2013

Products To Avoid

There are products known to thin the blood, slowing the clotting process.  Other products are potentially harmful because of MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitory effects.  Some have the effect of lowering serum potassium levels, which can cause abnormal heart rhythms.  Some products impact the liver when general anesthesia is used.  Therefore, starting two weeks before surgery and ending two weeks after, surgery, please do not use the following:

Alka-Seltzer, Anacin, Ascriptin, Bufferin, Contac, Darvon, Ecotrin, Empirin, Excedrin, Fiorinal, Midol, Norgesic, Percodan, Triaminic Vanquish

Advil, Aleve, Anaprox, Cataflam, Clinorial, Daypro, Dolobid, Duract, Ecotrin, Feldene, Ibuprofen, Indocin, Lodine, Medipren, Motrin, Nalfon, Naprelan, Naproxen, Naprosyn, Nuprin, Orudis, Oruvail, Ponstel, Relafen, Tolectin, Toradol, Voltaren

Aloe (ingested), Bilberry, Cayenne, Echinacea, Garlic, Ginger, Gingko, PC-SPES, Protein powders containing Vitamin E, Red wine, St John's wort, Vitamin E (Vitamin E is ok in a multiple vitamin, but please do not take extra), Yohimbe

There may be other products that you may need to avoid.  Please contact the office before taking any medications two weeks prior and two weeks after surgery.

Acetaminophen (like Tylenol) is acceptable for headache and pain relief.

Arnica montana (homeopathic medicine) is acceptable for postoperative bruising and swelling.  If Arnica is used, please start after surgery as it thins the blood. Melatonin (hormone) 3mg is acceptable to use as a sleep aide after surgery. Take at bedtime. 

Eat a light breakfast and/or lunch on the day of your procedure; avoid caffeinated products such as coffee, tea, or energy drinks.  It is recommended that patients wear or bring loose and comfortable clothing the day of procedure. 

Male patients should shave hair covering the abdomen and chest prior to an abdominal lipo procedure..

Please call Pacific Lipo at (858) 427-8899 for any questions.  Visit our website to learn more about our office and procedures

Friday, November 15, 2013

Meet Your Pacific Liposculpture Medical Director

Dr. Harrison Robbins, M.D, DMD, is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery with more than 30 years of experience as a licensed physician in the state of California. Dr. Robbins, along with his highly trained liposculpture team, will help to minimize your risks while offering you the best possible care all under local anesthesia! Because of Dr. Robbins' training and expertise in liposuction technology, Pacific Lipo's procedures significantly reduce pain, swelling and bruising, while providing you with smoother results, tighter skin, and permanent contour improvements.

Dr. Robbins is an officer of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and served as Chair of its Examination Section for seven years. As a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, he was Chair of Education and Publication Committees. He was Founding Editor of Cosmetic Surgery Newsline and a member of theEditorial Advisory Board of the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. He served as President of the American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery. He recently served as Editor of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians and Investigators (APPI) section of its journal Monitor, and on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Academy of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). He currently serves as member of the Institutional Review Board for Scripps Health La Jolla and its San Diego Hospitals. He is also a member of the Research Committee of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation. He received the 1st Annual Award for Best Scholarly Article published by the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery for his article, The First Facelift, and has published 4 additional articles on clinical trial research.
Dr. Robbins is currently President of the California Academy of Cosmetic Surgery elected to a 2 year term. He represents CACS on the 7-member Advisory Committee of the Medical Board of California for Physician Responsibility of Supervision of Affiliated Medical Care Providers. This Advisory Committee currently concentrates on Medical Spa regulation and regulation of Corporate Practice of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Robbins is Board-certified in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Robbins supervises a team of highly trained liposuctionists with combined experience of well over 15,000 lipo procedures. Members of his team have participated in the liposculpture training of physicians and have authored several articles on various subjects from advanced lipo techniques to health and wellness. Share your treatment goals with one of Dr. Robbins' specialists so that you gain the knowledge that one needs to make the most informed decisions regarding your cosmetic surgery needs.
As Medical Director of Pacific Lipo, Dr. Harrison Robbins offers patients a lifetime of experience and knowledge in a state-of-the-art outpatient lipo center.

Call (858) 427-8899 today to schedule your complimentary consultation or complete a virtual consultation.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Impact Of Society On Our Bodies

Modern society places a lot of emphasis on shapely bodies through magazines, television,
and social media.  Making those bodies closer to what society perceives as normal can occasionally cause social miracles.  For many people, the inability to have an attractive, youthful shape creates great stress, particularly for those who have tried to improve their figure through diet and exercise.  Liposuction is the most common cosmetic procedure for both men and women to reshape problem areas of the body.  

At Pacific Lipo, we understand that genetically, most people cannot reshape their problem areas where fat accumulates without help.  Now there's an affordable, better, safer, and quicker procedure to bring you the confidence you deserve.

After having my procedure done, friends and family were envious to say the least.  My coworker went to Pacific Lipo to have the procedure done a couple weeks ago.  She did the same thing as me, upper and lower abdomen and love handles.  She will NOT stop talking about it.  She's a 39 year old mother of 2 who flashes her new belly to everyone, I have never seen her this happy.  She's like a whole new woman.  Rod is an artist, he's awesome at what he does and truly cares about his patients.  If you're considering lipo then this is the place to go.
 - Lindsey S. from Portland, OR

Call (858)427-8899 today for your complimentary consultation or complete a virtual consultation. We look forward to helping you reshape the way you live! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

FAQs - How Long Do The Results Last?

The fat cells are permanently removed by liposculpture, so you will not regain weight in that area.  It is important to note, however, that liposuction does not guarantee that you won't gain weight or accumulate fat deposits in other areas of your body.  

Patients will have a variation in liposuction results.  There are many different reasons why someone may end up with less than perfect results from a lipo procedure. He or she may have looser skin or pre-existing stretch marks which is a sign that the desired amount of post-liposuction skin tightening may not be possible. Some people may have had prior surgeries with large amounts of scarring which could significantly limit the potential for smoothness after a lipo procedure. Some patients may not have followed important aftercare instructions or follow-up regularly with office visits/phone calls as instructed. Some patients do not continue to exercise or diet afterwards to ensure optimal results. As with any procedure in any office, results may vary.

View Pacific Lipo's Before and After Gallery to get a better idea of how results do vary for patients with different body types, prior surgical scars, varying degrees of skin laxity, etc. Although results may vary, one can still appreciate the significant improvement that may be achieved when the procedure is performed by an experienced liposuction specialist. That being said, patients must keep in mind that not everyone will be completely thrilled with their results, but that does not necessarily mean that the technique used by the liposuctionist was poor. Sometimes our bodies don’t heal as nicely as we would all hope. The goal of any lipo procedure is to help every patient look much better but unfortunately not every patient will feel better despite all reasonable efforts.

…my body is totally transformed! I was always very active and had good muscle tone. (But covered by layers of fat). Now I have a very sexy hour glass shape and can finally see the definition in my arms! - Katie H. from San Diego, CA

Call today for a FREE consultation at (858) 427-8899 or complete a virtual consultation!  Reshape the way you live with liposculpture.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

FAQs - What Can I Expect After Surgery?

Following your procedure, we will explain your healing process and how to achieve max results.  Since liposculpture is minimally invasive and performed under a local anesthetic, you will be perfectly fine to safely drive yourself home after the procedure.  

For a day or two, you can expect to feel tired, as though your body has been through a workout - and it has!  The areas treated will be stiff and sore, and you may experience some discomfort, burning, swelling, bruising or temporary numbness.  The tumescent solution often provides many hours of pain free comfort, and you will be provided with medication to relieve any residual discomfort following your procedure.
You will be wearing a compression garment around the areas treated.  This decreases swelling, helps mold the new shape, and provides support and comfort.  Garments must be worn following the procedure for comfort and to improve results. Duration of garment wear varies on an individual basis and will be determined by our Director of Surgery, Rod Davis PA-C.

Follow up appointments are free and encouraged.  Our team at Pacific Lipo would like to see you during your recovery process and make sure you are getting the best results possible.  Patients usually return 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months after their procedure.  If you are coming from out of town, that is not a problem!  Most follow up appointments can be done virtually through email with photos and phone calls. 
 I just had my 6 month follow up and am still very amazed at my results.  The staff was amazing as usual!  I am so happy that I had another smaller area done.  I was in and out in no time and am already so impressed with the results.  A huge thank you to everyone at Pacific Lipo for bringing back my confidence!   -Lynette M. from San Diego, CA

Call today for a FREE consultation at (858) 427-8899 or complete a virtual consultation!  Reshape the way you live with liposculpture.

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