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Brian Reagan, M.D.

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Rated the #1 program in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Reagan trained with recognized world experts in facial rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, and body contouring.

Brian Reagan, M.D.

Dr. Brian Reagan is a renowned board-certified plastic surgeon who has spent many years in training and in practice. During his surgical training at Cornell Medical College/ The New York Hospital, Dr. Reagan conducted award winning NIH funded research in the science of wound healing. His research interests focused on ways to improve healing with less scarring. At the University of Texas at Southwestern in Dallas, rated the #1 program in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Reagan trained with recognized world experts in facial rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, and body contouring. He has published or has lectured on topics such as rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation, and minimally invasive techniques in plastic surgery. As a member of the Hot Topics Committee for the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, you can be confident that Dr. Reagan will be abreast of the latest techniques and technology.

Dr. Reagan began his practice in San Diego in 2000. He has been recognized by peers and the public alike for his expertise in plastic surgery. Dr. Reagan has been committed to giving back to the community as well. He served as a Board Member and surgeon for Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a non-profit organization that provides free surgery for children and young adults with congenital and acquired deformities. For his efforts, which included over 200 donated procedures, Dr. Reagan was awarded the “Health Hero Award” by the Combined Health Agencies of San Diego. More recently, Dr. Reagan has joined the board of The Burn Institute, a non-profit committed to supporting the UCSD Burn Center, burn survivors and their families.

Dr. Reagan was excited to join the great team at CosmetiCare during what he calls the “sweet spot” in his career. “I’ve been fortunate to train with some world-class surgeons, and I’ve practiced enough different techniques on my own to be able to tailor each surgery to what is best for the individual patient!” Dr. Reagan has a particular interest in less invasive techniques for facial rejuvenation and body contouring. “Great results can be achieved with office-based procedures with no general anesthesia. It’s important to recognize that sometimes patients are more comfortable with a less invasive approach.”

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Education

  • The University of Texas SouthWestern at Dallas Residency, Plastic Surgery, 07/98 – 07/00
  • The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center Residency, General Surgery, 07/96 – 07/98
  • The New York Hospital – Cornell Burn Center Clinical Fellow, Burns, 01/96 – 07/96
  • The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center Research Fellow, The Wound Healing Laboratory Department of Surgery, 07/93 – 01/96
  • Harbor – UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA Residency, General Surgery, 07/91 – 07/93
  • Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY M.D., May 25, 1991
  • University of California at San Diego, Revelle College B.A., Biochemistry and Cell Biology, 1986

Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • California Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • San Diego Society of Plastic Surgeons

State Licenses

  • State of California

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CoolSculpting Benefits

Unwanted fat is something we all struggle with at one point or another. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle complete with diet and exercise, you may notice that some areas of fat just won’t go away. This stubborn fat may not melt off like it used to, even though you’ve made tremendous efforts. If this sounds familiar, it may be time to try CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting is an effective fat reduction procedure. It is noninvasive and non-surgical. CoolSculpting helps to remove extra fat cells from beneath the skin and has several benefits over traditional surgical fat removal procedures. Perhaps that’s why it’s so popular among celebrities who don’t want to go under the knife to remove fat that won’t go away with diet and exercise.

Did you know? As of 2010, Coolsculpting is FDA approved. Since then, treatments have increased by over 800 percent.

CoolSculpting Work

Orange County CoolSculpting: How Does It Work?

CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis, a procedure that works by placing pinchable fat into two panels that cool the fat to a freezing temperature. CoolSculpting in Orange County can reduce the treated fat by as much as 25 percent. The frozen, dead fat cells are excreted out of the body naturally through the liver within several weeks after treatment to reveal results.

A CoolSculpting treatment session typically takes an hour to treat each targeted area. Treating more than one area requires more treatments in order to see results. Larger body parts may also require additional treatments.

Who Is CoolSculpting Ideal For?

CoolSculpting may not be for everyone. It is not a treatment for obesity. The technique is only used for helping to remove small amounts of extra fat that are resistant to other weight loss attempts, such as diet and exercise.

In order to be an ideal candidate for CoolSculpting, you must have pinchable fat in the areas you wish you treat. If you have any less, you probably are not a good fit for CoolSculpting. However, it’s always important to discuss it with your board-certified plastic surgeon to determine which fat removing method is right for you.

CoolSculpting is a safe method for reducing body fat in many people. However, there are some who should not try CoolSculpting. Those with the following conditions should avoid CoolSculpting because of the risk of complications:

  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Cold agglutinin disease
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (PCH)

It’s important to talk to your doctor to make sure that you are an ideal fit for the procedure. Any questions or concerns you have should be voiced at the initial consultation with your board-certified plastic surgeon in Orange County.

Read more: CoolSculpting vs Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck – Best Body Contouring

How Long Do the Results Last?

The number of treatments you need will depend on the amount of fat that is being treated. Treatment sessions range from 35 to 60 minutes. The final results will manifest about the months after the CoolSculpting treatment.

Your results should last indefinitely. Once the fat cells are killed and excreted, they do not come back. However, it’s important to take care of yourself after the CoolSculpting procedure because you can still gain weight in the treated areas.

CoolSculpting Benefits

The reason why CoolSculpting is so popular is because of its benefits. Typically, patients may choose CoolSculpting over surgical fat reduction, like liposuction for fear of going under the knife. This procedure is:

  • Non-surgical: This means that there are no incisions necessary to freeze and remove fat cells. Instead, you’ll be fully awake and have the ability to read, play on your cell phone, or stream your favorite show during the procedure.
  • Noninvasive: Because the procedure is non-surgical, it is also noninvasive. All you do is sit on the chair while the machine works its magic.
  • Requires no recovery time: Many of our patients come in for their CoolSculpting procedure on their lunch break and return to work right after completion. There is no downtime and no recovery! You can drive home or return to your regular daily activities immediately.
  • Area Targeting: CoolSculpting can target your problem areas like bra and back fat, making it one of the best fat reducing treatments without the need for plastic surgery.

What Areas Can CoolSculpting Treat?

Some patients opt to treat several parts of the body at once. CoolSculpting can treat the following areas:

Chin and Jawline

Chin fat is tricky to target with diet and exercise. However, CoolSculpting can target this area to freeze and kill those stubborn fat cells. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and let the applicator do its job.

Much like the chin, the jawline and neck are tricky to treat with other methods because of their small size and shape. CoolSculpting utilizes a range of applicators that come in different sizes so that it can treat even the tiniest of areas.

Thighs

Fat cells like to gather in the thighs, causing many people to turn to liposuction. Surgery doesn’t have to be your first option when it comes to removing these stubborn fat cells. CoolSculpting can give you that body contouring effect without invasive surgery.

Stomach

The stomach is one of the biggest problem areas our patients face. Often, a strict diet and exercise regime isn’t enough to get rid of this stubborn fat. CoolSculpting is the safe and painless method to treat these areas with pinchable fat.

Flanks (Love Handles)

Love handles are a few of the most different areas to target fat with simple diet and exercise. However, these regions are no match for the cold temperature of the CoolSculpting applicator and are ruptured and excreted from the body.

Bra Bulge and Back Fat

Fat around the bra line is another common reason why people use CoolSculpting. These fat cells can be targeted and removed for a body sculpting appearance that makes wearing a t-shirt look and feel better.

Like the bra line, back fat is also difficult to get rid of on your own. CoolSculpting isn’t just great for targeting small areas, but it can also treat larger areas, like the back with noticeable fat bulges

Cellulite

CoolSculpting is also effective in reducing the appearance of cellulite on the legs, buttocks, and arms.

Schedule your CoolSculpting consultation today!

Liposcution Men

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures done today. The fat removing technique is popular among both men and women seeking to improve their body contours and feel better about their overall appearance.

Many patients, both male and female, opt for liposuction when traditional diet and exercise is no longer able to target and contour specific areas of their body. There are a few differences in how it may be performed for men versus women. Here are the differences between liposuction for men compared to women.

Orange County Liposuction: Men vs. Women

Fat Density

Fat is far more dense in men than in women. The fat is thick and fibrous and sticks closely to the layer over the muscle. This means that separation and removal of fat are more difficult.

Women typically have less dense fat, making removal easier and done more quickly. Because of these added challenges, male liposuction should be done by a body contouring, board-certified cosmetic surgeon skilled in liposuction for men.

Amount of Fat Removed

Men typically aren’t as interested in looking thin as women. They do, however, want to look toned. This requires less fat removal to achieve the desired effect. Often only small amounts of fat overlying muscles or obscuring contours need to be sculpted in order to highlight the male figure.

Women, on the other hand, want to remove more fat in order to maintain a different type of contour and enhance their womanly figure. 

Read more: Do guys get liposuction?

Target Areas

The target areas of men and women are the primary difference between male and female liposuction. Also, liposuction can be performed almost anywhere on the body; women tend to focus on specific areas, like the hips, while men want to target other areas. Liposuction performed in some areas that women target, such as the hips, is rarer in men.

Here are the areas women tend to have liposuction:

  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Love Handles
  • Stomach

Here are the areas men tend to have liposuction:

  • Back
  • Chest
  • Face
  • Stomach and love handles 

The chest is a special area for men because of gynecomastia. This is a condition in which a man’s breasts are larger than usual due to any number of reasons, such as glandular growth caused by a hormonal imbalance or the accumulation of excess fatty tissue. A board-certified plastic surgeon will be able to determine whether the condition is caused by glandular growth or fat. If it is fat, chest liposuction can be an effective solution. 

Liposuction Women

Differences in Cost

The cost of Orange County liposuction depends on many different factors. However, male liposuction is generally higher in cost than comparable treatments for female patients. 

  1. Men are typically larger in size than females, so the treatment areas are larger. 
  2. The fat cells in the male body are more difficult to remove than those in the female body. 

These two factors increase the amount of time and effort required of a plastic surgeon, which will increase the price.

Also, the areas that are treated with liposuction for men are also the areas of the body that contain tough fat cells. Male liposuction simply costs more because men choose the areas that contain these difficult, fibrous fat cells that are hard to eliminate.

On the other hand, women might have treatment in areas like the arms or legs where fat is easily removed, making their treatments cheaper because they simply take less time.

When it comes to price, the rule that men’s liposuction is more expensive than female liposuction may not always be true. It depends on each individual patient and the areas in which they wish to target.

The cost will also depend if the individual is having more than one cosmetic procedure performed. When it comes to price, make sure to talk to your plastic surgeon to determine your treatment options and financing abilities so that you understand every aspect of your procedure.

The Recovery Process

The recovery process after liposuction typically differs slightly in men than in women, depending on the type of strenuous work. For men who may have more strenuous jobs, it is recommended that they take up to four weeks to recover. Women may see similar recovery recommendations if their job requires demanding physical activity, so it’s important to understand what the recovery will look like no matter the gender.

For both men and women, recovery from any liposuction surgery will vary with the individual. To get an idea of how much time off from work you’ll need, you should discuss healing and recovery time with your plastic surgeon during the initial consultation. They will also provide you with rules and guidelines after your liposuction so that you can heal safely. 

Male and Female Liposuction

Many people think that cosmetic surgery is just for women. However, liposuction can produce outstanding results in males as well. Although there may be differences in how some procedures are carried out on men compared to women, the results will prove just how effective liposuction can be. Both male and female patients will get the sculpted and contoured body they can’t get from regular diet and exercise.

Whether you are a male or female, your eligibility for liposuction will depend on your individual circumstances.  If you’re thinking about liposuction, schedule a free consultation today!

Abdominoplasty, or what is commonly called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure designed to result in a flatter, tighter stomach. Tummy tucks in Orange County are very popular. As with any surgical procedure, it is wise to know about all of the options to make the best decision regarding your body.

Who should get a tummy tuck?

The best abdominoplasty procedures are meant for patients who are at a stable weight and in good health. Tummy tucks are not intended to replace traditional weight loss programs, but they can help cross the finish line on aesthetic fitness goals.

After working hard to lose weight, some people still have pockets of fat or excess skin that didn’t respond to diet and exercise. After pregnancy, some women have loose skin from where their abdomens stretched. This cosmetic surgery is perfect for candidates like this so long as they are in good health beforehand.

For patients who have lost a great deal of weight and have substantial portions of extra skin, circumferential tummy tucks are often recommended. These are a bit more involved than a standard procedure. A mini, or partial, tummy tuck for more localized results is also an option.

What is involved in a tummy tuck?

Patients are typically placed under general anesthesia. The surgeon will usually make two incisions. The first incision is made across the patient’s body from hip bone to hip bone. Skilled surgeons will aim to make this incision low enough that any scarring will be hidden behind underwear or bikini bottoms. The second incision is closer to the navel.

The skin between these incisions is then separated from the underlying muscles. The muscles are pulled together and stitched into place. Finally, the skin is stretched and reattached into a natural position.

The entire procedure typically takes somewhere between two to five hours.

Recovery

Patients typically wear compression garments that apply pressure to help alleviate pain and bruising.

Full recovery can take between two weeks to two months. While recovering, patients should avoid strenuous activity and any heavy lifting. Most patients return to work after a week or two.

To aid in recovery, a temporary tube may be inserted under the skin. This tube helps drain excess fluid from the surgical site. There are also options to skip the drainage tube after a procedure. This raises numerous questions regarding the difference between using or foregoing a drain during recovery.

Tummy Tuck With Drains

Most traditional tummy tucks involve using two drains during recovery. These drains minimize the amount of fluid that collects under the newly stretched skin while also absorbing residual blood. Drains, in general, can be removed between one to two weeks after a tummy tuck procedure.

Patients can often return to their regular routines, including going back to work, with drains in place. Drainage is typically consistent across both drains, so they are often removed at the same time. There are instances, however, when a surgeon will decide to remove only one drain. Each circumstance is different.

Tummy Tuck Without Drains

Drainless tummy tucks are becoming more popular as more surgeons become comfortable with new techniques. Essentially, drainless tummy tucks combine liposuction with the traditional procedure, thus eliminating the need for drains.

Liposuction is used to thin layers of the abdominal wall. These layers contain natural lymphatic channels that assist in draining fluid from the treatment area.

One of the significant benefits of drainless procedures involves aftercare. Drains must be monitored and cared for, cleaned regularly, and bags must be tracked and replaced as they fill with fluid. This is not to mention some mild discomfort from both wearing the drains and having them removed. On the other hand, drainless procedures eliminate the need for this meticulous aftercare. 

Foregoing a drain can also reduce the risk of other complications after the procedure. For example, bacteria from outside of the body poses a risk when drains are used. Drainless methods have fewer instances of infections.

Are There Risks to Drain-free Tummy Tucks?

In regards to safety, a drainless procedure is almost identical to the traditional tummy tuck using drains. The exception would be the potential increased risk of seroma, a collection of fluid under the skin that needs to be drained with a needle. Experienced surgeons can usually tell who is at a higher risk of developing seroma.

The recovery between the two methods is also very similar. Patients will still need to wear compression garments, experience mild discomfort for the first week, and be on light duty for a few weeks. Without the drainage tubes in place, there is no additional care or risks that would otherwise be associated with additional incisions in your body.

Am I a Candidate for a Drainless Tummy Tuck?

With a similar, if not slightly lower, risk profile, many tummy tuck patients are considering omitting the drains from their procedures. While it would be nice if every patient could make the decision, it is really up to their surgeon. There are several factors surgeons must consider.

These types of patients may not be ideal candidates for drainless operations:

  • Patients who have lost massive amounts of weight through diet, exercise, or surgery
  • Patients with a higher body-mass index (BMI) 

People in both of these camps tend to have more natural drainage after their surgery. Using drainage tubes will provide a better, safer, and speedier recovery.

Often, it is patients within fifteen pounds of their ideal weight that make great candidates. Ultimately, your surgeon will decide on what is best, but don’t be afraid to ask if a drainless tummy tuck is a good option for you.