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4th of JULY by Dr. Juris Bunkis

Dr Bunkis’ parents and son Justin at July 4th Parade 1986

I am an immigrant to the United States of America and a naturalized citizen – I have chosen to be here and chose to be a citizen. I was born in a displaced persons’ camp in Germany in the aftermath of World War II. My parents were grateful to have escaped the clutches of Communism and to start a new life in the West. We emigrated to Canada, where I finished high school as well as my college and medical school years.

I came to the States to do a residency in General Surgery at Columbia University and a Plastic Surgery residency at Harvard. By the time I finished my residency, I had lived in the US for seven years and had many more contacts in the plastic surgery field in the US than I did in Canada. By the time I accepted my first, full-time teaching position at the University of California in San Francisco, I honestly had not made a conscious decision not to move back to Canada at some point.

I must confess that by the time our son, Justin, was born in 1986, I realized that I would never voluntarily move away from the United States and began the citizenship process. Joining my son as a US citizen was one of the happiest days of my life. Like most immigrants who came here by choice, I truly value the freedom and opportunities offered by being a citizen in the United States of America. Thank you for the opportunity, America! God Bless these United States of America!

Spotlight on Plastic Surgery – Liposuction Dr. John Compoginis

Liposuction is usually performed under general anesthesia, but in some cases it can be performed awake with local anesthesia. The areas to undergo liposuction are “tumesced” by injecting “wetting solution” that contains salt water (saline), epinephrine (adrenaline, which shrinks blood vessels to prevent bleeding and decrease bruising) and lidocaine (a pain medication).

Tiny 4mm incisions are used to remove fat cells permanently using a blunt-ended wand called a cannula. The cannula is attached to a tube and a vacuum. It is then inserted into the small incisions and used to suction out fat cells. The incisions are generally closed with a stitch, and a postoperative compression garment is typically placed over the procedure area.

The best candidate is physically fit and as close as possible to their ideal weight. Good skin elasticity is also important – too much loose skin or cellulite can result
in uneven or dimpled skin. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool. The most weight that can be removed in one liposuction session is only 4-7 lbs. Areas that potentially can be treated include the abdomen, arms, legs, chin/neck, cheeks, breasts, back, bra roll, hips and buttock. After liposuction the best way to keep your results is to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain your weight. Orange County Plastic Surgery offers free consultations so schedule an appointment today!

If you want to see if you can have any part of your body improved, contact us for a consultation:
For CA, please call 949-888-9700 or visit
Or for MA location, call 508-755-4825 or visit
You can write to
Dr. Compoginis at
Dr. Bunkis at
or Dr. Ekstrom at