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What is Liposuction? 

Liposuction ModelLiposuction (or Lipoplasty) removes fat from between the skin and the underlying muscle through a suctioning process. Ultrasonic Liposuction procedures are performed by our Liposuction surgeons in Marin County in our state-of-the-art surgery center for the purpose of eliminating excess weight in specific regions of the body. These can include the face (Facial Liposuction or Chin Liposuction), neck, abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs, and other areas as well. However, Liposuction is not appropriate to address general weight problems. Liposuction procedures are best used to correct area-specific weight issues that have not responded well to diet and exercise. It is a great way to reduce pockets of fat in specific areas.

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Best Candidate for Liposuction

The best candidates for Ultrasonic Liposuction are men and women who are in good health and have reasonable expectations. Reducing one's weight as much as possible before a Liposuction procedure can be instrumental in achieving an optimal result. People taking medications or who have medical conditions will want to go over their medical histories especially carefully with their surgeon in advance of Liposuction to make sure that they are not likely to have an increased risk of complications. Patients who would rather avoid surgery may be candidates for CoolSculpting®, a non-invasive body contouring option. Liposuction may be a stand-alone procedure or it may be used in combination with other body contouring operations such as Tummy Tuck or Body Lift. If your skin lacks sufficient elasticity, these procedures may be necessary in order to achieve a sculpted appearance once the excess fat has been removed. Plastic Surgery Specialists can suggest the best surgical techniques for your body and help to ensure you meet your aesthetic goals. 

Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is usually performed with local or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis, though there may be circumstances where it is better for the patient to spend the night. Fat is removed by Liposuction surgeons from specific regions of the body through a narrow tube (called a cannula) inserted into a tiny incision only a few millimeters in length. Modern technology has provided methods for emulsifying fat before it is suctioned out. This means Ultrasonic Liposuction causes less discomfort and minimal blood loss. 

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Post Lipoplasty Procedure

Depending on the amount of fat removed and its location, you will likely have some discomfort and bruising and even some pain following your Liposuction procedure. If necessary, you may need a drainage tube to channel fluid away from the incision. Wearing a special elastic compression garment will help to minimize tenderness. Scarring should be minimal, because the incisions are so small. Plastic Surgery Specialists will make sure that you leave with instructions that will help to ensure your comfort and also alert you to the onset of any infections or other complications. It will take one to two weeks before you can expect to see results.

For more information on Liposuction, please visit our 3D Education Center. Visitors who searched for Liposuction may also be interested in Tummy Tuck, Body Lift, Arm Lift, or Mommy Makeover. If you are considering liposuction and live in cities such as Greenbrae, Larkspur, Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Santa Rosa, and San Rafael please schedule a consultation with Plastic Surgery Specialists today.  Contact us at (415) 925-2880.

Featured FAQs

Q: What can I expect from my liposuction results?

A: Our surgeons can make a reasonable determination at your examination as to what your expected results will be. Patients with good, elastic skin tone and localized fatty deposits typically get most satisfying results. In other words, someone who is 100 pounds overweight with fat evenly distributed throughout their body presents a very difficult, if not impossible sculpting task. Liposuction shouldn't be considered a weight-loss procedure. Localized fat deposits in the hips, tummy, or thighs are easily contoured. The second factor influencing the result is the elasticity of the skin. Liposuction alone doesn't tighten skin; we must rely on the skin's inherent elasticity to shrink to the new contour. Liposuction also doesn't remove cellulite or skin irregularities, which is why we may combine liposuction with skin tightening treatments.

Q: How long does the surgery take and what is the recovery period like?

A: Recovery time depends on the number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed. If you undergo extensive liposuction, it's important to have assistance at home for several days following the surgery. You may be asked to wear an elastic garment to help minimize swelling and enhance comfort during your recovery. Some discomfort and heavy bruising is common, but it will resolve gradually during the first week or 2 after surgery. Local anesthetic used during liposuction, followed up by anti-inflammatory medicine following the operation, minimizes the recovery time for most people.

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