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Your Liposuction Questions, Answered

Liposuction San Francisco CADeciding to get a liposuction procedure can be an exciting but overwhelming decision. To help you determine if liposuction is right for you, here are common questions that patients ask about this fat removing procedure.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that eliminates fat in specified areas of the body. It is an excellent option when efforts in dieting and exercise have failed to deliver the results you want. A dermatologic or plastic surgeon usually performs the procedure on the face, buttocks, thighs, hips, or belly to improve one’s appearance.

Am I a Good Candidate For Liposuction?

The top qualification for getting a liposuction procedure is to have realistic expectations. Liposuction cannot rid your body of cellulite, but it can remove unwanted fat in areas such as the hips, face, or belly. You also need to be in good health prior to your procedure to help reduce the possibility of complications. Specifically, you need to be a non smoker and within 30% of your ideal weight. If you suffer from diabetes, heart problems, or a weak immune system liposuction may not be the right procedure for you.

What Can I Expect During My Liposuction Procedure?

Your procedure will probably take place at your doctor’s office or a surgical center. Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll go home the day of. Be certain you have someone to drive you home. Prior to your procedure, the doctor may mark specific areas of your body where the fat removal will take place. After that, general anesthesia will be given or a “local”, which allows you to feel no pain.

What is the Liposuction Recovery Time?

Bruising, soreness, and swelling are all common parts of the recovery process. You may need to wear a compression garment for 4-8 weeks to help stabilize the swelling. Antibiotics may also be necessary to help stave off infection.

Schedule a Consultation

To find out more about liposuction and if it is right for you, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center at Pinole (East Bay) (510) 724-8282, or Larkspur (North Bay) (415) 461-5755. We look forward to answering your questions.

Common Liposuction Questions, Answered

Liposuction | San Francisco | Pinole CA If diet and exercise aren’t accomplishing your body goals, liposuction could provide the help you need. Liposuction can remove excess fat on your hips, buttocks, face, thighs, or belly to enhance your shape. The following questions are common concerns voiced by potential liposuction candidates.

I want to get liposuction, but am I a good candidate for the procedure?

As with any surgical procedure, liposuction comes with risks. The help mitigates those risks it is best that you are in general good health. To be a good candidate for liposuction you must:

  • Not smoke
  • Have elastic and firm skin
  • Be within 30% of your ideal weight

I’m nervous about getting liposuction, what can I expect?

It is normal to feel some apprehension about any surgical procedure. A liposuction surgery will take place at a surgical center or your doctor’s office. You will go home the day of but will need someone to drive you. If you are getting a particularly large amount of fat removed, you may need to stay overnight. Before the beginning of your surgery, your doctor may mark the parts of your body that are specifically being treated. Next, you will either be given general anesthesia or a “local”—meaning you will be awake but will not feel pain. As with any surgery, there are always risks involved including bleeding, uneven fat removal, nerve damage, and infection.

Do I need to take time off work to recover?

Yes. Some people return to work within a few days while others need a few weeks before doing so. The difficulty you experience during recovery depends on many factors including the type of liposuction you get. Bruising, swelling, and soreness are normal during the first few weeks after your surgery. During the first 1 to 2 months you will wear a compression garment to control the amount of swelling. The doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to stop infection.

Schedule a consultation

If you are interested in exploring what liposuction can do for you, call our office to arrange a consultation. You can reach our team at 510-724-8282 (Pinhole) or 415-461-5755 (Larkspur).

How to Stay Slimmer for Longer After Lipo or a Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck CA | Bay Area Laser Surgery CenterWith a surgical procedure like an abdominoplasty or liposuction, we can help you get rid of stubborn fat from your body. However, to ensure that you get long lasting results, we encourage all of our patients to create a post-surgery plan before they go under the knife. By creating a plan before the surgery even takes place, you can start on it as soon as you are out of recovery. From creating a diet plan to getting enough sleep, this article will list three ways you can keep the fat off once and for all after your surgery.

Create an Eating Plan

One of the best ways you can keep the weight off after surgery is to eat a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates. However, make sure that you create an eating plan that you can stick with for the long run. Diets that are too restricting are hard to be consistent with and usually result in patients gaining the weight back. For instance, make small changes like only eating carbohydrates that are rich in whole grains like whole wheat pasta and bread.

Work It Out

More than just to keep weight off, working out is also good for your head and your heart. Plus, those extra endorphins can give you the energy you need to tackle your long list of daily tasks. When creating a workout plan, make sure to choose something that has a combination of cardio and weights.

Get Enough Sleep

The more tired and exhausted you are, the more likely you are to overload your body with sugar, carbohydrates, and processed foods to help maintain a healthy energy level. Everyone needs at least eight hours of sleep every night to get enough recuperative rest.

Undergoing a tummy tuck or liposuction are life-changing procedures that will give you great results. However, to make sure that your results are long lasting, you need to eat right, work out often, and get enough sleep. To learn more about recovery tips or to schedule an appointment, contact Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center today!

What you need to know about liposuction

BODY CONTOURING | Bay AreaLiposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat from the body. It is an option used after diet and exercise have failed to remove stubborn fat. Common areas for the procedure are the face, buttocks, thighs, belly, and hips. As you consider whether or not to get a liposuction procedure, consider the following:

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

As with any surgical procedure, liposuction has risks, so it is important to be in general good health. The ideal candidate will be within 30% of their perfect weight, have firm skin, and is a non-smoker. If you have heart disease, a low immune system, diabetes, or issues with blood flow, it is not recommended that you pursue this surgery.

How do I get ready for liposuction surgery?

If you choose to pursue liposuction, you will have a consultation with your surgeon to determine your goals and talk about the benefits and risks. This is your time to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. You will then be provided with instructions on how to get ready for the surgery, which may include alcohol and diet constraints. Be sure to tell your surgeon of medications (both over the counter and prescription) you are on and allergies you have.

What should I expect from liposuction surgery?

Prior to the start of the surgery, the doctor might make markings on the areas of your body that are the focus of the procedure. Photos will be taken for a before and after comparison. Next, you’ll be put on general anesthesia, which allows you to be asleep during the surgery. In some cases, you may only need a “local” anesthetic, which will not put you to sleep but will make it so you can’t feel anything. Typically, liposuction is an out-patient procedure in which you’ll go home the same day. Be sure you have arranged for someone to drive you home.

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

You will have swelling, bruising, and tenderness for a few weeks after the surgery. This is normal and part of the healing process. In some cases, your surgeon might have you wear a compression garment for a couple of months post surgery. Some people can get back to their normal schedules and activities after only two weeks.

If you would like to arrange a consultation to see if you are a candidate for liposuction, call us today at (510) 724-8282, Pinole (East Bay) or (415) 461-5755

Larkspur (North Bay).



Your questions about liposuction, answered

liposuction | Bay Area Laser Cosmetic SurgeryIt’s one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, but there are still plenty of people out there who’ve never experienced it – and they have questions. Here are the most common ones we get about liposuction:

Q: What can lipo do for me?

A: The procedure can remove fat to help smooth and contour your abdomen, waist, buttocks and many other areas.

Q: What results can I expect?

A:  Your clothes should fit better, and the area can look smoother and more youthful. Our patients also report that lipo can provide a confidence boost.

Q: What areas can be treated?

A: Problem areas from head to toe can benefit from liposuction, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Thighs
  • Love handles
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Knees
  • Buttocks

Q: Can I have liposuction to lose weight?

A: Liposuction is not an overall weight loss method, but can be performed to help eliminate those stubborn deposits of fat that don’t respond to eating less or exercise. Most people do say they appear slimmer and more in proportion after the procedure.

Q: How is the recovery from liposuction?

A: This is probably the most common question patients ask. The answer varies depending on how many and which areas you have treated. Typically, most patients experience some soreness, swelling and bruising, and take at least a week off from work and other activities.

Q: Will I have to wear compression garments?

A: The various types of compression garments we have our patients wear are designed to help you achieve your desired results post surgery. They help control swelling, can provide smoother-looking results and help scars heal better.

Q: How long do results last?

A: Most patients experience long-lasting results as long as they don’t gain a lot of weight after surgery. Some choose to have revision procedures to further smooth and contour certain areas.

Q: How can I learn more about liposuction?

A: Call now for consultation to find out more about the procedure and whether it’s the right fit for you. In Pinole (East Bay) call (510) 724-8282; In Larkspur (North Bay) call (415) 461-5755.


There’s a lot to love about liposuction

liposuction san francisco | fat removal bay areaLiposuction is a popular cosmetic plastic surgery method. Using a cannula inserted under the skin and attached to a high-pressure vacuum, the procedure breaks up and suctions fat cells from various areas of the body.

Treating unwanted fat pockets, wherever they live

Liposuction can be performed practically head-to-toe — everywhere from the neck, chest, upper arms and stomach to the back, buttocks, hips and thighs – even under the chin. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the procedure is most commonly performed on the thighs and abdomen for women and the abdomen and love handles for men.

What liposuction can’t do

The treatment is not meant as a method for weight-loss, although you could drop a pound or two of unwanted fat. Instead, liposuction is a cosmetic sculpting tool, and works best on those with stubborn areas of fat that haven’t responded to diet and exercise. Liposuction can’t eliminate skin issues, such as cellulite, dimples or stretch marks. In fact, for some older patients or others with less skin elasticity, loss of fat from liposuction can cause the skin in the area to sag.

Liposuction has gotten even better over the last three decades of use

Today’s liposuction techniques allow us to remove a larger, though limited number of fat cells, with less blood loss, less risk, less discomfort and less recovery time. And your unwanted fat can now be used as natural filler, taken from one part of the body, cleaned and injected into an area of the body where it’s actually wanted and needed.

Liposuction removes fat permanently

The fat cells that are suctioned out never come back; however, if you regain weight and don’t adopt healthier habits, there’s a risk that remaining fat cells can increase in size and volume.

When lifestyle changes don’t help you achieve desired results

If you have areas of fat that remain stubbornly resistant to exercise or diet, you should discuss liposuction and your goals with us. Call today for a consultation appointment:
Pinole (East Bay) office (510) 724-8282;
Larkspur (North Bay) office (415) 461-5755

Larkspur (North Bay) Office

1000 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 461-5755

Pinole (East Bay) Office

1599 Tara Hills Dr
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 724-8282
Larkspur Office Pinole Office