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Liposuction In Oakland & The San Francisco Bay Area

Liposuction and liposculpture are procedures that can drastically reduce unwanted fat in stubborn areas. Liposuction can also be coupled with fat grafting to add curves in desired areas while reducing buldge in others.

What isLiposuction?

Liposuction and liposculpting involve the removal of fat cells with the use of a hollow suction tool called a cannula. Liposuction is used to remove fat from specific areas of the body to create a smoother, more desirable body contour.

While it is an effective treatment for bulges or pockets of fat in certain areas of the body, Liposuction is not a treatment for weight loss and cannot replace healthy eating and exercise. However, if you plan on losing weight it is recommended to do so before receiving liposuction. Liposuction should be considered only after diet and exercise have failed to achieve desired results. Liposuction delivers the best results in patients with healthy skin elasticity. Patients whose skin is lacking elasticity may experience sagging when the volume is removed.

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Remove Stubborn Fat Fast

Various factors contribute to the gradual increase of stubborn fat in certain areas of the body. Aging, pregnancy, stress, or other hormonal changes can cause the body to store fat in specific areas. This type of fat is known for being difficult to reduce through diet and exercise. This can cause feelings of frustration and self-consciousness. Liposuction and liposculpting can effectively remove excess fat which has accumulated in problem areas and leaves you with a beautifully contoured, more youthful-looking body.

Liposuction is used to treat areas such as the belly, upper arms, thighs, buttocks, back, chest, hips, love handles, inside of the knees, or under the chin. Dr. Steven Williams is a board-certified plastic surgeon and is well known for producing beautiful body contouring results. Using liposuction alone or in combination with other procedures such as tummy tucks, facelifts, or breast reductions, Dr. Williams can skillfully sculpt and contour all parts of the body which are resistant to diet and exercise.

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Lipo 360: A Comprehensive, Full Body Approach

Liposuction is generally used to target specific pockets or bulges of fat on the body, but there is a more comprehensive body sculpting approach available. Lipo 360 refers to the sculpting of the entire midsection including the abdomen (upper and lower), love handles, obliques, and back. Dr. Steven Williams will remove fat from the treatment area and perform liposculpting to achieve results which appear smooth and natural in multiple areas of your body, should you so choose. You can work with Dr. Williams to tailor your procedure to your specific needs. In that sense, every liposuction Dr. Williams performs is a Lipo360, because as long as it is medically safe, you get lipo where you want it.

Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction can resolve areas of fat that are otherwise difficult to eliminate and relieve patients of the frustration they may feel from trying to address such problem areas without success.

It can subtly improve body contours, improve self-confidence, and promote feelings of youthfulness and sexiness. While liposuction is most commonly used to address cosmetic issues, it can also prove beneficial as a treatment for certain medical conditions. Symptoms of lymphedema, gynecomastia, and lipomas can all be effectively treated with liposuction.

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Types of Liposuction

While there are several methods of liposuction, Dr. Steven Williams prefers to use tumescent power assisted liposuction over laser liposuction whenever possible as it offers more predictable results and fewer side effects. This method of liposuction involves the injection of a solution containing lidocaine and epinephrine, which serves as an anesthetic, prevents fluid loss, and aids in the removal of fat tissue. In certain cases, when we need an energy based solution, Dr. Williams may also choose to use Vaser ultrasonic-assisted liposuction.

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Your Liposuction Procedure

Depending on the area being treated, liposuction may be performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation. Once these medications have taken effect, very small incisions will be made around the treatment area for the insertion of the cannula (or suction tool). The cannula will be inserted at the incision sites and used to suction the fat out of the treatment area. Once fat removal and sculpting have been completed, the cannula will be removed and the incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures.

What to Expect from Tri Valley Plastic Surgery

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Length of Surgery 1-2 Hours Per Area
Inpatient / Outpatient Outpatient
Anesthesia Anesthesia Local, Sedation or General
Duration of Results Long lasting. Weight loss/gain, pregnancy, and age may reduce surgical results over time

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You can generally expect to return to work 3 to 10 days after liposuction and resume all normal activities within 2 to 5 weeks. The time it takes to recover will vary depending on the area or areas treated and the speed at which you heal.

Dr. Williams will closely monitor your recovery to ensure that you are healing properly. You can expect to experience soreness and swelling in treated areas following your liposuction procedure.

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Liposuction Results

While some improvement will be noticeable immediately after surgery, full results will appear over the next 3 to 6 months.

A healthy lifestyle will be pivotal in maintaining liposuction results. While liposuction can permanently remove a large amount of fat from the body, the body's remaining fat cells will still grow with weight gain and shrink with weight loss. This is also the reason why liposuction should be performed after the patient has met and maintained their target weight.

After Liposuction Oakland plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Williams will provide you with detailed post-op instructions, monitor recovery, and advise on what lifestyle changes you may need to maintain liposuction results. A healthy diet, regular exercise, weight stability, and an overall healthy lifestyle can help to maintain the slim and beautiful shapes created with liposuction for years to come.

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Your Tri Valley Plastic Surgery Liposuction and Liposculpting Consultation

Liposuction is a safe, effective, and customizable treatment for stubborn fat which has not responded to traditional fat-burning methods such as diet and exercise. Liposuction may be performed on multiple areas of the body and used to sculpt beautiful contours.

Dr. Steven Williams and his team at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery are leaders in body sculpting procedures. As a key opinion leader in the field of plastic surgery, Dr. Williams is familiar with the latest research on liposuction and can help you make sense of all the options available to you. If you would like to learn more about Oakland liposuction with Dr. Williams, please contact Tri Valley Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

While results vary between each individual and the specific area or areas treated, patients can lose as much as 20 to 30 pounds as a result of liposuction, and between 2 and 4 inches around the waist.

If you are considering surgical liposuction, it is important that you have realistic expectations. Although dramatic results can be achieved, they may not be as immediate or obvious as you would like. The success of liposuction surgery, as with all cosmetic procedures, depends on a number of individual factors, such as age, skin elasticity, skin excess, weight, and overall health.

The ideal liposuction candidate is someone with localized areas of fat, good skin elasticity and close to their ideal body weight (think 10 - 30 pounds). Liposuction can be used to treat multiple areas. There are questions that you should ask yourself before you decide to undergo body sculpting liposuction:

  1. Are you in generally good health?
  2. Is your excess fat in specific areas?
  3. Does your skin tone have reasonably good elasticity?

Liposuction is not suitable for people with:

  1. A weakened immune system
  2. Heart problems
  3. A history of blood clots or restricted blood flow

Liposuction surgery cannot be used to treat obesity alone. It will also not necessarily eliminate cellulite. The procedure helps to improve a patient's body contour, and will not make you lose weight.

Body sculpting liposuction (also referred to as lipoplasty or contouring liposuction) is the removal of fatty tissue from localized problem areas of the body. It is a very popular method of localized fat reduction that uses a suction technique to remove pockets of fat from troublesome areas such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, and upper arms. Body sculpting liposuction helps both men and women to improve the contours of their bodies through a relatively simple and safe surgical procedure. The liposuction process involves the insertion of a cannula (a slender, hollow metal tube) through a small incision concealed in a skin fold near the site to be reduced, and scars are virtually undetectable. Through repeated movements of the cannula under the skin, fat globules are separated and removed by vacuum suction through the cannula. Usually only one small incision will be needed for each area being treated with body sculpting liposuction. The area concerned is injected with tumescent solution prior to insertion of the cannula, in order to reduce bleeding, control pain and to assist the breakdown and loosening of the fat deposits.

Liposuction will sculpt or recontour the body, but does not necessarily result in significant weight loss. The aim of body sculpting surgery is to lose inches rather than weight, and to alter the patient's shape. It is very effective in removing of unwanted bumps and bulges and in improving the body's silhouette. Areas of the body that benefit the most from body sculpting liposuction are:

  • Cheeks, jowls, and neck
  • Upper arms
  • Breast or chest areas
  • Back
  • Abdomen and waistline (love handles in men)
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Knees, calves and ankles

Liposuction surgery can be combined with other cosmetic surgery techniques and may be carried out in a number of areas at the same time. The amount of fat removed varies but more than five liters of fat removal typically will require a hospital stay. Fat cells removed by liposuction are permanently removed. You will still gain weight if you overeat, though the fat will show in other areas.

STEP 1- ANESTHESIA The body sculpting liposuction procedure is performed under a general or twilight anesthesia (where you are sedated but not unconscious) or local anesthetic, depending on the type and number of liposuction procedures you undergo. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis unless large volumes of fat are being removed.

STEP 2 - THE INCISIONS After administering the anesthesia, the next step in liposuction surgery is to create tiny incisions in the area of the body where the tumescent fluid will be injected and fat deposits will be removed. These incisions are usually quite small, a third of an inch at the most. These incisions are then used to insert the cannula, a thin vacuum tube, which will extract the fat.

STEP 3 - FAT REMOVAL Dr. Williams will insert the cannula, through the incision (or incisions), into the deep fat layer beneath your skin. Using back and forth movements, the cannula removes the unwanted fat deposits beneath the skin.

STEP 4 - CLOSING THE INCISIONS The incisions are then closed with a single dissolving stitch.

When you wake up from your liposuction procedure you will be able to notice small improvements. As your body absorbs the fluid added over the next several weeks these results get more and more dramatic. There is often some bruising and swelling to the areas treated, however this should subside after a few weeks. The areas affected by the surgery will be swollen, sore and tender to the touch for three to six months after surgery. You will be required to wear a support garment for up to six weeks after your liposuction operation. The appearance of the treated areas will continue to improve once swelling subsides, and your unwanted fat will be gone, resulting in a slimmer, smoother body contour.

Liposuction recovery times vary from procedure to procedure depending on the area treated and individual differences.

Try to take things as easy as possible, as your liposuction recovery will be much speedier if you do.

You can expect to really see your new body shape about three to six months after your liposuction surgery, and it is important that you continue to eat healthy and exercise to maintain your new figure.

As with all major surgery, liposuction carries risks, such as bleeding, infection and an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. Complications vary depending on how large the procedure, though bruising and swelling are normal. Liposuction side effects vary from patient to patient, and these are the most common:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort
  • Infection
  • Numbness – usually temporary
  • Extended healing time

With today's modern techniques, potential liposuction side effects have been greatly reduced. Bruising usually disappears within a few weeks of having a liposuction procedure, and swelling will improve gradually over a few months. This is a powerful technique that has provided our patients amazing results.

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Tri Valley Plastic Surgery in Dublin provides expert plastic surgery with great results and minimal downtime. We are leaders in breast enhancement, body sculpting, and facial cosmetic surgery, serving the entire San Francisco Bay area. Whether you live in the Bay Area or are coming in from out of town, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have on your path to your new self. Schedule a consultation with us today to take the first step towards realizing the look you’ve always wanted for yourself.

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