Liposuction

Surgical Fat Reduction in San Francisco

Liposuction is a great tool to treat those difficult problem areas that don't seem to improve with diet and exercise. While many new devices, such as laser, ultrasound, and freezing claim to improve on the benefits of liposuction, traditional Suction-Assisted Liposuction (SAL)—available to patients in San Francisco—continues to be the gold standard treatment. However, Dr. Eric Culbertson practices newer techniques building upon accepted principles to optimize fat removal while minimizing the risk of irregularities feared by many patients and surgeons. Using specialized cannulas to manually target superficial and deep fatty pockets in key locations, Dr. Culbertson can use his artistic eye to sculpt your physique.

While arguably more work for the surgeon, SAL done correctly by a trained plastic surgeon offers better results, fewer complications, and higher patient satisfaction scores than expensive, gimmicky treatments that are big on promises but little on results. Because SAL requires precise, hand-tailored fat removal instead of relying on dangerous high energy, complications such as burns and contour deformities can be minimized. Another key advantage: Suction Assisted Liposuction minimizes injury to the fat cells, allowing this valuable sculpting clay to be preserved for fat grafting. Rather than throwing the fat away, find out how you can put it to work for you! Remove fat from the areas you don't want, and give shape to the places that are lacking.

Your lipo procedure will start long before any instrument comes near your body. It begins with a consultation, during which you'll establish rapport with your cosmetic surgeon and explain exactly what you're looking for. Bring your questions about liposuction in the Bay Area to The Jacobs Center's Healdsburg office (707.473.0220) or San Francisco office (415.433.0303).

Some Liposuction Details

The technique for Suction-Assisted Liposuction uses negative pressure delivered by hand via a long ultrafine straw (cannula) through a tiny 5-mm entry point in the skin. These incisions are made in inconspicuous places—such as in the belly button or below the bikini line—and typically heal with little to imperceptible scars.*

Liposuction can be performed comfortably with the patient under local medication, twilight sedation, or general anesthesia. The length of the procedure depends on how many targets we'd like to address, but typically ranges from one to four hours. The cost is similarly dependent on time, though some degree of liposuction is typically included in other body procedures to perfectly blend and shape your curves. Fat grafting can also be performed, preserving this valuable, natural material to reshape areas such as the breasts and buttocks.

Is Liposuction Right for Me?

Liposuction can be right for any patient who needs some help tackling problem areas such as the arms, armpits, back, abdomen, love handles, buttocks, and inner and outer thighs. Some liposuction is often included as part of another procedure, such as a tummy tuck or breast lift, to blend in contours. More aggressive liposuction can always be added "a la carte." It can be used to kick off a health routine or treat stubborn problem areas.

What to Expect After Liposuction

Patients are placed in specialized fit-to-measure compression garments to minimize swelling for the first week as their bodies' own drainage system, the lymphatic system, recovers. Pain associated with the procedure is typically of an achy sort, like you might feel after a good workout, and is easily controlled with pain medication or even just Tylenol. Most if not all patients transition to over the counter pain medication within the first week. We tell our patients to expect to take a week off work, though some of them are even able to return to duties earlier.*

Because this surgery is limited to the skin and fat layer, it's considered a less painful procedure than more invasive operations. During the recovery period, patients are encouraged to walk and do day-to-day activities—but to refrain from strenuous exercise for the first two weeks. After that, patients can gradually return to their normal, unrestricted activity level.

Moving Forward

Lipo is a common procedure, and is a popular method for eliminating fat that is hard to lose via other methods, but you may still have questions. A member of The Jacobs Center staff is available to talk to patients about liposuction in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. Call the Healdsburg office at 707.473.0220 or the San Francisco office at 415.433.0303.

* Patient Results May Vary