Liposuction San Francisco
The human body undergoes many age-related changes. One of the more frustrating of which are stubborn pockets of fat that seem nearly impossible to get rid of. Patients who are struggling with stubborn pockets of fat that are not improving with healthy lifestyle choices may receive the slimmer body they have been working towards by having a liposuction procedure.
Liposuction Can Help Get Rid of Stubborn Fat
Many men and women have problem areas where fat accumulates. For many patients, fat accumulation is the result of factors that are totally out of their control. These factors include the following:
- Normal aging processes that change the size and shape of the body
- A slowing metabolism
- Unavoidable stress
Patients also find that their bodies no longer respond to exercise. A liposuction procedure can be used to help patients by removing fat from any of the following areas:
- Hips and love handles
Liposuction works best for patients who are already healthy but struggling to lose the few pounds needed to help make them look their best. The procedure is not intended to be a weight loss procedure or an alternative to diet and exercise. Patients who continue to live a healthy lifestyle after their procedure can look forward to long-lasting results.
How Does Liposuction Work?
A liposuction is performed under intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia. Once the patient is comfortably sedated or asleep, the surgeon uses the following steps to carry out the procedure:
- Incisions: Small incisions are made in the treatment area.
- Cannula Insertion: A thin, hollow tube known as a surgical cannula is gently inserted into the incisions until it reaches underlying layers of fat.
- Fat Removal: A surgical vacuum device is connected to the cannula. The surgeon maneuvers the vacuum and cannula to break up fat deposits and remove them from the body.
The liposuction procedure is carefully done in an artistic fashion to give patients a natural appearance and avoid unnecessary side effects. Excess fat is removed until the surgeon is confident the patient’s expectations have been met.
Returning to Normal After Liposuction
Patients should give their body time to heal after their liposuction procedure. Some swelling or bruising may occur throughout the recovery process. The time frame for patients to return to work and normal activities is dependent on the area that was treated and how much fat was removed. Generally, patients need one to three weeks.
Patients will notice a much slimmer figure immediately after their procedure. Results will be seen throughout the recovery process as swelling and bruising go down. Patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy eating choices and regular exercise will maintain their results for an indefinite period of time. Many patients who receive a new, slimmer body after their procedure report that they enjoy things that they previously dreaded. Going to the pool or beach and shopping for new clothes becomes a completely new experience.
Get Started with Liposuction in San Francisco
Patients who are interested in scheduling an initial liposuction consultation with one of the specialists at Wave Plastic Surgery may do so by filling out the form on this page or by giving us a call at (866) 552-0803.