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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat from specific body areas, typically the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and buttocks. It is performed using a suction device inserted through small incisions in the skin. The procedure targets stubborn fat pockets resistant to diet and exercise, creating a more sculpted and streamlined appearance. Liposuction is not intended for weight loss but can significantly improve body contours, leading to increased self-confidence and improved quality of life.

woman after liposuction in Los Gatos

Liposuction Corrects:

  • Stubborn pockets of fat that resist diet and exercise
  • Uneven fat distribution in various areas of the body
  • Excessive fat accumulation that causes physical discomfort or limited mobility
  • Lack of body confidence or self-esteem due to undesirable body contours
  • Certain conditions, such as gynecomastia, that cause the appearance of excess fat

To learn more about how liposuction in Los Gatos can benefit you, contact us today for an appointment.

Liposuction Is Not A Weight Loss Procedure

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure — it’s designed to remove localized areas of fat that do not respond to traditional weight loss methods. The procedure is not intended to substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise. In fact, patients who undergo liposuction are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle to ensure long-lasting results. Liposuction is most effective for those already at or near their desired weight. Beyond liposuction, we also offer tummy tuck for abdominal contouring as well as fat removal.

Your Liposuction Session

During your liposuction session, you will meet with Dr. Z to discuss your goals and expectations. You will be given local anesthesia to numb the area and a sterile solution containing epinephrine to minimize bleeding and bruising. Once you are comfortable, small incisions will be made in the targeted areas. Through these incisions, Dr. Z will use a cannula, a thin hollow tube, to suction out the unwanted fat.

The cannula is moved back and forth in a controlled motion to break up and remove the fat cells. The amount of fat removed will depend on the patient’s goals and the amount of fat present. During your liposuction in Los Gatos, Dr. Z places the incisions in natural skin folds and creases to minimize scarring. After the procedure, you may be fitted with a compression garment to reduce swelling and aid in the healing process.

Candidates for Liposuction:

  • Individuals who are close to their desired weight but struggle with stubborn areas of fat
  • Those who have tried diet and exercise but cannot get rid of specific fat pockets
  • Individuals with good skin elasticity, as liposuction can leave loose skin in some cases
  • Those who are in good overall health
  • Those who do not have medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications
  • Patients with realistic expectations of what liposuction can achieve
  • Individuals committed to maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine after the procedure
woman after liposuction in Los Gatos

Aftercare Guidelines

  • Follow Dr. Z’s instructions for taking prescribed medication and pain management
  • Wear the compression garment as directed to reduce swelling and improve healing
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity for at least two weeks after the procedure
  • Light walking is encouraged to improve circulation and prevent blood clots
  • Keep the treated area clean and dry to prevent infection
  • Lymphatic massage to promote optimal healing and reduce swelling
  • Avoid exposing the incision sites to direct sunlight or heat until they are fully healed
  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with Dr. Z to monitor your progress
  • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine to optimize your results
  • Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest to support the healing process
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions can enhance tissue healing and expedite recovery time

For any questions about aftercare post liposuction in Los Gatos, don’t hesitate to contact us!

woman after liposuction in Los Gatos

Your Journey to Recovery: Side Effects & Downtime

After your liposuction procedure, you can expect swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated areas. These side effects are normal and typically subside within a few weeks. You may be required to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and aid in the healing process. You should avoid strenuous activity for several weeks, but light walking is encouraged to aid circulation and prevent blood clots. You can return to your normal activities within a few weeks with proper care and attention.

Liposuction FAQs

Are there risks or side effects associated with liposuction?

Similar to any surgical intervention, liposuction in Los Gatos presents potential risks, including the possibility of infection, bleeding, and complications related to anesthesia. Common side effects include swelling, bruising, and temporary numbness. However, experienced surgeons like Dr. Z can take preventive measures and offer guidelines to minimize the risk of serious complications.

How long do the results of liposuction last?

Liposuction provides long-lasting results as the fat cells removed do not typically return. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise is essential to prevent the existing fat cells from expanding. Individual outcomes vary, but patients can enjoy a slimmer figure for many years with proper maintenance.

Can liposuction be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, liposuction can often be combined with other cosmetic surgeries like tummy tucks, breast augmentation, or facelifts. Combining procedures can enhance overall results and reduce recovery time. Consult Dr. Z to determine the best combination for your goals.

Are there any age restrictions for liposuction?

There isn’t a specific age limit for liposuction, but candidates should have good overall health and good skin elasticity. Older patients with skin laxity may not be ideal for liposuction or may need additional skin tightening procedures, such as a tummy tuck. A thorough consultation with Dr. Z will help determine if liposuction in Los Gatos suits you.

How much does liposuction typically cost?

Liposuction costs vary based on factors like the area treated, the amount of excess fat, and whether you need any additional surgeries. Dr. Z curates a personalized surgical plan after a consultation, following which you receive a detailed quote.

Why Choose Dr. Z For Your Liposuction in Los Gatos?

Dr. Z, our Stanford-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon, invites you to schedule a consultation today. His expertise in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine allows him to accelerate his patients’ regenerative potential and ensure optimal healing and outcomes. Dr. Z listens to each patient carefully to understand their goals and educates them on the available tools to achieve those goals. Contact Dr. Z to explore your options for liposuction in Los Gatos.

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