Even though you try to lose weight, you probably still have pockets of fat that are keeping you from feeling fully confident in yourself. Plastic Surgery Associates Novato is proud to offer the latest techniques to safely rid fat from certain body parts. Lipo, or liposuction surgery, is a body reshaping procedure that reduces fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks to produce a more contoured appearance. This treatment at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato can be blended to treat several body parts. During your initial visit, Novato, CA plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas will examine problematic areas so you can reach your personal goals. We will strive to help you look and feel the best you can be.
Liposuction is a good procedure for those who are at a healthy weight but have pesky areas of fat that have been hard to lose with exercise and diet. Women and men contemplating liposuction should have skin that is taut because liposuction does not address loose or sagging skin. It is also important to realize that liposuction is not an answer to losing weight. Women having liposuction should be past pregnancies as this could compromise the results. During your initial consultation, we will discuss realistic expectations.
Surgical liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure with the patient under general anesthesia. A very small incision is made in the skin and a cannula will be placed. The cannula is a tube that helps loosen the fat as it is being removed. Once the chosen amounts of fat have been suctioned out, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will close the incision. Depending on the number of areas receiving treatment, your surgery could last 1 – 3 hours. In the dedicated recovery area, your post-op team will help manage any pain and care for your incisions until your discharge.
What to Expect
You may need to recover at home from lipo for 1 – 3 weeks, depending on the number of areas treated and the size of the treatment area. It is normal to see swelling and bruising for 1 – 2 weeks, and you can have the sutures removed on day seven to day ten. What is most important after having lipo surgery is to allow your body time to recover and rest. When you are ready to return to work after your procedure, you need to remember to go slow. To build up your strength, stick to short walks and light workouts as advised by Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas. Keep in mind, you may see some changes after six weeks, but it takes 6 – 10 months before your new body shape and contour is attained.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does liposuction cost?
Your cost for liposuction will vary based on the technique being used and the number of areas being addressed. During your consultation, we will develop your custom liposuction surgical plan based on your needs and goals. We will also take into consideration your budget. Once your plan is developed, estimated costs can be discussed. To make your surgery affordable, Plastic Surgery Associates Novato accepts many payment options, and we can help you find low-interest financing.
What about nonsurgical liposuction?
Thanks to modern advancements, there are many nonsurgical options to reduce fat. Some popular methods are CoolSculpting and Kybella. While these nonsurgical treatments may help reduce small amounts of fat, liposuction is best for most patients. Liposuction surgery delivers more consistent and dramatic results. Talk to Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas about nonsurgical lipo during your consultation. They will go over the benefits and drawbacks of both methods and help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.
What about cellulite and loose skin?
Surgical liposuction only addresses excess fat in the body. If you have loose skin, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas may suggest combining liposuction with a surgical body lift. Liposuction is often performed with skin tightening surgery, such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thighplasty, to produce the best results. For cellulite, there are several nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment options, including Cellfina and Venus Freeze. In your consultation, tell Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas about your concerns, like loose skin and cellulite, so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed.
Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, incisions will be made and stitched. This will create scars, but our plastic surgeons will do their best to minimize their appearance. This includes making small incisions in the natural folds of your body or in less visible areas. After your surgery, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will explain how to care for your stitches so they heal flat and eventually fade.
Will my results last?
Before you have liposuction surgery, it's important to be committed to maintaining your results. While liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in your body, you can still gain and lose weight. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas recommend that you be at or near your ideal weight before having liposuction surgery. Afterward, it is best to stay within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Pregnancy after liposuction will also impact your results; however, a second surgery or mommy makeover can be performed to refresh your appearance.
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Look Fit and Toned
Liposuction at Plastic Surgery Associates Novato offers both women and men the opportunity to have unwanted fat diminished almost immediately. Without liposuction, it can be seemingly impossible to create the slimming results you want. We offer various choices for liposuction treatment based on your personal desired outcome. We invite you to contact our practice in Novato, CA, and schedule your private consultation today.