Dr. Gabriel H. Patino offers liposuction in Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding areas of California.
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Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure in which fat is removed from the space between the skin and the muscle. This procedure is an ideal way to contour your body and restore a slimmer, appealing shape to your frame.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Oakland?
The price of your liposuction procedure will depend on the areas of your body selected for the procedure. Our staff will be glad to discuss your liposuction pricing options at your initial consultation. For further information, view our patient financing page.
On Which Areas of the Body Can Liposuction Be Used?
Liposuction can be used to remove excess fat from several parts of your body including the following:
- Face and Neck
- Breasts and Chest
How Is Liposuction Performed?
Dr. Patino may choose from several liposuction techniques to meet your individual needs. In all of these techniques, a small, stainless steel tube called a cannula will be inserted into your fat deposits through a small incision in your skin. The cannula is attached to a high-powered pump that literally aspirates the fat directly out of your body.
Before you commit to liposuction surgery, Dr. Patino will discuss the potential for additional surgeries with you, to make sure you understand all of your options. For example, if you have excessive skin around the abdominal area, Dr. Patino may recommend a tummy tuck to completely firm and contour the area.
What Can I Expect After Liposuction?
Recovery from liposuction will depend greatly on the area treated and your body’s natural ability to heal.
Within the first two weeks, you may experience the following side effects:
- Mild discomfort around the treated area
- Swelling, bruising, or numbness around the treated area
- Fluid drainage
- General fatigue
Dr. Patino will be able to provide you with prescription pain medication to deal with the discomfort and will check to ensure you are healing properly. During these first few weeks, you can accelerate the healing process by refraining from activities that are physically strenuous.
Swelling and bruising generally subside within one month. Dr. Patino will supply you with pressure garments to be worn underneath your clothing until the swelling has stopped entirely. An additional benefit of these garments is that they help maintain your shape and speed the healing process.
With proper diet and exercise, the results of your liposuction can be permanent, making this brief recovery time inconsequential compared to your renewed sense of self-confidence.
Additional Body Contouring Procedures
Although liposuction is not intended to be a weight loss procedure, patients can generally expect to lose between 5 and 10 pounds from liposuction. The primary function of liposuction is to remove stubborn fat, and the removal of this fat will inevitably result in a reduction in weight. However, patients are encouraged to maintain realistic expectations for the procedure and focus on the physical and cosmetic benefits of fat reduction, as these are a better indication of your results than measuring your weight change.
After liposuction, many patients feel motivated and encouraged to pursue their weight loss goals further. Additionally, the initial results from liposuction can help patients feel lighter, healthier and more enthusiastic about physical activity. For these reasons, many patients feel that they have an easier time losing weight after liposuction.
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells, which means that the results from liposuction can potentially last forever. However, liposuction does not prevent any future changes or weight gain. In order to make results last as long as possible, we encourage patients to adopt and maintain healthy diet and exercise habits following their liposuction procedure.
Liposuction can be performed using a variety of anesthetic techniques, all of which ensure that your treatment is completely painless and comfortable. Any pain associated with your liposuction procedure will come during the initial recovery period, during which time you can expect mild to moderate discomfort in the treatment area. However, these symptoms can be managed by following your recovery guidelines and using the appropriate medications.
The fat removed during lipo does not come back, it is permanently removed from the body. However, it is possible for the body to accumulate new fat if patients fail to follow healthy diet and exercise habits.
A traditional liposuction procedure involves using a gentle vacuum-powered system to remove unwanted stubborn fat from your desired areas of the body with the result ending in a more contoured appearance. Fat transfer, on the other hand, uses the fat harvested during liposuction to augment another part of the body. For example, liposuction may contour your waist, while fat transfer may contour your waist and enhance the size of your buttocks.
Yes, once the fat from your desired area is removed via liposuction, it is never replaced with new fat. That being said, it is still possible to gain weight and have the appearance of new fat in your treated areas following surgery. For this reason, Dr. Patino and his team recommend leading a healthy and active lifestyle to maintain the results of your liposuction procedure.
It's not uncommon to see some patients lose up to 20 or 30 pounds following their liposuction procedures. However, liposuction should not be seen as a weight-loss procedure or weight loss alternative. Dr. Patino and his team recommend leading a healthy and active lifestyle to maintain the results of your liposuction procedure.
Liposuction itself is not very painful as Dr. Patino will use anesthesia throughout the procedure to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible throughout your surgery. Following your liposuction procedure, you will likely experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness around your treated areas. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities including work and mild exercise within two weeks of surgery.
The answer to this question depends on the results you’re looking for. If you’re looking to remove stubborn fat from your midsection but do not care to address loose skin, liposuction is best for you. If you’re looking to address loose skin around your midsection, however, a tummy tuck is your best option. A tummy tuck may be performed in conjunction with liposuction for patients who wish to address both concerns at the same time.
At The Cosmetic Surgical Center of El Cerrito, we specialize in surgical and non-surgical cosmetic surgery, skin rejuvenation, and hair restoration to achieve youthful and natural results for the residents of Oakland, Berkeley, and surrounding areas of California. Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation.