Liposuction / Fat Transfer
Dr. Potozkin knows that all patients are different, both in their body shapes and in what they wish to achieve with liposuction. We take as much time as necessary during every pre-operative consultation to learn what each patient wants liposuction to do for them, and to decide which technique is best. In this way, every one of our patients enjoys completely customized treatment designed with his or her specific goals in mind.
What is Liposuction?
We are proud to offer patients our extensive experience and expertise in liposuction, the single most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. today. Liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat that has not responded to diet and exercise. This procedure not only offers the opportunity to slim and contour chubby areas of the body; by removing the fat cells, it also ensures that these areas will not accumulate fatty deposits in the future. The ideal candidate for liposuction is in good overall health, but has one or more areas of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise.
Common Areas Treated with Liposuction
- Upper arms
The liposuction procedure begins with the injection of a solution composed of saline (salt water), a local anesthetic called lidocaine, and a small amount of adrenaline to decrease bruising and bleeding. This is known as tumescent liposuction. Once this solution has been introduced into the area planned for liposuction treatment, the doctor proceeds by extracting the fat through small incisions using micro-cannulas. The liposuction procedure may last from two to three hours, depending on the amount of fat being removed. We perform tumescent liposuction with local anesthesia only. This has been proven time and time again to be the safest way of performing liposuction, eliminating the greater risks associated with general anesthesia.
Liposuction Before and After
After liposuction surgery, compression garments and antibiotics may be needed to facilitate the healing process. Patients may experience mild swelling and bruise in the treated area. Patients usually return to work within a few days or as soon as they feel comfortable. Strenuous activity should be avoided for about two weeks.
Results are visible over several weeks, and improvement often continues as swelling subsides during the first three months. Incisions are rarely sutured, and scarring is almost nonexistent. We make sure that scars from the liposuction cannula insertion point are small and inconspicuous. The results of liposuction are long-lasting unless a substantial amount of weight is gained.
As with any cosmetic surgery, there are some risks to take into consideration. The risks of liposuction include:
- Change in skin sensation that may persist
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, and muscles
- Fluid accumulation
- Irregular contours or asymmetries
- Irregular pigmentation
- Poor wound healing
- Rippling or loose skin, worsening of cellulite
Neck Liposuction Before and After
What is Fat Transfer?
Also called micro-lipoinjection or fat transplantation, autologous fat transfer involves the removal and relocation of the patient’s own body fat to plump up an area that has lost volume as a result of surgery, injury, aging or another cause.
Benefits of Fat transfer
- Short recovery time
- Long-lasting results
- Effectiveness on any skin type
- Minimal chances of risks
Fat Transfer Procedure
For this procedure, fat is removed through a mini liposuction, often from the abdomen, buttocks or thighs. It is then processed and injected into the area being treated. Both sites are numbed with local anesthesia.
Common Areas Treated with Fat Transfer
The fat transfer procedure is commonly used for volume replacement and crease reduction. Common areas include but not limited to:
Fat Transfer Risks
Because the transplanted fat comes from the patient, it does not carry a risk of allergic reaction or rejection. However some risk may include:
- Permanent discoloration
- Peri-operative bleeding
- Scar tissue
- Fat embolism caused by a fat injection mistakenly directed into a blood vessel
Schedule a Consultation
For more information on Liposuction or Fat Transfer procedure, call us at 925.838.4900 to schedule a consultation and find out if this a good option for you. Jerome R. Potozkin, MD serves Danville, Walnut Creek, and surrounding areas in California.