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Tumescent Liposuction

In The San Francisco Bay Area

Tumescent Liposuction

In The San Francisco Bay Area

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Tumescent Liposuction Specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area

At PotozkinMD Skin Care and Laser Center, our trusted board-certified dermatologist and surgeon is able to perform Tumescent Liposuction to treat stubborn areas of unwanted fat and sculpt to your natural curves.

What is Tumescent Liposuction?

The most common and popular cosmetic treatment in the United States is tumescent liposuction. While traditional liposuction requires invasive surgery, potential complications, and a lot of recovery time, tumescent liposuction is a safer, more effective option that can be done in a single outpatient procedure.

Tumescent liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body, but the most common areas we treat are:

  • Abdomen
  • Love handles
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Chin
  • Neck

Why would someone get Tumescent Liposuction?

Certain areas of the body become more resistant to diet and exercise over time for many different reasons. It’s a natural part of the aging process, but genetics, hormones, and lifestyle all play a huge part in where we store fat. 

As we get older, it can feel like the stubborn fat comes out of nowhere. We hear so many people talk about how easy and quick it seems to gain fat, but incredibly hard and even impossible to burn it off. This can be frustrating for our self-esteem and daily quality of life especially if we are dieting and exercising consistently.

What is the consultation and treatment process like?

Prior to the treatment, you will have a consultation with Dr. Potozkin where the following will be discussed and completed to ensure this procedure is right for you:

  • A full physical examination of your skin and the areas of stubborn fat you want treated
  • Discuss your aesthetic goals you are hoping to achieve
  • Discuss your medical history including any medications you may be on, past surgeries, and any other past or present medical conditions you’ve experienced
  • If you are cleared, photographs will be taken before and after the procedure to record progress 

Though this is a more simple procedure than traditional liposuction, it is still considered a surgical procedure. You will have specific instructions to follow in preparation for the procedure, and some will start weeks prior to the scheduled appointment date.

During tumescent liposuction, excess fat is removed, and your body is shaped and sculpted to the natural curves of your body. During the treatment, you can expect the following:

  • A solution containing the local anesthetic and drug called epinephrine will be injected to the targeted areas of excess fat
  • The solution ‘fills’ the the subcutaneous fatty layer of the skin causing the area to become firm and swell
  • The solution causes blood vessels to shrink temporarily, which reduces blood loss, pain, bruising, and swelling after the procedure is complete
  • Dr. Potozkin then makes a small incision and inserts a small, skinny tube that is connected to a vacuum-suction like machine
  • The fat is sucked through the tube and into the machine with back and forth movements

Most of the swelling will go down in a few days. Most patients will typically experience some discomfort after the procedure which can be managed with Tylenol. Dr. Potozkin will send you home with detailed post-op instructions. Most people can return to work in a few days and back to exercising within 4-7 days.

You’ll start to see improved results within 1-2 weeks of the procedure, but the full results will be seen a few months post-treatment. The results of tumescent liposuction are permanent for the specific areas treated. Fat cells can't migrate or multiply, so once they are removed from a specific area, they don’t come back even if the person gains weight.  They may just redistribute elsewhere. 

It’s important to note that any type of liposuction isn’t a complete weight-loss method. To maintain results, a healthy diet and exercise routine are encouraged. Though, getting tumescent liposuction will often motivate patients to improve their lifestyle post-operatively. 

For any surgical approach, it’s important that you have a thorough consultation with a board-certified dermatologist and surgeon that you trust. Dr. Potozkin has extensive experience with the tumescent liposuction procedure and will guide you every step of the way through your treatment plan.

Our Philosophy

“Our practice philosophy is simple — to deliver the very best care we can in the very best way we can. To us, that means we make each and every patient feel welcomed from the moment that they walk in the door until they leave the office. It means that we listen to what the patient has to say and address those concerns. It means we give advice and recommend treatments based on our extensive training with leaders in the field, our wealth of personal experience, and our commitment to excellence. For our cosmetic patients, it means working with the patient to achieve results that look natural, not overdone or exaggerated. It means that we always strive to do the right thing for the patient, as we value very highly ethics, honesty, and integrity. It means we stand behind what we do and will do everything in our power to get the best results we can for the patient. It means we carefully select the highest quality staff to represent us and help us carry out these goals. Lastly and most importantly, it means that we treat the patient the way we would want ourselves to be treated, with respect and kindness. Because at the end of the day, without all of our loyal patients, we wouldn’t have a practice.”

Extremely caring

"He saved my life! Literally! I've been seeing Dr. Potozkin for over 20 years and I wouldn't trust anyone else with my skin. I had melanoma 20 years ago and he took care of me and just recently I had it again. And might have more, but I'm waiting on the results. But if I do, I am confident that Dr Potozkin and his highly trained staff will take care of me. He is the best in his field. Everyone on his staff is so caring and helpful. I feel so comfortable when I'm there. So please, if you have any skin concerns, make an appointment, don't delay, your life may depend on it."

Diane D.
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"Dr. Potozkin is an amiable, thoughtful provider.  His expertise is evidenced by his ability to diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment or options to address the issue at hand.  His staff is always welcoming, friendly and helpful which makes for an overall great experience at each visit.  I highly recommend POTOZKIN MD Skincare Center if you are seeking an outstanding specialist and staff."

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"Dr. Potozkin and his team are the best! My skin issues/problems have drastically improved since I have been coming to this Doctor-over 5, maybe even 10 years. His staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The office is a flagship store that sells my favorite skin repair and healing products- by SkinCeuticals. I don’t live near this office, but I would never go anywhere else even if it’s closer. Absolutely worth the trip. The results are real!"

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