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Stubborn fat is among the chief complaints that Dr. Anthony hears in consultations. Many of his clients are health-conscious, working out and watching their diets, but they are still unhappy with the bumps and bulges that limit their wardrobe choices and impair their self-confidence.

Liposuction is among the world’s leading cosmetic procedures. It works to trim fat and sculpt the targeted areas, delivering a more youthful, attractive physique. If you’re looking for one of the best liposuction surgeons in San Francisco, you’ve found him. We welcome you to get in touch with us to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Anthony.

What is liposuction?

Surgical liposuction is a body contouring procedure that reduces pockets of fat from the figure to create a slimmer appearance. It is often used to enhance the results of other surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty, lower body lift, mommy makeover, gynecomastia treatment, and neck contouring. During treatment, excess fat is suctioned out and either discarded or saved for a future fat transfer procedure.

During your consultation for liposuction in San Francisco, Dr. Anthony will talk through your concerns and will assess the areas of your body you wish to address. He will design a personalized treatment plan that will put you on the path to your ideal aesthetic goals.

Liposuction can be used to treat the following:

  • Belly
  • Buttocks
  • Bra rolls
  • Male chest
  • Back
  • Upper arms
  • Calves
  • Ankles
  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Inner thighs
  • Outer thighs
  • Waist
  • Under the chin
  • Neck

Dr. James Anthony Discusses Liposuction

Dr. James Anthony Discusses Liposuction

Dr. Anthony's Liposuction Procedure

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How is liposuction performed?

Liposuction is completed in an outpatient setting, using general anesthesia. A “punch-hole” incision is placed through the skin, and a cannula is inserted. This special tool makes it easier to loosen fatty tissue that is to be suctioned out. Once the fatty deposits have been eliminated, Dr. Anthony seals the small incision. The procedure can take several hours, depending on how many sections are being treated.

What are the different types of liposuction offered?

Tumescent liposuction

Tumescent comes from the word “swollen”. During this process, adrenaline and lidocaine are injected into the targeted regions prior to suctioning out the fat. The tumescent solution helps make the liposuction process faster and easier. Thanks to the lidocaine, patients experience less pain during their treatment.

VASER liposuction

VASER is a form of liposuction that relies on ultrasound energy to help emulsify the fat prior to removal. It has a wonderful side benefit of tightening the skin. Highly precise yet gentle, VASER lipo produces even, uniform results with very little discomfort for the client.

Power-assisted liposuction

This procedure is performed with a vibrating cannula that breaks up stubborn fat blocks. Dr. Anthony feels that this method allows him to remove the most fat with the least amount of injury to the skin. Most patients experience a quicker recovery time and less pain than with conventional liposuction techniques.

Male Liposuction Results - Before & After

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What are the benefits of liposuction?

  • Sculpts, slims, and reshapes the body
  • Removes excess fat, bumps, and bulges
  • Effective where dieting and exercise have failed
  • Helps restore a youthful, aesthetically pleasing figure
  • Can be well-combined with a tummy tuck, thigh lift, and mommy makeover
  • Enhances self-confidence
  • Increases wardrobe options
  • Long-lasting solution

Am I an ideal candidate for liposuction in San Francisco?

Our San Francisco liposuction procedure is an effective treatment for anyone who is struggling with stubborn fat pockets despite their best efforts at the gym. Individuals interested in liposuction should have good skin elasticity, as liposuction is not a treatment for sagging or stretched-out skin. It's also important to know that liposuction is not a solution for weight loss. Women undergoing liposuction should have no plans to become pregnant again, as this can compromise the lasting outcome.

    Good candidates for liposuction are:

    • Mentally and physically healthy
    • Free from any major medical issues
    • Non-smokers
    • Looking for improvement rather than perfection
    • Willing to follow Dr. Anthony’s instructions

    How much does liposuction cost in San Francisco?

    The cost of your liposuction procedure will vary, depending on the technique selected and how many areas are being treated. During your consultation, Dr. Anthony will work closely with you to develop your personal treatment plan, considering your budget as he does so. He’ll talk you through all estimated costs, discuss the several payment methods we accept, and talk with you about how we can help you find low-interest financing to make your procedure more affordable.

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    What Can I Expect After Liposuction?

    Immediately after your surgery, you’ll be moved to our comfy recovery area, where your post-op nurse will assist you with managing any discomfort and look after your treated areas until you are discharged. You may need to stay at home for recovery from liposuction surgery for several weeks, depending on the amount of sections treated and the levels of fat removed.

    Many patients experience bruising and swelling for a week or two. You’ll have your stitches taken out 7-10 days after surgery. Most importantly, your body needs time to recover and heal. When you decide to go back to work after liposuction, remember to minimize stressful and strenuous activity.

    Walking and light workouts, as recommended by Dr. Anthony, can gradually increase your strength and stamina during the recovery process. While you’ll notice some improvements right after your surgery, it will take around 6 to 10 months for your new body contour to completely take shape.

    Why choose Dr. Anthony for Liposuction in San Francisco?

    Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony is often chosen by San Francisco area clients for his skill, precision, and artistry. However, patients soon discover that he is also a caring, considerate individual who listens deeply and spends an uncommon amount of time in consultation to create the most effective treatment plan possible – one that he knows will ensure success and self-confidence. With over two decades of expertise, Dr. Anthony is able to provide natural, elegant solutions for contouring the face, breasts, and body.

    After receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree from Stony Brook University, Dr. Anthony completed a demanding general surgery residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He then continued to hone his skill set in plastic surgery in San Francisco with an elite residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Anthony is currently board-certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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    Liposuction FAQ

    Can liposuction be combined with other treatments?

    Yes! Liposuction in San Francisco can be well paired with abdominoplasty, thigh lift surgery, arm lift surgery, a mommy makeover, gynecomastia treatment, and a lower body lift.

    Will I have scars?

    Dr. Anthony is very experienced in performing liposuction and is able to minimize scarring by placing incisions in areas where they will be the least conspicuous. However, since liposuction is a surgery, there will be some scarring no matter what.

    Is liposuction safe?

    Liposuction is among the safest surgical procedures, especially when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Anthony. However, every surgery comes with certain risks, which may include bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, and a poor cosmetic result.

    What if I gain weight after my liposuction procedure?

    The results from liposuction are long-lasting and do not typically need to be repeated. Even if you gain weight, the treated areas should remain slim.

    What is the difference between liposuction and abdominoplasty?

    Liposuction is a technique to remove fat from the body, sculpting the contours. It can be performed anywhere that unwanted bulges are compromising the physique. Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure to tone, flatten, and firm the belly. In addition to removing fat, it can also help rid the lower torso of sagging skin and can tighten the underlying abdominal muscles that may have become separated after pregnancy.

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