Liposuction Specialist

Aesthetic Surgery Center

Michael R. Macdonald, M.D.

Facial Plastic Surgeon located in San Francisco, CA

Liposuction can be an ideal solution for men and women with stubborn fat that doesn't respond to diet and exercise. Dr. Michael Macdonald is a leading provider of state-of-the-art liposuction procedures for patients at the Aesthetic Surgery Center in San Francisco, CA, helping them look and feel sleeker and slimmer.

Liposuction Q & A

What Happens During a Liposuction Procedure?

Prior to the procedure, a thorough exam and evaluation will help determine the best approach to get rid of fat and cellulite and achieve the best results. The procedure begins with a small incision near the treatment area to enable a slim tube called a cannula to be inserted. Fluid usually is injected into the area to make it easier to remove the fat once it’s broken apart and to help control bleeding. The cannula is passed across the treatment area in different directions to gently break up fat throughout the treatment area so it can be suctioned out. Once the entire area is treated, the incision is closed and a special compression bandage will be used to speed healing.

What is Recovery Like?

After liposuction, bruising and mild swelling is common during the early stages of healing. A special compression bandage or garment will be used during this stage to reduce swelling and promote healing and over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to reduce discomfort. Initial results of liposuction will begin to appear as swelling resolves, becoming more apparent during the weeks and months that follow.

Can Liposuction Be Used In Place of Diet and Exercise?

No, liposuction can refine the results of diet and exercise, but it’s not meant to replace them.

Where Can Liposuction Be Used?

Liposuction can be used in many areas of the body, including the belly, waist, hips, flanks, back, thighs and even the chin and neck. Liposuction can be very effective in helping patients who have lost a significant amount of weight get rid of those last stubborn pockets of fatty tissue and cellulite, enhancing their weight-loss results so they look slimmer and sleeker. Plus, removing fatty tissue reveals underlying muscle to enhance the results of exercise and bodybuilding activities. It’s also a popular choice to remove fat deposits that tend to form around the belly and buttocks as men and women get older. Facial liposuction is used to get rid of submental (under the chin) fat that results in a “double chin” appearance and to remove excess fat in the cheeks, jowls, and neck.