Eric Li, MD -  - Plastic Surgery

CA Aesthetics

Eric Li, MD

Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics located in Los Gatos, CA

Do you have stubborn fat deposits that refuse to budge no matter how much you diet or exercise? If so, liposuction can help and is among the services available from Eric Li, MD, and the team at CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos and San Jose, California. If you would like more information about what liposuction can do for you, call the office to set up a visit.

Liposuction Q & A

Why is it so hard to lose stubborn fat?

Many people struggle with areas of stubborn fatty deposits. The best way to understand these problem areas is to think about how your body stores fat. 

You have fat cells throughout your body, but some lie in a layer just underneath the surface of your skin. Each of these cells can expand to store more fat, but the number of total fat cells remains consistent, no matter your weight.

When you burn more calories than you consume, your body taps those fat stores for energy. The cells shrink, leaving you slimmer overall. The problem lies in the fact that there is no way to control which fat cells will shrink and at what rate. 

That is why you can diet and exercise carefully and still have areas of troublesome and stubborn fat. Even toning your muscles in the surrounding areas will not force those fat stores to diminish. 

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat cells using carefully controlled suction. Surgery requires only small incisions to allow Dr. Li to guide surgical instruments into the target areas to remove fat.  

Fluids with local anesthetic are first injected into the target areas to help separate the fat from your tissues. Fat is then selectively removed while preserving surrounding blood vessels and nerves. Liposuction can be done with you asleep (under general anesthetic) or awake (with a local anesthetic). If you are awake, you will also receive medication prior to your procedure to help keep you comfortable from start to finish. 

Liposuction is a great treatment option for fat removal in your:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Arms
  • Thighs
  • Back

Smaller areas of stubborn fat can also be treated using liposuction techniques.   

Are there different types of liposuction?

Liposuction techniques and technologies have changed over the years, and all the names can be confusing for patients to keep up with. During your consultation, Dr. Li will discuss which approach is best suited for your needs and goals. 

Dr. Li believes in the concept of 360 liposuction. This involves treating multiple areas at once, treating your body as a three-dimensional (3D) figure, to create better shape and curves, rather than focusing on singular two-dimensional areas. 

Sometimes, this also involves performing more liposuction in certain areas to highlight natural anatomic lines and shadows and create a more athletic appearance to your body. This is also known as high-definition liposuction when liposuction is used to create more muscular definition.

At CA Aesthetics, 360 liposuction often includes Renuvion®/J-Plasma treatments. Using a combination of helium plasma and radiofrequency (RF) energy, Renuvion tightens and lifts your skin, creating a shrink-wrap-like effect, maximizing the results of your liposuction. 

When you’re ready to learn more, call CA Aesthetics to set up a consultation.