Despite how much you watch what you eat and exercise, you might still be bothered by pockets of fat that prevent you from being confident in how you look. Our San Francisco practice offers the most advanced methods to effectively eliminate fat from areas of concern on the body for both male and female patients. Surgical liposuction is a body contouring procedure that reduces pockets of fat from the flanks, tummy, buttocks, and thighs to create a slimmer appearance. This fat removal surgery can also be combined to treat multiple body parts. When we see you for your consultation, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony will assess areas of your body you wish to address so you can attain your cosmetic surgery goals. Our hope is that you feel and look amazing.
"I selected Dr. Anthony after 6 months of painstaking research and time consuming consultations and could not be more pleased. I met with 5+ doctors in the SF bay area and all were great but he is absolutely THE BEST. Specifically, I had a mini abdominalplasty to correct an unbilical hernia and diastis recti both conditions are a result of having two children. I am realatively fit and did not have an liposuction. During my decision making process I was very concerned about the scar placement and whether I would actually be able to still wear a string bikin after the surgery. Most of the doctors I met with drew very large scars on my stomach and some even had mulitple scar plans. When I met with Dr. Anthony he had a very different approach for me specifically give the condition of my skin. He was able to accomplish the entire proceedure with a very small scar. Not one other doctor ever considered this. He took the time to really approach the surgery in the best way given my body not just the standard routine way. I attribute this not only to his thoroughness and detail oriented nature but also to the fact that he is just good at what he does and he knows his stuff. He is absolutely fantastic and I would highly recommend him. Ann and Sophia in his office are fantastic as well and patients are well taken care of."- D.D. / Yelp / Nov 15, 2010
"Plastic surgery is not for sissies. It hurts and it takes a long time to heal. Dr. Anthony did a tummy tuck, liposuction and a breast lift. It has been 6 weeks since my surgery and so far I am very pleased with Dr Anthony's work. As can happen with any surgery - some minor complications occurred. Dr. Anthony was very quick to react. I was nervous and anxious throughout the first couple of weeks of my recovery and Dr. Anthony was very responsive. If I called late at night - he called right back. He answered my emails and when needed, agreed to see me right away and acted quickly to ensure I got the best care possible. I like this guy and I like the results."- M.A. / Yelp / Jun 03, 2011
"I'm ecstatic, my knees and arms were done today with ThermiTight. My outlook and self confidence will soar and I'll be the best me I can be all due to Doctor Anthony. The moment I met Dr. Anthony I knew I was in highly skilled and articulate hands, phenomenal bed side manner and the moment I met Dr. Anthony I knew I was in highly skilled and articulate hands, phenomenal bed side manner and integrity, a warm smile that provides the comfort and reassurance a patient needs."- M. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2017
"Dr Anthony was recommended to me, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. At my initial consultation I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions. He has a warm style, listens and works to understand each individual body and situation. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Each time I've been impressed with Dr Anthony's ability to minimize scars and hide them well. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. I'm delighted with my results which look natural and have stood the test of time well. Dr Anthony's team is excellent - Ann, Jasmine and Megan are personal and caring."- M.B. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2019
"Excellent work with minimal, well-hidden scarring - Dr Anthony was a referral, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions at my first consultation. Dr Anthony's style is warm, and he considers each individual body and situation to make treatment recommendations. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Dr Anthony's skilled handiwork and his ability to minimize scarring is excellent. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. My results look natural and have have lasted well over the long term. Ann, Jasmine and Megan in Dr Anthony's team are attentive and responsive."- F. / RealSelf / Apr 19, 2019
Fat removal surgery is a terrific treatment for both men and women who are at an ideal weight but have troublesome areas of fat that are difficult to get rid of with even the healthiest of lifestyles. Individuals interested in liposuction should have healthy skin because liposuction is not a treatment for stretched-out skin. It's also important to know that liposuction is not a solution for weight loss. Females undergoing liposuction should have no plans to become pregnant again as this may compromise the lasting outcome. At the time of your consult for surgery, Dr. Anthony will set realistic expectations for what you can expect from a liposuction procedure.
This treatment is completed in an outpatient setting using general anesthesia. A punch-hole incision is placed through the skin so a cannula can be inserted. The cannula is a special tool that makes it easier to work loose the fatty tissue that is being suctioned out. After the fatty deposits have been eliminated, Dr. Anthony will seal the small incision. Based on the amount of sections being treated, your procedure may take several hours. In the separate area for recovery, your post-op nurse will assist you with managing any discomfort and look after your treated areas until you are discharged.
What to Expect
You may need to stay at home for recovery from liposuction surgery for several weeks based on the amount of sections treated and the amount of fat removed. It's typical to have bruising and swelling for one or two weeks, and you should have stitches taken out 7 – 10 days after surgery. The most important thing to do following any surgery is to give your body time to recover and heal. When you decide to go back to your job after your surgery, you should remember to minimize stress and strenuous activity. To increase your strength and stamina, try walking and light workouts as recommended by Dr. Anthony. Remember, you may notice some improvements soon after your surgery, but it will take around 6 – 10 months until your new body contour and shape is complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does liposuction cost?
A liposuction procedure varies depending on the technique selected and how many areas are being treated. In your consultation, Dr. Anthony will create your personal treatment plan to meet your needs and goals. He will also consider your budget. When your plan is ready, estimated costs will be discussed. To make your surgery more affordable, our practice takes several payment methods and we will help you find low-interest financing.
What about nonsurgical liposuction?
There are several nonsurgical treatments to reduce body fat. Some popular brands are CoolSculpting, Vanquish, UltraShape, Kybella, and Liposonix. Although these nonsurgical procedures can help reduce mild to moderate fat pockets, surgical liposuction is best for most people. Liposuction surgery produces more dramatic and consistent results. Ask Dr. Anthony about nonsurgical options in your consultation. He can explain the benefits of all your options and help you choose which is best for you.
What about cellulite and loose skin?
Liposuction surgery only corrects excess fat. For loose skin, Dr. Anthony may recommend combining liposuction with a lift surgery. Liposuction is often done along with skin tightening surgery, like a tummy tuck, thighplasty, or arm lift, to give you your best results. To reduce cellulite, there are many minimally invasive and nonsurgical treatments, including VelaShape, Cellulaze, Venus Freeze, and VASER Shape. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Anthony about your concerns like cellulite and loose skin so your ideal treatment plan is created.
Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is an invasive surgery, incisions will be made and sutured. This will cause scars; however, Dr. Anthony does his best to reduce their appearance. This starts with making thin incisions in less visible areas or the natural folds of your body. After your surgery, Dr. Anthony or a member of his team will teach you how to care for your incisions so they heal properly and fade.
Will my results last?
Before liposuction, it is important to be prepared to maintain your results. Although liposuction reduces the amount of fat cells in an area, you can still lose and gain weight. Dr. Anthony suggests that you be at or close to a healthy weight prior to liposuction. Afterward, it's best to remain within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Getting pregnant after liposuction will also alter your results; however, another surgery like a mommy makeover may be done to refresh your body.
Look Fit and Toned
Fat removal with liposuction at our practice offers you the chance to have bothersome fat diminished almost instantly. Without the help of liposuction, it can be frustrating to try to achieve the slimming outcomes you desire. We can recommend various alternatives for liposuction treatment depending on your individual goals. We welcome you to get in touch with our office in San Francisco, CA and make your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Anthony.