SF Liposuction Surgeon Kenneth Bermudez, MD
Liposuction options, including state-of-the-art ultrasonic liposuction, can help our San Francisco patients eliminate excess fat on virtually any area of the body. Dr. Kenneth Bermudez can re-contour your body and eliminate stubborn fat deposits with this highly effective cosmetic procedure.
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Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, pockets of fat in certain areas of the body won't disappear, even with a steady diet and exercise. Liposuction is a proven, effective method for eliminating these fatty deposits and providing a more contoured look to the body. When performed by the extensively trained SF liposuction surgeon Dr. Kenneth Bermudez, this procedure can significantly reduce fatty tissue deposits in various areas of the body, including:
- Flanks (love-handles)
Ideal liposuction candidates are patients who are relatively physically fit, are less than 25 pounds overweight, and have excess fat in specific body areas. Liposuction is also very effective when used in combination with tummy tuck and other cosmetic procedures to provide optimal body contouring results.
Contact lipoplasty surgeon Dr. Kenneth Bermudez for more information.
Dr. Kenneth Bermudez has extensive experience and exceptional skills in performing a variety of liposuction techniques. His preferred methods of performing the procedure are two that are the safest and most effective for the patient, ultrasonic liposuction and traditional liposuction.
Ultrasonic liposuction, or VASER LipoSelection®, offers our patients the same benefits as traditional liposuction and more. The technique utilizes high-pitched sound waves to liquefy fat before it is removed from the target area. This allows Dr. Bermudez to remove larger volumes of fat at one time.
In performing ultrasonic liposuction, Dr. Bermudez first injects a tumescent fluid composed of saline, epinephrine, and an anesthetic into the treatment area. This solution helps to prevent fluid loss during removal of the fat, as well as make the fat removal easier to accomplish. Then Dr. Bermudez uses a special generator to create sound waves, which are transmitted to the thin, vacuum tubes (cannulas) used to remove the fat deposits. The ultrasonic waves break down the fat cells and liquefy them, and they are subsequently vacuumed out.
Incisions for ultrasonic liposuction are typically very small and easily hidden. The entire procedure generally takes less than two hours to perform with the patient under general or local anesthesia.
Traditional liposuction involves the insertion of cannulas, long metal tubes used to suction out fat cells, into small incisions made in the treatment areas. Dr. Bermudez gently moves the cannulas back and forth under the skin and vacuums out fat deposits, eliminating excess fat and recontouring the area. Like ultrasonic liposuction, traditional liposuction is also a fairly quick outpatient procedure, typically taking less than two hours to complete, depending on the size of the area being treated. Liposuction may be performed using local anesthesia in many circumstances.
Recovery from a liposuction procedure can take two to six weeks. Approximately the same amount of time is necessary for the full results of the treatment to become apparent, depending on the size of the treated area. However, our liposuction patients are generally able to return to normal daily routines after about a week. There will be some residual swelling and bruising after the procedure, but this should dissipate as the area continues to heal.
Liposuction, performed in combination with a face lift, breast lift and other cosmetic procedures, can be an ideal way of achieving complete cosmetic rejuvenation. Contact our cosmetic surgery office to schedule a consultation with our skilled surgeon and learn how he can help you attain your aesthetic goals.
As with any surgical procedure, traditional and ultrasonic liposuction are not without a certain degree of risk. Some of the risks include:
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Fluid accumulation
- Fat or blood clots which can migrate to the heart or lungs, leading to death
- Skin injury
- Excessive fluid loss
- Asymmetry (uneven contour or shape)
- Friction burns
- Damage to vital organs
Many of the above liposuction risks are extremely unlikely to occur. Dr. Kenneth Bermudez is highly skilled and trained in performing liposuction, and will take every precaution to ensure your safety.
Liposuction has helped millions of patients all over the world eliminate stubborn, excess fat. It has been one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for decades and has a stellar track record as an effective treatment. Benefits of liposuction include:
- Fat removal in virtually any body area
- Improved health
- Minimal scarring which can be easily hidden
- Ability to wear desired clothing
Ultrasonic liposuction provides added benefits with its ability to eliminate large areas of fat at one time, as well as tighten the skin to create a contoured, fit appearance.
Contact Dr. Bermudez
For traditional or ultrasonic liposuction, please contact Kenneth Bermudez, MD. He will be happy to discuss your liposuction goals with you, as well as all aspects of the procedure and what course of action will be best to suit your needs. In addition, Dr. Bermudez can help you explore other body contouring procedures that may complement your liposuction, such as arm lift, thigh lift or lower body lift in San Francisco. He may also perform several of these procedures at once in what is known as a mommy makeover. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call 415-668-2122 today.