Liposuction in San Jose, CA
Dr. Churukian performs liposuction surgery San Jose, CA using three different techniques:
- Traditional or “tumescent” liposuction
- Vaser® Liposelection® ultrasonic-assisted liposuction
- Smartlipo Triplex® laser-assisted liposuction
Ever wonder why or how liposuction works? To understand why and how liposuction works, we must first discuss the characteristics of fat.
Our parents pass on genes that determine the location of fat cells, and this determines the shape of our bodies. Fat cells function as storage units for fat and following puberty, the amount and distribution of these cells does not change. When you gain weight these cells swell, and with loss of weight, they will shrink. Optimizing your diet and exercise (and in some cases metabolism) will only reduce your size and weight. Your shape will remain the same. Dieting will not change your shape or “spot” reduce. When performing liposuction in San Jose, Dr. Churukian can help you permanently change the shape of your body by removing fat to improve the symmetry and contour of problem areas like the hips, waist, and thighs.
Ultrasonic assisted liposuction is sometimes known as Vaser® Liposuction Vaserlipo®, or Liposelection®. You may also see this system advertised under the name of Vaser Hi Def® which is a more aggressive type of liposuction procedure. With these procedures, amplified ultrasonic sound waves are used to gently break apart fat cells, which are then removed using a conventional liposuction cannula. Vaser® Liposuction can be an effective tool for removing large volumes of fat to create a better shape and contour.
Laser-assisted liposuction can improve both the contour of your body while improving tightness of loose skin. Stanford Cosmetic Surgeons perform Smartlipo® laser-assisted liposuction to tighten loose skin in areas such as the inner thighs, arms, and lower abdomen. Three different lasers are used to destroy fat cells and tighten the skin in patients with skin that has lost elasticity. The fat is then removed using a conventional cannula. This helps to improve both shape and skin contour.
Cellulaze® is a special attachment onto the Smartlipo Triplex® device and is used to improve areas of cellulite on the legs and buttocks. It can provide a 30-80% improvement in the appearance of cellulite of the legs and buttocks.
Typical recovery is 2-7 days depending on the amount of liposuction performed. Early results can be seen in 4-6 weeks with final results at 6 months for most patients. Return to normal activity and exercise is typically 2 weeks. Physician follow-up is needed for at least 6 months and optimally for 1 year.
Why have Liposuction?
Liposuction can help boost your confidence by improving your self-image. This may allow you to function better in social and work situations knowing that you look your best. Liposuction may also help to “jump-start” your personal health regimen by motivating you to maintain your new shape!
Who is a candidate for Liposuction
Ideal candidates for liposuction are patients who regularly exercise and eat a healthy diet. Liposuction is a very effective treatment for focal areas of fat that are out of proportion to the rest of your body. Once removed, your shape is permanently altered, but you may still increase your size if you fail to regulate your diet and exercise. Pre/post-operative nutritional counseling and a food diary may be recommended. A routine physical examination and, in some cases, evaluation by an Endocrinologist may also be suggested for appropriate candidates.
How I find out more information about Liposuction?
To take the first step towards feeling better about your appearance, call or email us for information on Liposuction in San Jose and to discuss your goals with Dr. Churukian!