Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Associates
Vincent D. Lepore, MD
2581 Samaritan Drive #102
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 356-4241

Liposuction

Almost everyone has a "problem area," a place where stubborn fat seems completely resistant to even the most vigilant diet and regular exercise. How many times have we heard someone say, "If I gain any weight, it goes right to my ..."? For these areas, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Vincent Lepore offers Smartlipo™, tumescent and VASER® ultrasonic liposuction for San Jose, Palo Alto, Los Gatos and other Silicon Valley residents. When performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Lepore, liposuction addresses stubborn fat deposits in a variety of areas including (but not limited to) the chin, thighs, abdomen, and hips.

To meet with Dr. Lepore in San Jose and find out if liposuction is right for you, request a free cosmetic consultation online or call the office at (408) 356-4241.

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Good Candidates for Liposuction

With the increasing number of non-surgical body contouring procedures, such as ZERONA®, it's important to understand when liposuction is the best approach. Although it's more invasive, liposuction offers benefits not available from non-surgical fat reduction treatments. Liposuction produces immediate results and removes more fat than non-surgical alternatives.

Most men and women seek liposuction because of difficulty in reducing areas of fat, despite efforts at diet and exercise, or because of a desire to feel more confident wearing a bathing suit or more fitted clothing.

If you have excess fat in any of the following areas that you want to target, you may be a good candidate:

  • Midsection
  • Flanks
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Limbs (legs, knees, ankles, or upper arms)
  • Neck (a "double chin")

Liposuction, however, isn't meant to be a weight-loss procedure.

Understanding Liposuction

Dr. Lepore offers patients who visit him in San Jose tumescent liposuction as an individual procedure or along with Smartlipo or VASER Lipo. He will have a thorough discussion with you and conduct a complete physical examination to determine which method would be your best choice.

  • Enhanced patient comfort: During tumescent liposuction surgery, a fluid comprised of saline, anesthesia and adrenaline is infused into the treatment area. This fluid reduces bruising and bleeding and, because of the anesthesia, the procedure is more comfortable.
  • Less downtime: VASER ultrasonic liposuction uses ultrasonic waves to break up fat cells, making them easier to remove. With this method, there is only minimal damage to the surrounding tissues and fewer nerves and blood cells are being disturbed. Recovery is faster and more comfortable.
  • Advanced technology: Smartlipo uses laser technology and is less invasive than traditional liposuction. It requires less recovery time and has a decreased risk of complications. In addition, while the laser is rupturing fat cells, it is also sealing blood vessels in the area to decrease bruising, swelling, and bleeding. This procedure also encourages the production of collagen and skin tightening.

Dr. Vincent Lepore

Board-certified and Stanford-trained, Dr. Vincent Lepore is trusted by countless San Jose-area men and women to create the results they want using today's most reliable techniques. Get to know this remarkable surgeon.

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What to Expect

Depending upon the method of liposuction, the procedure may be conducted under either sedation or general anesthesia. The treatment area is first infused with tumescent fluid – this is the case even if you choose Smartlipo or VASER Lipo. The tumescent fluid allows Dr. Lepore to gain easier access to the fat deposits to be treated and makes the fat easier to remove.

  • During tumescent-only liposuction, a tube (cannula) suctions away fat cells.
  • During VASER Lipo, a device that emits a high-frequency ultrasonic wave is used to break up the fat cells.
  • During Smartlipo, a tiny tube with a laser fiber attached is used to break up the fat cells and remove them through the tube.

The liposuction methods offered by Dr. Lepore require very little downtime and should cause only minimal discomfort. Some swelling or bruising is normal. You should be able to return to your normal activities in less than a week. Many women who desire additional improvements may wish to have a tummy tuck and/or breast augmentation in our San Jose practice, in addition to liposuction for a complete Mommy Makeover. Liposuction is also part of the fat transfer procedure, which Dr. Lepore performs to add volume to the face, hands, buttocks, or breasts.

Your New Look

With proper care and vigilance, your new, smoothly contoured figure will be built to last. Once fat cells are removed through liposuction, they will not grow back, although it is important to continue your healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and eating well to maintain your results. To learn more about liposuction by Dr. Lepore, visit our Liposuction FAQ page.

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