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Liposuction FAQ

Dr. Wayne Yamahata offers liposuction at his Sacramento and Roseville, CA offices to patients who wish to remove stubborn, persistent fat deposits and feel more confident in their favorite clothes. Although liposuction has been popular for many years, most patients still have questions. Here, Dr. Yamahata has provided some of the answers to the most common questions his liposuction patients ask.

To find out how liposuction can improve your look, request a consultation with Dr. Yamahata or call his office in Sacramento at (916) 929-1833 or Roseville at (916) 773-5559 .

On what parts of the body is liposuction best?

Today's liposuction techniques are incredibly versatile, and the procedure can be performed on many different parts of the body with excellent results. Although many people associate liposuction with larger areas such as the abdomen and thighs, Dr. Yamahata also performs the procedure on much smaller, more specific areas including the chin and neck.

The specific areas of the body where Dr. Yamahata performs liposuction depends on your cosmetic goals. To view an illustration of common treatment areas, visit our liposuction page.

Will liposuction help me lose weight?

Liposuction is not intended to be a weight-loss procedure. It's most effective when performed to reduce the look of stubborn, localized fat. Although liposuction will not directly cause a significant weight loss, the results of a liposuction procedure often have the indirect benefit of motivating patients to further improve their new contours with a renewed commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Will liposuction get rid of cellulite?

The unsightly, bothersome dimples that often form on the thighs, called cellulite, are often thought of as a nuisance solely related to fat. But cellulite is actually a benign condition caused by the formation of thick connective tissue that pulls on skin from below, causing the appearance of dimples. Excess fat can make cellulite worse, but it's not solely to blame — which is why even physically fit people can have it. Liposuction of the thighs may reduce the severity of cellulite, but it won't eliminate it.

How much does liposuction cost?

The cost of liposuction, or "lipo," in Sacramento with Dr. Yamahata depends on a few different factors, including the areas treated and the time required for the procedure, so it's not possible to provide an accurate quote over the Internet. During your consultation, Dr. Yamahata will write up an estimate based on the specifics of your procedure. Although it's important to consider the cost of elective surgery, keep in mind that the surgeon's skill and the quality of his or her facilities are far more important to the safety and quality of your experience. Dr. Yamahata strives to keep his costs competitive with other board-certified plastic surgeons in the Sacramento area, and he offers financing options.

Explore the possibilities. View before-and-after photos of some of Dr. Yamahata's actual plastic surgery patients.

I'm not sure whether I need liposuction or a tummy tuck. Which is better for me?

Some people mistakenly believe that abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck surgery, is simply liposuction of the abdomen. While abdominoplasty does typically include some liposuction, the procedure also surgically tightens damaged muscles and removes loose skin for a taut contour. Individuals who are primarily concerned with excess fat rather than skin may be better candidates for liposuction alone. Those who wish to remove excess skin and correct muscle irregularities may be better suited for abdominoplasty. If you're interested in surgically improving your abdomen, Dr. Yamahata works closely with you to evaluate your physical concerns and make a safe, effective recommendation.

Does liposuction leave scars?

All surgical procedures, including liposuction, create scars. However, because liposuction requires removing fat through a thin tube called a cannula, the resulting scars are generally small and very discreet. By following Dr. Yamahata's instructions after surgery, as well as practicing good sun protection habits as your incisions heal, you can do your part to ensure that your incisions will fade to small, hard-to-see marks.

What sort of results can I expect?

The degree of improvement you may expect from your liposuction procedure depends on the area you wish to treat. Many patients are thrilled with their improved contours and feel more confident and comfortable in their favorite clothing. After liposuction, the part of your body that was treated is likely to appear smoother, sleeker, and well-proportioned.

How long will my liposuction results last?

Weight gain is still possible after liposuction, but the results of a procedure can last indefinitely by simply continuing your regular healthy habits. It's important to avoid any major weight gain or loss in order to preserve your improved contours.

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