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Liposuction in San Francisco with Dr. Roy Kim

June 14, 2018

Are You a Good Candidate for liposuction?

What Are Your Liposuction Options?

How Long Will Your Results Last?

What is the Healing Process?  How Long Does it take to Recover?

Can I See Your Results?

How Do You Make a Consultation?




Are You a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

You’re a liposuction candidate if you have fat that you can pinch, and if you have a large area of fat or multiple areas of smaller fat. You are also a candidate for liposuction if you want your fat to be donated and grafted elsewhere – like the deep wrinkles in your face, or in your buttock.  

Liposuction breaks up and removes the fat that is accessible on your body, meaning that I have to be able to feel it and pinch it. If you have internal fat, also known as “visceral fat”, I can’t remove it by liposuction, because that type of fat is usually internal.  

Multiple areas of smaller amounts of fat are probably best removed with liposuction. Non surgical fat removal does work, but the amount of pads and treatments sessions may drive up the cost so much that 1 operation of liposuction in the operating room may be more time saving and cost effective.

Finally, if you want fat to shape other areas of your body – your buttocks for a Brazilian Butt Lift or for the deep wrinkles in your face – then liposuction is a must! I will process your fat after removing it by liposuction, and then place it in the areas of your body and face that will improve your body and facial contours. 

You are not a good candidate for liposuction if you are significantly overweight, usually a BMI of 31 or higher. This depends on your muscle mass as well.

If you are a current smoker, then you are not a good candidate for liposuction, since you may have wound healing issues that may slow down your recovery.

Any wound healing problems, such as diabetes, or a need for blood thinners, may affect your liposuction results. This is why a personal consultation going over your medical history is imperative before having liposuction.  

What Are Your Liposuction Options?

Surgical options are regular liposuction, and ultrasonic liposuction. With both types of liposuction, I place “tumescent fluid,” which slows down bleeding, into the areas of liposuction, and then remove that fluid along with your fat. I have to make tiny incisions, usually 3-5 mm in length, to break up the fat and remove it.

With regular liposuction, I use hollow steel tubes to break up and suction out the fat.  The device is mechanical, also known as “Power Assisted Liposuction,” so there is more consistency and efficiency when I remove your fat.

With ultrasonic liposuction, I first place a solid metal tube that vibrates at a very high frequency to melt the fat. Then, I use a regular liposuction device to remove the melted fat.  


How Long Will Your Results Last?

Your results should last a lifetime, assuming you maintain your diet, exercise, and lifestyle patterns. The fat cells I remove are gone forever.

However, you do have fat cells left behind. If you do not maintain your diet and exercise, and your lifestyle changes, then fat will come back in the same areas as before.  

What is the Healing Process? How Long Does it take to Recover?

Liposuction feels similar to how you may feel after an intense workout. So if you have ever felt “DOMS” – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness – then you already know how you will feel the next morning after liposuction!  

This feeling quickly goes away over several days. Your recovery depends on how many areas of liposuction you have, how quickly your body recovers, and other factors.  


Can I See Your Results?

Of course! Please click on this link to see my before and after gallery:


How Do You Make a Consultation?

Call my office staff at (415) 362-1846 or email, and my Patient Care Coordinator will get you started!

Consultations typically take 45-60 minutes, and I do the entire consultation personally, without the use of a nurse or helper to vet your questions and concerns without me present. Consultations are $150, and the cost of the consultation goes towards the cost of surgery when you decide to book your procedure.  


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