In San Jose, CA

Liposuction Introduction

Have you tried every diet you’ve heard of and been hitting the gym regularly, only to be disappointed when you stand on the scale or when you look in the mirror? If so, you are not alone, and it might be time to consider other options to help you. At certain points in life, our metabolism slows, and losing weight becomes more challenging for us than others. Or, despite working as hard as you can, you still cannot get the muscle definition that you want. If this is you, Liposuction might be what you are looking for. Liposuction is a ‘body sculpting procedure’ that is one of the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures globally, but the results from this surgery are very surgeon-specific.  At his highly reputed CA Aesthetics practice in Los Gatos, Dual Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Eric Li offers expert level Liposuction and High-Definition Liposuction for San Jose and the greater Bay Area.

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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty or Liposculpture, is a surgical procedure that involves removing excess fat deposits in targeted body areas by inserting a cannula and through tiny incisions and suctioning fat away. The goal of the procedure is to improve a patient’s body contours, in some cases, muscular definition, while minimizing evidence of prior surgery.  Liposuction can be performed on various areas of the body including but not limited to the abdomen, buttocks, shoulders, upper arms, thighs, and calves, and anywhere stubborn and unwanted fat is present. Recent developments in technology, such as VASER and Renuvion also allow liposuction to be performed to create specific shadows and contours that mimic muscular definition.

Types of Liposuction We Offer

High-definition liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that uses advanced technologies to sculpt and define specific areas of the body. As a newer version of traditional liposuction, hi-def lipo targets larger areas of fat throughout the body. These procedures are designed for patients who are close to their ideal weight and can give the appearance of tone and definition to muscles. Below, we discuss the VASER system that we use and the opportunities that comes from combining your liposuction with Renuvion skin tightening treatments.

VASER Ultrasonic System

At CA Aesthetics, we have top-of-the-line devices to provide our Bay Area patients with their desired appearance. One method for body contouring utilizes the minimally invasive VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) device, which can treat multiple areas of the body in one easy session. While VASER liposuction is similar to traditional liposuction, the biggest difference is that VASER allows for a more precise removal of fat cells, rather than just bulk removal of large fat deposits. 

With the assistance of powerful ultrasonic energy waves, the VASER process disrupts the connection between the fatty tissue and muscles without harming the underlying healthy tissue. The VASER technique can provide our patients with a more gentle experience and provide stunning results with minimal downtime.


Liposuction using Renuvion is a body contouring procedure that removes excess fat while simultaneously tightening your skin. When combining these treatments, Dr. Li will use the power of a precise stream of cold plasma and RF energy to create dramatic skin contractions and provide our patients with a better contour.

Liposuction and Renuvion can provide some incredible changes in their own right, but together, they can optimize your body contouring results. Not only will you notice those problem areas have been reduced, but also positive changes to the loose skin in that area. Your complete liposuction with Renuvion results will be visible within 1-3 months, but you may notice your skin continuing to improve for up to nine months after your procedure.

To learn more about Renuvion skin tightening, please refer to its dedicated page HERE.

Who are the Best Candidates for Liposuction?

Below are some characteristics of the best candidates for Liposuction in San Jose and the Bay Area:

  • Have a good diet and exercise plan already in place
  • Have firm, elastic skin that will shrink to match new contours
  • Have regions of excess fat resistant to diet and exercise
  • Have no underlying medical conditions
  • Not obese
  • Not trying to lose weight through surgery
  • Have a positive attitude
  • Have realistic expectations

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Our patients who have received Liposuction in the Los Gatos, San Jose, and greater Bay Area have shared some of the following benefits: 

  • Better clothing fit
  • Better mobility
  • Athletic sculpting
  • Boost in self-esteem
  • Fat Reduction
  • Commitment to a healthier lifestyle
  • Improved body contours and image
  • Long-lasting results
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Liposuction First Step

What’s the first step?

The first step to getting your Liposuction surgery is to schedule a consultation with Dual Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eric Li, at CA Aesthetics. During the appointment, Dr. Li will first discuss your goals and medical history to make sure that you do not have any underlying medical conditions that can interfere with liposuction. He will then examine you, to identify your target areas, sharing possible incision sites as well as seeing the condition of your skin’s elasticity, before recommending the best techniques for you.

If he deems you to be a good candidate for the procedure, he will create your customized procedure plan, and our Patient Coordinator will be able to help you schedule your surgery.

You will be provided with pre-surgery instructions which you are encouraged to follow. These include directions on eating, drinking, medications, and use of cigarettes and alcohol amongst other specifics.

What to Expect on the Day of Liposuction Surgery

On the day of your procedure, Dr. Li and his staff will welcome you and make sure you are comfortable. He will go over your surgical plan once more to make sure there are no other questions and/or concerns. After that, the anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. 

Dr. Li will begin by making strategically placed, tiny incisions, usually only a few millimeters in length. Through these small openings, a cannula or tube will be placed into the skin and used to disrupt the fat from the tissues before sucking them out of the body into a rubber tubing attached to a vacuum machine.

Depending on the complexity of the case and the area to be covered, a Liposuction procedure length can vary from as short as thirty minutes to as long as several hours.

Liposuction Recovery

After surgery, you will be monitored in our recovery room until Dr. Li decides that you are safe to be discharged. You will need a family member or friend available to drive you home in case you are still feeling some of the effects of sedation. During your initial recovery period, you might experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding, and temporary numbness. Dr. Li will prescribe you some medications to prevent infection, reduce swelling, and alleviate any pain.

You may sometimes be discharged with drains to help with removing fluid discharge. It is possible to have discharge for up to a week after surgery.  You will also have a compression garment on the target area to manage swelling and to keep the skin form fitted to your new contours. Lastly, it is important to schedule post-operative lymphatic massages on an ongoing basis for at least the 1st month after surgery.

Rest is important, so please make sure you are off work and strenuous activities as directed by Dr. Li.

Liposuction Cost

How Much Does Liposuction Cost in San Jose, CA?

The cost of Liposuction in Los Gatos, San Jose, and the greater Bay Area varies on factors including the size of the target area, number of target areas, method of anesthesia, anesthesia cost, and the surgeon’s fee. For the most accurate cost of your liposuction procedure, please schedule your consultation with Dr. Li so that he can create a customized surgical plan for you which can then be priced by our patient coordinator.


Why Choose Dr. Li?

If you are looking to receive Liposuction in San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area, Double-Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eric Li of CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos should be your top choice. Having worked alongside some of the leading plastic and cosmetic surgery experts in Canada, the United States, and Australia, Dr. Li has developed advanced skills and expertise in face, body, and breast surgery.

Dr. Li also pairs his liposuction technique with advanced technologies such as VASER (ultrasound) and Renuvion, to help you achieve your best results.  In select patients, this allows optimal contouring and etching/highlighting of muscular definition.  Dr. Li will also analyze your body and determine whether it is appropriate to group treatment of certain areas together (e.g. abdomen and back) for a combined effect.

Dr. Li is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). He created CA Aesthetics from the ground up with the encompassing goal of providing patients with a safe, comfortable, and private space for premiere surgery care in San Jose, Los Gatos, and the greater Bay Area.

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If you are tired of not losing excess fat despite years of diet and exercise, a Liposuction procedure from dual board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Li, at CA Aesthetics could be an excellent solution. To schedule your initial consultation, please contact our office or use our website to fill out a consultation request form. We look forward to taking the first step with you in achieving your desired aesthetic.

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