Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgery in America because it gives women and men the chance to remove the unwanted fat deposits that rest on the stomach, thighs, arms, buttocks and many more areas. The amazing advancements in liposuction procedures allow Dr. Korman to efficiently perform this procedure, giving patients instant results with minimal downtime. Individuals who are tired of dieting and exercising without seeing any results consider liposuction to sculpt their body.

To request a consultation, contact Dr. Josh Korman at his Mountain View, San Jose, or Carmel practice today. Dr. Korman is pleased to offer his patients tumescent liposuction with SmartLipo, and VASER Hi-Def Lipo. Combined with postoperative liposuction massage, fat is removed, and skin is tightened to sculpt the body.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a fat reduction procedure that uses suction to remove localized fat deposits. Dr. Josh Korman is able to perform liposuction on most parts of the body that have stubborn fat deposits unresponsive to working out and eating well. He makes a very small incision in an inconspicuous spot near the target area and inserts a cannula or thin tube. The cannula will separate the fat from the tissue and then suction it out, creating a slim, defined area.

Dr. Korman also offers other liposuction techniques including SmartLipo and VASER Hi-Def Lipo which use advanced techniques to break up fat cells prior to suction. In order to determine if a liposuction procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Korman’s at any of his three offices to review the areas you wish to sculpt.

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Why Should I Get Liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the most popular and effective procedures for removing stubborn fat deposits that do not diminish with diet or exercise. This can be applied to a variety of different problem areas in the body, such as the:

  • Stomach
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Lower back fat
  • Upper arms
  • Hips
  • Love handles
  • Waist
  • Face (cheeks, chin, double chin, neck)

Excess fat stored in these areas is common, but can still have a drastic impact on the individual’s self-esteem and keep them from pursuing a full and active life. Liposuction in many cases can boost self-confidence in one’s body and open up opportunities for people who may have lacked the self-assurance to pursue them before. There is great value in feeling great about our bodies, and fat eliminating procedures like liposuction can give patients the defined, beautiful body they have been unable to attain through their own efforts.

Good Candidates

Patients who opt for liposuction are dissatisfied with their weight loss results their regular exercise and diet routine have failed to yield. However, good candidates for the treatment must be in decent physical shape and health, as liposuction is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle. It is designed to target those bull-headed deposits of fat, which are much more difficult to get rid of using traditional weight loss methods.

An evaluation with Dr. Josh Korman will determine whether liposuction is the right procedure choice. Other liposuction techniques such as SmartLipo or VASER Hi-Def Lipo may be deemed more suitable in individual cases. Candidates must be over the age of 18, and have good skin elasticity. Certain diseases can also put the patient at a higher risk of complications resulting from liposuction, such as diabetes, heart disease, or any condition or infection that might inhibit the healing process. Smokers are also at a statistically increased level of health risk.


Before undergoing a liposuction procedure it is essential that patients book a consultation with Dr. Korman. The doctor will assess patient’s health and problem areas to determine whether they are a good candidate for the procedure, and answer any and all questions at this time. The consultation will also cover the benefits, risks, and factors to consider that are more specific to individual circumstances.

Before Liposuction

Dr. Korman will provide patients with detailed and individualized instructions on how to prepare for the liposuction treatment. Generally speaking, patients should take the following steps beforehand to make sure the procedure goes smoothly and without hazardous complications, and has the best chance of getting them the optimum results.

  • Stop smoking several weeks before the treatment, as smoking limits the body’s natural healing abilities.
  • Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, as anti-inflammatory drugs have a blood-thinning effect.
  • Arrange for transportation home from surgery.

It is also important that patients come in with realistic expectations regarding the procedure’s outcome. Liposuction will provide fat reduction in the areas treated, but patients must be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle to keep the body trim and shapely in the long-term. Liposuction is not meant to replace diet or exercise.

The Procedure

The particular steps of the liposuction procedure depend on several factors, including which part or parts of the body are being treated, desired outcome, and whether the patient chooses to accompany liposuction with another procedure. In all cases, liposuction involves the insertion of a thin tube, called a cannula, to suction the fat cells. There are several different techniques that Dr. Korman may use depending on the aforementioned circumstances:

  • Suction-assisted liposuction, or SAL: SAL is the standard approach and uses the cannula and physical manipulation to break up and suction the fat out of a particular region.
  • Ultrasonic liposuction, or UAL: This method (VASER Hi-Def Lipo) uses ultrasound technology to liquefy the fat cells, making them easier to extract.
  • Laser liposuction, or LAL: This method (SmartLipo) assists in the suction of fat by melting the fat cells first.

What to Expect Following Liposuction

Following the liposuction procedure, Dr. Korman offers his patients a post-liposuction massage to speed up the healing process and relieve any discomfort. The many technological advancements that have been made with liposuction procedures allow patients to return to work within a few days, revealing a sleek, new figure with quick and lasting results.

To discuss all aspects of post-operative recovery, contact our Mountain View, San Jose, or Carmel practice today.


Results should be somewhat evident right after the procedure, but will become more and more visible as the healing process takes affect. Some bruising and swelling is perfectly normal in the days after the procedure, but as these subside a new slim figure will emerge more fully.

The treatment’s longevity will depend on each patient’s commitment to regular exercise and a healthy diet. If these recommendations are followed the positive outcome should be long-lasting.

Complementing Procedures

Certain procedures may be undertaken along with liposuction to maximize the level of aesthetic enhancement. These may be done either to accentuate the region where fat is being removed to give it a beautiful shape and contour, or they can utilize the fat itself by re-injecting it into other areas the patient may wish to create more curves.

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is a very common procedure performed in conjunction with liposuction since it utilizes the natural resource of one’s own body fat. The purified, harvested fat cells can be used to create voluptuous breasts or buttocks, sculpt the hips into a sexier shape, or to fill out sunken cheeks that give the face a hollow, older appearance. If a patient has been considering a breast augmentation procedure or Brazilian butt lift, the fat graft approach is a great option to consider when going in for liposuction because it eliminates the need for implants, which are more temporary and carry health risks.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is also often undergone together with liposuction in order to flatten and enhance the abdominal area.

A tummy tuck removes loose abdominal skin and sutures the abdominal muscles together, and remaining skin is pulled taut. This technique ensures that the skin of the stomach becomes tighter, increases the contours and visibility of the abs, and can reshape the bellybutton to create a more proportionate look.

All of this works to create an even more dramatic effect when excess abdominal fat is removed from the area using liposuction, since a tummy tuck alone does not involve fat removal.

Mommy Makeover

The mommy makeover is a highly customizable set of simultaneous breast and body cosmetic procedures. These procedures have the potential to perform a whole-body makeover to make mothers feel fantastic about their overall appearance. Liposuction can be paired with a tummy tuck, surgical breast procedures like augmentation, breast lift, implants, or fat transfer, and skin rejuvenation treatments if so desired. A mommy makeover is often used to counteract the physical toll that pregnancy and motherhood can often take on a woman’s body. Moms have the option to choose as many or little procedures as they desire, depending on the extent of makeover they wish to undergo.

What is the Cost of Liposuction?

The cost of liposuction depends on the number of areas being targeted and the amount of fat that is being removed. After learning about patient’s cosmetic goals, Dr. Korman will be able to provide a custom liposuction procedure quote. At his Mountain View, San Jose, San Francisco, and Carmel offices, Dr. Korman offers patient financing for liposuction.