Liposuction San Francisco, CA | Dr. Ginger Xu

Liposuction surgery can be a transformative solution for those seeking to redefine their body contours and achieve their desired silhouette. This procedure effectively targets stubborn fat pockets in areas where genetics may have predisposed individuals to accumulate excess fat. In some cases, it can also be an effective way to “jump start” your fitness goals. By working in tandem with a healthy diet and exercise routine, liposuction offers unparalleled body sculpting abilities. 

Under the skilled hands of Harvard-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Ginger Xu, advanced techniques such as awake liposuction and power-assisted liposuction are utilized to provide enhanced results.  

With a keen eye for natural and elegant results, Dr. Xu has earned a reputation throughout the Bay Area for delivering natural-looking, highly contoured, and long-lasting liposuction results that align with her patients’ goals. Her gentle and attentive approach ensures an excellent care experience for all her patients.

Learn more about working with one of the best liposuction surgeons in San Francisco. As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Xu offers attention to detail and a personalized approach to help you achieve your aesthetic ideals. To schedule your private consultation, please contact Dr. Xu online or call (415) 506-4300. She will be happy to respond to your concerns and help you become a more educated plastic surgery patient.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as “lipo,” is a specialized surgical procedure designed to reduce fat deposits in specific areas of the body to improve overall body contours. This technique is particularly beneficial for individuals who struggle with stubborn fat deposits that persist despite weight loss and exercise. 

Due to its effectiveness, liposuction is consistently one of the most sought-after cosmetic procedures in the United States. It has a long track record of safety and permanently eliminates unwelcome fat deposits from areas such as your abdomen, waistline, love handles, bra rolls, back, arms, thighs, and more. 

The goal of liposuction is not to shed pounds; rather, it contours problem areas that do not respond well to diet and exercise. This surgery helps redistribute your proportions and change your body’s layout, so even if your weight fluctuates later, you’ll retain the same desirable contours.

Why Should You Choose Dr.Ginger Xu for Your San Francisco Liposuction?

Once you decide to get liposuction, you have another critical choice to make – who to partner with on your surgical journey. Neither of these conclusions is something you should take lightly. Look for a board-certified surgeon who has experience with modern liposuction techniques and a caring, compassionate attitude.

Dr. Xu has several noteworthy characteristics that separate her from her colleagues, including having completed a specialty-focused cosmetic plastic surgery fellowship at Harvard. She also has large-volume experience in the most advanced approaches to liposuction. As a female plastic surgeon, she brings a unique perspective to the art and science of her profession and takes pride in her ability to connect with her patients on a personal level. And, most importantly, she brings an eye for aesthetics and attention to detail to every procedure she performs to create natural results.

Dr. Xu understands the reasons that lead people to seek cosmetic procedures and how impactful these surgeries can be on their lives. She also knows how frustrating it can be to do everything right with your workout and nutrition regimen and still struggle with unwanted body fat. Prioritizing patient satisfaction and well-being, Dr. Xu believes it is an honor to provide knowledgeable medical guidance and surgical expertise that improves her patients’ lives on physical and emotional levels.

board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ginger Xu

Meet Dr. Ginger Xu

Dr. Xu embraces the responsibility and transformative opportunity to alter a patient’s appearance in a way that is congruent with their own values and matches a more cohesive sense of self; to realign the external with the internal; to create an improved emotional landscape and a better life. These ideals captivate and inspire her every day.

Liposuction Benefits

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Patient Selfie: Liposuction of the arms; Peri-arm region
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Patient Selfie: Liposuction of the arms; Peri-arm region

You may want to pursue liposuction surgery with Dr. Xu if you are struggling with unwanted fat in any area, wish to see an overall change to your body shape, or are genetically predisposed to store stubborn, hard-to-lose fat in areas such as your midsection or thighs.

Even the hardest-working gym goer can still have problem areas such as love handles or a small “doughnut” of abdominal fat. Due to hormones and metabolism changes, once you accumulate these pockets of fat, it can sometimes be nearly impossible for you to lose them on your own. Liposuction will permanently remove these fat cells and improve contour and definition to areas where you cannot lose weight naturally. 

For example, if your upper arms are a trouble zone, you might have designed a fitness regimen that’s heavy on triceps-toning exercises. Still, despite months of effort, you may not have seen much of a difference. Muscle definition is a balance between muscle fiber growth and the layer of fat between your muscles and your skin. If you’ve been working out diligently, your triceps probably are already nicely toned, but the fat is obscuring them. Liposuction can finally reveal the definition you have worked so hard for. 

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Liposuction Surgery?

The best liposuction candidates are patients who have realistic expectations, are in generally good health, and are committed to maintaining their results by staying at a stable weight through consistent exercise and a healthy, balanced diet.

The best way to determine your qualifications for liposuction is to schedule a private meeting with Dr. Xu. Come to your consultation prepared to discuss your health history and any medications you currently take. That way, Dr. Xu can ensure you do not have any liposuction risk factors that could complicate your surgery or recovery. 

In general, we recommend liposuction patients are nonsmokers who are in good overall physical and mental health, are willing to follow all their recovery instructions, and have a realistic attitude about what this surgery can help them accomplish.

Advanced Liposuction Expertise

When customizing your liposuction plan, Dr. Xu takes a hands-on approach to ensure natural-looking results. Unique features that set her apart including the following:

Awake liposuction

For many people, the idea of undergoing general anesthesia is intimidating. Awake liposuction is a specialized art and advanced skill set among liposuction surgeons that Dr. Xu is able to offer to select patients. It involves a fine touch and keen understanding of how to properly anesthetize the treatment regions so that a patient can undergo the procedure without significant discomfort.  Some patients choose this option in order to avoid the additional risks associated with “going fully under” for surgery.

Power-assisted liposuction

This is a special type of liposuction equipment that Dr. Xu has invested in acquiring in order to offer her patients the most state-of-the-art results. This advanced form of liposuction uses gentle and consistent vibration to more effectively remove your fat. In addition, it allows Dr. Xu to create smooth, even contours with finesse, minimizing the risk of any indents or deformities and achieving the most natural-looking results.

What Happens During the Liposuction Procedure?

Dr. Xu will begin the procedure by making small incisions in the appropriate areas. Then, she will add a numbing solution to all your treatment areas which helps reduce bleeding and reduces your body’s sensation of pain during the procedure. A thin device called a cannula is used to break up and suction out the fat.

With every pass of the cannula, she carefully assesses the results, ensuring that the fat is being removed in a precise and symmetrical manner. Dr. Xu’s attention to detail extends to every aspect of the procedure, including the final stages of fat removal, where she takes great care to achieve optimal results.

Once the targeted fat deposits have been removed, Dr. Xu will place a compression garment on the treated area to reduce swelling and promote optimal healing. Dr. Xu’s commitment to achieving the best possible results is evident in her meticulous approach to every step of the procedure, from start to finish.

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Real Patient Result

What Happens During the Liposuction Recovery Process?

Liposuction is an outpatient surgery, which means you can go home the same day to start recovering. After your surgery, you will need to take time off from work and other responsibilities to allow your body to rest and heal. Dr. Xu will provide specific directions to follow during your liposuction recovery, so you know how to take good care of yourself. You will also need to wear a specially designed compression garment to support your new shape and keep swelling at a minimum. While you can take gentle walks to speed up the healing process, it is best to avoid strenuous workouts until Dr. Xu has cleared you.

Your Liposuction Consultation with Dr. Xu

The first step in getting liposuction is to sit down with Dr. Xu for a private consultation in her comfortable, beautifully decorated office in the heart of San Francisco. Please arrive at this meeting ready to discuss your health history, any concerns and goals for the surgery, and what changes you specifically hope to see.                         

Your surgical consultation is your opportunity to get answers to all your questions about liposuction and alleviate any worries that may be on your mind. Remember, there is no such thing as a bad question when you are considering surgery. 

Dr. Xu will listen carefully and provide you with realistic expectations for your outcomes, including what you will need to do to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

Learn More About San Francisco Liposuction Surgery

Dr. Xu firmly believes that plastic surgery is an expression of self-love, body positivity, and emphasizing natural beauty. She can relate to why you may want to have a cosmetic procedure done and advise you on the best ways to reach your desired results.

“People face a unique set of challenges as we are confronted by societal messaging regarding idealized figures and body types. Sometimes it’s hard to know what is society’s noise versus your own true voice in the matter. I understand what it’s like to navigate this while also trying to stay true to what you want for your own body, on your own terms, regardless of what other people think, or how it fits into norms or not. Ultimately, doing what’s right for you is the greatest act of self-care.”   

To schedule your liposuction consultation with Dr. Xu, reach out to us online or call (415) 506-4300. Dr. Xu is happy to answer all your questions and help you decide if surgery will improve your self-image and quality of life.


Bay Area Liposuction

Yes, it is possible to combine surgeries to simultaneously address multiple concerns. For example, liposuction often pairs synergistically with a tummy tuck, fat transfer, or breast surgery. To determine if you are a good candidate for combining surgeries, talk to Dr. Xu about your goals.

Your total price will vary based on your unique surgical plan, including whether you choose to combine procedures. Dr. Xu will give you a more accurate estimate after meeting with you and learning about your goals.

One of the prevalent misconceptions about liposuction surgery is its potential to aid overweight or obese individuals in achieving a healthy body weight. While liposuction does target areas of unwanted fat, its primary purpose is to sculpt and contour the body, rather than to facilitate weight loss.

It’s best to think of liposuction surgery as a way to change the overall mold of your body, or a motivating way to jump-start your nutrition and fitness goals. While not a short-cut solution or a weight loss procedure in itself, liposuction has helped many of Dr. Xu’s patients as an inspiring way to take their first steps toward getting their health back on track. The reward of seeing long-sought changes to stubborn areas of their body tends to encourage them to continue optimizing these results on their own. 

Everyone is born with a specific amount of fat cells and that number stays the same throughout your life. When you gain or lose weight, the individual fat cells grow larger or smaller in size. Liposuction works by permanently removing the fat cells from a treated area, but there will always be a small amount of fat remaining in order for you to look anatomically normal and natural. If you gain weight after liposuction, your fat cells in all areas of your body will grow larger, and the remaining fat cells in the treated area may also grow larger. However, it will be in proportion to your new silhouette. Ultimately, it is important to optimize your results by keeping a stable weight over time. Dr. Xu will provide you with expert advice on how to do your part in maintaining your newly trim figure with diet and exercise.

A common misconception is that the fat will “grow back” or go to other areas of the body after liposuction surgery. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from a treated area, and this fat does not grow back. However, if you gain weight after liposuction, the remaining fat in all areas of your body will grow larger; and, because you have relatively fewer cells in your treated areas, the untreated areas may then appear to grow more. Maintaining a stable weight is always the best way to take care of your hard-earned results.

This completely depends on the skill and aesthetic vision of your surgeon. When performed with precision and attention to detail, liposuction should result in a natural-looking silhouette, as if the patient were born with those proportions. Patients who entrust their care to Dr. Xu can feel confident that their results will be not only highly contoured but also natural-looking and proportionate.

While there may be occasional negative media coverage, it is not the procedure itself that is inherently unsafe, but rather the practices of an untrained or inexperienced surgeon. To ensure a safe and successful procedure, it is essential to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Ginger Xu, who is well-versed in the latest techniques and has the necessary training and experience to perform the procedure safely and effectively. Dr. Xu prioritizes patient safety throughout every step of the process, utilizing advanced techniques and closely monitoring each patient’s progress to ensure optimal results.

There is a common misconception that liposuction is only appropriate for overweight individuals. However, this is simply not the case. Some of Dr. Ginger Xu’s happiest patients have been those who are already fit and maintain a low BMI but still struggle with stubborn fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise. These individuals often seek out liposuction as a targeted and precise solution to reshape their bodies in a way that would otherwise be impossible to achieve in a healthy manner. In these cases, liposuction allows for a more proportional and contoured appearance without requiring the patient to achieve an unhealthy or unsustainable weight.

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