San Diego Liposuction
If you’re considering liposuction in San Diego, you’ve probably already tried dieting and exercise, and yet you’re still bothered by some aspect of your shape. Our surgeons have significant experience performing liposuction, and we can help you evaluate what’s possible and what’s not. Liposuction is often called liposculpture to reflect your surgeon’s ability to sculpt your body into a more pleasing shape. Sometimes, no matter how much you diet or exercise, Mother Nature needs a little nudge in the right direction. This is when liposuction can help. Our board certified plastic surgeons will sit down with you in your initial consultation and discuss your goals for your body. Liposuction can help in any of the following cases:
- Are you a woman dealing with genetic fat deposits that affect your ability to feel comfortable in fitted clothing or a bathing suit?
- Are you a man who’s worried about “love handles” that distract from an otherwise normal shape?
- Are you a 70-year-old lady who doesn’t care about potential loose skin after liposuction, and you just want your jeans to fit right?
In medical terms, these common scenarios all describe people with some amount of excess subcutaneous fat, which is resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction may also be desirable if you wish to change the contours of your body. Commonly involved areas are your trunk, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs, inner knees, calves, and ankles. You may also be concerned about your neck (under the chin), upper arms, and armpits. Men are sometimes concerned about fatty deposits on their chest/breasts.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Most San Diego liposuction patients are near normal weight and desire permanent contour changes. Improved liposuction techniques now allow larger amounts of fat to be safely removed. Your body mass index (BMI) is an important factor in evaluating whether liposuction is a good solution for you. Ideally, your BMI will be in or near the normal range for your height:
Liposuction can be useful to heavier persons as well, but in the context of a healthy lifestyle and realistic expectations.
Liposuction is intended to produce a permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas. A more flattering figure or physique, in or out of clothing, is another goal of liposculpture. Liposuction usually ranges in price from $3,200-$8,800, depending on the area and amount of fat you wish to remove.
About Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis. General anesthesia is usually used for safety and comfort. Small suction tubes (cannulas) are inserted through very short incisions placed in inconspicuous locations near the fat deposits, and excess fat is removed.
Your Recovery After Liposuction
As techniques for liposuction have advanced, recovery time has become shorter for most patients. After a few days resting at home, most men and women return to work within a week (a little more time is required if your job is physically active or requires lifting).
Depending on where on your body you had liposuction, your surgeon will give you a compression garment to wear for the first few weeks. These garments are thin and fit easily under your everyday clothing. After about 4 weeks, with your surgeon’s OK, you’ll be able to start easing back into your regular exercise routine.
While most patients see a difference shortly after surgery, post-operative swelling will gradually improve over several months, and your results will look optimal in about 3 months or so. If you’re having liposuction in multiple areas or you have a larger amount of fat removed, your recovery may take a little longer.
Should I Consider CoolSculpting Instead?
What a great question! We do offer CoolSculpting at our Laser & Skincare Clinic, and it’s a great non-surgical fat reduction option for certain patients. Like liposuction, CoolSculpting can permanently shrink fatty bulges and help your clothing fit you better. However, it’s not a substitute for liposuction. A few of the key differences:
- A surgeon can sculpt an improved shape with liposuction, while CoolSculpting will only reduce the amount of fat.
- The results of liposuction are immediately noticeable, while your body gets rid of the fat cells treated with CoolSculpting over 2-3 months.
- Liposuction can be used anywhere on the body; CoolSculpting cannot be used on the face.
- A surgeon can remove a larger and very precise amount of fat using liposuction; CoolSculpting will reduce the size of a fatty bulge.
- You’ll need to limit activity for a few weeks after liposuction; there is no downtime after CoolSculpting
In short, if you’re basically happy with your proportions, CoolSculpting may be a great option for you to remove stubborn fat without any recovery. If you want to treat multiple areas or have a larger amount of fat to address, liposuction may yield more satisfying results. We’ll help you weigh your options at your consultation.
Long Term Results
As the fat cells are permanently gone, your new contour will last. However, it’s still important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as you can gain weight in other areas, which could affect your results. We find that the boost in self-confidence that many liposuction patients experience after their surgery helps renew their commitment to eat well and stay in shape.