When to choose plastic surgery

San Diego liposuctionIf you live here in Southern California, then you likely have many friends and neighbors for whom a healthy lifestyle is paramount. It’s all about feeling good. Yet if you’ve been out and about in San Diego on a sunny day, you also know how much we all pride ourselves on looking good as well.

If you think about it, looking good and feeling good are two sides of the same coin. You’ve heard of a person having “that healthy glow?” Nature, however, doesn’t always grant an ideal figure in exchange for healthy habits. Sometimes, nature needs some help.

Do the diet first and cultivate good habits

Many San Diegans make natural, healthy choices, including what they eat. At LJC, we encourage all of our patients to maintain a health-conscious lifestyle. A nutritious diet—along with healthful habits and regular exercise—can shed those extra pounds and keep them off. That’s the theory, anyway.

For some, the reality is often different. You may find that, no matter how hard you try, you can’t change some contours of your body. Is it simple genetics or those times chocolate cake proved irresistible?

Regardless of the reason, nature doesn’t have to win. San Diego liposuction has become a safe choice for men and women looking to rid themselves of stubborn fat deposits. If you are close to your ideal weight, liposuction can sculpt your body to give you the finishing touches on the look you’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Learn about liposuction surgery

Liposuction is not a method for weight loss, nor can it achieve the dramatic results of a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). It is also not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. What it can do is effectively redefine your body’s natural curves. Liposuction is sometimes called liposculpture because of its contour-enhancing capabilities.

A popular procedure with both men and women, liposuction is commonly performed on the stomach, hips, or thighs, but can be performed on almost any part of your body plagued by unwanted fat deposits, from your neck to your arms to your ankles. Review your surgeon’s before and after photos to understand what changes are possible.

Liposuction permanently changes the contours of the treated areas. Your body has a fixed number of fat cells—once removed, your body does not replace them. You can still gain the weight back, but your results may encourage you to maintain your shape with a healthful diet and regular exercise. Now you can let nature work for you instead of against you.

The recovery time for this procedure is reasonable. You can expect a few days of discomfort, which is controlled with medication. Some swelling lasts longer—the final results are visible in two to three months. Our patients tell us that the reasonable period of downtime they experience with liposuction is well worth it.

A few words of caution

The immense popularity of liposuction has led many inadequately trained doctors to offer the procedure. A less qualified surgeon may endanger your safety by using unsuitable anesthesia or by operating in an inadequate environment. Be sure to put your health and safety first—choose a board certified plastic surgeon. When considering liposuction in San Diego, know that the plastic surgeons at the La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre are all board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. They are experienced and considerate, and put your safety first. Come in for a free consultation.