Sometimes, no matter how much you diet or exercise, Mother Nature just isn’t on your side. That‘s where liposuction (aka lipo or liposculpture) comes in. Our San Diego, CA, liposuction clients are usually already eating right and exercising, and are still bothered by some aspect of their shape—a muffin top, thigh bulge, arm fat, or double chin, just to name a few.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons have helped thousands of men and women like you get rid of stubborn fat and step out with bodies they love from head to toe. Sound like what you‘re looking for? Your transformation is just a liposuction consultation away at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa!
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Is Liposuction Right for You?
Liposuction may be right for you if you’re tired of almost having the body you want. People of all ages and body types choose lipo to get rid of those last couple of stubborn inches, and in many cases, to reveal the hard work they’ve already put in on their bodies. Some typical patient profiles include:
- Women with genetic fat deposits that affect their ability to feel comfortable in fitted clothing or swimsuits.
- Men worried about “love handles” that distract from an otherwise fit body.
- Older people who don’t care about potential loose skin after liposuction, and just want their clothes to fit better.
In medical terms, these common scenarios all describe people with some amount of excess subcutaneous fat (the jiggly fat under the skin that you can pinch). This fat resists diet and exercise, so it sticks around even when you’re doing your best to eat well and stay active. Fortunately, this is exactly the type of fat liposuction addresses.
Which Areas Can Liposuction Treat?
Liposuction is practically a head-to-toe option. Popular liposuction treatment areas include the:
- Mid and upper back
- Hips and love handles
- Inner knees
- Calves and ankles
- Chin and neck (double chin)
- Upper arms
- Bra fat
Men are sometimes concerned about fatty deposits on their chest (gynecomastia). Liposuction can be an excellent option for treating this condition and sculpting a firmer, more masculine-looking chest.
Will Liposuction Help Me Lose Weight?
Liposuction is not a weight loss solution. It works best in the context of a healthy lifestyle and realistic expectations. The procedure is intended to produce long-term improvements in the contour and proportion of the treated areas. Improved liposuction techniques now allow larger amounts of fat to be safely removed, making the procedure beneficial for people with many different body types.
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. Calculate your BMI here >>
The Best Lipo for You
In addition to traditional lipo, you have access to even more body contouring approaches at LJC.
HD Lipo: The Ultimate in Detailed Body Sculpting
Take your muscle definition to new levels with HD Lipo or “hi-definition liposculpture“ in San Diego. Specialist Dr. Hector Salazar-Reyes sculpts areas in immense detail to reveal underlying musculature and give you that lean, ultra-fit look.
360 Lipo: Total Waist and Torso Transformation
Sculpt seamlessly slimmer contours around your entire tummy, flanks, and back with 360 Lipo Specialist Dr. Luke Swistun uses this technique to create stunning, individualized results that look amazing from every angle.
Which Is Better: CoolSculpting® or Liposuction?
We hear this question a lot. We do offer CoolSculpting at our Laser & Skincare Clinic, and it’s a great nonsurgical fat reduction option for certain patients. Like liposuction, CoolSculpting shrinks fatty bulges and helps your clothes 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 indiscriminately reduces fat in the treated area. Neither technique is used for weight loss.
- The results of liposuction are immediately noticeable and improve as swelling decreases. With CoolSculpting, your body sheds the damaged fat cells in the treated area(s) over 2 to 3 months. CoolSculpting typically takes 2 sessions, spaced about a month apart.
- Liposuction can be used virtually anywhere on the body. CoolSculpting is FDA-cleared to treat 9 areas, but has some limitations based on the device applicators.
- A surgeon can remove a larger and very precise amount of fat using liposuction; CoolSculpting will reduce the size of a fatty bulge in most cases.
- 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.
How Is Liposuction Performed?
Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis in our AAAASF-accredited surgical suite. Your board-certified anesthesiologist will place you under general anesthesia to make sure you’re safe and comfortable from start to finish. During the procedure, your board-certified plastic surgeon will insert small suction tubes (cannulas) through very short incisions placed in well-hidden locations near the fat deposits. He or she will suction out excess fat to sculpt that attractive new shape you’ve been dreaming of.
How Long Is Liposuction Recovery?
Most people are ready to return to work within a week after liposuction, although you may need a little more time if your job is physically active or requires lifting. While you will likely feel soreness in the treatment area(s), pain is rarely an issue. As techniques for liposuction have advanced, recovery time has become shorter for most people.
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 people 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. If you’re having liposuction in multiple areas or you have a larger amount of fat removed, your recovery may take a little longer.
How Long Do Liposuction Results Last?
Because the fat cells are physically removed, your new contour will last a lifetime. However, it’s still important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you gain weight after your procedure, it may show more in other areas where fat cells remain denser, which could affect your results. Many people find that the boost in self-confidence they experience after their surgery renews their commitment to eating well and staying in shape.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost in San Diego?
The price of liposuction at our San Diego practice usually ranges from $6,000 to $12,000, depending on the area(s) treated and the amount of fat removed.