Liposuction in San Diego, CA

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About Liposuction

No matter how faithfully you adhere to a consistent diet plan and exercise regimen, you may still have pockets of fat that prevent you from feeling fully confident. These can exist anywhere, including the hips, lower back, stomach, and thighs. To slim your silhouette and remove these bothersome fat deposits, San Diego Cosmetic Clinic offers advanced cosmetic procedures to help you achieve the body you want, such as liposuction. Liposuction surgery, also called lipoplasty, is a body contouring treatment that reduces pockets of fat from your problem areas to create a smaller and trimmer appearance. Liposuction can be performed along with many other services, as well as throughout multiple areas. During your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson, be upfront about your needs and goals so we can develop a customized surgical plan to attain the outcomes you want. Our San Diego, CA office sees patients by appointment only so be sure to call our office and schedule your one-on-one appointment.

Benefits Of Liposuction

In addition to creating dramatic body redefining results, liposuction surgery performed by Dr. Laverson at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic has a number of aesthetic and health benefits, including:

  • Eliminating stubborn pockets of fat
  • Achieving results when diet and exercise have failed
  • Improving body contours
  • Reducing BMI (body mass index) to improve health
  • Boosting confidence and self-image
  • Enhancing body symmetry
  • Treats multiple body areas (abdomen, flanks, thighs, buttocks, back, arms)
  • Procedure is safe and effective
  • Recovery time is comparatively short vs. other procedures
  • Effective for both men and women

Ideal Candidates

Liposuction is an excellent fat removal option for patients who are at a healthy, stable weight but still possess fat deposits on their hips/flanks, stomach, thighs, or lower back. Women and men considering this surgery should have healthy skin laxity because liposuction does not address or improve upon loose skin; if loose skin is a concern, you may be a better candidate for dermolipectomy. It's important to understand that liposuction is not intended as an alternative to weight loss. Ideal candidates for this procedure are those who:

  • Are at a healthy weight
  • Have completed their planned pregnancies
  • Possess healthy skin elasticity with no sagging skin
  • Have previously attempted to trim and slim their body with diet and exercise
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment

Surgical Technique

Liposuction is completed at our office with the patient usually under some form of anesthesia. Typically, Dr. Laverson employs the tumescent liposuction method. With this technique, local anesthesia, adrenaline, and a saline solution are infused into the treatment site. A tiny incision is made into the skin, and a small instrument — the cannula — is placed to loosen and suction away the unwanted fatty tissue. Tumescent liposuction is a favorite of our San Diego, CA office because it reduces the swelling, bruising, and blood loss that is typically associated with most lipoplasty procedures. Depending on the number and size of areas treated, your session could take 1 – 3 hours. Once your treatment has concluded, you will be moved to our state-of-the-art recovery area where a member of our team will manage your pain and provide you with a compression garment.

What to Expect

You may be in recovery from liposuction for up to two weeks, depending on the number and size of areas you've had treated. It's normal to have bruising and swelling for a few weeks following your procedure. Your sutures from the incision site should be taken out after 7 – 10 days. While healing, it's important that you give your body plenty of time to rest and recover. Once you're ready to return to work, you should take it easy. Although you will notice some improvements after your surgery, your fullest results will take around 6 – 10 months to fully emerge. As long as you maintain your outcome, your results from liposuction can last for decades.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does liposuction cost?
Your costs for liposuction will vary, depending on the size and number of areas being treated. During your consultation, Dr. Laverson will create a customized treatment plan to meet your unique needs and goals. He will also consider your budget. When your plan has been fully developed, your estimated costs will be discussed. To help make your cosmetic surgery easy to afford, San Diego Cosmetic Clinic accepts several payment methods and can provide information regarding low-interest medical financing.

What if I have cellulite and loose skin?
Liposuction surgery only addresses excess fat. For loose skin, Dr. Laverson may recommend combining liposuction with a body lift or dermolipectomy. Lipo also can be performed in conjunction with skin tightening surgery, like a tummy tuck, thighplasty, or arm lift, to produce your best results. To correct cellulite, there are many minimally invasive and nonsurgical treatments, including ThermiSmooth. During your consultation, talk to Dr. Laverson about all of your concerns, like cellulite and loose skin, so a comprehensive plan for treatment can be created.

Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is an invasive surgery, incisions will need to be made and sutured. This will leave some scarring; however, Dr. Laverson does his best to reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes by making small and thin incisions in areas that are easily concealed. After your surgery, Dr. Laverson will go over post-operative incision care strategies so any scars heal properly and fade.

Will my results last?
Before liposuction, it's important to be prepared to maintain your results. Although liposuction reduces the amount of fat in an area, you could still lose or gain weight over time. Dr. Laverson suggests patients considering this surgery to be at or close to their ideal weight prior to liposuction. Afterward, it's best to remain within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Getting pregnant after liposuction will also affect your results; however, another surgery, like a mommy makeover, may be done to refresh your silhouette.

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Recovery Time  
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1 – 3 hours
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Look Fit and Toned

Fat removal with liposuction at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic offers both women and men the chance to have annoying fat removed from their frame almost instantly. Without the help of liposuction, it can be difficult to achieve the slimming outcomes you desire, especially if a strict diet and exercise plan has failed in the past. We can recommend various options for liposuction treatment, depending on your unique concerns and goals. We welcome you to call our office in San Diego, CA and set up your one-on-one consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson.

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