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.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"Dr Laverson is an amazing surgeon. I had such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful I found him. The staff is professional and the customer service is the best EVER. I highly recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Diego and an amazing staff. Thank you guys!"- M.J. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
Liposuction 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
Liposuction 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 with Liposuction
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.
Liposuction 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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 3 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Liposuction 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.