Liposuction in East County
Extra fat can be challenging to get rid of. Even with a regime of diet and exercise, stubborn fat pockets can remain. Fortunately, there is liposuction. Liposuction surgery removes unwanted fat from strategic locations around the body, smooth contours, and helps define the underlying muscles by exposing them. Wherever your stubborn fat deposits reside, liposuction can be used to help remove them. Coastal Plastic Surgery in East County, San Diego offers personalized liposuction procedures tailor-made to give you the contours you desire.
What Can Liposuction Achieve?
Stubborn fat deposits can disrupt your body’s contours, leaving you flabby in places you do not want. It can be frustrating when clothing fits poorly or when bathing suits are uncomfortable to wear. Targeted fat removal is difficult—if not impossible—naturally. Fortunately, liposuction can achieve targeted fat removal, smoothing out your contours, and giving you your ideal body shape.
The fat deposits removed via liposuction do not grow back over time. By removing the fat cells in the treated area, liposuction ensures that the targeted area remains slim, even if you gain excess weight later. This is because fat cells do not regenerate—they simply grow in size during weight gain. As the remaining cells can still expand, you must stay close to your optimal weight to preserve your new contours.
Liposuction is one of the easiest procedures to tailor to the desires of the patient. Wherever your unwanted fat deposits are, Dr. Jindal can target them. You may also choose to have areas enhanced with strategic liposuction treatments designed to define your muscles. This is most common in the abdomen (known as abdominal etching), where patients prefer muscles to be highly visible.
How Does Your Liposuction Procedure Work?
Liposuction is a flexible and personalized procedure that allows your surgeon to target specific areas for fat removal. Dr. Jindal will work with you during your consultation to determine which areas should be treated and to what degree. Common treatment areas include:
- Bra line and back
- Flanks and hips
- Inner and outer thighs
- Knees, calves, and ankles
- Neck and jowls
- Upper arms
Liposuction is generally performed under general anesthesia, though in some cases, local anesthesia coupled with a sedative may be used. The type of anesthesia is determined by the size and location of the targeted areas.
During the surgery, small incisions are made near the treatment area. Various techniques are then used to loosen the fat and separate it from the muscles and skin. The most common ways to loosen fat include laser, mechanical, or water-based techniques. A tube called a cannula is then inserted via the incisions, and the loosened fat cells are suctioned away. The larger incisions are sealed with sutures or stitches, while the smaller ones may be sealed with surgical glue.
You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure, and we recommend that you have someone stay with you for a day or two following the surgery.
Liposuction is effective as a standalone procedure, but it is commonly combined with other cosmetic surgical treatments. Some of the most common combinations include:
- Tummy tuck: Tummy tuck surgery tightens loose abdominal muscles and treats abdominal laxity.
- Male breast reduction: Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure to treat gynecomastia, the presence of excess breast tissue or fat in men.
- Arm lift: An arm lift tightens and firms the upper arms by removing excess skin.
- Thigh lift: A thigh lift removes excess skin from the inner or outer thighs.
- Mommy Makeover: A Mommy Makeover is a combination of procedures that allow women to rejuvenate their bodies following pregnancy.
Easing Your Concerns
RecoveryAfter your surgery, you will be provided a compression garment to wear around your incision sites to help reduce swelling and speed your healing process. This garment should be worn consistently for around a week. Most patients can return to work and most daily activities within one week. Rigorous exercise should not be performed for two to three weeks.
PainLiposuction surgery is performed under anesthesia, so there is no pain during the liposuction itself. Following the operation, patients will experience swelling, soreness, and mild to moderate pain in the treated areas. Prescription or over-the-counter pain medications may be used as needed to treat pain. The swelling and discomfort should dissipate within a couple of weeks.
ScarsLiposuction does not require large incisions to be effective. As such, scarring is usually minimal, if it occurs at all. Patients should keep their incision sites out of direct sunlight to aid the healing process and reduce the risk of scarring. Any liposuction scars that do develop will fade over time.
CostThe cost of liposuction in East County, San Diego, can vary based on a series of factors. These may include:
- Number and size of treatment areas
- Anesthesia fees
- Surgical fees
- Facility fees
View our gallery page for the procedures and treatments at Coastal Plastic Surgeons. At Coastal Plastic Surgeons, we believe in our methods and techniques for lasting results that can change your life. We offer procedures on everything from breast augmentation and body contouring, to facial aesthetics, hair restoration, and skin resurfacing. Every treatment is displayed here in our gallery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Your results are permanent, as the extracted fat cells will not regenerate; however, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will prevent fat cells in other areas of your body growing and negating your results.
- Negative anesthesia reactions
- Fluid retention