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Liposuction and Body Sculpting in San Diego

Over time, your body begins to store excess fat in various areas that can affect how your clothes fit and how you feel about yourself. Because there is no way to "spot reduce" troublesome areas of flab, it is nearly impossible to melt stubborn localized fat using diet and exercise alone. Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that effectively reduces or removes unwanted fat deposits nearly anywhere on your body. If you desire a slimmer, more sculpted figure tailored to your aesthetic goals, it's time to explore liposuction for your surgical body contouring options at Coastal Plastic Surgery in San Diego.

What Can Liposuction Accomplish?

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Stubborn pockets of excess fat can affect your confidence and often make it challenging to find flattering clothing. Most patients seeking liposuction wish to have a slimmer, smoother body contour without lumps or bumps that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. Liposuction removes unwanted fat, resulting in a sleeker, more pleasing silhouette.


Liposuction is designed to permanently reduce and remove fat cells in selected areas, giving you the results you want without requiring significant weight loss. Once the fat cells are gone, they won't return, providing you with lasting improvement. However, it is essential to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss method. Instead, it puts the finishing touches on your existing physique.


One of the main benefits of liposuction is that it is entirely customizable. Everyone's body is shaped differently and retains fat in different places. Therefore, everyone needs a surgical plan tailored to their specific goals and desires. Liposuction allows you to decide where you would like to add definition and trim away stubborn fat.

What Areas Can Be Treated With Liposuction?

Liposuction offers a wide range of options for treatment, including the following areas:

  • Chin, neck, and jowls
  • Cheeks
  • Chest
  • Upper arms
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Knees, calves, and ankles
  • Hips and flanks
  • Abdomen and waistline
  • Bra line

During your liposuction consultation at Coastal Plastic Surgeons, your surgeon will evaluate your needs and aesthetic goals to formulate your most effective surgical plan.

What Does Liposuction Surgery Involve?

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, which means you can return home the same day as your surgery. It is sometimes performed using local anesthesia with sedation, but general anesthesia may be recommended depending on the treatment site and the extent of correction required.

Your surgeon places tiny incisions at the site(s) marked for liposuction and injects an anesthetic solution to help numb the area and break up the fat, making it easier to remove. Next, slim hollow tubes, or cannulas, are inserted. Your surgeon gently moves the cannulas around the treatment area, loosening fat cells and suctioning them out of your body. They then complete the procedure by smoothing out the remaining fat and putting the finishing touches on your body contouring. Depending on which areas are targeted for treatment, laser technology or mechanical agitation may also be used to reduce trauma to the surrounding tissues. As your body heals after the procedure, the skin where the fat was removed will contract, and you will see your stunning new shape.

Can I Combine Liposuction With Other Body Procedures?

While liposuction can be performed as a standalone procedure, many patients discover that they can achieve more precise enhancement by combining it with other procedures. Liposuction may be performed in conjunction with:

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Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck revamps the abdomen by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying tissues. Liposuction is usually added to tummy tuck surgery because it produces additional midsection sculpting.

Mommy Makeover

A Mommy Makeover is a procedure package that gives patients total body rejuvenation. Liposuction removes fat in specific body areas that may have accumulated over time through significant weight loss or the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Male Breast Reduction

Male patients who seek breast reduction (gynecomastia surgery) may achieve the chiseled chest they desire with liposuction alone. Patients with moderate to severe gynecomastia may require excess skin excision as well.

Arm Lift

Patients who want slimmer, tighter upper arms can benefit from an arm lift. An arm lift may include liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of fat and reveal more tone and definition on your upper arms.

Thigh Lift

A thigh lift typically involves skin excision to smooth and tighten your upper legs. Liposuction is often added to this procedure to produce slimmer and more defined leg contours.

Some Common Concerns About Liposuction Surgery

How Much Does Liposuction Cost in San Diego?

The cost of liposuction in San Diego includes many factors, including (but not limited to) surgical fees, physician's fees, facility fees, and anesthesia fees. You will be provided with a detailed price quote during your liposuction consultation. Coastal Plastic Surgeons also offers several financing options for your convenience.

Is Liposuction Painful?

During your liposuction procedure, you will be under general anesthesia or local anesthetic with sedation so that you will experience no pain. Additionally, your surgeon uses a solution injected in the treatment area to further ensure your comfort during the procedure.

Should you experience any discomfort during recovery, you will be given a prescription for oral pain medication and can also take over-the-counter pain relievers. Any discomfort is expected to dissipate after a couple of weeks.

What Is Recovery From Liposuction Like?

Immediately after your liposuction procedure, you will experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. These side effects are typically minor and will fade as you heal. You will likely be required to wear a compression garment over the treatment area for a few days to help minimize swelling, promote healing, and help shape the treatment area.

Your recovery time will vary depending on the location of the treatment, the number of areas treated, and the amount of fat removed. You will need to take it easy for a few days, and most patients can return to most of their regular activities within one week. You may need to wait up to six weeks before engaging in strenuous activities, but your surgeon will let you know in advance what to expect from your recovery timeline.

Will I Have Scars After Liposuction?

Incisions used for liposuction are small and tend to leave little to no visible scarring after the procedure. Any scarring can be reduced by using silicone scar sheets and minimizing sun exposure; scars typically fade over time.

Liposuction Results

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.

Liposuction FAQs

Am I a candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are men and women who are in good overall health and do not smoke or vape. You should be within 30 pounds of your target weight and have good skin elasticity. Having realistic expectations of the procedure and its results is also essential. Ideal candidates should also be willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle after liposuction to ensure long-lasting body contouring results.

How long will it take before I see my liposuction results?

The results of your liposuction procedure will become evident once the swelling resolves and the treatment area heals completely. You may experience residual swelling for a few months after your surgery, but your final liposuction results are typically visible within three to six months.

Are there risks associated with liposuction?

Liposuction is a safe and effective procedure for removing excess fat, but there can be risks, like with any surgery. Complications associated with liposuction are uncommon and can be avoided by following the aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon. Some of the possible risks include:
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Fluid retention
  • Infection
If you experience any concerning side effects after your liposuction surgery, don't hesitate to contact your surgeon immediately.

Are my liposuction results permanent?

Liposuction eliminates fat cells from the targeted treatment area, and they will not grow back once they're gone. If you gain weight after liposuction, it likely won't be as prominent in the area where you received liposuction; however, any remaining fat cells can get bigger and affect your newly slender contour. Sticking to a healthy diet and exercise regimen and maintaining a stable weight will help ensure your liposuction results are lasting.

Coastal Plastic Surgeons: Your Choice for Liposuction in San Diego

You should be confident in your liposuction surgeon and research their education, professional experience, and proven results. Selecting a plastic surgeon with the skill and expertise to ensure the best possible results from your liposuction procedure is essential.

The physicians at Coastal Plastic Surgeons in San Diego perform hundreds of liposuction procedures every year and are exceptionally qualified to help you achieve your body contouring goals. Call us today at (858) 365-3558 to schedule a consultation or complete our online contact form.