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Liposuction & Body Sculpting in San Diego

Liposuction can reduce or remove unwanted fat deposits throughout the body, making it the most efficient method of body contouring available today. Over time, the body begins to store fat in a variety of displeasing areas. It is nearly impossible to melt stubborn localized fat using traditional at-home methods because diet and exercise do not spot treat trouble areas. Patients who desire a slim and sculpted figure tailored to their individual aesthetic goals may benefit from the modern liposuction techniques performed at Coastal Plastic Surgery in San Diego.

What Can Liposuction Achieve?

ImprovedBody Contour

Localized fat can be bothersome and often makes it challenging to find flattering clothing. Most patients who seek liposuction services wish to have a slimmer, smoother body contour. Liposuction removes pockets of unwanted fat, producing a sleeker, more pleasing silhouette.


Some patients believe fat reduction and weight loss are synonymous. Eliminating fat deposits with liposuction can often give patients the results they are looking for without requiring them to lose a massive amount of weight. Liposuction involves removing fat cells instead of shrinking them, providing lasting improvement.


One of the main benefits of liposuction is that it is entirely customizable. Everyone’s body is different. Therefore, everyone needs a personal surgical plan. By choosing liposuction, patients can decide where they would like to add definition and trim away stubborn fat.

Your Liposuction Journey

Treatment Areas

Liposuction offers a wide range of options for the following treatment 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 personal consultation, a physician at Coastal Plastic Surgeons will evaluate your needs and aesthetic goals to determine the most suitable surgical plan for you.

Procedure Details

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, which means you can return home the same day as your surgery. It can sometimes be performed using local anesthesia with sedation. However, general anesthesia may be recommended depending on the treatment site and extent of correction required. Tiny incisions are created where small tubes, or cannulas, are inserted. The cannulas loosen fat cells and suction them out of the body. Laser technology or mechanical agitation may be used to reduce trauma to the surrounding tissues.


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:

  • 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 sculpting of the midsection.
  • Mommy Makeover: A Mommy Makeover is a procedure package that gives patients full body rejuvenation. Liposuction removes fat throughout the body that may have accumulated over time.
  • Male breast reduction: Male patients who seek breast reduction may achieve the chiseled chest they desire with liposuction alone. Patients with moderate to severe gynecomastia may require excision as well.
  • Arm lift: Patients who want slimmer, tighter upper arms can benefit from an arm lift, which may include liposuction to remove stubborn pockets of fat.
  • Thigh lift: A thigh lift usually involves skin excision to tighten the upper legs. Liposuction is often added to this procedure to produce slimmer leg contours.

Easing Your Concerns

Liposuction patients can expect some soreness and swelling following the procedure. In many cases, a compression garment will be worn over the treatment area for a few days to reduce swelling and promote healing. Most patients can return to their regular activities within one week.
Should you experience any discomfort during recovery, you will be given a prescription for oral pain medication. Any discomfort is expected to dissipate after a couple of weeks.
Incisions used to perform liposuction are small and tend to leave no residual scars after the procedure. Patients can reduce scarring by using silicone scar sheets and minimizing sun exposure. Any scarring typically fades over time.
The cost of liposuction includes many factors, such as surgical fees, physician’s fees, anesthesia fees, etc. You will be provided with a detailed price quote during your personal consultation.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are men and women within 30 pounds of their target weight who have good skin elasticity. It is important to be relatively healthy and have realistic expectations of the procedure. Ideal candidates should also be willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle after liposuction to ensure their body contouring results are long lasting.

What results can I expect?

The results of the procedure will become evident once swelling resolves and the treatment area heals completely. Those results will be permanent as long as you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Because fat cells are removed from the body, they will not return. However, if you gain weight after liposuction, remaining fat cells can begin to enlarge and affect your results.

What are the risks associated with liposuction?

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

Why choose Coastal Plastic Surgeons?

Every patient should be completely confident in his or her liposuction surgeon based on the surgeon’s experience and proven results. It is essential to select a plastic surgeon with ample experience and expertise to ensure the best possible results. The physicians at Coastal Plastic Surgeons in San Diego perform hundreds of liposuction procedures every year and are highly qualified to help you achieve your body contouring goals.