When you live in an area that is treasured for beautiful weather and endless outdoor activities, it's natural to want your body to look its best. For many of us, our natural genetics don't always cooperate, holding onto pockets of unwanted fat in spite of how well we take care of ourselves. Dr. Richard Chaffoo performs liposuction to help San Diego and La Jolla women and men handle those stubborn, little imperfections that detract from a smooth, fit look.

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When you decide to undergo cosmetic surgery, it's important to feel comfortable and confident about the plastic surgeon you choose. Patients appreciate triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo because he makes their goals a priority and strives to exceed their expectations with natural-looking improvements. To learn more, request your complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 997-0096 for an appointment.

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Liposuction Case 58

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This 32 year old San Diego Hispanic woman was displeased with the loose and excess skin of her lower abdomen. She underwent an abdominoplasty with liposuction of the abdomen and flanks to create flat contour and narrower waistline.  Her surgical incision was hidden very low beneath her...

Liposuction Case 369

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

39 year old San Diego male had disliked the prominence of his breasts for many years. He was uncomfortable in tight fitting shirts and disliked going shirtless in the summertime. He underwent an uncomplicated removal of the excess male breast tissue (gynecomastia) through small incisions around t...

Liposuction Case 14

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This early 20's San Diego woman was unhappy with the look of her abdomen. She had accumulated excess fat on her stomach which she felt was out of proportion with her thighs. With the consent of her parents, she began researching several San Diego plastic surgeons before deciding to conta...

Liposuction Case 278

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This 37 year old professional San Diego gentleman was unhappy with the size of his male breasts. He was self conscious about removing his shirt especially around a swimming pool with friends. He underwent surgery to remove the excess male breast tissue (gynecomastia) and is shown about 3 months f...

Liposuction Case 137

Dr. Richard Chaffoo

This is a 46-year-old San Diego male patient who was discouraged with the excess fat in his abdomen. He was actively working out 4-5 times weekly and eating a healthy diet. He consulted with San Diego plastic surgery, Dr. Richard Chaffoo for liposuction. Dr. Chaffoo had recommended liposucti...

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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The Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction is consistently among the most popular body contouring procedures, but it should not be considered weight-loss surgery. It is designed to fine-tune the contours of your body, and it's important that you are already at or close to your ideal weight when you undergo the procedure. Some of the common areas Dr. Chaffoo helps his San Diego and La Jolla patients improve with liposuction include:

  • Legs, including on the inner thighs, behind the knees, and on the outer thighs ("saddle bags")
  • Abdomen, including the tummy bulge and waist
  • Chest, especially for men
  • Double chin and neck
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Your Liposuction Choices

Dr. Chaffoo helps determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction at a private complimentary consultation by listening to your cosmetic goals and completing a thorough physical examination. If Dr. Chaffoo determines liposuction is the best option for you, he will then decide which technique will best suit your needs. The most common method he uses for San Diego-area patients is called tumescent liposuction, which Dr. Chaffoo performs using general anesthesia.

Tumescent Liposuction

This technique involves the injection of a saline solution that includes an anesthetic to numb the area being treated, limit bleeding, and saturate the fatty tissue. Tumescent means swollen and firm, and the swollen fatty tissue is easier to break up and suction from the body. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula, inserted through a tiny incision, is used to remove the fat.

Power-Assisted Liposuction

Dr. Chaffoo also combines power-assisted liposuction (PAL) with the tumescent technique for certain areas. PAL uses a vibrating cannula to loosen fat. This can be especially helpful in the areas of the back, flanks, and chest, as well as in revision cases. The addition of PAL reduces tissue trauma for less swelling and bruising and a more accurate and complete removal of unwanted fat.


Smartlipo is a form of laser-assisted liposuction. Dr. Chaffoo uses the Cynosure® Smartlipo TriPlex system, an advanced device that reduces the procedure time and requires less recovery than tumescent liposuction. In addition, Smartlipo tightens skin.1

Learn more about the techniques Dr. Chaffoo offers on our Liposuction FAQ page.


Dr. Chaffoo

Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo provides exceptional results and patient care.

  • The Liposuction Procedure

    Different liposuction techniques share some general steps when it comes to the procedure. Based on decisions made during your complimentary consultation, Dr. Chaffoo marks the existing contours of your body to guide the procedure. He then saturates the treatment area or areas with a tumescent solution that includes a diluted local anesthetic and epinephrine, a hormone that helps limit bleeding during the operation.

    Once the fatty tissue is swollen and firm, Dr. Chaffoo makes small incisions. In traditional liposuction, fat is removed using small, stainless steel tubes inserted through the incisions. In Smartlipo, a tiny laser fiber is inserted through a small tube and emulsifies the fat, which is then removed. Manual liposuction requires the surgeon to vigorously move the cannula to break up the fat.

    Recovery and Results

    Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, meaning you will most likely return home on the day of the operation. Patients whose procedures are performed using general anesthesia remain under observation at our office for at least an hour before being allowed to return home. You will need someone to drive you home.

    Mild bruising, swelling, and soreness are common in the first few weeks following liposuction. You will be instructed to wear special compression garments designed to reduce swelling and promote incision healing, usually for a few weeks. Dr. Chaffoo provides detailed instructions tailored to your needs to help enhance the speed and comfort of your recovery.

    Patient experiences vary after liposuction. Although you should be able to return to work within just a few days, take care to avoid activities that place strain on the body for at least 2 weeks. The improvements from liposuction are immediately noticeable for most patients in spite of temporary swelling. To maintain your slimmer, sculpted shape for years, continue following a sensible diet and regular exercise routine.

    The Cost of Liposuction

    Because liposuction techniques vary, the cost of the procedure depends on what type of liposuction is performed, along with the area or areas of your body being treated. Neck liposuction, for example, will cost less than abdominal liposuction. Dr. Chaffoo and our team are happy to provide you with a customized quote when you contact our office. We make every effort to keep our costs competitive and affordable so our deserving patients can fit them into their plans. Learn about your financing options.

    Enhancing Other Procedures With Liposuction

    In some cases, Dr. Chaffoo may recommend alternative treatments or procedures to pair with your liposuction surgery to better meet your goals. Liposuction is frequently combined with other body contouring procedures for a more comprehensive result.

    For example, patients who are getting a Cellulaze™ treatment for cellulite on the thighs or buttocks may also get liposuction to reduce fat in those areas. Dr. Chaffoo also often uses liposuction to improve the results of tummy tuck, body lift, and mommy makeover procedures, enhancing the results of those surgeries without affecting the recovery time.

    For patients who want to reduce fat, but would rather avoid surgery, CoolSculpting® may be an effective alternative.

    Next Steps

    If you're considering a body contouring procedure such as liposuction, Dr. Chaffoo can help. He has an office conveniently located on Genesee Avenue in La Jolla on the Scripps Memorial Hospital Campus at the Ximed Medical Center.

    1 McBean, Jason C., Katz, Bruce E., Laser Lipolysis: An Update, Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology: 2011; 4(7): 25-34.