Liposuction

Author: Dr. Richard Chaffoo

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

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Tummy Tuck Case 134 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #134

This is a vibrant, 41-year-old San Diego female who wanted to improve the appearance of her abdomen. She had two children and complained of a persistent "bulge" of fat in the lower abdomen and loose skin after her pregnancies. Dr. Chaffoo was her physician of choice and had recommended liposuction along with a "mini-tummy tuck"... Read More
Gynecomastia Case 278 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #278

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 following uncomplicated surgery. He has no visible scars... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 58 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #58

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 underwear, and she was delighted with the aesthetic... Read More
Gynecomastia Case 369 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #369

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 the nipples (areolae) and was delighted with the aesthetic... Read More
Liposuction Case 137 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #137

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 liposuction of the abdomen and flanks. The procedure was performed... Read More
Liposuction Case 14 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #14

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 contact Dr. Chaffoo.When she came in for her consultation,... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 63 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #63

Age: 51Procedure(s): Abdominoplasty and Liposuction of Abdomen, Flanks, and HipsHeight: 5'5"Weight Before Surgery: 155 lbs.
Weight After Surgery: 150 lbs.Dr. Chaffoo used the tummy tuck procedure on this patient to provide rejuvenation of abdominal wall with tightening of abdominal wall muscles, removal... Read More
Liposuction Case 139 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #139

This is a 50-year-old San Diego woman who was frustrated with the excess fat in her abdomen and flanks. After bearing multiple children she had tried diet and exercise without much success. After researching San Diego Top Plastic Surgeons, the patient had consulted with La Jolla surgeon, Dr. Chaffoo. At her consultation the patient was well informed... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 203 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #203

47 year old Asian female disliked the loss of shape of her abdomen and flanks following multiple pregnancies. In our La Jolla office we noted excess skin of the abdomen with laxity of the abdominal wall muscles (diastasis recti) and excess fat of the abdomen and flanks. She underwent a routine abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with liposuction to the abdomen... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 201 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #201

57 year old professional woman disliked the excess skin of her lower abdomen and fullness to the abdomen and hips. She was seen in our La Jolla office where it was noted that she had excess skin of the lower abdomen, diastasis recti, and excess fat of the abdomen and flanks. She underwent an uneventful abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with liposuction... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 406 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #406

This 46 year old San Diego woman had experienced massive weight loss following bariatric surgery. She disliked the excess and loose skin of her abdomen and loose skin and fat over her thighs and sagging of the buttocks. She underwent an uncomplicated circumferential belt lipectomy (tummy tuck, thigh & buttock lift) with liposuction of the lateral... Read More
Liposuction Case 11 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #11

This San Diego woman in her mid-50s ate right and exercised but was unhappy with certain "trouble spots" in her hips, legs, and thighs. Knowing that Dr. Chaffoo was one of the most highly qualified plastic surgeons in San Diego, she decided to call and request a consultation.The initial physical examination revealed that she was... Read More
Liposuction Case 562 Before & After Front | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #562

39 year old San Diego woman desired body contouring following one pregnancy. She had reached her stable weight. She also disliked the scar in her lower abdomen from a previous appendectomy because the fat hung over it. She underwent liposuction using the power assisted liposuction (PAL) system. She had an uneventful recovery and was very happy with... Read More
Liposuction Case 13 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #13

This San Diego woman in her mid 30s was concerned about the look of her abdomen and how the fatty deposits that had accumulated with time emphasized her abdominal scar. Wanting to even out the appearance of her stomach and hips, she began looking for San Diego cosmetic surgery centers that offered liposuction. After doing some research, she decided... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 425 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #425

This 34 year old multiparous San Diego woman consulted Dr. Chaffoo after completing her family. She had undergone multiple C sections and desired a flatter and more youthful shape to her abdomen, waist, and hips. She disliked the excess skin of her tummy and demonstrated a weakness to her abdominal wall muscles (diastasis recti). She underwent an... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 283 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #283

This 47 year old San Diego woman was unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen and flanks. She disliked the excess loose skin, muscle bulge, and localized fat of her abdomen and flanks following several pregnancies. She underwent an uncomplicated tummy tuck with liposuction of the abdomen and flanks with a marked improvement in the contour of her... Read More
Breast Lift Case 521 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #521

This lovely 35 year old health care professional woman was unhappy with the shape of breasts, waistline, and buttocks after pregnancies and childbirth. She underwent a bilateral breast augmentation with gummy bear implants, bilateral breast lift, liposuction to the flanks with fat transfer to the buttock region. Her postoperative course was uncomplicated,... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 205 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #205

34 year old Hispanic female health care worker from San Diego disliked the excess skin and fat of her abdomen following childbirth. She wanted a flatter and more contoured abdomen. She underwent an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with liposuction of the abdomen. She was delighted with the improved contour and narrower waist line following surgery. She... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 202 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #202

57 year old professional woman disliked the excess skin of her lower abdomen and fullness to the abdomen and hips. She was seen in our La Jolla office where it was noted that she had excess skin of the lower abdomen, diastasis recti, and excess fat of the abdomen and flanks. She underwent an uneventful abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with liposuction... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 196 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #196

48 year old Filipino female who had multiple children desired a flatter tummy and improved waist and hip contour. She underwent an uneventful abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with liposuction of the abdomen and flanks. She was very happy with the improved contour to her abdomen which appeared flatter and a more defined and narrowed waistline. Read More
Liposuction Case 102 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #102

Even with diet and exercise, this 30-year-old San Diego woman could not get the flat stomach she desired. Concerned about the uneven texture of her abdomen, especially around her hips and love handles, she began looking for a San Diego plastic surgeon who had a great deal of experience performing liposuction. After seeing some of his work, she decided... Read More
Liposuction Case 460 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #460

This 49 year old San Diego had previously undergone coolsculpting of the abdomen and flanks. He noticed increased fat accumulation in these areas which corresponded to the coolsculpting applicators and was diagnosed with paradoxical hyperplasia. This is a rare phenomenon where this cold technology results in excess accumulations of fat in areas where... Read More
Liposuction Case 9 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #9

This San Diego woman in her mid 40s was generally happy with her weight, but was concerned about the unevenness of her abdomen. Wanting to improve the definition of her waist, she decided to explore her options for liposuction in San Diego and discovered Dr. Chaffoo. After learning about his history performing liposuction, she decided to contact... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 200 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #200

 54 year old professional who desired an improvement in the contour of her abdomen and flanks. She had previously undergone an appendectomy and pregnancies. She disliked the contour of her abdomen and the abdominal scars. On exam in the La Jolla office her abdomen showed excess skin and fat in the flanks with a depressed and wide scar... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 403 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #403

This delightful 35 year old San Diego Hispanic woman was unhappy with the shape and appearance of her buttocks, breasts and tummy following multiple pregnancies and breast feeding. She underwent a bilateral breast augmentation with 405 cc moderate profile Inspira silicone gummy bear implants, liposuction of her flanks and abdomen, abdominoplasty... Read More
Liposuction Case 15 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #15

Age: mid 50sProcedure: LiposuctionHeight: 5'6"Weight Before Surgery: 135 lbs.
Weight After Surgery: 135 lbs.Dr. Chaffoo performed liposuction to patient's thighs to sculpt them into a thinner, more slender shape.  Read More
Gynecomastia Case 569 Before & After Front | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #569

This 66 year old San Diego gentleman felt self conscious about the excess male breast tissue and prominent nipples which was noticeable in T shirts and when he was shirtless. He noted that the nipples were also painful when rubbing against his clothing. He underwent uncomplicated removal of male breast tissue (gynecomastia) and reduction of both... Read More
Liposuction Case 16 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #16

Age: mid 60sProcedure(s): Bilateral Brachioplasty (Arm Lift/Liposuction)Height: 5'5"Removal of excess and drooping skin and fat from upper arms to smooth the underlying supportive tissue and reshapes the upper portion of the arms.  Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 402 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #402

This delightful 33 year old San Diego woman was unhappy with the shape and appearance of her breasts and tummy following multiple pregnancies and breast feeding. She desired her breasts to be lifted and slightly fuller in size. In addition, she wanted a flatter abdomen that was more defined. She underwent an uneventful bilateral breast augmentation... Read More
Liposuction Case 10 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #10

This San Diego woman in her early sixties was already working to maintain a healthy lifestyle when she met with Dr. Chaffoo to determine what could be done about the excess fat around her abdomen, hips, and waistline. Because Dr. Chaffoo customizes each of his San Diego plastic surgery procedures for each individual patient, he listened to this woman's... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 420 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #420

This 47 year old San Diego woman was displeased with the excess skin of her abdomen and local fat deposits of her abdomen and flanks. She had lost the tone of her abdomen following multiple pregnancies and C sections. She underwent an uncomplicated abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with removal of the excess skin and fat of her lower abdomen, repair of... Read More
Liposuction Case 474 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #474

This delightful 57 year old San Diego woman was unhappy with the loss of shape in her sides, flanks, and buttocks. She noticed a loss of volume in her buttocks over the years and desired an improved contour to her torso and buttock region. She underwent uneventful liposuction of the hips and flanks with autologous fat transfer to the buttocks (Brazilian... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 62 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #62

This 52 year old woman was unhappy with the appearance of her abdomen. She had previous undergone an appendectomy and multiple pregnancies with a very abdominal scar that was wide and depressed. She was unable to wear a two piece bathing suit or low riding pants. She underwent an uneventful tummy tuck with removal of her old appendectomy scar and... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 197 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #197

After this 35-year-old woman had 2 children, she wanted to explore cosmetic surgery in San Diego. She disliked the extra skin above her pubic hairline, which she said got worse with weight loss. She also wanted to correct fullness in her lower central abdomen, lateral flank, and lateral thigh areas. With her multiple concerns, she wanted to... Read More
Tummy Tuck Case 204 Before & After View #1 | La Jolla, CA | La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
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Case #204

65 year old delightful woman who overall disliked the shape of her abdomen and flanks. She had prior multiple pregnancies and was very active but disliked how clothes fit her around the middle. She wanted a flatter tummy and improved contour of her waistline. In our San Diego office her examination revealed excess skin of the lower abdomen with excess... Read More

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

The Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular procedure for to fine-tuning body contours. Some of the common areas Dr. Chaffoo helps his patients improve with liposuction include:

  • Legs, including the inner thighs, behind the knees, and the outer thighs (“saddle bags”)
  • Abdomen, including the tummy bulge and waist
  • Chest, especially for men
  • Double chin and neck

Liposuction treatment areas

Liposuction Candidates

Dr. Chaffoo determines 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. You may be a candidate for liposuction if you:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Are at or near your target weight
  • Have good muscle tone
  • Have minimal skin laxity
  • Have localized pockets of diet- and exercise-resistant fat

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

Liposuction Techniques

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 is called tumescent liposuction, which Dr. Chaffoo performs using general anesthesia.

Tumescent Liposuction

Power-assisted 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®

Smartlipo is a form of laser-assisted liposuction that uses a laser fiber to liquefy fat cells before they are suctioned from the body. 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

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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 a thin, stainless steel tube called a cannula inserted through the incisions. In Smartlipo, a tiny laser fiber is inserted through a small tube to emulsify the fat, which is then suctioned out through the cannula. Traditional liposuction requires the surgeon to vigorously move the cannula to break up the fat, while power-assisted liposuction loosens the fat with a vibrating cannula.

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.

Liposuction FAQ

Do I need liposuction or a tummy tuck?

Liposuction cannot tighten significantly loose or sagging skin. If your fat deposits are accompanied by stretched skin, liposuction will only accentuate the drooping appearance. If this is the case, you may want to consider a different body contouring procedure such as a tummy tuck or body lift.

Women who are interested in refreshing their appearance after pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding often choose tummy tuck surgery because it can remove some excess fat deposits, tighten loose skin, and mend abdominal muscles that were stretched during their pregnancy.

How much weight can I lose with liposuction?

It’s important to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure so much as a way to contour areas of stubborn fat. You should be close to your ideal weight before undergoing the treatment. That said, there is no specific limit to the amount of fat that can be removed through liposuction. It’s important to distinguish between the total amount of fluid and fat that is removed (called aspirate) and total fat removed. Plastic surgeons typically refer to aspirate when discussing volume. In general, if more than 6 to 8 pounds of fat need to be removed, Dr. Chaffoo will perform separate procedures.

Will fat cells grow back after liposuction?

Fat cells removed by liposuction never come back. However, if a patient gains significant weight, the body’s remaining fat cells will still enlarge. Small weight gains (less than 10% of a person’s body weight) are not a major health concern typically, but they do usually result in existing fat cells enlarging. This is why it’s a good idea for patients to stick to a healthy lifestyle and maintain a fairly consistent weight after the treatment.

Does liposuction help reduce cellulite?

No, liposuction is a fat-reduction procedure. Cellulite is caused by fibrous bands that pull the skin downward and cause surface dimpling. Liposuction does not address these bands. Patients concerned about cellulite may combine a liposuction procedure with Cellulaze™ treatments.

Can I choose CoolSculpting® instead of liposuction?

Dr. Chaffoo evaluates the specific body contouring needs of each patient during the consultation. CoolSculpting offers a non-surgical method of reducing stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Liposuction provides more dramatic results. In some cases, liposuction combined with CoolSculpting is the best way to achieve the patient’s cosmetic goals. If you’re unsure which choice is best for you, Dr. Chaffoo can discuss all the factors at a complimentary consultation.

Are there scars after liposuction?

Because liposuction uses a fine cannula to suction away fatty tissue, the necessary incisions are very small — usually just a few millimeters. These do not leave any significant scars. Dr. Chaffoo also works to place these incisions in the most discreet locations possible, and our team provides you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure quick, beautiful healing.

How much does liposuction cost?

The cost of liposuction procedures varies widely at our La Jolla practice based on which areas Dr. Chaffoo treats, how much fat is removed, whether other procedures are involved, and other factors. Therefore, it’s difficult to provide a quote online. Dr. Chaffoo and our team offer various financing options, and we’re happy to provide a customized quote at a complimentary consultation based on your goals.

Can liposuction reduce the amount of fat around my neck?

Even though liposuction is often thought of as a body contouring treatment, it’s also effective for enhancing the definition of your neck. Smartlipo especially is an excellent tool for targeting the fat deposits in the neck and along the jawline that result in a double chin. In addition to removing fat with precision, Smartlipo can tighten loose neck skin.

Next Steps

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) 623-6333 for an appointment.

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