Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeons located in San Luis Obispo, CA

No matter how well you adhere to a diet and exercise plan, stubborn pockets of fat often remain. An effective way to eliminate those fatty deposits is through liposuction, one of many surgical procedures available from Gary Donath, MD, Danielle E. Giacona, DO, and the team at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery in San Luis Obispo, California. Liposuction can help you achieve the fitness goals you’ve worked so hard for. If you live in San Luis Obispo or North Santa Barbara County, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to set up a personalized consultation today.

Liposuction Q & A

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that breaks up and permanently removes fat from your body. It’s a great option for men and women who have achieved and maintained a stable weight but aren’t able to get rid of deposits of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. 

The procedure is well-suited for the following areas of the body:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Flanks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Upper arms

Liposuction can even refine the contours of smaller areas, such as beneath your chin or on the inside of your knees. 

How is liposuction performed?

There are several ways to perform liposuction, and the surgeons at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery are highly skilled in all approaches. You’ll receive anesthesia before they begin the procedure, which may take from 1-3 hours.

The basic procedure involves making one or more small incisions and guiding a small tube called a cannula into the treatment area. The fat tissue is loosened, and then suction is used to remove a portion of your fat cells. 

Some types of liposuction use a saline solution to make it easier to remove fat cells with little pain or blood loss. Another technique uses ultrasound to liquefy fat cells prior to suctioning them from your body. Some lipo cannulas are equipped with a mechanized device to remove fat, and other systems use laser energy to heat fat cells prior to suctioning.

Many men and women choose to have liposuction done at the same time as a tummy tuck or body lift. Your surgeon discusses the options with you and helps you decide on the best liposuction method for your body and your health.

What can I expect after liposuction?

Liposuction is usually an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day. You’ll wear a compression garment for a few weeks to ease swelling and help the healing process. 

It’s important to take it easy for the first five days or so after your procedure, but you should be able to resume some normal activities within a week.

By eight weeks, all activity restrictions may be removed, depending on your individual situation. You may experience minor bruising and swelling for a few months, depending on how rapidly your body heals. 

Is liposuction a permanent solution?

Liposuction permanently removes targeted fat cells from your body. Once they’re gone, those cells will not regenerate. However, your remaining fat cells will continue to function normally and can expand and shrink if you gain or lose weight. 

Gaining excess weight can alter your results. For that reason, liposuction is best suited for men and women who can maintain a stable weight after the procedure.

To learn more about liposuction and get answers to any questions or concerns you may have, schedule a consultation at Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery online or by phone.