Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States to achieve a more attractive body contour. This minimally invasive procedure removes areas of localized fat by utilizing a small, thin tube called a cannula. Although liposuction is not meant to be a substitute for weight loss, it can eliminate unwanted fat from specific areas of the body, including:
- Upper Arms
As a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Pollack routinely performs liposuction at his San Diego practice.
- Individuals in good overall health
- Individuals with realistic expectations
- Individuals at a steady weight (within 30% of ideal weight)
- Individuals with good skin elasticity
Dr. Pollack performs liposuction using the tumescent technique because it allows for optimal fat removal and causes less discomfort for the patient. For small treatment areas, a local anesthetic is injected to numb the targeted areas at the beginning of the procedure. If the areasare larger, the procedure may be done under general anesthesia.
After tiny incisions are made, a cannula is inserted underneath the skin to suction out fat. Once the desired amount of fat is taken out, Dr. Pollack closes the incisions.
When you meet with Dr. Pollack for your initial consultation, you will discuss your goals and concerns with him in detail, and he will customize the procedure to your needs and desires. He will answer any questions or concerns you may have and make sure that you completely understand the procedure.
After the procedure is complete, patients may experience some pain and discomfort for a few days. Although most patients can return to work in about a week, exercise and strenuous activity should be avoided for the first few weeks.
As with all procedures, there is a risk of complications with liposuction. Infection, damaged nerves, and blood clots may occur if patients do not follow proper post-operative instructions. To increase the chances of a safe recovery and optimum results, patients should undergo their procedure with an experienced surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
The results of liposuction are very noticeable, and patients are generally very pleased with their new appearance. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise can significantly increase the chance of having long-lasting results.
Although the cost of a liposuction procedure depends on how many areas of the body are being treated, the average cost for the procedure is $2,500 to $5,000.
Occasionally, liposuction may be covered by insurance if it used in reconstructive cases or to eliminate severe skin irritations. However, in most cases liposuction is not covered by insurance because it is considered to be a cosmetic procedure.
Dr. Pollack and his staff are committed to providing patients with the utmost care and support during any procedure. He looks forward to meeting you and discussing your options for body contouring at his San Diego practice. To schedule a consultation with this board certified plastic surgeon, please call (858) 215-6143 today.