Liposuction San Diego

San Diego and La Jolla Liposuction Specialist Dr. Tom Pousti

Frequently Asked Questions
Pre-op/Post-op instructions
Risks and Complications

Dr. Tom Pousti is a highly skilled liposuction specialist who now has offices in La Jolla where he can see La Jolla liposuction patients. In the paragraphs below, Dr. Pousti describes the liposuction procedure.  He has helped many patients achieve a more youthful and shapely appearance.


Liposuction surgery has now become the most commonly performed operation in Plastic Surgery. This procedure is used to improve your figure in either one specific area, or in several areas. Modern liposculpture is a both a scientific procedure and an artistic one, incorporating a concern for the patient’s well-being and health during and after surgery with a genuine artistic sculpting of tissues.

Who Will Benefit From The Procedure?

Patients seeking liposuction for improvement of body contour have generally tried multiple diets and exercise programs, to no avail. Certain problem areas remain. It is important to realize that suction lipectomy is not a method of weight reduction in itself, as relatively little weight of fat is removed from the body when the surgery is performed safely. The procedure is designed specifically to improve body contour. Therefore, it is important for you to be at or close to your “set point” weight.

To be safe, the surgeon must not exceed the safe limits of fat removal or administration of local anesthetic, and always consider the health of the patient before proceeding with the procedure.

Liposuction will not change the appearance of the skin. Skin which is loose, dimpled, wrinkled, or having multiple depressions or waves prior to surgery, will not be improved following surgery. In general, patients with firm elastic skin with minimal wrinkling and redundancy, with well-controlled and stable weight, and with limited areas of fatty tissue excess, can expect the most favorable results. Localized deposits of excess fat in the hips and “saddle bag” areas, as well as inner and outer thigh areas, are usually quite improved following the procedure.

Given the same effort and diet as before the surgery, patients maintain a slightly lower weight, with much less trouble from the “trouble spots”. It is the obligation of the patient to continue to watch their diet and exercise as much as possible.


The Surgical Procedure

The procedure varies between 1 and 3 hours, depending upon how much work is to be done in various areas of the body. Liposuction is generally performed in an outpatient operating suite. Incisions for the procedure are generally one quarter inch in length and are placed in inconspicuous skin folds with minimal or no shaving of hair. Modern liposculpture is nearly circumferential, rather than just in the problem areas.

What To Expect After Surgery

The initial week is the period during which any pain, swelling and bruising appear to be at their maximum. Between week one and week two, it is not uncommon to feel somewhat fatigued and during approximately the third week even mildly depressed.

Resumption Of Physical Activities

You will generally be able to begin resumption of your normal activities in three to six weeks. Patients are back to work in 3-6 days.

Dr. Pousti has treated many San Diego and La Jolla liposuction patients. Pousti plastic surgery also now has a liposuction La Jolla office where he consults with and treats La Jolla cosmetic surgery patients.

In addition to liposuction and other body procedures, such as breast augmentation and tummy tuck, Dr. Pousti performs facial procedures including facelift and rhinoplasty. Many San Diego and La Jolla plastic surgery patients have chosen to undergo facelift or rhinoplasty to create a more youthful or improved facial image. Please visit the facelift and rhinoplasty  pages of this website to learn more about these procedures and how Dr. Pousti has helped many San Diego and La Jolla facelift and rhinoplasty patients.