Your Options for Liposuction: Upper and Lower Body

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the size and alters the shape of the body by removing fat deposits. Commonly referred to as “lipo”, liposuction can dramatically reshape and enhance the contour of the body by reducing. There are two types of options for liposuction procedures performed by surgeons – – upper body and lower body liposuction.


Upper body liposuction can be used to remove excess and unwanted fat from the upper body. Many patients who have undergone massive weight loss or women following pregnancy have found upper body liposuction helpful to remove excess skin and stubborn fat deposits.

Some of the areas that are targeted for upper body liposuction include:

• Under or in between the shoulder blades
• What are known as axillary fat pads (or the fat that builds up where the shoulders meet the upper region of the breast, near front and back of the armpit)
• The posterior waist region (including the lower and middle region of the back)
• Chin and neck region
• Arm region, including fatty tissue above the triceps


Lower body liposuction helps to provide patients definition. Weight loss in the lower region of the body can be more difficult and challenging than other areas of the body, including the upper body. Unfortunately, despite what some weight loss and training programs try to claim, you cannot spot train and target the areas where you want fat to be eliminated through diet and exercise. This is why lower body liposuction is a great option for those stubborn lower body regions, including but not limited to:

• Hips
• Stubborn belly fat in the waist and abdomen area
• Thighs
• Buttocks
• Around the knees and ankles


The process for both upper and lower liposuction requires being placed under general anesthesia in a surgical center. The procedure itself involves using a tool to extract the fat from the desired area and can take anywhere from one to four hours. The recovery from liposuction can vary from patient to patient and his or her pain tolerance. Patients should expect swelling and bruising. Patients are typically able to walk within 24 hours of the procedure and the full recovery can take a few weeks


Liposuction is a great option for patients that have not been able to reduce the size and alter the shape of areas of their body with consistent methods of diet and exercise. Patients who have experienced massive weight loss (both from natural methods and weight loss procedures) have found liposuction helpful to remove remaining unwanted fat deposits and help tighten and contour the body.

In order to be considered for both upper and lower body liposuction, a patient must first be in overall good physical health and maintain a stable weight. Like any cosmetic procedures, these procedures come with typical risks associated with surgery. It is also recommended that patients to quit smoking, as smoking is known to slow down the healing process and can increase risks of complication following the procedure.

If you are located in Chula Vista or the surrounding areas of San Diego and would like to find out if upper or lower body liposuction are right for you, contact Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule an initial consultation.

Post-Pregnancy Mommy Makeover

Post-Pregnancy Mommy Makeover?

Becoming a mother can be an incredibly joyous, satisfying, and beautiful experience. But a number of women can become very self-conscious about their bodies…post pregnancy. For example, the stretching of the skin on the abdomen, thighs, breasts and other areas can lead to sagging, stretch marks, and cellulite after giving birth.

This is why a number of mothers are opting to have post pregnancy “mommy makeovers,” a combination of cosmetic surgeries, skin treatments, and cellulite removal. The primary purpose of mommy makeovers is to address the physical changes that have impacted your body and cannot be corrected by diet and exercise alone.

Being able to correct these issues and regain your confidence is one of the main reasons for considering a mommy makeover.

What Factors Should You Consider?

Because each woman’s pregnancy is different, each mommy makeover needs to be customized to address the unique needs and body goals of each woman. It is important that you work with a surgeon to get a good idea of the cost, time frame and how it will affect your family life as a new mom.

If you have successfully lost your pregnancy weight, but still have some sagging, stretch marks and pockets of fat, then you are an ideal candidate for a mommy makeover. But if you’re still planning on losing a considerable amount of weight or if you’re planning on having more children it is best to hold off on your mommy makeover procedures. No mommy makeover procedure is meant as a weight loss solution. However, you can expect to enjoy a firmer, tighter and more youthful look figure that is similar to the one you had before giving birth.

What are Some of the Mommy Makeover Treatments?

Stretch Mark Removal
Cellulite Removal
Breast Implants
Breast Reduction
Tummy Tuck
Skin Extraction
Breast Lift
Body Contouring
Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

During your initial consultation, you can discuss which procedures you are interested in having and get the surgeon’s recommendations for what ones you are a good candidate for as well as your expected downtime after each procedure. After your physical exam, the surgeon will be able to recommend which procedures should be done and when. While a combination of liposuction and body contouring are the most common mommy makeover procedures recommendations are on a case-by-case basis and address your individual needs.

In addition to getting firmer, more youthful-looking bodies after having mommy makeover procedures, many patients also experienced an improved quality of life having regained their self-confidence. And because mommy makeovers address issues that diet and exercise alone cannot correct women that get mommy makeovers are more apt to stay true to their diet and exercise regimens and not become discouraged because not all their physical issues were being corrected.

Now that you know a few reasons for having a mommy makeover, hopefully they will help you decide if having one is best for you. Our expert staff are happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

To schedule a consultation, visit Eastlake Cosmetic Surgery.