Liposuction in Santa Barbara: Things to Remember When Considering the Cost

Liposuction in Santa Barbara | Things to Remember When Considering the Cost

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When a client attempts to get their dream body through a healthy lifestyle with no results, they often opt for liposuction. This cosmetic procedure is typically a same day procedure that can produce almost instant results, hence why it is so popular. The popularity of lipo in Santa Barbara has led to an increase in costs, and an increase in patients attempting to find ways to save money while achieving the same wonderful results.

What Is Liposuction?

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Liposuction, often referred to as “Lipo”, is a cosmetic medical procedure that is designed to safely reduce the amount of fat from almost any area of the human body. This process is completed using a long, hollow medical tool known as a cannula. The cannula is used to softly and carefully suction fat tissue out, leaving your body with a sculpted look.

Liposuction Treatment Areas

Liposuction is used to target localized fatty areas on the body. These areas include the chin, neck, upper back and arms, neck, back, abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Dr. Giuffrida will completely personalize your Santa Barbara liposuction experience to target the areas most important to you.

Most people decide to consider lipo since these are difficult areas to trim down or tighten up with exercise and diet alone. Dr. Giuffrida has personal experience with literally every type of cosmetic surgery that exists, making him the expert for liposuction in Santa Barbara. 

Areas of the body with good skin elasticity will display results more drastically, making your body look toned and sculpted. Dr. Giuffrida can effectively examine and evaluate your problem areas and skin quality to determine if liposuction in Santa Barbara is right for you or if a different procedure is better suited to your body. 

Liposuction Procedure

Once Dr. Giuffrida has completed your personalized consultion for liposuction in Santa Barbara, the surgery will be scheduled for you at a convenient time. The procedure is completed with general anesthesia and sometimes requires an overnight stay to monitor your progress. When receiving lipo in Santa Barbara, Dr .Giuffrida makes carefully placed incisions near the extraction sites to conform to your body’s natural folds and creases for natural looking results. 

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is the most common treatment available. This involves injection of large amounts of medicated solution into target areas before fat removal, numbing the area during and after surgery and reducing bruising and swelling. 

Super-Wet Liposuction

Similar to to tumescent, the super-wet procedure uses fluid injection. However, the amount of fluid is significantly less than tumescent and takes less time to perform. This procedure often requires general anesthesia and sedation medication. 

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction, sometimes called VASER liposuction, uses laser energy to liquefy fat cells, which are then vacuumed from the body either externally or internally. Dr. Giuffrida implements VASER liposuction in Santa Barbara for both men and women, and the treatment is popular among men due to the resulting chiseled look. External removal is performed using a special emitter above the skin for removal, while internal is below the surface of the skin using a heated cannula. This method of liposuction is often used for more fibrous areas of the body such as the upper back. 

Laser-Assisted Liposuction 

This method of lipo uses laser energy to liquefy fat cells which are then vacuumed or drained from the body using small tubes. The cannula used for laser-assisted liposuction is smaller than those used in traditional methods, meaning that this procedure is best suited to confined areas. The laser energy used in this method also produces collagen, preventing skin sag post-operation. This procedure is popular among Santa Barbara liposuction patients for areas such as the chin, face, and jowls.

Clients are advised to remember these things when they are considering the cost of liposuction and to follow these helpful tips to help them save money. 

Consider Everything Included in the Cost

The complete cost of surgery includes several things, such as a fee for the facility used, medications provided before or after surgery, bandages, anesthesia, and lab testing prior to surgery. One surgeon in Santa Barbara may provide a cheaper price, but the patient may be required to pay for their own lab fees and medication. Before selecting a surgeon, clients should ask what the total price of the surgery covers to ensure that they are getting the best deal. 

Losing Weight First Can Save Money

Often, surgeons charge patients more if they require more liposuction, or fat reduction from various areas on the body. Patients that get their body as close to their ideal image as they can prior to surgery will not require as much lipo, which can save them money. 

Experience Costs More

Finding a plastic surgeon in Santa Barbara that charges rock bottom prices might sound like a dream come true, but it can lead to a plastic surgery nightmare. Experienced surgeons often charge a higher price because of their previous experience, and surgeons without previous experience typically charge a lower price. Before selecting a surgeon, inquire about their previous experience, how many years they have been practicing as a plastic surgeon and make sure that they are appropriately licensed. 

Bundle Procedures to Save Money

Patients in Santa Barbara that plan to have a breast augmentation with fat instead of implants can save money by having both procedures done together. The fat that is removed during this plastic surgery can be cleaned and used for the breast augmentation. Clients that would like to have a tummy tuck can also have the procedures completed together. The original cost will be higher, but the over all cost will be much lower as clients will not have to pay for things such as facility use twice. 

Cut Costs Where Possible

Clients that cut costs in several areas will discover that they will pay significantly less for lipo in Santa Barbara than other clients will. For example, a client can use a discount prescription card to pay for prescriptions, which will be cheaper than obtaining those medications from the doctor. Clients can also lose weight and sculpt certain areas to decrease the amount of liposuction needed, opt for a surgeon that already has a facility, and purchase their own gauze so that they do not have to pay for the gauze that is sent home with them after the procedure. Cutting the little costs where possible will add up to big savings when it comes to this plastic surgery. 

Ask About Special Deals

Sometimes, plastic surgeons in Santa Barbara have promotions. Ask surgeons if they have deals during certain times of the year or offer special discounts. A surgeon may offer a special discount for first time patients or offer cheaper lipo closer to bathing suit season when the procedure is more popular. Simply calling plastic surgeons can save clients a thousand dollars on their procedure. 

Saving Money Isn’t Always Worth it

Liposuction in Santa Barbara can be expensive, but it is not always worth it to save money. For example, clients that opt for the cheapest plastic surgeon they can find may find themselves in the hands of an unskilled, unlicensed plastic surgeon. This can be extremely dangerous. Patients that would like to save money are encouraged to remember that their safety should always be a top priority. 

Liposuction is the fastest way for patients to lose excess body fat and sculpt the body to perfection. It can be expensive, but these tips will help every patient save money safely on their liposuction procedure.  

Liposuction Recovery

Recovering from liposuction in Santa Barbara is a breeze compared to other cosmetic procedures. You can expect to experience some minor bruising, swelling, tenderness, or numbness for a few days after the procedure is performed. Compression garments or elastic bandages may be used to temporarily cover your treatment areas after surgery to minimize swelling and allow your skin to contour to your new body. Dr. Giuffrida is with you every step of the way after getting liposuction in Santa Barbara and will address all of your concerns regarding recovery before and after your procedure.

Liposuction Cost

Dr. Giuffrida offers affordable rates for liposuction in Santa Barbara while maintaining a high standard of care. In recent national statistics, the average surgeons fee for liposuction was approximately $3,500. Surgeons often set their rates based on medical experience, type of cosmetic procedure selected, size of the treatment area, and geographic location of the treatment on the body. With Dr. Giuffrida conducting your liposuction in Santa Barbara, you are receiving one of the best cosmetic surgery experiences there is. With over 20 years of experience as a nationally recognized expert, Dr. Giuffrida’s Santa Barbara liposuction experience is completely personalized and of the best quality. 

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Michael Giuffrida

Michael A. Giuffrida, MD

After establishing a successful plastic surgery practice on the East Coast and accumulating over 20 years of experience, I decided to open a new office in Venice Beach. I'm thrilled to be here and cannot wait to work with new patients in Los Angeles. In my spare time, you’re most likely to find me at the yoga studio. I’m an avid yoga practitioner, and recently completed my 200-hour teacher training through the Yoga Alliance. I also enjoy surfing, cycling, and spending time with my two sons.

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