Liposuction in Houston Sculpts Your Body
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. The procedure, which involves suctioning fat from the body, can be used to trim the chin area, neck, jowls, cheeks, arms, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, knees, hips and abdomen. Individuals of all ages, including men with enlarged breasts, can benefit from this procedure.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction in Houston?
The best candidates for liposuction are those who have good skin elasticity and have had difficulty losing weight through other methods. Although this procedure is designed to remove fat from the body, severely overweight patients are not typically good candidates for the procedure. In many cases, liposuction can be paired with other cosmetic procedures, such as a tummy tuck or arm lift, to sculpt the body to the desired shape and size.
A Reshaping Procedure
Because liposuction removes fat from the body, it is erroneously thought of as a weight loss alternative. While losing weight may be a side effect of the procedure, it is not the primary goal. Liposuction is meant to reshape the body and sculpt it into a more aesthetically pleasing shape. After undergoing the procedure, it is essential to use proper diet and exercise to maintain results.
Before the Liposuction Procedure
There are two ways to perform liposuction: traditional suction assisted lipoplasty and the newest method, laser-assisted liposuction or Smartlipo®. Prior to suctioning fat, both techniques require injecting a fluid into the treated areas to decrease the risk of complications, such as bleeding, swelling and bruising. For suction assisted lipoplasty, the fluid helps make the fat easier to remove; for laser assisted liposuction, the fluid enhances the effect of the laser on the fat tissue. Dr. Schusterman will determine which method is best for you, and it is not uncommon to use a combination of both methods.
The Liposuction Procedure
The original technique, suction-assisted lipoplasty, draws loose fat cells into a small, hollow tube called a cannula. In laser assisted liposuction, a laser is used to melt the fat prior removal with the cannula. At Texas Center for Breast and Body, we use the latest most effective laser assisted liposuction called Smartlipo Triplex ®. This particular laser has three different wavelengths to better melt fat and tighten skin. It can even help with cellulite. Smartlipo® causes less bruising, faster recovery, and better skin retraction.
Depending on the area to be treated, either general, intravenous or local anesthesia is required for liposuction. The procedure typically takes 45 minutes per section.
After Liposuction Treatment
Recovery time can vary from one day to two weeks, depending upon the areas treated, the extent of fat removed and the general condition of the patient. We recommend the use of compression clothing for a short time post-op to help achieve desired results.
As with any medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with liposuction, which should be discussed with Dr. Schusterman.
Is a Second Treatment Necessary?
The results of liposuction are long-term, meaning that follow-up treatments are not usually necessary. However, if you gain additional weight, you may need more fat removed. Other patients may require a touch-up to improve contouring. If multiple procedures are required, we recommend spacing the liposuction treatments at least six weeks apart to allow the body time to heal. Because final results aren’t immediately visible, it’s important to wait at least six months before deciding if a second treatment is necessary.
If liposuction interests you, and you would like to learn more, contact Dr. Schusterman’s office at 713-794-0368 or email us today.