Traditional Liposuction in Houston, TX
The surgeons at Texas Center for Breast and Body perform liposuction in Houston, TX, on a regular basis, as a stand-alone procedure, or in conjunction with breast reshaping to help patients achieve the best possible results. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States today. The versatile and safe liposuction procedure can be used to trim most areas of the body, including the chin area, neck, jowls, cheeks, arms, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, knees, hips, and abdomen by drawing fat from the body with suction.
What is Lipo
In today’s world, maintaining a trim waistline is highly valued in our relatively image-focused society, and while there are effective ways of obtaining this slim form- dieting, exercise, and other such mundane chores- there are surgical methods available as well which are just as effective for ensuring that you’re ready for beach season. One of these methods is liposuction, a process by which fat is surgically removed from the body.
Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck
One of the more commonly proposed alternatives to a liposuction procedure is abdominoplasty- what many refer to as a “tummy tuck”. While not an ineffective method of removing unnecessary subcutaneous fat, it does differ from liposuction in a variety of important ways. For one thing, tummy tucks remove stretch marks, and tighten abdominal muscles, whereas liposuction only removes fat, and doesn’t directly affect other structures of the body. Additionally, abdominoplasty leaves a significantly larger scar- form 4 to 7 inches- than the tiny .10 inch scar of a liposuction procedure. If you aren’t sure which one is right for you, speak to your physician.
Benefits of the surgery
While some people disparage the idea of a liposuction procedure, citing it as unnecessary or an exercise in vanity, there are a multitude of benefits to the procedure, and it should be seen for the medical and personal booster that it can be- and often is. And while the biggest benefits that exist for it are, indeed, linked to personal appearance and perspective on that experience, that’s a considerable investment in the era of self care that we live in.
Having a fitter, more toned body is the key to boosting confidence. Studies have shown that having a body that’s in good shape is linked to all sorts of benefits, like career improvement and considerably higher self-image. This is a good thing- if you want to be the version of yourself that’s ready to take on anything, then your liposuction surgery may very well be the kickstart you’ve been looking for.
We all try to keep a trim figure. In today’s society, it’s a goal that everyone should be striving for, for both health and personal appearance reasons. But sometimes life has other plans- we miss a few days of exercises because we catch a cold, or we let ourselves have a cheat day or two too many, and even though you deserve that extra pudding cup, the damage is done. Liposuction can put you back on the path to a healthier and more fit version of yourself, the one you want to see when you look in the mirror.
Liposuction Is Not a Weight Loss Technique
One thing to clear up right away is that liposuction is for reshaping, not for weight loss. Because liposuction reduces body fat, some think of it as a weight loss alternative. Weight loss can certainly be a side effect, but it should not be the primary goal. Liposuction is meant to sculpt and reshape the body, and can help you achieve youthful contours. To see real examples of patients’ traditional liposuction results, please visit our Before and After: Liposuction Surgery page.
What is the Cost
The average cost of liposuction in one area is $4000. The cost increases as the body areas to be operated increases. Doctors give discounts when patients have multiple operations that are performed at one time. When you have three areas of your body being operated in one surgery you can pay from$6000 to $8000.
This cost is double the cost of being operated in one area. When you are operated about five areas at once you can be charged $11000.The area where you are being operated is something that determines the amount of money that you will pay. For example, the lower abdomen is charged the cheapest amount. You find that they charge $2000 to $2500. Note that the cost of liposuction in Houston may vary. The type of lipo, like Houston BodyTite liposuction, may have different costs than another specialized procedure.
Is there Payment Plans?
Texas Center for Breast & Body accepts cash, personal checks, and most major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover.
We also offer you the option of financing your elective procedures.
The companies on this page specialize in cosmetic procedure financing. To ensure that monetary considerations are not an obstacle to obtaining your procedure, low monthly payments are offered to fit comfortably into almost every budget. Often, no down payment is needed. You can apply quickly and securely via the web.
Planning a Liposuction Procedure with an Office Consultation
There are three methods to performing liposuction: traditional suction-assisted lipoplasty, laser-assisted liposuction called SmartLipo or laser lipo, and radio-frequency liposuction known as BodyTite. You can read more about BodyTite Liposuction below or on our dedicated pages.
In traditional suction-assisted lipoplasty, fluid causes the fat to be removed more smoothly. This method requires injecting fluid into the treated areas prior to suctioning fat, in order to decrease side effects such as bleeding, swelling, and bruising. If a laser is used, the fluid enhances the effect of the laser on the fatty tissue. During a private consultation, Dr. Schusterman will determine which method is best for you, or even recommend a combination of methods, which is common when trying to maximize results.
How large is the incision?
While liposuction- being a form of surgery, which requires the implant of a device within the body- does necessitate an incision in the skin, it’s usually minimal. The largest incision that is usually utilized in a liposuction procedure is 3 millimeters, and the largest can range to about 6 millimeters.
Will there be Scarring?
A natural result of having to create an incision in the body in order to properly execute the procedure is that there is guaranteed to scar. Luckily, these scars are exceedingly small, usually slightly smaller than the incision itself, ranging from 2 millimeters to 5 millimeters, and are almost always in discreet, not publicly viewable spots, like just below the waistline or on the side of the abdomen, below the armpit.
Any Side Effects?
While side effects- generally speaking- are more or less observed on a case by case basis, it’s not unheard of to hear of a few common side effects found among some patients of a liposuction procedure. If not properly treated, the incision can become infected, for instance. If this happens, see a physician immediately. People with thinner blood may find that some bruising has taken place. This is normal and treatable. Other side effects include but are not limited to, fluid accumulation in certain organ structures, changes in skin sensation, and potential damage to nerve, cardiovascular, or pulmonary structures. If you think you may be at risk for any of these, you should speak to your physician prior to the procedure.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction
The best candidates for liposuction at our Houston plastic surgery clinic are healthy men or women with good skin elasticity (no loose skin), who have difficulty eliminating localized fatty deposits through other methods of diet or exercise. Although this procedure reduces body fat, severely overweight patients are not typically good candidates for liposuction. Even those who are good candidates must remember that after undergoing their liposuction surgery, it’s critical to follow a proper diet and exercise routine to maintain positive results.
While there’s no denying the efficacy of liposuction, there are certain qualifying factors which need to be met by a candidate for liposuction before they undergo the process. For one thing, the potential patient needs to be an adult- over the age of 18- before they begin liposuction. This is because of the effects it can have on the body. If the body is still developing when the procedure is done, it can have severe physical medical complications. Candidates also must be within 30% of the natural body weight for someone of their height and age.
While obviously liposuction can’t be performed on someone who is currently with child, the procedure is often sought after by women who have had a child recently. While postpartum fat can be a nuisance, and difficult to rid yourself of, there are stipulations to post pregnancy liposuction procedures. THe biggest and most important is that you must wait 6 months after giving birth at the least. Performing liposuction on a woman who had a child as recently as before that window of time could be damaging to that woman’s abdominal structures.
Significant Weight Loss
While liposuction can remove quite a bit of fat, it isn’t a miracle cure. The procedure has been known to remove up to 11 pounds, but anything beyond that is the responsibility of the patient to remedy. Good dieting, regular exercise, and a conscientious attitude towards one’s own body image and weight are the real keys to losing more weight than liposuction can offer.
Sometimes weight loss and weight gain is a matter of genetics. If you gain chronic weight because of a family history of weight gain, there is little that the liposuction procedure can do for you, and it would be advisable to see a physician and speak to them about how best to manage your weight problem.
The Traditional Liposuction Procedure
Depending on the area to be treated, our surgical team will use general, intravenous, or local anesthesia to prepare you for liposuction. The procedure is relatively short and typically requires 45 minutes per section. The original technique for liposuction, suction-assisted lipoplasty, works by drawing loose fat cells through a small incision via a tube called a cannula. If a laser is used to enhance the traditional liposuction, the laser will liquefy the fat prior to removal.
Recovery time can vary from one day to two weeks, depending upon the areas treated, the extent of fat suctioned, and the general condition of the patient. We recommend the use of compression clothing for a short time post-op to help reduce swelling. You may feel sore during this time, but our staff can recommend over-the-counter or prescription pain medications as needed.
During recovery, you must avoid strenuous exercise or rapid movement, but it’s important to continue to stand up, move, and walk as instructed by Dr. Schusterman. Safe movements can help speed up recovery, reduce swelling, and decrease the risk of DVT (blood clots) forming in the arms or legs.
Types of Lipo
There are three different methods of liposuction: tumescent liposuction, radio frequency assisted liposuction (RFAL) and laser liposuction.
The three types of procedures are not entirely different. In fact, they all remove fat in the same way — via suction. They differ in their approach prior to fat removal in how they break down fat.
Tumescent liposuction is one of the most popular types. The area where fat removal will take place is numbed. A solution is then injected into the fat that shrinks blood vessels and minimizes blood loss to make the fat easier to remove.
Laser liposuction (also known as liposculpture) uses a laser device to liquefy the unwanted fat deposits, which are then either drained or suctioned away.
Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction
Radio frequency assisted liposuction or RFAL in which radio frequency waves stimulate the production of collagen beneath the skin, making the treated area appear firmer and more toned while simultaneously removing fat cells. One type of RFAL is BodyTite liposuction – Houston residents frequently use this procedure.
When to Consider a Second Liposuction Treatment
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 to have more fat suctioned. Other patients may require a touch-up to improve contouring. When multiple procedures are required, we recommend spacing the liposuction treatments at least six weeks apart to allow healing time between treatments. Because the final results aren’t immediately visible, our staff always counsels patients to wait for at least six months before deciding if they should undergo a second treatment.
The recovery time for liposuction is, as with anything else in the medical world, highly dependent on the individual, their body’s regenerative principles, and the amount of fat that was removed in the procedure. If the fat removed was minimal, then the recovery period was minimal- 2 days to a week. But if you had upwards of 9 or 10 pounds of fat removed by the procedure, then it may take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks to recover, or even 2 months in extreme cases.
When can I return to work
For a lot of people in the throes of recovery from liposuction, it’s important that they return to their work as soon as possible. After all, continuing to be a productive member of society is crucial to maintaining your newfound confidence. The amount of time you need to wait varies, but generally speaking, if your job isn’t physically strenuous, you need only wait 2 or 3 weeks. But, if your job requires you to engage in heavy lifting or other manual labor, you should really wait 6 weeks or more before returning to your job. Speak to your physician if you’re unsure.
When can I return to working out?
As hard as it sounds for someone like most liposuction patients who really care about their appearance and body condition, you do need to wait at least a month- maybe a month and a half in more extreme cases- before you can return to even light exercise regimens. Most people need to wait at least 2 months for heavier workouts like weight lifting.
When can I resume eating?
Post-procedure, the patient is wheeled into a recovery room to observe them for signs of nausea, dizziness, or other medical complications. Once you’ve left this room, it’s usually safe to eat softe, easily digestible foods. Really intensive stuff, however, like high-fiber foods, should probably be avoided for a few days.
BodyTite liposuction is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional liposuction, using smaller incisions for a shorter recovery time (typically just a few days). BodyTite liposuction relies on a safe radio frequency pulse to break up fatty deposits that exercise and diet won’t eliminate. You can learn more on the BodyTite Liposuction page, but always make your personal decisions based on a private consultation with our board-certified surgeon, as your individual needs and condition will influence the best option for you.
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