Houston Liposuction Surgery by Board Certified Specialists
Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that removes excessive and unwanted fat cells from beneath the skin using a tube (cannula) and aspirator. The procedure has become extremely popular and is one of the most requested procedures of cosmetic surgeons today. Liposuction is not intended to be a means of weight loss, but rather to remove stubborn fat deposits that fail to respond to normal diet and exercise, such as the hips and outer thighs of women or the back and waist areas of men. Essentially, Houston liposuction is a form of body sculpting.
Types of Liposuction
Houston liposuction surgeons have implemented numerous improved techniques in recent years, refining and improving the procedures. Liposuction today has never been simpler to perform, safer or less painful. Some of the more recent techniques to be perfected are:
- Tumescent liposuction – Tumescent liposuction is a technique where a diluted local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, in conjunction with a capillary constrictor (usually epinephrine), is injected into the unwanted subcutaneous fatty tissue. This causes the area to become very firm and swollen (tumescent). This technique makes it possible for liposuction to be performed using only local anesthesia, eliminating the requirement for general anesthesia. The inclusion of epinephrine reduces blood loss, and no IV fluids are required.
- Ultrasonic liposuction – Ultrasonic liposuction is a method that is often combined with tumescent liposuction to increase patient benefits. It uses very high pitched waves of sound to essentially liquify, or melt, fat beneath the surface of the skin in areas that are often hard to treat, such as the knees, ankles, calves, neck and chin. It works well for patients with fat deposits in these areas, or whose anatomy requires more precise contouring.
- Laser-aided liposuction – Laser lipolysis or laser liposuction in Houston, also known as SmartLipo, is one of the newest available liposuction techniques. It uses low energy waves to help melt fat in unwanted areas. This is popularly used in areas that have a combination of both unwanted fat and loose skin, such as the neck.
Following Liposuction Treatment
Unless a very large amount of fat is being removed, liposuction is typically conducted, as are most minimally-invasive surgical procedures, as outpatient surgery. It rarely requires an overnight stay in the hospital. Patients are given a firm compression wrap in the area where the surgery was performed to minimize bruising and swelling. Different types of wrapping are used depending upon the part of the body that received liposuction. Support hose, dedicated girdles, and elastic bandages are the norm. The patient can expect to wear the compression wraps up to three to four weeks.
The worst bruising and swelling can be expected the first week following the procedure. There likely will be drainage from the small incision sites the first day or two. Pain medicine will be prescribed as needed. Typically, the larger the area to be suctioned, the longer the recovery period will be. Most people will see the full benefit of their liposuction surgery about six months post surgery.