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Liposuction in Houston

What Is Liposuction?

We've all heard about “lipo”—perhaps from friends or family members, perhaps from tales of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. However, few understand what a liposuction procedure entails. Yes, liposuction does use suction to remove unwanted excess fat from the body, but it isn't as simple as vacuuming out one's trouble areas.

In a traditional liposuction procedure, a doctor inserts thin medical tubes called “cannula” through small incisions in the target area of the body. Then, as the doctor moves these cannula carefully to loosen the fatty tissue, the fat is suctioned out via the tubes. Usually, this procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and the patient is not awake for the duration. Areas of the body that are commonly targeted for fat removal include the stomach, hips, thighs, chin, cheeks/jowls, arms, back, and buttocks.

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Liposuction can be performed in various areas on the body including the:

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Butt
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Arms
  • Calves
  • Back

Other Lipo Techniques

There are a number of different liposuction types and techniques that can be used in addition to traditional liposuction. In a process called tumescent liposuction, the patient does not necessarily need to undergo general anesthesia. Instead, the doctor applies a local anesthetic to numb the target area, followed by the injection of an anesthetic solution into the fatty tissue itself. By numbing the area to be suctioned, the doctor can easily insert the cannula and remove the excess fat without needing to put the patient completely to sleep.¹

In laser liposuction, a specialized low-energy laser is used to liquefy the excess fat. This allows for easy fat removal that does not require the same physical movements as traditional liposuction to loosen the fat from the skin. Similarly, ultrasound liposuction liquefies the fatty tissue using ultrasound frequencies and is commonly used around the neck, back, sides and ribcage area.

Recovering from the Procedure

One of the great benefits of modern liposuction techniques is that it can be performed as an outpatient procedure with a fairly straightforward recovery. Depending upon the areas treated, the amount of work done, and various individual differences, your recovery may take anywhere from a few days to a month to complete. The majority of patients can move around fairly normally as soon as the anesthesia has worn off.

Symptoms like swelling and bruising are very common in the first week or two, so areas that were worked on are typically wrapped with some manner of bandaging or support garments to provide compression. Some drainage of fluid from incisions is also common. If your doctor suspects that you may be at risk of infection, he or she may prescribe a course of antibiotics to take during recovery.

Contour Your Shape with Liposuction from the Aesthetic Surgery Institute

Whether you're looking to slim down your thighs, reshape your waist with stomach liposuction, or say goodbye to that double chin, Aesthetic Surgery Institute is a safe, reliable place to have it done. With more than 15 years of experience and a team of knowledgeable board-certified cosmetic surgeons, we aim to give you the results you dream of with the highest level of medical ethics and customer service.

To learn more about how we can help you sculpt the body you've always wanted, contact our plastic surgery center in Houston today.

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