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Liposuction in Houston

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a popular procedure to reduce unwanted fat and contour the body for a smoother, slimmer shape. Areas of the body commonly targeted for fat removal with liposuction include the stomach, hips, thighs, chin, cheeks/jowls, arms, back, and buttocks.

When performed by a certified liposuction surgeon, like Dr. Do at the Aesthetic Surgery Institute, liposuction is a safe procedure with a relatively quick recovery time.

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How Traditional Liposuction Works

With traditional liposuction, a doctor inserts thin medical tubes called “cannulas” through small incisions in the target area of the body. The doctor loosens and suctions the fatty tissue using the cannulas.

The procedure is often performed under intravenous sedation. For more extensive procedures, the doctor may order general anesthesia.


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

  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Butt
  • Neck/jowls
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Arms
  • Calves
  • Back

Other Liposuction Techniques

Several different liposuction techniques can be used in place of traditional liposuction.

  • Tumescent liposuction uses a local anesthetic rather than general anesthesia. The doctor numbs the target area and injects 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 the need to put patients completely to sleep.
  • Laser liposuction uses a specialized low-energy laser to liquefy excess fat. This makes it easier to loosen and remove the fat using gentler physical movements than traditional liposuction.
  • Ultrasound liposuction also involves liquefying the fatty tissue, but with ultrasound technology rather than a laser. Ultrasound liposuction is commonly used around the neck, back, torso, and ribcage.
  • Power-assisted liposuction uses a cannula in a rapid back-and-forth motion, which often helps the surgeon pull out larger amounts of tough fat more easily. Despite the seemingly more aggressive approach, power-assisted liposuction sometimes causes less post-surgical pain and allows for more precise fat removal.

Dr. Do will explain which liposuction procedure is best for you and may recommend more than one liposuction technique, depending on your areas of concern.

Contour Your Body 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 a double chin, Aesthetic Surgery Institute is ready to help. With more than 15 years of experience and a team of knowledgeable, board-certified cosmetic surgeons, we aim to give you exceptional results.

We’re committed to safe, ethical medical care. Our team will closely monitor you after your procedure to ensure you’re healing well and are completely satisfied with the results.

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


Recovering from a Liposuction Procedure

Modern liposuction techniques make it possible to perform liposuction as an outpatient procedure, with no hospital stay and a moderately quick recovery.

Depending upon which areas of the body we treat, the amount of work we perform, and how your body responds to the treatment, recovery can take anywhere from a few days to a month. Most patients can move around without difficulty as soon as they recover from the anesthesia.

Symptoms like swelling and bruising are very common in the first week or two. Our team will carefully wrap your surgical areas in bandages and compression garments to encourage circulation and healing. Some fluid drainage from the incisions is common and expected.

If Dr. Do suspects you may be at risk of infection, he may prescribe a course of antibiotics to take during your recovery. Our team will follow up with you closely after the procedure to ensure your recovery is going smoothly.

Liposuction Risks

As with any surgery, the liposuction comes with some risks. These include contour irregularities (bumpy or wavy-looking skin due to uneven fat removal or unusual healing); fluid accumulation under the skin; nerve irritation or damage in the treated area; infection; fat embolism (a medical emergency that occurs when a piece of loose fat breaks off and enters a blood vessel); lidocaine toxicity; bad reaction to anesthesia, and others.

Choosing a knowledgeable, well-trained surgeon, like Dr. Do, can help minimize these risks.

Liposuction Alternatives

Liposuction helps contour the body by removing excess fatty tissue in people whose weight is stable. But it’s not meant to be a weight-loss procedure. People who have a lot of weight to lose or who plan to have bariatric weight-loss surgery are not good candidates for liposuction.

Additionally, people taking drugs that increase the risk of bleeding (such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and warfarin) are not good candidates. Those who have poor skin elasticity also must consider the risk of a slightly wrinkled skin appearance after liposuction.

Liposuction alternatives exist and may be more appropriate for high-risk patients and those who want a less invasive procedure. These include:

  • Ultrasound fat reduction, which uses ultrasound energy to target and dissolve fat cells.
  • Radiofrequency fat reduction, which uses radiofrequency to heat up and dissolve fat cells.
  • CoolSculpting, which crystallizes and painlessly breaks apart fat cells.

With all these liposuction alternatives, fat cells are gradually eliminated from your body. Dr. Do will discuss with you whether you are a good candidate for liposuction or whether another procedure may be more appropriate.

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