Liposuction by Houston Cosmetic Surgeon
Many people are concerned about unwanted fat deposits that are present despite dieting, exercise and treatments developed to decrease cellulite. In the past, surgical fat removal involved making large, conspicuous incisions which resulted in obvious scars.
French surgeons have developed a technique called liposuction, a type of cosmetic surgery using high pressure vacuum suction to remove fat cells through a small incision, 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length. This is pri-superiormarily a treatment for contouring the body by removal of unwanted fat deposits and different liposuction techniques can be used. An ideal patient is one who is in reasonably good physical condition with localized areas of unwanted fat. It is not a treatment for obesity. Chronological and physiological age varies tremendously between patients, but the best results are achieved in those with good skin tone regardless of their age.
How Effective is Liposuction?
The number of fat cells appears to be constant throughout an individual’s lifetime. With weight gain or loss, the cells change in size. In liposuction, these cells are removed and will not reform, thereby decreasing the number of cells and the excess fatty deposits which previously occurred in the surgical area.
Our Houston cosmetic surgeon uses the body sculpting technique on fat deposits under the chin and in the neck, the abdomen, the buttocks, thighs, knees and ankles. The most common indications for this Houston liposuction surgery in men are the presence of the so-called “love handles,” double chins and excess fat in the abdomen. Our female patients are more likely to request liposuction of the thighs to eliminate “saddle bags,” or the removal of fat in the hips, the lower abdomen, or of the neck to eliminate double chins. We often use facial liposuction in conjunction with face lift surgery to achieve results.
The Liposuction Procedure
Prior to the removal of any fat a saline solution containing a local anesthetic and adrenalin is injected into all the proposed sites for fat removal. This is called “Tumescent” solution and greatly cuts down on intra operative bleeding, as well as post operative bruising and pain. A small hollow tube is then inserted through a tiny incision placed in a natural skin crease and the fat is removed by suctioning. No attempt is made to remove all the fat, as this could result in contour irregularities.
Postoperative Period After Liposuction
Pressure dressings or girdles are worn for several days after surgery so that the skin will adhere to the new contour and contract properly. You may feel a slight burning or mild pain during the immediate postoperative period, but this is short-lived and easily controlled. Because of the swelling that occurs after the procedure, you will see a noticeable change at the end of the first week but the full improvement will not be evident for 2 – 3 months.
Liposuction costs vary depending upon the extent of the surgery and areas treated so make sure you get a detailed liposuction cost in Houston price quote. Fees for elective surgery are usually paid prior to surgery. In general, cosmetic surgery is considered elective and is not covered by most insurance plans unless the primary reason for surgery is to improve function. To be sure, contact your insurance company before surgery.