What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure that can remove stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It requires a small incision through which a cannula can be inserted to manually break up fat and remove it using a surgical vacuum. The result is a slimmer, more contoured figure when traditional fat loss methods don’t seem to produce results. There are a few different types of liposuction that utilize different technologies with benefits like skin tightening along with fat removal. Traditional liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed each year.
At Aspira Plastic Surgery, many of our patients are active and healthy. Austin is a city that values healthy lifestyles- our citizens work out, they eat right, they do everything they’re supposed to. This work is invaluable, and you deserve praise for your healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, a healthy lifestyle sometimes isn’t enough to craft the body you want.
What Liposuction Can Treat
Liposuction should not be considered a weight loss surgery. Rather, it can remove localized fat deposits that don’t respond to traditional diet and exercise methods. Some of the most common treatment areas for liposuction include the stomach, thighs, hips, arms, chin, and back. For best results with traditional liposuction, it’s important to have good skin elasticity, meaning it’s not stretched from weight gain or pregnancy. Otherwise, laser liposuction options like SmartLipo can offer effective skin tightening at the same time as removing fat.
Who Can Benefit from Liposuction?
If you are the type of patient that takes good care of their body daily but still have trouble seeing results in certain targeted areas, liposuction is a good solution for you. Having a healthy lifestyle already in place is especially important for liposuction patients to guarantee long-lasting results.
Good Skin Elasticity
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who has enough skin elasticity in which they will be able to recover from the fat loss without excess skin as a result. Liposuction is intended for the elimination of localized fat and is not intended as a weight loss procedure.
Localized Stubborn Pockets of Fat
If you are in good shape already but still have some stubborn pockets of fat, Liposuction can be used to better sculpt these areas to help your body reflect all of the hours you put in each week to maintaining your healthy lifestyle.
In the traditional liposuction procedure, we inject an anesthetic solution into the treatment area. We then make a small incision and insert a small tube, known as a cannula. We use the cannula to remove fat cells.
Traditional liposuction is quite safe and effective, but it can cause some trauma to surrounding tissue. That requires downtime for recovery. SmartLipo™ avoids this by using precise medical lasers and a vibrating cannula to melt and break down fat cells before removing them. This greatly eases the removal process, reducing trauma and recovery time.
Liposuction has been around for a very long time and has a lot of research collected on the topic. This predictability allows us to have a good understanding of what our recovery times and management will be like. As always, Dr. Erella will provide you with instructions for aftercare and recovery.
Scarring for liposuction will be minimal in comparison to other procedures. This is because liposuction is performed using a cannula which is quite small, so scarring will be minimal and will most likely heal seamlessly.
The cost of a liposuction procedure varies based on the practice and the technique used. A consultation with Dr. Erella is the best way to determine the cost of your liposuction procedure.
Once the anesthetic wears off, you may experience some pain. However, this should subside over the next several days. Dr. Erella will provide you with all the instructions and medications needed for you to have a safe and effective recovery.
Liposuction Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a Good Candidate?
In general, a good candidate needs to be three things: in good physical health, have good skin elasticity and have realistic expectations. After establishing your liposuction candidacy, Dr. Erella will discuss your liposuction options personally and help you find a variation on the liposuction procedure that safely meets your aesthetic goals.
What are the Risks Associated with Liposuction?
When performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, liposuction is both safe and effective. The procedure has been honed to the point where we completely understand what to expect from it.\
Does the Fat Come Back After Liposuction?
Fat is removed from the area with liposuction. It will not come back into the same area, but it is possible to gain fat in other areas. The best way to avoid gaining fat again is through diet and exercise.
Is Liposuction Dangerous?
Liposuction is performed safely on thousands of people each year. There are some risks associated with liposuction, but these are no different than risks with any surgery.
Is it Easier to Lose Weight After Liposuction?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Patients should be near their ideal weight and committed to a healthy lifestyle prior to getting liposuction. It is important to stick to a healthy lifestyle to maintain results.
Schedule A Consultation
Aspira Plastic Surgery offers a solution: liposuction. A body procedure that can remove unwanted fat deposits and contour the treatment area in a pleasant, aesthetically pleasing manner. If you live in or around the Austin, Texas area and you’re considering liposuction, please call Aspira Plastic Surgery today at (512) 593-7699.