Stubborn pockets of fat can cling to the body, and sometimes diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to get rid of these problem areas. Liposuction can remove the excess fat that lingers in the thighs, hips, stomach or other parts of the body. The body contouring procedure can help adults at a stable, healthy weight to achieve smooth, toned contours and enjoy long-lasting results.
Contact us online today to learn more about your options for body sculpting through liposuction. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help you look rejuvenated through cosmetic surgery.
Benefits of Liposuction
One of the common myths surrounding liposuction is that it can be used for weight loss. In fact, the best candidates have already reached their target weight, and have maintained it for several months before surgery. Adults should be in good health before considering liposuction.
Liposuction can be ideal for fine-tuning the figure because the surgery removes isolated, stubborn fat deposits. The procedure can be used nearly anywhere on the body to create a slimmer look. Facial liposuction can also help restore a youthful look in the face and neck.
It’s common to combine liposuction with additional procedures. For full abdominal sculpting, liposuction can be included as part of a tummy tuck. Liposuction using very tiny instruments can be incorporated during a face lift or neck lift. In some cases, liposuction can also ensure beautiful breast reduction and male breast reduction results.
The fat cells that are removed during liposuction may be specially treated and processed for use in other procedures. Fat transfer breast enlargement, the Brazilian butt lift, and fat grafting are some examples of procedures that begin by extracting fat cells with liposuction.
Understanding the Procedure
There are many options when it comes to liposuction, but tumescent liposuction remains the gold standard for body sculpting. The surgery begins with several very tiny incisions just a few millimeters long. These are placed near the targeted treatment area. Through these incisions, your surgeon will inject a special tumescent solution that contains sterile saline (salt water), lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (to constrict blood vessels and reduce bleeding).
The solution saturates the targeted area, which helps to loosen the fat cells and prepare them for removal. This process allows your surgeon to remove the cells much more easily. Once the area is fully saturated, a slim hollow tube called a cannula is inserted. Your surgeon then uses gentle suction and a back and forth motion to remove the fat deposits. In most cases, the incisions are so small that sutures are not needed.
Results and Recovery
You may notice some initial discomfort after liposuction. It’s common to feel bruised and swollen at first. Your surgeon may ask you to wear a compression garment to aid the healing process. A compression garment also helps your body to conform to its new contours. As healing continues and swelling dissipates, your final results will become more visible. Most people are able to return to work about a week or two after surgery.
Liposuction from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas can help smooth away isolated fat deposits that aren’t resolved with diet or exercise. After surgery, you can expect the treated area to look slimmer and smoother. Most men and women also notice a new boost in their self-esteem after their liposuction because they feel more positive about their body shape.