Surgically Remove Fat Cells in Austin, TX
Many of us carry stubborn pockets of fat that persist despite our best efforts to lose them through diet or exercise. Liposuction, available in Austin, TX from Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, is a sculpting technique created to re-contour areas of excess fat. The surgical procedure is an effective and predictable method for improving the contour of such areas as the abdomen, hips, thighs, chin, arm, neck, buttocks, ankles, and knees, and is sometimes known as liposculpting. The result is the firmer, more toned body of your youth.
What Are The Benefits Of Liposuction?
Liposuction is a proven surgical procedure that reduces unwanted, resistant fat. It results in a slimmer, more sculpted physique because it targets precise areas. The results of liposuction are immediately noticeable and continue to improve as swelling subsides. The incisions made during liposuction are nearly indiscernible once they have healed.
Why Should You Consider Liposuction?
People are genetically different and carry fat in different areas of the body. A diet that works to get rid of a friend's love handles may leave yours unchanged while a sleek-looking neck is admired by anyone in an exercise class with a double chin. Since lifestyle changes alter the size of fat cells—not their numbers in a given area in the body—predicting how and when specific parts of the body will be impacted is difficult. Countless hours of vigorous physical activity and a low carbohydrate diet may not eliminate stubborn pockets of fat in the abdomen, love handles or upper thighs.
Surgical removal and liposculpting of these fat deposits ensures reduction in areas you target specifically for a change. By evening out the fullness of the fat pads, a person can have a natural body contour after liposuction sculpting.
Note that liposuction is an effective way to improve body contours for a slimmer silhouette, but it is not a weight-loss technique. Patients often feel much better about their appearance after smoothing stubborn fat deposits and are then motivated to exercise and eat right, but men and women considering liposuction should be close to their ideal adult weight and able to maintain their weight within 20 pounds prior to the procedure.
Who Is A Candidate For Liposuction?
Many adults are good candidates for liposuction. Ideal patients share traits such as:
- A desire to reduce diet-resistant fat. Some areas of the body harbor excess fatty tissue. You shouldn’t have to work out for hours a day to get the results you want. Liposuction can help.
- Weight-stability. To be a good candidate for liposuction, you need to be at a stable weight. This allows the doctor to accurately identify areas where liposuction will be most effective. Additionally, if you’re still losing weight at the time of liposuction, your appearance may change in undesirable ways as a result of continued slimming.
- Realistic expectations. Patients must understand that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. The point of this surgery is to reshape the body by targeted specific areas for spot-reduction. Patients should also understand that no plastic surgery procedure will result in a perfect body.
- Good health. A physical examination and medical history are crucial to the liposuction consultation. Patients in good health are less likely to face surgical complications.
- Good skin elasticity. Liposuction removes the subcutaneous fat that accumulates beneath the skin. Healthy, elastic skin will conform to the new body contours, whereas loose, lax skin may not.
Austin Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
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How is Liposuction Performed?
Most liposuction procedures begin with the introduction of a tumescent fluid beneath the skin. Infiltrating the surgical area with an anesthetic and a vasoconstrictor prevents discomfort and reduces bleeding. Your surgeon then inserts a cannula through a tiny incision and moves it back and forth gently. This movement, along with the selected technology, loosens fatty deposits so they can be immediately suctioned.
Two liposuction techniques are available in our office, power-assisted liposuction (PAL) and VASER liposuction. The power-assisted cannula vibrates at its tip, accelerating the breakdown of fat cells. VASER liposuction loosens fat using controlled ultrasound energy. Each facilitates a gentle fat-removal process and smooth, beautiful results.
How Should I Prepare For Liposuction?
As you prepare for your body-shaping procedure, you need to schedule adequate time off work. You also need to arrange for someone to drive you to your surgery and stay with you for 24 hours afterward. You may be advised to modify a few habits before liposuction. Recommendations are made to achieve a safe, effective process. Beginning two weeks before your surgery day, you should:
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid tanning.
- Adjust certain medications accordingly (at your consultation, you need to inform the office of all medications and supplements you are taking).
- Avoid blood-thinning medications and supplements, including ibuprofen, aspirin, and vitamin E.
- Contact our office if you become ill.
Your Liposuction Experience
Every liposuction procedure starts with a consultation, which provides our surgeons and you an opportunity to work together to determine whether the surgery is the best option for delivering your desired results. During your liposuction procedure, the surgeon will make tiny incisions in the area to be treated a few millimeters in length. A cannula will be used, which is a small stainless-steel tube, to sculpt and remove excess fat deposits that reside between your skin and your muscle.
Liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure, and although you can expect some swelling and bruising in the treated area, you may return to work the next day. You will need to wear a compression garment over the treated area for three weeks, 24 hours a day, and then at night for an additional three weeks.
Most patients will see a significant improvement in the treated area right after their surgery, although it can take up to six months for your final results to be fully revealed as swelling resolves.
Is Liposuction Permanent?
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells. The results of this procedure, however, are dependent on good lifestyle habits. People who maintain a healthy diet that prevents weight gain and who exercise regularly can enjoy better body contours for many years following liposuction.
Is Liposuction Safe? What Are The Risks?
Liposuction is a conservative plastic surgery procedure that is generally considered safe for a variety of areas of the body. The surgeon reviews what to expect during and after the procedure and also outlines the risks associated with liposuction during the consultation. Patients are welcome to contact our office if further questions arise.
Liposuction risks include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Fluid accumulation
- Persistent swelling
- Irregular contours or asymmetries
- Rippling or loose skin, worsening of cellulite
- Irregular pigmentation
- Poor wound healing
- Need for revision surgery
- Change in skin sensation that may persist
- Damage to blood vessels, nerves, muscles, abdominal organs, and lungs
- Deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary or cardiac complications
- Heat injury from ultrasound
In addition to choosing an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform liposuction, patients can reduce surgical risks by following all pre- and post-operative instructions.
Download Our Cosmetic Surgery Post-Operative Care Guides
We've compiled detailed post-operative care instructions to best equip our cosmetic surgery patients throughout their recovery process. To ensure the best and safest recovery, your plan encompasses appropriate prescriptions and clear directions towards maintaining your comfort to get you back to normal life and activity as soon as possible. Individual patients respond uniquely, and the type of procedure may differ, but these basic guidelines will help you along your journey.
Make the Most of Your Liposuction in Austin, TX
Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other body-shaping procedures, such as a breast lift, breast augmentation, and tummy tuck, all of which may be part of a "Mommy Makeover." We prefer to think of this blend of procedures as "post-maternity reconstructive surgery" because it incorporates changes to improve both the look and function of a woman's body after birth.